How to Maintain Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete Patios and Walkways have become increasingly popular over the last decade. These are decorative concrete surfaces that have endless possibilities when it comes to improving and enhancing your landscaping. Like any concrete surface, stamped patios should be sealed and maintained every 1-3 years.

Benefits of Sealing Stamped Concrete:

  • Reduces UV Fading Damage
  • Enhances Overall Appearance
  • Different Shine Levels
  • Seals from Spills and Staining
  • Protects from Deicing Salts

How To Seal Stamped Concrete

  1. Clean surface with a pressure washer. If needed, use a Concrete Cleaner to remove stains and spills.
  2. Let dry for a day or two.
  3. Sweep or blow off any dirt.
  4. Apply the sealer following the manufacturers directions and spread rate. This can be accomplished with a high quality pump sprayer or with a roller.

How To Maintain Shine and Look

Stamped Concrete Sealers may dull or lose they shine after a year or so. Using these tips below you can extend the life and look of your sealer.

  1. Apply a solvent such as Lacquer Thinner or Xylene to restore the look of the sealer every 12-18 months. This solvent will reset the current sealer, making it look like it is brand new. The sealer will still be intact but it can dull from dirt and Ultra Violet radiation. You can do this process 1-2 times before the need of reapplying the sealer.
  2. Reapply a Stamped Concrete Sealer every 2-3 years or as needed.

These simple steps will save you the money of sealing too often and the potential issues of over application.

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Resealing stamped concrete
We have a 2200 square foot stamped concrete driveway that was installed two years ago. While the surface still looks like it is in excellent condition, we were told to reseal it approximately every two years to maintain it. It has a semi -gloss surface. What product do you recommend and does the surface require any further preparation other than power washing. Do we need one or two coats? Any info you can provide will be helpful.
Diane Wolfe , April 03, 2013
re: Resealing stamped concrete
I would look at the SuperSeal 25 and one coat. You would need roughly 4 Five Gallon Pails. As long as the previous coatings has not discolored or failed, then pressure washing should be all you need to prep.
ConcreteSealerStore , April 03, 2013
stamped driveways
I do residential concrete and decorative work, I have 2 stamped driveways in Michigan that have lifted the sealer and color where the cars tires were driven on. I used a 30% acrylic sealer on them last year 2 coats with a roller. What do you suggest to use so this doesn't happen again and how to fix the bad spots. thank you Tom
Tom Beasley , April 30, 2014
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Tom, not sure what you mean. Does it look good when wet? If so just reseal all. If really bad than you will need to strip it off and start over.

BTW, we are located in Bloomfield Hills MI if you are close.
ConcreteSealerStore , April 30, 2014
New Home with Stamped Concrete
Hello,
We recently purchased a home with a beautiful stamped concrete patio, the previous owners installed it. Most of the patio looks fine, there are just a couple of sections where I'm seeing some lightening of the color and a couple of chips. How would you suggest I correct this issue? Kat
Kat , July 07, 2015
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You cannot stop or fix chips but you can seal it. Look at:

SuperSeal 25
or
Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer
ConcreteSealerStore , July 07, 2015

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