Stamped Concrete Care And Maintenance: Dos And Don’ts For Homeowners

A stamped concrete patio can be a great addition to your outdoor space, providing you with a great entertaining space with much lower care and maintenance commitments than a wooden deck. At the same time, there is no such thing as a truly maintenance-free deck or patio, which is why it's so important for homeowners to understand the dos and don'ts of caring for stamped concrete

DO Protect it From the Elements

While concrete, by its very nature, is resistant to elements like rain, heat, and cold--it still can crack and chip over time without the proper maintenance. The best way to protect your stamped concrete patio from the elements is to have it sealcoated not only after the initial installation but also after every few years as a preventative measure. Sealcoating is something you can do yourself or have done by a professional concrete company.

DON'T Ignore Cracks and Chips

If you do notice any small cracks, chips, or other minor damage to your stamped concrete, it's important to address this right away. Even a small crack in concrete can turn into a large one rather quickly, especially if any water or debris get into it. Fortunately, sealing and repairing small cracks and chips in stamped concrete is relatively simple and inexpensive.

DO Sweep Off Debris Regularly

Take the time to sweep debris off your stamped concrete patio at least once a week. While it may not seem like a big deal, debris such as sticks and rocks can wear away the protective seal coating on your patio over time, making it more prone to becoming damaged. Plus, sweeping off your patio regularly will keep it looking its best.

DON'T Power Wash Carelessly

Power washing your concrete patio is a good idea when you're preparing it for a new seal coat or if you simply want to do a "deep cleaning" to get rid of staining. Be sure to exercise caution when using a power washer on your patio, however. Setting the water pressure too high can cause damage not only to the patio itself but also to nearby landscaping and other materials. For a safer bet, consider hiring a power washing professional to handle this project.

Overall, stamped concrete patios are relatively low-maintenance -- but there are still some important dos and don'ts to keep in mind. By following these, you can keep your patio looking its best for years to come.