A stamped concrete patio is a beautiful addition to any home. It can be used for both functional and decorative purposes. Although, it will only remain looking its best with the proper maintenance.
Here’s how to properly care for your stamped concrete patio so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.
The first step in maintaining your stamped concrete patio is to clean it regularly–about once per week. A leaf blower or broom will do the trick.
This will help to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the surface, protecting the concrete and sealant. It is also important to hose down your patio afterwards to keep it clean and free of any build-up.
Every now and then, when food spills, grease, or animal waste appear, you may need to use a gentle cleaner like dish soap to clean the surface. Just be sure to avoid harsh cleaners that may harm the concrete, and rinse thoroughly after use.
If you notice any cracks or chips in your stamped concrete patio, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible. This will help to prevent further damage from occurring. You can use a patching kit or call a professional to fill in any cracks or chips.
Reseal every 2-3 years
Like any other concrete product, you should seal your stamped concrete patio on a regular basis. This will help protect it from the elements and keep it looking its best.
Not to mention, it also gives your patio a nice shine and makes the colors pop. However, this sealant will not last forever, and will need to be reapplied every 2-3 years. If you live in an environment with harsh weather, or your patio experiences high foot traffic, it may need to be resealed on an “as needed” basis.
Be cautious with this though, as resealing it too often can cause layers of buildup that eventually start to yellow. The company that installed your patio will be able to advise you on this.
Cover the patio
Naturally, the less exposure to the elements, the longer your stamped concrete patio will last.
A canvas patio, pergola, gazebo, or pavilion that covers your patio is a great way to protect it from the sun and extend its lifespan. An outdoor rug can also offer similar protection from things like spills, scratches, and stains.
By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your stamped concrete patio will likely last for many years to come. At Port Aggregates, we install our concrete patios with the highest quality concrete, care, and precision, so that they’ll be guaranteed to last. Contact us today to request a quote.