Stamped Concrete Maintenance

 

 Radius Stamped Concrete Steps Norristown, Pa

Radius Stamped Concrete Steps Norristown, Pa

Morrison Custom Concrete recommends resealing your stamped concrete every 2 or 3 years. This depends on the amount of traffic and direct sunlight on the surface. If you wait longer, you may notice the color fade slightly. Reseal your stamped concrete and the color will be as vibrant as the day it was installed. For our customers, reseals are very reasonably priced or we can walk you through doing it yourself.

Morrison Custom Concrete offers the following maintenance plan

1. Rinse dirt/debris off the stamped concrete surface with a pressure washer. Do not put the tip of the pressure washer to close to the surface. It could damage the concrete surface.

2. Apply a small amount of dawn dish soap and a mild acid wash in a bucket. Fill with water and scrub with a medium bristle scrub brush. IMPORTANT: Add soap and acid in the bucket away from the concrete surface (out in the yard somewhere…) Any spilled acid will do major damage to the surface! Use a 3 to 1 ratio 3 parts water 1 part acid.

3. Rinse well with a pressure washer until there is no sign of soap suds. Wash surface again with a mixture of water and baking soda to neutralize the acid and rinse again.  1 cup of baking soda to 5 gallons of water is fine.

4. DRY the surface completely by using a leaf blower or wait 24 hours or so to air dry. Surface must remain clean during this waiting period or it will need washed again! Never apply sealer over water, moisture, dust, debris, mud ETC.

DO NOT APPLY SEALER TO A DAMP/WET SURFACE

5. Once the surface is completely dry, apply the sealer as follows:

  • Sealer can be rolled on with a 1/4″ nap paint roller and anti skid additive mixed into sealer. Keep anti skid suspended by mixing it often during application. Do not shake the material. (Stir)
  • Sealer can also be applied with an approved solvent sprayer and broadcasting the anti skid material (recommended method)
  • Sealer should be applied very thin. DO NOT OVER APPLY
  • Sealer should be applied when air temperature is above 55 F. Best results will be obtained by applying sealer during cooler temperatures- fall and spring or before 10 am and after 5-6 pm in summer months. Surface temperatures should be cooled down by hosing the surface then air drying with leaf blower prior to apply sealer… The surface must be dry!
  • Do not attempt to apply the sealer if you’re unsure with this process. You will have a big mess on your hands if done incorrectly. Please contact a professional to insure it gets done correctly.
  • IMPORTANT: Never use sealer products from Home Depot or Lowe’s ETC!!!! Contact the installer for the same sealer that was used when your stamped concrete was installed. We keep records of what products were used on each job.

6. Your stamped concrete should be resealed every 2-3 years to protect your investment. One 5-gallon pail of sealer will cover approximately 800 sq ft for a reseal.

7. It is important to use the same type of sealer that was used when your patio was installed. It will be a solvent base or water base sealer. We recommend using the solvent base sealer for best results. If water base was used it must be stripped prior to applying solvent base….

 Never use salt on your stamped concrete

  1. For the first couple years after your concrete work is installed we recommend using kitty litter or sand for traction in the winter months. After the first couple years a concrete approved ice melt can be used if you must apply it. (Apply sparingly) However not recommended!
  2. Always use a shovel with a plastic edge “no metal”

Stamped Concrete adds value to your home. You can protect your investment by following this simple advice.

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Morrison Custom Concrete has served Lancaster County and Chester County since 1999. We are eager to meet with you to answer any questions and provide you with an estimate for your upcoming project. We are now booking projects for 2013 - 2014. Great prices & quality work.
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