Resurfacing Stamped Concrete Resurfacing Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is used in many different cases. It is used for driveways, patios and occasionally, walkways inside a building. Stamped concrete is likely to be in an area which is highly trafficked, in which case it will need resurfacing or repairing every now and again. To keep it in good condition, there are various maintenance tasks which can prolong the life of the pavement and keep it looking elegant and stylish. Fortunately, it is usually possible to make basic repairs without actually having to replace the whole area of the pavement.
Things that Damage Stamped Concrete
To prevent your concrete from getting damaged in the future, it is a good idea to take some precautions. Frost is one of the most common causes of damage in concrete. There is not really any way to completely prevent this, but keeping your pavement properly maintained and free of any cracks is the best prevention available. It should also be well sealed. This will help to prevent water from getting into such cracks and then expanding when it freezes, thus breaking the pavement. Heavy usage can also cause some wear and tear, but this will take a very long time.
Preparing a Stamped Concrete Surface for Repairs
To begin with, you need to make sure that the surface is completely clean. It should be swept and then washed so that there are no particles of dirt around it. To continue, you will need to make a mix of acrylic concrete fortifier and color hardener. This mixture should then be applied to the damaged area of the concrete. Place this in the crack and use an appropriate tool to get the mixture in place. You can do this by hand if you are wearing adequate gloves.
Repairing the Pattern
To keep the pattern imprinted onto the cement, you will need to have a clear liquid called a release agent. There are specific types used for stamp concrete which you should be able to obtain at your local hardware store. This should be placed over the repaired area carefully. Unfortunately, things get a little bit more complicated if the damaged area is large enough to need to repair the pattern as well. In this case, you will need to match the pattern used for the stamp concrete area and place it on top of the area that you just repaired.
To complete the job, clean the area again and then continue sealing it once it is dry. The entire area should be covered with sealant. This will help to prevent further weather damage and basic wear and tear. You should continue sealing the surface on a regular basis as this is a basic maintenance routine. It should be done every 2 to 3 years and it will help to keep your concrete in good condition. Also, make sure that cracks are repaired as soon as you see them before they get any bigger.