A beautiful slab of stamped concrete can bring life to your home or garden. As a medium, concrete is one area where you can let your creativity shine – but over time weather and regular wear can make that shine fade.
However, there are a few ways to restore stamped concrete and bring it back to its former grandeur. In this post, we’ll talk about 3 tips for you to follow so that you can not only revive, but also maintain your concrete floor, patio, or driveway:
- Clean and Maintain Your Stamped Concrete
- Resurface Your Stamped Concrete
- Restain Your Stamped Concrete
1. Clean and Maintain Your Stamped Concrete
To revive your concrete, all you might need is a thorough cleaning. As a regular practice, try to keep the concrete swept and free of debris. Though the areas that lie in shade may be protected from the bleaching effects of the sun, they will be prone to the dead leaves and other debris from the trees, which can discolor your surface over time.
During the autumn, be sure to keep the area swept and clear. Once all of the leaves have fallen from your trees, have your stamped concrete pressure-washed to avoid any staining. If you don’t own a pressure washer (or if you simply want a professional touch), check out our concrete pressure washing and sealing services.
2. Resurface Your Stamped Concrete
Inspect your concrete and determine if it needs to be resealed or resurfaced by a professional concrete contractor. Quick ways to tell if your stamped concrete is in need of attention is if it retains water, is cracked, or has simply lost its sheen. Most seals will last for a minimum of 3 years but can work for up to 10 years.
Once your patio, driveway, or other stamped concrete slab is resurfaced, it will come back to life. Professionals can repair any damage if needed, and before you know it, your friends and neighbors will be complementing your new concrete. Only you will know the truth!
3. Restain Your Stamped Concrete
Over time, colored concrete will begin to fade. If you have an outdoor patio where you bask in the treasured Pacific Northwest summer months, the same sun that is warming your skin is bleaching the slab beneath you. You may not notice until you move a piece of furniture and notice how the shaded areas are more vibrant.
This is a natural phase in the life of a concrete slab. Thankfully, your concrete’s color can be restored to its former brilliance. Restaining can either bring back your original color of even change the tint if you like. If you opt to resurface, you can also choose an entirely unique color. You might want to even add a new texture or pattern to your concrete for an entirely new look.
Concrete is a versatile, low-cost, and relatively low-maintenance alternative for your home or garden design. It is long-lasting, and you will be thrilled to know that you can change its look and feel from time to time. With a regular maintenance routine, your slab will be stunning for years to come.
If you’re considering a restoration, resurface, or entirely new concrete project, contact GWC Decorative Concrete for a free consultation.