A stamped concrete driveway is paved by the systematic imprinting of a pattern or a texture on the surface of your old concrete slab. These patterns usually resemble the texture of a brick or a tile and have become increasingly popular among homeowners as they are quite durable.
Stamped concrete is also a cost-efficient way to enhance the beauty of your dull, old concrete slab. However, like any other concrete surface, this driveway needs to be sealed and maintained annually. With proper maintenance, your driveway can provide decades of service even when exposed to harsh sunlight and other adverse conditions.
Here are some key tips on stamped concrete care and maintenance to keep your pavement safe and smooth:
1) Clear the Debris
Clearing the debris from your concrete driveway needs to be done on a regular basis just like any other aspect of your home maintenance. Sweep and remove all the natural debris like leaves, grass, and weed from the pavement. This is because, if not removed timely, these decaying leaves and wood can leave behind a stain on your driveway and make it blotchy and unkempt permanently. Moreover, the presence of these wet leaves can make your concrete walkway slippery which is hazardous for the pedestrian as well the drivers.
2) Wash the Surface
You can use water and a mild detergent to wash the surface area of your entire driveway. Make sure you wear rubber gloves during the process. Once you are done with the washing, clean out the area using a garden hose.
For a thorough cleaning of the surface of your driveway, it is recommended to use a pressure washer. However, it is important to make sure you exert a medium amount of pressure on the pavement while using a pressure washer or else you might end up damaging the surface of your concrete slab. You can consult a pavement expert to do the same for you.
3) Remove the Snow
Snow can be a hazardous element for your driveway. If snow is not cleared from your pathway on time, the water will melt and seep into the surface of your driveway. This can result in the emergence of cracks and potholes. Therefore, it is important to employ a contractor for efficient snow removal to keep your stamped concrete driveway smooth and functional.
4) Apply the Sealer
Seal and waterproof your driveway at least once a year. Sealing your driveway protects it from moisture penetration, freeze-thaw conditions, de-icing chemicals and abrasion. Ask your contractor to recommend you the best sealant for a stamped concrete driveway. Applying a sealer can also keep look of your stamped concrete intact for a longer period of time.
Your stamped concrete driveway can last a long time if it is maintained correctly. Book a maintenance check with a pavement expert at the end of every season to repair and maintain your driveway. A skilled contractor cleans your driveway and repairs the cracks in your concrete timely. This extends the life of your driveway and makes it safe to use.
Follow these simple steps for stamped concrete care and maintenance to keep your driveway good as new. Consult our experts at Blacktop to schedule a maintenance check for your pavement today.