We all want our concrete patio to last for years or at least a decade if possible. Concrete is a strong and durable material but will still crack and wear out over time. This is why it is essential to maintain your concrete correctly. In fact, there are many factors to consider when maintaining a concrete patio.
Here are some useful methods to preserve the look and durability of your concrete patio.
Plain concrete vs. stamped concrete patios
Concrete in any form can be durable, attractive, and affordable option for your patio floor. However, there are differences when it comes to stamped and plain concrete maintenance. In fact, stamped is usually designed to look like a brick, but it requires a higher level of care.
Also, stamped concrete incorporates colour and design, so to preserve the detailing and colour, you will need to apply a sealant or colour hardener. Most homeowners choose stamped concrete for its decorative properties over plain concrete. It is also more affordable than bricks, pavers, or stones. It is more environmentally friendly and can mimic the high-end look of a more expensive material like bricks.
Plain concrete is the more affordable option, but it still offers a fairly high-end look if it has the right finish. When it comes to maintenance, plain concrete requires a bit more maintenance because it has fewer treatments than other types of concrete. Although its durability is somewhat similar to what you can expect from stamped concrete.
The only difference in maintenance between these two types of concretes is the type of sealer you can use for each one of them. In fact, sealers can create that shine on the surface but it needs to be replaced more often and it is more visible with stamped concrete.
The lifespan of concrete
When a concrete slab is properly maintained, it usually lasts for decades, whether it is plain or stamped. However, certain factors can affect the durability and look of concrete, and these will include environmental intrusions like the growth of tree roots or earth shifting. But most of the time, patio floors will remain intact for many years.
Stamped concrete will most likely survive longer than regular concrete since it has more protective coatings. Also, stamped concrete may include colour hardener and sealant on its surface, protecting it from abrasion and wear.
Maintaining your concrete patio
There is a natural process called erosion, and it can wear away at your concrete. That is why you need to keep your concrete clean to prevent this from happening. In fact, ignoring this task will lead to concrete deterioration, and it may even start to crumble sooner than normal.
Ideally, you should use a standard garden hose or pressure washer with spray attachment and wash away debris, dirt, or other foreign contaminants on your concrete as often as possible. You can also use a liquid dish or soap to scrub away bird poop, spills, then rinse with a garden hose.
For stains, grease and food spills, it is important to clean up as soon as you see them. You can use a pressure washer to eliminate any visible spotting on your concrete surface.
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