This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
How to Seal Stamped Concrete Update
In this updated article, we explain How to Seal Stamped Concrete. If you have encountered any issues and have any suggestions or have any questions, please comment below.
Stamped concrete is simply concrete that is patterned or textured to bear a resemblance to brick, flagstone, stone, slate, tile, wood, and various other surfaces. It can be used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, and pool decks. Normally a base color is chosen to reflect the natural color of the material it resembles. An accent color is also commonly used which gives the stamped concrete some texture.
To protect the appearance of stamped concrete, it is best to seal it. The right stamped concrete sealer will keep the surface looking good for many years. A concrete sealer can also revive an existing stamped concrete surface.
Benefits of Sealing Stamped Concrete
- Prevents color fading caused by U.V. rays
- Improves appearance
- Protects from stains
- Locks out moisture
- Reduces the chance of freeze/thaw damage
- Protects from deicing salts and chemicals
Surface Preparation Stamped Concrete
Like any surface, you will need to wash the stamped concrete before sealing it. Use a concrete cleaner and a stiff brush or pressure washer. Remove any dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and any other stains. For severe mold/mildew, a mild bleach solution can work well. Follow the directions on the concrete cleaner and be sure to rinse well. Allow the stamped concrete to dry for a day or so before applying the concrete sealer.
Choosing a Stamped Concrete Sealer
Stamped concrete sealers are offered in a variety of gloss levels, ranging from matte or non-gloss to high-gloss or “wet” look. The sealer can be applied using a brush, roller, or a quality metal sprayer. Cheap plastic garden sprayers do not work well as the sealer is too thick.
Stamped Concrete Sealer Application
Once the surface has completely dried, start applying the sealer evenly on the surface. Avoid “puddling” of the sealer; back brush any areas that start to pond or puddle up. Depending on the product and the type of finish you want, a second coat may be necessary. For glossy or “wet” look concrete sealers, additional coats can add more shine but be sure to follow the directions on the label and wait for the adequate dry time between coats. Once the entire surface is sealed, stay off the sealed concrete for the suggested amount of time, usually at least 24-48 hours.
Keeping your stamped concrete surfaces maintained will improve the look and value of your property. Protecting stamped concrete from the elements, stains, and other contaminants are certainly the best way to protect your investment.
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing, concrete sealing, and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior restoration. Scott and his restoration Michigan company have restored over 10,000 projects in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the restoration industry and has contributed to numerous restoration forums and informative sites.
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