When it comes to home improvement projects, stamped concrete is a popular choice for driveways, walkways, patios, and more. It can be used to create a wide variety of looks, and it can last for many years without requiring much maintenance.
But exactly how long does stamped concrete last?
And what should you do to make sure it lasts as long as possible?
Here’s what you need to know.
Stamped concrete lifespan
If installed and maintained properly, stamped concrete will typically last about as long as regular concrete–up to 25 years. After all, the only real difference between stamped and regular concrete is the fact that a stamp is pressed into it.
Similar to standard concrete, it doesn’t require much maintenance. However, stamped concrete is not completely maintenance-free.
In order for any concrete to last 25 years, you’ll need to do some regular sweeping and leaf blowing to clean its surface. Debris left on concrete can cause it to stain, and in some cases, even eat away at its surface.
You’ll also want to hire a professional every 1-3 years to re-seal your concrete surface and perform necessary crack repair.
Concrete is vulnerable to a number of threats that may keep it from reaching its 25-year threshold. This includes things like failure to seal or perform any maintenance, improper installation, and heavy weight on the surface.
The reason sealer is so important is because concrete is naturally porous, making it easy for moisture to trickle in. This is especially dangerous in colder environments where the freeze-thaw cycle is constantly occurring, causing concrete to crack and resulting in deep structural issues.
When you coat your concrete with a sealer, you protect it from moisture and other corrosive threats.
The bottom line is that if you care for your stamped concrete properly, it can last up to 25 years without requiring much maintenance. However, there are a number of threats that can reduce its lifespan, so it’s important to keep up with regular cleaning and sealing.
With the right care and professional installation, you’ll be able to enjoy your stamped concrete for many years to come. At Port Aggregates, we pour our concrete with the highest quality concrete, care, and precision, so that it will be guaranteed to last. Contact us today to request a quote for your residential or commercial project!