Stamped concrete is a unique surface which allows you to imitate stone and brick for your driveway. It is important that you properly maintain your stamped concrete during the winter or it may get damaged and cause you to spend your hard earned money to fix just because you didn’t properly maintain your stamped concrete during the winter time. Here are a few tips to keep your stamped concrete driveway in tip top shape allowing it to survive the winter months.

Seal it

Before you seal up your stamped concrete, remove any dirt and debris. After your stamped concrete looks clean, apply a sealant. Sealants will prevent the concrete from staining and it will help the surface survive the tough wear and tear the winter months provide. Even though a good sealing will help it survive, don’t seal your stamped concrete too often. Too many layers can cause the concrete to look faded.

Clear Deck of Ice and Snow

It is important to keep the ice and snow off your stamped concrete. Freezing and thawing will cause the ice to expand which causes damages to stamped patterns and it may even create cracks. It is harder to repair stamped concrete than just regular concrete. When you are shoveling, make sure to use a plastic shovel and not a metal one. Metal shovels can damage and chip your concrete which is something you will not want.

Melt Ice

When there is ice, the first instinct for most people is to throw salt to get the ice to melt. It is important to be aware that some chemicals in the salt will damage your stamped concrete. Chemicals for stamped concrete are a no no because it may bleach your stamped concrete and damage it permanently.

Concrete By Design specializes in decorative concrete for every need and unique desire you may have. Custom texture, color and finish are included in our quality craftsmanship. We specialize in decorative concrete patios, driveways, pool decks, and interior floors! To learn more about how to properly maintain stamped concrete, give us a call at 973-439-1340.