Originally designed to resemble real stone, such as slate, cobblestone, or flagstone, concrete can now resemble man made tiles, bricks, or even wood. Stamped concrete, once poured and textured, gets a high quality sealer applied in a gloss, semi-gloss, or a flat finish depending on your choice and can last up to 5 years. Stamped concrete is popular for patios, driveway replacements, pool decks, and more.
Does Concrete Crack?
Sometimes. As concrete hardens, or hydrates, it develops internal stresses which may cause random cracks. In the Midwest, with our annual freeze and thaw cycles, your outdoor slab is constantly in motion. If the slab is installed correctly, using high quality concrete, good soil prep, proper rebar installation, proper control joint placement, and correct curing methods, we can limit the possibilities of cracking. Though it is not guaranteed, decorative joints are cut to relieve stresses before they form random cracks.
How Soon Before I Can Use My New Concrete?
Once the sealer is dry, foot traffic can resume in 24 hours, light cars in 7 days, and heavy vehicles in 2 weeks. Moving vans or travel trailers in one month.
Should I Seal My New Concrete?
It is very important to seal all outdoor concrete to protect it from annual freeze and thaw cycles and to prevent the penetration of road salts. On drive ways, road salts drip off your car and penetrates the surface, thus resulting in pop outs, chipping and spalling. We recommend a salt guard sealer on driveways to prevent concrete damage.