Stamped Concrete Mistakes | Does Stamped Concrete Crack?
Stamped Concrete Mistakes | Does Stamped Concrete Crack?
Stamped Concrete Mistakes
Concrete is the most common building material used today. It’s durable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive – making it a popular choice for driveways, sidewalks, and patios.
One of the most popular concrete trends in recent years has been stamped concrete. The versatility and infinite design possibilities have made it a perfect option for many homeowners.
Many homeowners are drawn to stamped concrete because of the variety and beauty it can add to an outdoor living space.
However, there are a few mistakes that many homeowners make when installing stamped concrete which can lead to costly repairs and more time spent on your project.
Here are some common stamped concrete mistakes
- Not sealing the concrete: Sealing a freshly laid, set concrete patio is vital to the project’s life and will help protect it from staining, mold, and mildew. Allowing moisture and dampness to penetrate the concrete will cause it to wash away more easily.
- Not taking into account rain: Take into account rain when designing your concrete project. This means providing enough drainage for water to pass through without causing standing water or puddling that will seep into your concrete over time.
- Choosing the wrong tools for the job: Investing in the right tools can save time, energy, and hassle when completing a concrete project. For example, proper trowels should be used for stamping, not regular paintbrushes. When choosing a trowel, look for one made specifically for pouring concrete or a screed trowel designed for cutting and polishing concrete.
- Not using a sealant that is compatible with the type of stain you are using or not designed for use on stamped concrete: Colors will fade and crack over time. The best way to extend the life of your new concrete is to seal it with a compatible sealant.
- Not considering the maintenance needs of the concrete: Concrete is not maintenance-free. Stamped or poured, it requires care and attention. Proper cleaning after a project is finished will prevent staining. Once stained, the concrete must be sealed, especially if you are using a high gloss finish.
- Not maintaining the concrete: Concrete is a porous material that allows moisture to penetrate it easily. Once the weather has broken down the sealer, stains will appear on the concrete surfaces within a few months of completion.
- Applying too much or too little water to your stamp pad before applying it to the surface of your concrete slab:
- Applying too heavy a weight to your stamped concrete surface: Lightweight objects will adhere well, but if too much weight is applied, things like bricks or tiles can chip and break off.
- Using an incorrect color inlay when creating a patterned design on your stamped concrete surface
- Failing to remove any excess residue from the stamp pad after each use, which can lead to discoloration and uneven coloring over time
- Not getting a professional to do the job: Stamped concrete requires special tools and a professional to perform the job correctly.
- Using misapplied sealant to protect your stamped concrete surface from the elements. Only use sealants designed for stamped concrete or one that is specifically designed for your project. Check with your stain or sealant manufacturer before applying to ensure it is designed to be used on stamped concrete or will not leak through the surface. Read all instructions for proper mix ratios and use. If in doubt, ask a professional.
- Not cleaning up any remaining sealant after the project is complete. Once the work is done, it is important to clean up any sealant that may have dripped.
- Not having your stamped concrete project professionally inspected before completing the final cleanup: Inspections should be performed after a project has been completed to ensure all details have been done correctly and that everything is to your satisfaction. Including materials in the concrete that could lead to severe cracking
- Choosing the wrong color for your home’s exterior. When choosing colors for your concrete project, it is important to consider the look and feel of the home’s exterior. Coordinating colors can help create a cohesive facade of the entire property,
- Hiring someone who doesn’t have experience with stamped concrete installation. To prevent any of these costly mistakes, be sure to hire a professional contractor.
Note that stamped concrete jobs look great but can experience expensive repair costs over time due to staining caused by the incorrect application, poor workmanship, and lack of maintenance.
Does stamped concrete crack?
When installed correctly, stamped concrete is highly resistant to cracking. Even if there is mild cracking in stamped concrete, the cracks are often difficult to spot because they blend in with the pattern and joint lines.
However, Stamped or imprinted concrete may be more prone to cracking because of a lack of adhesive keeping pieces together and/or air pockets creating cracks from weight fluctuations.
However, stamped concretes are often used on areas with little foot traffic such as driveways and patios which have less risk for wear-and-tear damage that could lead to cracking.
Does stamping concrete weaken it?
A common question that many homeowners wonder is does stamping concrete weaken it? Many people believe that stamping the concrete does weaken it because they think the stamping process squeezes the concrete tightly.
However, the stamping process does not weaken the concrete, but it does require a bit more care. When stamping the concrete, the maker of the concrete must first be very careful to make sure he is applying the chemical correctly to the right amount.
Stampers must also remember that stamping has a pretty big learning curve and they may end up with a darker stain than they expected. If you want your stamped concrete to look its best for years and years, you can ensure that you follow all of these tips so that it will last a long time.
Stamping concrete does not weaken it. If incorrectly done or maintained, washing it with a pressure washer will ruin the finish and cause it to crack…but that’s caused by the washing – not the stamping.
Is it OK to paint over stamped concrete?
Many people wonder if it is acceptable to paint over a stamped concrete faux finish. There are many benefits to painting your stampedcrete. The main benefit is that you can protect the concrete floor.
You could also use this as an opportunity to add color, texture, and grandeur to the structure of your home without actually having to have a full-fledged concrete coating application done.
Many people wonder if painting a stamped concrete is a good idea. Yes it is. This will take away the look of the concrete from the layer on top and show just how strong and sturdy it really is.
You can choose whatever color of paint you would like to use to help make your home more appealing, or even add patterning to the outside that will make it a little more special.
Manufacturers sell a wide range of specially formulated concrete paints. Since stamped concrete is more pocked than smooth concrete, use a very high-quality masonry epoxy paint that fills small pores and spreads uniformly. Choose the most durable oil-based paint you can find for your floors.
There are limitations as to what you can do when painting over stamped concrete. You will not be able to paint over decorative trim, panels, or accessories. You can, however, paint over the floors and walls of your home.
There are a few things to consider before painting over-stamped concrete.
- First, you will need to make sure that you have the correct sealant applied so it does not stain the floor.
- Second, avoid using too much water or paint in order for them to bond properly together.
- Third, make sure to clear the area of debris before you paint over it.
You can use any type of paint on stamped concrete. Just keep in mind that some paints will not work correctly with the sealer and could cause discoloration of the surface.
If your paint is not working properly, you may need to sand off the top layer and reapply another sealer before painting over it again.
Can you stamp over existing concrete?
Yes. Old concrete can easily be renewed using the stamping process and will not need to be removed.
Can you stamp over concrete decks?
Yes. You can apply the sealant and paint directly to a concrete deck.
Who should stamp the concrete?
Any professional tradesman, DIY enthusiast, or homeowner can stamp their own floors if they are skilled in the use of stamped concrete tools. The process is not difficult to learn and may take as little as 15 minutes to stamp a full car length of 2″-3″ thick flooring.
How long does the sealant last?
Some of homeowners have had their interior concrete floors in place for several years with no visible sign that they were stamped many years ago.
For floors exposed to the outdoors, we recommend that you reapply sealer after 2 to 4 years to maintain a long-lasting finish. For garage floors, a single coat of sealer should suffice.
What Sealant Should I Use?
We sell several different grades and types of concrete sealant for many different uses. Kindly check our post on the types of sealant product here >>
The effects of pressure cleaning on stamped concrete?
It can cause fading and frost cracking over time. You can protect your finished concrete from damage by using a specialty shielding sealer. This product is typically applied with a sprayer and work best when applied after six months.
There are several different stamping colors, however, we sell a vast selection of colors online. We always recommend that you test out the color using a small sample area before applying it to the entire floor.
Can you color stamped concrete?
Yes, you can. You can use any type of paint on stamped concrete. Just keep in mind that some paints will not work correctly with the sealer and could cause discoloration of the surface.