You may not be aware of the various types and styles of concrete that you can use in home improvement projects. This limitation can make it difficult to properly consider the various concrete options that are available, and this can be particularly true when it concerns decorative concrete.
Why Would You Opt For Stamped Concrete Over Traditional Stone Pavers?
One of the more common uses for decorative concrete is to use it to give a walkway, patio, or driveway the texture and appearance of stone pavers. This is possible through the process of concrete stamping. When this technique is used, a special press is used to texturize the concrete once it has been poured.
A particularly important advantage that can come from this type of concrete pour is that it will be far more cost effective than opting for stone pavers. This is due to the fact that concrete costs a fraction of the price for high-quality stone. Another important advantage can be that stamped concrete will be much quicker to install. Traditional pavers will need to be installed one stone at a time, which can result in these projects taking several days to complete. In contrast, having stamped concrete installed can usually be completed within a single day.
Can You Use Deicing Chemicals On Decorative Concrete?
Preventing ice accumulations from forming on your driveway will be important for making sure that you can safely drive on the pavement. Unfortunately, traditional deicing chemicals can harm decorative concrete. This is particularly true for concrete that has colored pigments added to it. The harsh acidic deicing chemicals can bleach these pigments.
Protecting the color of your driveway against this source of wear and tear involves using sand as an ice control agent. It will dramatically inhibit the ability of ice to form, and it will also increase your car’s traction when ice is able to accumulate.
Will The Sunlight Bleach Colored Concrete?
Sunlight can be another source of damage for colored concrete. The intense ultraviolet rays of light will break down these pigments, which can turn your beautiful decorative concrete a light grey color. If this occurs, it can be impossible to restore the color of the concrete without resurfacing the entire pavement. Luckily, you can mitigate this type of damage by applying a sealant that reflects these light rays. These sealants will be highly effective at minimizing solar damage, but they must be applied each year to offer your decorative concrete comprehensive protection against this common source of wear and tear.