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Preserving the Beauty: A Guide to Maintaining Stamped, Broom Finished, and Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Cobblestone stamped patio with shrubbery under a deck
Cobblestone Stamped Patio

Concrete surfaces are not only durable and versatile but can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home's exterior. Whether you have a stamped patio, a broom-finished driveway, or an exposed aggregate walkway, proper maintenance is key to preserving their beauty and longevity. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips and techniques for maintaining three popular types of residential concrete finishes.

1. Stamped Concrete:

Stamped concrete offers the look of natural materials such as brick, stone, or wood, with the durability and affordability of concrete. To keep your stamped concrete looking its best, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Regular Cleaning: Sweep or rinse your stamped concrete surface regularly to remove dirt, debris, and organic matter. Use a mild detergent and water solution for more thorough cleaning, and avoid harsh chemicals that may damage the sealant.

  • Sealing: Apply a quality concrete sealer every 1 year to protect the surface from moisture, stains, and UV damage. We have a sealer specifically designed for stamped concrete and come out to power wash and apply the sealer for you.

  • Avoiding Abrasive Cleaners: Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that may scratch or damage the stamped pattern. Instead, opt for gentle cleaning methods to preserve the integrity of the surface texture.

2. Broom Finished Concrete:

Broom finished concrete, characterized by its textured surface created by dragging a broom across the wet concrete, is a popular choice for driveways, walkways, and patios. Here's how to maintain your broom finished concrete:

  • Regular Sweeping: Keep your broom finished concrete clean by sweeping it regularly to remove dirt, leaves, and other debris. This simple maintenance task can help prevent buildup and prolong the life of the surface.

  • Sealing: Apply a concrete sealer every 2-3 years to protect the surface from moisture penetration, oil and BBQ staining, and wear. We have a sealer appropriate for broom finished concrete.

3. Exposed Aggregate Concrete:

Exposed aggregate concrete features decorative aggregates such as gravel, glass, or shells that are exposed by removing the top layer of cement paste. To maintain the beauty of your exposed aggregate concrete, consider the following tips:

  • Gentle Cleaning: Clean your exposed aggregate concrete surface regularly with a mild detergent and water solution. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or pressure washers, as they may damage the exposed aggregates and alter the surface texture.

  • Sealing: Apply a penetrating concrete sealer every 1-2 years to protect the exposed aggregates from moisture absorption, staining, and fading. This is the same type of sealer you would use for decorative concrete.

  • Avoiding Heavy Traffic: Minimize heavy vehicle traffic and sharp objects on your exposed aggregate concrete surface to prevent damage to the aggregates and surface texture. Consider using protective mats or pads under furniture and vehicles to distribute weight evenly.

By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your stamped, broom finished, and exposed aggregate concrete surfaces looking their best for years to come. With regular cleaning and sealing, you can preserve the beauty and durability of your residential concrete finishes, enhancing the curb appeal and value of your home.

Want to get your patio looking its best or renew your concrete this season? Call us or book an appointment on our website today! 314-265-5257

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