After having new outdoor decorative concrete installed at your home, you want it to last forever. Fortunately, with top products like Tuscan, Sun H20, and SunStamp, you have the assurance that your patio, walkway, driveway, pool deck, or another outdoor surface will provide many years of flawless service.
Although Mandeville does not get snow, it does receive roughly 63 inches of rain each year. That coupled with hot temperatures during the summer means that you need more than just a superior-quality decorative concrete product. The good news is that protecting the surface does not require much.
For both rain and sun, the best method of protection involves having a quality sealer applied. Because concrete is porous, it absorbs liquids. Although you never have to worry about freeze and thaw cycles in Mandeville, as you would in other geographic locations, water seepage alone is enough to cause problems. Along with water, decorative concrete will readily absorb other liquids, including antifreeze, oil, chemicals, and so on, which will eventually lead to damage and discoloration.
The best sealers on the market today are acrylic resin, although you can also choose reactive penetrating sealers, including silicates and siliconates. Regardless of which option you prefer, it is important to have your decorative concrete sealed as soon as it can withstand a decent amount of weight. However, once the concrete surface cures, you can also choose high-performance coatings, such as urethanes and epoxies.
After having a sealer applied to your decorative concrete in Mandeville, you can extend its lifespan even more with proper maintenance. Typically, this entails nothing more than sweeping and hosing the surface off with a garden hose. In exchange, you prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, which can cause problems, not to mention a diminished aesthetic. Just make sure that you follow the installer’s recommendation about resealing since you need to have this done every few years or so.