What you want to know about Pattern Imprinted Concrete background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left”
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance is minimal compared to other types of materials that can be installed such as blocks, tarmac or stone. Nobody likes to bend down and pick weeds from cracks in a driveway. This is especially true for older people with limited movement making picking weeds dangerous. A properly installed pattern imprinted concrete driveway can minimise the need for this.
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance – Stopping weeds.
As pattern imprinted concrete is laid as a slab, there will not be any weeds that can grow and therefor minimise maintenance. The exception to this is that weeds and other organic material can grow in expansion joints or cracks. If everything has been done during the installation process to prevent cracks this shouldn’t be a problem. If expansion joints have been accurately filled with sealer/mastic then there shouldn’t be a problem here, either.#
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance- Resealing.
Ongoing pattern imprinted concrete maintenance is required to prevent discolouration. When a pattern imprinted driveway is first installed it is sealed. The sealant provides protection against the colour fading. If sealant is not re-applied at periodic intervals then the colour will fade. Some colours fade more noticeably than others- the darker colours and reds.
How to reseal:
The area should be swept (or use a leaf blower) clear and power washed to ensure no debris is on top of the concrete. Caution is urged with power washing, do not hold the tip of the gun too close to the surface of the driveway.
Once the area is clear and dry, sealant can be applied. A ‘matt’ effect seal or ‘gloss effect’ can be applied. The application of sealant is best done with a soft broom. It is easy to dip a soft broom into the sealant (which usually comes in a drum) and apply evenly. Sealing should never be attempted if the pattern imprinted concrete area is wet of damp. Even the smallest amount of moisture in the lines of the pattern or sitting in the expansion joints is a no go. If sealer is applied when wet the water will react with the sealant and a white residue will be left. This will have to be removed and a complete reseal will have to be done.
Resealing is also important to prevent oil and petrol stains. If the area does not have sufficient seal then there will be no barrier and oil/petrol/diesel will be absorbed by the concrete.
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance – Trees and climbers.
Another piece of maintenance is not directly on the driveway but its to ensure that any trees and climbers are cut back. If trees or climbers are in close proximity to the area lifting may occur after a period of time as roots expand. Additional maintenance is required if grass also encroaches over areas of the driveway.
Pattern imprinted concrete maintenance – Repairs.
Occasionally a severe bout of frost can lift colour from a concrete area. If this occurs it will normally be on a very small area. An easy remedy for for this is to mix a little colour (make sure you are left with some colour by the installer and store it in an air-tight-container) with water and apply it to the area. It is important to also add some release powder to dry and blend the colour (otherwise it will be more noticeable). Once this has dried, apply a small amount of sealer and the repair is complete.