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Stamped concrete is an innovative concrete widely applied for the floor in patios, car porch, driveways and sidewalks. It is extremely docile in nature and can be finished to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, tile, stone, wood and various other patterns and textures.
The major advantage of using stamped concrete is its flexibility to get moulded to resemble other building materials and textures which makes it a cheaper alternative over using other authentic materials such as stone, slate or brick.
Repair Procedure of Stamped Concrete
The repair of stamped concrete is explained through the five steps listed below :
1. Surface Preparation
Firstly, the cracks or the distress where the concrete is to be repaired must be cleaned properly. Every mote of dust or the traces of loose particles must be removed, so that they do not hinder the patching material bond with the existing concrete.
To further remove the loose particles, soapy water can be used to wash off the loose dirt and debris. Care must be taken to rinse and dry the concrete.
2. Preparation of Patching Mixture
Depending upon the type of distress to be repaired, suitable patching material is selected. A proportionate amount of water and concrete bonding material is mixed and made into a paste.
The colour of the patching mixture must blend with the existing stamped concrete to ensure a uniform appearance and therefore concealing the signs of repair.
3. Application of Patching Material
Application of patch mixture depends on the type of crack and distress to be repaired. If the cracks are small, it can be patched with the help of finger application. For this type of application, gloves must be used and the cracks must be filled up completely. After the application of patch material, with the use of a damp sponge, the edges of the cracks are smoothened to give it a uniform appearance.
For very large cracks, the patching mixture is filled into the crack and smoothened with a trowel. Pour in a surface release agent to facilitate the process as you imprint the desired pattern onto the concrete.
4. Re-Stamping of Repaired Concrete
It is important to give the same finish and pattern that was present on the concrete initially. To do that, obtain the exact pattern that was used during installation. The stamp stencil is pressed against the fresh concrete and after a period of 24hrs, the stencil is removed and the surface is cleaned with soapy water and left to dry out. Proper curing must be ensured for further distress.
5. Sealing of Repaired Concrete
As a final step, seal the repaired area with a concrete sealant. This will help to protect your patio from damage and preserve the integrity of the installation.
Repair Tips for Stamped C
- Matching the colour of repair concrete and the existing stamped concrete is very important. A variety of colouring agents are available in the market that can be used during the preparation of patching paste. One can also colour regular or white concrete with water-based metallic oxide pigments, which are designed for tinting concrete.
- Application of sealant over the repaired part of concrete helps to protect the concrete from oils and stains. In addition, removing sealer from around the crack prior to repair improves adhesion.
- Working conditions must be suitable for repair works. For best results,
repair works must be done at temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees. The temperature must remain above freezing while the concrete cures.