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It is a given that your pattern imprinted concrete will need to be maintained. To what extent comes down to two different notions. These are whether the concrete requires essential maintenance or non essential maintenance.
It is essential that your pattern imprinted concrete is sealed after the initial installation. This is to ensure that the product is fully protected. Upon deciding whether your product needs to be resealed it is important to judge whether you believe the concrete is no longer protected or whether you require a reseal for aesthetic purposes.
Essential Maintenance: This is to ensure that the driveway is protected form freeze thaw cycles and traffic. When the seal has worn or the surface has been scratched it can be visibly seen as seen below on the left. It is essential to reseal your pattern imprinted concrete when the seal has completely worn away and the concrete is exposed and no longer protected. No seal = No protection, its that simple.
Non Essential Maintenance: This is a matter of the aesthetics or visual appearance of the drive. There can be certain misunderstandings when it comes to the appearance of the drive. ‘Loss of colour’ does not necessarily mean the concrete is not protected. We use the term ‘loss of colour’ loosely as it does not mean that the concrete has lost colour but could be something as simple as weathering on the surface of the seal. This is an indication that the seal is serving its purpose. As you can see in the picture above on the right, the driveway is not damaged and the seal has not worn away or been penetrated, the seal has simply weathered naturally and ‘frosted’ over, in this case a reseal although not essential, has brought through the colour of the concrete underneath. Non essential maintenance on pattern imprinted concrete is much like waxing your car, the integrity of the product does not depend on it but if you want it to look good it is something you should consider.
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16th February 2012