Stamped concrete driveways are concrete driveways that are patterned or textured to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, or wood. Some driveways are simply stamped, while others are stamped and colored. When properly sealed, stamped concrete driveways will provide years of life and performance that is both functional and pleasing to the eye.
How To Stamp Concrete
When to Seal Stamped Concrete
When you seal your stamped concrete driveway will depend on how the concrete driveway was stamped. Some stamped concrete driveways can’t be sealed for 30 days to allow for color to properly release, while other stamped concrete driveways need to be sealed immediately after being poured. If you are unsure as to when you should seal your stamped concrete driveway you should check with the concrete contractor who did the pour. If you did the pore yourself, check with the manufacturer of the product you are looking to purchase sealer from.
- New Concrete: If the stamped concrete is less than 28 days old, you want to use a concrete cure and seal. These are usually acrylic based sealers and they are available in low and high gloss. Solvent based acrylic sealers will darken the surface, while water based with simply enhance with a gloss. Learn more about the different types of acrylic concrete sealers.
- Existing Concrete: If the concrete is unsealed, but more than 28 days old, you can use an acrylic sealer or a penetrating sealer. Penetrating sealers won’t change the look or color of the surface, and acrylic sealers will darken and enhance with a low to high gloss finish.
- Reseal: When resealing a previously sealed stamped concrete surface you want to make sure the new sealer is compatible with the old sealer if the old sealer is still present on the surface or within the pores. Water based acrylic sealers need to be re-coated with water based acrylic sealers, and solvent based acrylic sealers need to be re-coated with solvent based acrylic sealers. If a penetrating sealer was used, like a Silane-Siloxane water repellent, check with the manufacturer (of the new product you want to use) directly for their suggestions.
Types of Stamped Concrete Sealers
There are two types of concrete sealers that can be used to seal stamped concrete: penetrating concrete sealers and acrylic concrete sealers.
- Penetrating sealers work below the surface and won’t change the look or color of the stamped concrete. Water repellents sealers are the best type of penetrating sealers that can be used on stamped concrete if a penetrating sealer is going to be used.
- Acrylic concrete sealers will enhance and protect the surface of the stamped concrete. Solvent based acrylic sealers will darken the surface and enhance it with a low to high gloss, water based acrylic sealers won’t darken the surface but they will enhance it with a low to high gloss finish.
Acrylic sealers are the most common type of sealer to use on stamped concrete because without a coating, stamped concrete surfaces will fade and deterioration. Acrylic sealers will help to:
- protect the color of the stamped concrete from fading
- bring out dull and faded stamped concrete
- protect the surface against deterioration caused by water absorption
- protect the surface against deterioration caused by surface abrasion
Best Acrylic Concrete Sealers for Stamped Concrete
- Armor AR350 Wet Look Sealer (average 4.8 star review)
- Armor AR500 High Gloss Sealer (average 4.9 star review)
- Eagle High Gloss Sealer (average 4.6 star review)
- Enduraseal SB Acrylic Sealer (average 4.5 star review)