Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose concrete?
Concrete has been around for a long time because of its durability and strength. Many highways are made of concrete for durability and longevity. In the south, most driveways are made of concrete since it is cooler than blacktop. If concrete is properly installed with a solid base, it will not sink or settle. Concrete will not warp and splinter like wood.
We install 4” of 4000psi concrete, a rebar mat, fiber and sealer with anti-skid. Prior to installing the concrete, we add a 4-6” base of clean stone. A solid base under your concrete is as important as footers are to your house foundation.
How do I maintain my stamped concrete project?
Cleaning and sealing stamped concrete should be done on a regular basis just like any other home maintenance. The frequency will depend on how much traffic an area has (cars, foot traffic, water, and direct sunlight).
Concrete Authority recommends resealing your concrete every 3-5 years to keep your stamped concrete looking first class. If you wait longer, the gloss and color will fade slightly. Sealing is similar to waxing a car. When you apply sealer, the color will return as vibrant as the day it was installed. Resealing will also protect your concrete from water, ultra-violet light damage, freeze/thaw, food spills, oil/grease spills, etc. Resealing will also ease mud and dirt removal from concrete.
How long is installation time?
Typically, two to three days or about half the time of a deck or other hardscape so you can enjoy your patio investment sooner rather than later.
Is there a warranty?
Yes. Concrete Authority warrants the concrete against the following for one year from date of installation.
- No more than one SQ-IN defect (pit or depression) per 25 sq. ft.
- Cracks exceeding ¼ inch in width or vertical displacement will be repaired for one year.
- Steps should not settle, heave, or separate from the house in excess of ½ inch.
The use of de-icing materials on exterior concrete will void any warranty related to surface pitting, scaling, or spalling of concrete walks, patios, stoops, etc. Stamped and colored concrete must be resealed every 3-5 years to protect the stamped and colored concrete surface.
Why should I choose stamped concrete over pavers?
The biggest advantage of stamped concrete over pavers is the maintenance requirements. Pavers settle and separate over time and probably the biggest inconvenience is the growth of weeds in between them. You will avoid these issues with stamped concrete.