Frequently Asked Questions
Is stamped concrete slippery? It doesn’t have to be. If sealer is not applied it will be just like most other concrete surfaces. If you choose to seal your concrete, the surface will be more slippery than an unsealed surface but the non-skid additives mitigate this effect.
Should I seal my concrete? Yes. Most concrete benefits from sealer.
How often should I reseal my stamped concrete? We recommend resealing your stamped concrete every 1-3 years.
I see some concrete going into my pool, will it hurt the pool or any of the filtration equipment? No. The small amounts that “splatter” into the pool will not harm the pool or the filter. On rare occasions, larger amounts will fall into the pool. This will cloud the water and require some clean up, but it will not harm the pool or filter.
What will the texture of the cantilever coping around my pool look and feel like? On a standard cantilever coping you should expect to see some blemishes, aggregates and small “bug holes”. As for the feel, you should expect the equivalent of #30 (very course) sandpaper.
Will my concrete crack? Yes. We expect it to crack in the designated areas of our control joints, where you will not see them. However, with some frequency the concrete will crack away from these control joints, where you can see them. This is considered normal and will not affect the use or longevity of the concrete.
When can I drive on my concrete? We recommend a minimum of 7 days?
When can I walk on my concrete? We recommend a minimum of 2 days for light foot traffic. 4 days for furniture.
Do I need a stone base under my concrete? It depends on the soil and location of each job.