FAQ on Concrete Sealers, Stamped Concrete, Interior & Exterior Painting for Denver

How often should I repaint my exterior?
Colorado’s climate is brutal on exterior coatings. UV rays at altitude, freeze-thaw cycles and temperature extremes all contribute to the degradation of exterior coatings. If you notice excessive chalking or fading of color, cracks in substrates or between substrates, peeling, flaking, etc, it is definitely time to repaint.  Southern and western exposures as well as horizontal surfaces are more susceptible and will show signs earlier. Typically, a quality exterior paint job should last five to seven years.

My driveway is pitted and spalled. Does it have to be replaced?
Pitting and spalling are signs of a weakened top layer of concrete. If addressed early on, there are resurfacing and sealing systems which will halt the deterioration. If left untreated, moisture and chemicals will penetrate through the damaged surface increasing the deterioration to the point where replacement will eventually be the only option.

How often should I reseal my stamped concrete?
If you notice any fading of color or sheen, or flaking of the existing sealer, it is time to reseal. With proper application of concrete sealers, you can expect two to three years between coats.

Is prep work really that important?
Prep work is everything! Even inexpensive coatings, when applied over a properly prepared surface, will outlast the most expensive coatings applied over an improperly prepared surface.

What do I have to do to maintain my decorative concrete?
If left untreated and not maintained, concrete and decorative concrete will crack, flake, and show signs of pitting and spalling.  Once open to moisture penetration, any concrete slab will be subject to freeze-thaw damage and rapid structural degradation. All points for potential moisture penetration (cracks, pitted and spalled areas, etc.) must be filled with an appropriate filler, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned, re-colored if necessary, and then resealed with an appropriate sealer.

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