What is stamped concrete and why should I choose it as my choice of pavement?
Stamped Concrete is concrete patterned and/or textured to resemble brick, stone, tile, wood, and more. One of its obvious advantages is its appearance, it is far more appealing than asphalt or plain concrete. Its advantage over products like pavers, bricks, and stone is that stamped concrete is one solid piece custom made on site to shape your entire area rather than numerous premade pieces (flexible system) making it a solid system that will always be nice and even, and never grow weeds. It is often cheaper as well because when you buy a different product like a paver stone or brick you are often paying a contractor, who buys the product from a dealer, who buys the product from a factory. With stamped concrete we are the contractor, we are the dealer, we are the factory and we custom make our product to fit your entire area in one solid piece giving you superior value and reliability.
When looking for an installer what should I be looking for in terms of quality?
We have a nice write up in our About Us section, even if you do not choose Silva Stamped Concrete, there is a good amount of information there for anyone looking to educate themselves more about the product.
I have an existing area with concrete already, is there a way to get stamped concrete without ripping it out?
In most cases yes, to see if you are eligible in doing so please contact us for a professional evaluation.
My stamped concrete is a little slippery, is there a way to solve this problem?
Yes, here at Silva Stamped Concrete we use a special non-slip additive in our sealer that provides as much grip and friction as our customer wants. Sometimes you may not get as much the very first time it’s sealed but each time we reseal it in the future we can add more or less to your preference.
I am looking for a specific pattern but can not find it on the website?
Not all of our patterns are on our website but if there is any pattern that we do not have, we may be able to special order it for you.
How often should I get my stamped concrete sealed?
How often you get your stamped concrete sealed is entirely up to you. Once a year is recommended if you wish to always keep your stamped concrete looking fresh and new. If sealed once every other year, you will most likely need two coats of sealer instead of one. If not sealed for multiple years, the stamped concrete will slowly start to fade in color and start to lose its original smooth finish as more and more years go on, usually ending up with a paver like surface. You will then need at least two coats of sealer and most likely need some recoloring (Please see our Reseal Repair section for visual examples).
My newly installed stamped concrete seems blotchy and/or faded, is this normal?
In most cases yes, what happens is because the concrete is still in its curing stages it tends to suck up any sealer applied to it and the concrete itself lightens up over this period of time (think of dark wet concrete versus your light colored foundation wall). We recommend getting it sealed again several weeks after if this happens to you, this will even out the color, prevent any staining, and make everything look right, at this time you can also have more of the non-slip additive added to your stamped concrete.
Can I get a job done without steel forming (rebar, wire mesh, etc) in order to save money?
No. Steel forming is by far the most important thing in concrete. The steel is what holds everything together and keeps it from breaking and falling apart. Without it the whole area will slowly fail due to the ground settling and shifting over the years to come. We only do jobs with steel forming because we only provide our customers with the highest quality work. Any company that does not use steel forming is scamming the customer because the product will not last.
What precautions should I take with my salt water pool?
As we all know living in New England, salt is corrosive, in your pool it can harm things like your deck regardless of material, the pool itself if gunite or plaster, tile, anchors that hold your ladders and railings, your pool equipment, and more. Many manufacturers of salt water chlorinators state that it is important to maintain and test your water chemistry periodically to prevent any possible corrosion, check your owner’s manual (they can usually be found online if lost) for the recommended chemistry levels and saturation index. The following precautions are also advisable, brush and/or blow off any salt accidentally spilled outside of the pool water when adding, rinse down areas with fresh water after heavy use, clean anchors if possible when removing/installing your ladders/railings, and seal the deck with a high quality sealer annually for the best protection.
Is there a minimum job size?
Unfortunately there is, due to a number of things such as concrete having a minimum yardage, fuel, labor, scheduling, etc. We are unable to install new jobs less than 300 square feet.
Does Silva Stamped Concrete service my area?