That stamped concrete forms one of the hardiest of building material goes without a particular mention but even with this strong and tough material it is sometimes required to give an added protection that will at times improve its appearance or even at times increase its useful life as well.
Often the very raw application of a concrete structure like in roofs and flooring makes it best that some form of protection is accorded. There are a number of ways it is commonly done and it is often that there is a preferred method and choice to a particular method as well.
Concrete overlay: Here an additional layer of concrete at times mixed with a binder is applied to the concrete surface in question. The role of the binder in most cases is to afford a bit of flexibility to a material that is best rigid in formation. The overlay is often considered expendable and replaceable and over the life of an concrete structure the overlay is done many times over.
Acrylic sealer: The use of sealers is to provide water proofing that a particular situation so mandates in use. The brittleness of concrete allows cracks and fissures to form on the outer layer or outer part of a slab and the sealer does seal in and provide a first line of defense to the concrete application.
Polyurethane coating: When the acrylic coat proves to be a lot rigid than is needed the coating is done using a polyurethane layer. The extra soft and flexible nature of the substance ensures that a more flexible layer is had that can fit to a situation better. The coating is more durable and enduring than a acrylic coat.
Penetrating sealers: The very term often lets out the basic function of the sealer. It moves deeply into the surface of a concrete slab to ensure a waterproof and non penetrative outer layer to most fluids. This is often a non reversible type of an application that is permanent in application.
Epoxy coating: This is meant to be more of a surface treatment that is done on a concrete surface and is never meant to be a permanent form of protection. At times the epoxy coat is removed and reapplied numerous times during the active life of a structure.
The various physical conditions in the life of a stamped concrete structure
There is nothing like a preferred condition to a concrete structure. It must be able to stand up to the rains and ice during the winter months and the pure heat during the summers. Thus a more focused treatment that focuses on the immediate conditions is what brings on the extra forms of treatment available to the users of concrete.
If there is indeed a pattern to a concrete protection system, then it is the need to put up a first line of defense to the impeding condition. This is particularly when the use of resins and coating come into play.