I just got back from the short walk to the mailbox and back and I just can’t believe how hot it is out there for the last week of July. I am sure that everyone reading this has said that statement or heard it at least a million times this summer. The heat is beating up our yards, our trees and shrubs, our vegetable gardens and flower beds, the corn (don’t even want to think about food prices this fall), our pets, the wildlife, the birds, and yes, even our concrete. Stamped concrete is typically sealed with acrylic sealers that are short life sealers under the best of conditions (18 to 24 months average life).With this heat, even the most durable of the acrylics is burning away like our yards. Acrylic sealers break down quickly under extremes of temperature (either hot or cold) and I feel certain that we can all agree – this heat is extreme.
So what can we do to protect that beautiful stamped concrete? Not much when the weather is this hot but you need to be prepared to reseal your patio, driveway, entry (or whatever stamped, decorative concrete that you have) that has been exposed to these extreme temperatures this fall before winter comes. I wonder if we will have an extremely cold winter to balance out for our extremely hot summer. What do you think?
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