Frequently Asked Questions

The decorative concrete experts at Elzinga Concrete know firsthand that individuals looking to improve the home or business property have lots of questions.

Whether you need a patio, fire pit, walkway or driveway — we can help you understand the differences between traditional, stamped, acid stain or brushed concrete. we want to

As part of our ongoing commitment to customer service, we have listed below answers to several frequently asked questions.

Hopefully, these answers will help you understand our process so  you can make informed decisions about your next project.

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Does Stamped Concrete Look Real?

Stamped concrete replicates traditional tiles such as slate, brick and cobblestone — and looks just like the real thing. Weeds and moss won’t grow in between the cracks, so stamped concrete not only looks real but looks nicer too.

Does Stamped Concrete Crack?

When installed correctly, stamped concrete becomes highly resistant to cracking, with concrete regarded as one of the most durable substances in mass.

Can I Install Stamped Concrete Myself?

Unless you identify as a concrete expert, we don’t recommend trying this at home. Exceptionally laborious and difficult, if done wrong it marks a major blemish in your property.

Can Stamped Concrete Go Over Existing Concrete?

If your existing concrete remains in good condition, overlaying it with a stamped surface gives the same appearance as conventional stamped concrete.

Is Stamped Concrete Slippery?

With its rigid texture, stamped concrete provides a slip resistant surface. However, just like natural stone surfaces, moisture makes it more slippery.

How Does Stamped Concrete Fare In The Winter?

Concrete withstands the powerful cold and heavy snows of Michigan winters. To extend its lifespan, we recommend not pouring deicing salt on the the concrete, as it chemically corrodes the sealing on the concrete.

How Long Does Your Concrete Last?

Whether you use traditional concrete or stamped, the substance lasts for decades when properly installed and maintained. Even against the cold winters of West Michigan, our top grade concrete stays strong for generations.

Can All Concrete Be Acid Stained?

Acid stains apply to both new and old concrete surfaces, although we recommend starting with a fresh new slab for best results. Acid stained concrete lasts long whether inside or outside.

Does The Color In Acid Stained Concrete Fade?

Because the stain penetrates into the surface, their color sticks to the concrete without fading, chipping or peeling away.

How Do I Maintain My Stained Concrete?

Although the color won’t fade or chip away, it only penetrates the top layer of the concrete. If the top layer wears away due to traffic or weather exposure, the acid stain may fade with it. Cleaning the concrete surface periodically by sweeping and occasional mopping with a neutral-PH cleaner keep the stained concrete strong and healthy.

How Often Should I Reseal My Exposed Aggregate Driveway?

Exposed aggregate typically needs resealing one every two to three years. For commercial properties with high traffic volume, we recommend more frequent resealings.

For more information on stamped concrete from the experts at Elzinga Concrete, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.327.9161.