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    The Complete Package

    When you’re planning some home improvements, it makes sense to get as much done in one go as you can. It ensures consistency of quality, and makes for much less disruption. Going with a contractor like, us who can offer a number of services simultaneously, makes everything a lot easier.

    Along with our fantastic pattern imprinted concrete driveways, we can provide and install pretty much everything you need to completely re-design your external property, whether it’s domestic or commercial.

    When you’re in the design stage of planning your new pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio, it’s worth having a think about potential additions that we could provide. Simple, high-quality items like fencing and gating can really finish off the front of your property, as well as offering some additional home security.

    If you’re after a pattern imprinted patio, consider the installation of a complimentary area of wooden decking. Having two differently surfaced areas, with differing height levels, can really enhance a social area, helping to make your garden a place that you can really enjoy.

    This doesn’t mean that we’re not satisfied with simple driveway installations. Also, we’re not going to try and aggressively up-sell you other products that you don’t want or need. But we are dedicated to getting the best results for our customers, which is why we’ll sometimes suggest complimentary products.

    There are examples of some of our bigger and more involved jobs in our case studies gallery. Here, for example, is a project that involved not just laying a superb pattern imprinted concrete driveway, but also installing fencing and gating, along with other cosmetic features. At the Eden Park job in Blackburn, our client was so happy with the progress on their driveway that they decided to have a patio done as part of the same project.

    Submit A Testimonial

    For contractors, reputation is very important. After all, it’s how we attract new customers. We strive to make sure that anyone who picks us as their contractor is a 100% satisfied with the installation process. And, it goes without saying, the end result.

    We’ve laid and finished a lot of pattern imprinted driveways since we started trading. That’s not to mention our patio, decking, fencing and gating projects. That makes for a lot of satisfied customers. Would you like to join the club?

    Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you’re interested in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, or one of our other services. Have a look around the site and see if you think we fit the bill. We’d suggest that you pay some serious attention to our case studies. It’s our online way of proving our reputation. After all, it’s all well and good for us to go on and on about how good we are at our job; we know that you’ll want to see some evidence.

    There’s one thing we’d ask of our customers. Once we’ve laid your perfectly coloured and pattern imprinted concrete drive, and once you’ve finished admiring it from every angle, consider sending us a testimonial for use on our website. Spend as much or as little time on it as you want; it’ll help us steer the company, could get your property entered into our online hall-of-fame, and, if it’s as glowing as Mr Zaldats’, may well win us some more customers.

    There’s a simple online form here. Alternatively, you can email us at, or post us your testimonial. Our postal address is:

    Complete Driveway Designs,
    The Green Building,
    Newton Street,
    Bury, BL9 5HB.

    Don’t be shy; any feedback is helpful feedback!

    Potential Cosmetic Problems

    There are a few issues which can directly affect the appearance of your pattern imprinted concrete once you’ve had it installed. Imprinted, coloured and sealed concrete looks wonderful – take a look at our case studies to see some examples. But there are a few things that can mar the final product.

    Two of the biggest concerns are blooming and delamination.

    Blooming occurs when moisture is trapped under the sealant which is applied to your concrete once it’s been poured and pattern imprinted. This trapped moisture stops the sealant properly penetrating the surface of the concrete. The sealant and the trapped moisture react with each other, causing patches of visible discolouration.

    Delamination is caused by sealant being applied to concrete which hasn’t been properly prepared or has had too much of another admixture applied to it. This stops the sealant being able to cover the concrete properly.  Delamination is the sealant literally peeling away from the concrete.

    Both blooming and delamination can be dealt with by properly resealing your driveway. Stripping away the original sealant, thoroughly cleaning the surface of the pattern imprinted concrete, and carefully reapplying a new coat is the only certain way to get rid of discolouration.

    Obviously, when we install a pattern imprinted concrete driveway we do everything possible to ensure that these problems – especially delamination – don’t occur. If you’ve got concerns about a driveway that we’ve installed, please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding remedial projects.

    There’s a third cause of cosmetic problems; efflorescence. Effloresence is the product of a chemical reaction which causes hard deposits of salts to build up on concrete surfaces. Concrete which has had sealant applied to it is less likely to display efflorescence, as the sealant blocks the pores in the concrete which are necessary for efflorescence to occur. However, it can happen, and when it does it can be notoriously stubborn. Over at they’ve got more information about efflorescence, along with a wealth of other info.

    Danger! Wet Concrete!

    Concrete can be poured as a viscous liquid, then sets rock solid It’s this fact that makes it the perfect material for many construction tasks. Add to that the fact that it can be imprinted with a variety of patterns, and treated with a variety of admixtures, and you can see why it’s so popular for driveways and other surfacing projects.

    But there is a downside to concrete. The characteristic that we take advantage of – that change from a plastic fluid to a durable solid – can also lead to some accidents between pouring and curing. It’s amazing how often people manage to walk through wet concrete.  And once the concrete’s set… those footprints (or paw-prints) will be there forever. Needless to say, CD Designs make sure that no-one sets foot on concrete we’ve laid.

    Impressing part of your body into concrete, or incising a representation of a part of your body into rock, is technically known as creating a petrosomatoglyph. It’s a fancy word for a simple act, and one that, it seems, has always been popular.

    An excellent example of this is Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. All though the name might not ring any bells, you’ll know it. The theatre’s “forecourt of the stars” is the famous stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where actors have been invited to create moulds of their hands and feet by pressing them into wet concrete. The tradition began in the 1920s and has been going ever since, with celebs from the Marx Brothers to Brad Pitt all adding their prints and signatures to the display.

    It’s not all glamour though. According to this article on The Mirror’s website, an inexpert burglar from Portsmouth managed to thoroughly incriminate himself by leaving an identifiable shoe-print in some wet concrete.

    Before you decide to start moulding parts of your body in wet concrete, we should point something out: wet concrete is highly alkali, and because of this it can cause skin irritation, chemical burns and damage to your eyes. That’s why we’d advise you to be careful if you’re planning to start making your own petrosomatoglyphs

    Front Garden Design Ideas

    Front garden design can be a tricky thing. Most people will want their front garden to be practical as well as visually appealing, without requiring a massive amount of gardening work. And for those of us with small (or even tiny) front gardens, a simple design decision can make a massive impact.

    If you’re in the market for a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you’re obviously aware of the benefits of a durable surface for off-road parking, even if it means sacrificing some of your front garden space. But your driveway doesn’t need to dominate the front of your property. Simple, effective design can ensure that your driveway compliments your garden and vice-versa.

    Thankfully, there’s quite a lot of advice available about designing striking front gardens which don’t require too much attention once they’re finished. This article on Channel 4’s website has some good ideas for creating what they describe as a “no maintenance” garden. And this article has some good tips when it comes to combining a variety of planting ideas with areas of different hard-surfacing.

    If you fancy the idea of creating a front garden with a variety of complimentary foliage and surfaces, you should remember the capabilities of pattern imprinted concrete. We can use pattern imprinted and coloured fields of concrete to recreate the effect of a number of different surfaces.

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