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    Steps And Cobbles.

    Although pattern imprinted concrete driveways are our main focus, we are also skilled in other construction tasks. We find that for every “simple” pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation that we perform, there’ll be another one where what the customer wants will necessitate more than installing the drive. Of course, we enjoy both types of project, and can confidently say that we’ve got a lot of very satisfied customers around the northwest.

    In more complicated projects, ones where the customer wants two levels of surfacing for example – our abilities with stone walls, integrated steps, and even traditional surfacing like cobbles can come into play. During your design consultation with one of our team, which is part of getting a quote from us, you’ll be able to get a detailed explanation of how our abilities and experience matches up to your requirements.

    patio with steps and wall

    patio with steps and wall

    If you’d like to see some photos of projects that we’ve already completed, take a look around the case studies section of our website. The Calder Close case study is a good example of our work with both pattern imprinted concrete and steps, creating an attractive and durable social area. Again, if you’d like any more information, please feel to contact us.

    Impress Your Neighbours.

    There’s always a little bit of friendly competition in class neighbourhoods. Mostly it’s to do with that old fashioned attitude; civic pride. You want the area you live in to look presentable, so you keep your property spick and span. Hopefully your neighbours have the same idea. And, of course, if your property looks just a little bit nicer than the rest….

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway is an excellent way to improve your property, visually, practically, and in terms of re-sale value. And it’s a sure fire way to impress your neighbours.

    impress your neighbours

    impress your neighbours

    We’ve had a few occasions when the quality of the pattern imprinted concrete driveway that we’ve installed for one customer has convinced their neighbours to contact us and request quotes. On Benbecula Way in Urmston, for example. We completed a driveway for one customer, and were soon contacted by another customer on Benbecula Way. And then another. And the original customer has asked us back to install a pattern imprinted concrete patio. This is a great example of the impact our driveways can have on your property, and the quality of the finished product.

    Take a look at some more of our case studies and ask yourself this question; if one of your neighbours had one of these drives installed next week, wouldn’t you be tempted as well?

    If you want any more information please feel free to contact us. And if you’d like to request a quote, you can use this simple form to do so.

    Will Your Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway Crack?

    Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will almost definitely crack at some point. All concrete cracks to a greater or lesser degree; it’s our job to make sure that it’s lesser rather greater. After we’ve laid and pattern imprinted your concrete driveway and it has set, we’ll cut crack control joints in order to control the cracking which naturally occurs as concrete expands, contracts, and ages. These joints are positioned at points of stress – near manhole covers, for example – and in places where some minor cracking won’t be too noticeable.

    There are a number of other aspects of the installation process which can help to minimise cracking in your driveway. And, conversely, if you pick a duff contractor, these are the things that they won’t do correctly… which will mean you end up with a badly cracked driveway. If you’d like to talk to the real professionals, please use this form to request a quote.

    Laying the sub base to the correct depth, and doing so on top of a membrane, is one of the most important steps we take during a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation. Good foundations are important in any construction project, not least pattern imprinted concrete driveways. Again, we’d like to stress that a small amount of cracking is inherent in any pattern imprinted concrete driveway. However, if your drive is laid on the right sub-base and has crack control joints cut correctly, it really shouldn’t be a major issue.

    Classic Driveway Looks.

    Pattern imprinted concrete allows an unprecedented flexibility of driveway design and installation, all completed over a relatively short period of time. That flexibility comes from two factors. The first is the combination of the qualities which make concrete such a common construction material; the fact that it can be poured, is pliable when wet, hardens quickly, and is incredibly durable once set.  The second – which is where our specialist knowledge comes in – is that it can be pattern imprinted with any one of a number of different patterns.

    And these patterns offer fantastic replications of traditional exterior surfaces; pattern imprinted concrete driveways are excellent visual recreations of these traditional patterns, with the added benefits of concrete’s durability.

    classic driveway look

    classic driveway look

    Click here to have a look at the patterns with which we can imprint your concrete. As you can see, there all based on traditional surfacing patterns like cobbles and herringbone bricks. And, when they’re combined with our colourants and antiquing / sealant treatment, they really do look the part.

    If you take a look at our case studies, you’ll be able to see concrete driveways which we’ve provided for customers. They should give you an idea of what other people have gone for, the standard of work that we deliver, and the kind of classic looks that are available when you choose a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.

    Concrete Indoors.

    Pattern imprinted concrete surfaces aren’t just for driveways and patios. They can also provide eye-catching and durable interior floors. Projects like conservatories are ideal for pattern imprinted concrete floors, and they’re worth thinking about if you’re planning an extension.

    That’s enough of the sensible surfacing suggestions… how about concrete appliances for your home? Concrete really is being embraced by designers across the world. They appreciate the qualities that we exploit in our pattern imprinted concrete driveways; its strength and the relative ease of shaping it when it’s at its pliable, pre-set stage.

    Let’s have a look at some examples of concrete household appliances (all of these examples were found on http://gizmodo.com).

    First, there’s this concrete lamp. With functional looks that match the materials it’s made from, the concrete lamp is one of a range of appliances designed by Benjamin Hubert. A concrete base would definitely ensure that the lamp was stable.

    Next up is this prototype concrete clock. By encasing numerical displays in a concrete block, the designer has created a clock that you don’t immediately realise is a clock. While it might not be the most intuitive clock you’ve ever tried to tell the time from, it’s an interesting object.

    And last but not least, there’s this concrete humidifier. It utilises concrete’s porous nature; something which we actively combat when we seal our pattern imprinted concrete driveways. So, as long as you don’t treat the humidifier with pattern imprinted concrete driveway sealant, it should work fine…

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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