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Concrete lasts for a long time; it’s tough stuff. And with surfaces like driveways and patios, correctly positioned and cut crack control joints will minimise cracking and other structural issues. A good contractor will know all about crack control joints, especially around features like manhole covers. Don’t be shy when it comes to asking about them when you’re talking to your contractor before the installation begins. If you’ve picked a good firm, like ourselves, then it should all be in hand.
The most important step you can take to ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete surface lasts as long as it should is to regularly reseal. Don’t worry: by regularly we mean every three to five years, it isn’t a weekly task!
You contractor should seal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway once it has been installed and has set. By resealing it you’ll maintain the impermeable surface of the driveway, meaning that water and other substances can’t damage the porous concrete.
It’s important to clean your driveway before re-sealing. It’s even more important to make sure that your driveway isn’t wet before you reseal it. Moisture trapped between layers of sealant can cause a number of different problems with the appearance of your driveway. In the worst cases, it can cause de-lamination, which is when sealant flakes off your driveway, leaving the concrete exposed.
We offer a complete resealing service. Contact us for more information. Don’t forget how important it is to reseal; a well finished pattern imprinted concrete drive or patio is a beautiful thing, and it’d be a shame to let it get damaged.
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28th June 2010