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    Concrete Reflector Enhancer

    If you want your decorative concrete projects to be more appealing to the eye, durable and low cost, one solution that could be right up your street is Elite Crete’s Reflector Enhancer.

    This comes in the form of clear epoxy resin and polymer cement, and can be applied over the top of most concrete flooring, including pattern imprinted concrete driveways. This technique provides a brilliant shine that will add class and a professional design finish to even the most mundane of projects.

    Many flooring types are difficult or impossible to bring up in a bright reflective sheen on their own, but this is the beauty of Elite Crete Reflector Enhancer – it is simple to apply to virtually any surface using the detailed guide made available by the Elite Crete master craftsmen.

    The way it works means that you can use an unlimited variety of colours and patterns in your designs, from simple clear reflections to multi-colour mottled patterning, creating a variety of effects from lava to ocean floor, limited only by your imagination!

    In addition, it has greater durability than most other flooring projects, is easy to clean and maintain, and provides a cost effective solution for any commercial, industrial or residential pattern imprinted concrete driveway project.

    Countdown to an imprinted concrete summer

    It might be a little premature but we’ve been thinking about summertime, and more importantly what furniture will look great on our pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios as we sit outside lapping up the sunshine.

    Rather than the usual offerings we’ve stumbled across some lovely designer furniture and found a particular range of steel outdoor furniture called the Legend Cafe Collection. The colours are fantastic; we particularly like the pillar box red and the striking orange and the unique retro style is made with an industrious slant but wouldn’t look out of place in a stylish Italian coffee shop. The chairs are versatile and come in either high-backed cafe style or a wider armchair style. The steel designer furniture can withstand the elements with ease, making them ideal for use on the patio but they can even double as dining room chairs if you’re looking for something completely striking and individual indoors too.

    The chairs and stools are selling out fast after featuring in a variety of style magazines and, although there’s no table to complement the chairs, we think pairing them with an old wooden table and maybe even mismatching a few of the different colours will ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway stands out from the neighbours this summer.

    Trellick Tower of Concrete

    One of a handful of concrete listed buildings is Trellick Tower in North Kensington. The building was designed by a Brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger and finished in 1972, not only is it a young building to make the Grade II listing but it’s also a controversial form. The 98 feet tall building has an outer lift shaft linked by concrete walkways to the main bulk of the building which house over 200 flats. Like the similar social housing initiative ‘The Crescent’ in Hulme, the building suffered from high crime rates and garnered a poor reputation but unlike the Crescent, the building still stands and is now mainly private occupants in residence.

    In fact, the Trellick Tower and it’s harsh concrete silhouette on the London skyline has become a cult edifice and flats can sell for just under half a million! Imagine how many pattern imprinted concrete driveways you could buy with that amount! It’s no surprise that this iconic example of modernist architecture has received media attention and has been used in an array of films, TV, music videos and it even has a song named after it.

    Under the watchful eye of English Heritage, the concrete facade was painstakingly renovated by a specialist concrete restoration firm. Failed attempts to match the original colour and style meant that the restoration firm had to redo their initial attempts and the job proved to be as imposing as the tower itself.  We think the tower should further embrace the iconic concrete build…maybe by installing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway!

    The Concrete House

    You might be on the lookout for a pattern imprinted concrete driveway but how about a 19th century concrete house? Due to the age restrictions around listed buildings concrete structures don’t often make the grade – but there are some and we’ve found some really interesting places to share with you.

    The first building we’re going to cover is the rather aptly named ‘The Concrete House’. Located in Dulwich this site was built in 1873 by Charles Drake of the Patent Concrete Building Company, and designed by Charles Barry Junior whose father had rebuilt the Houses of Parliament.

    Using concrete at this time was a real cutting edge approach and marks a shift in architectural design. There were plenty of oppositions to Drakes choice of materials as some doubted the aesthetics of the finished build.  The Concrete House is the only surviving concrete structure from the 19th century to be found in Britain and has achieved Grade II listing.

    Sadly, we can’t imagine the estate requesting a pattern imprinted concrete driveway any time soon as the site has stood empty for over 30 years and is now in a real state of disrepair. The state of the property has divided the public opinions of the property – many claiming that The Concrete House is an eyesore and rife for demolition, but with a little bit of love and attention we’re sure the house can become a magnificent landmark and milestone in concrete building.

    A New Generation of Listed Buildings

    Aside from the obvious aesthetics that are associated with concrete – pattern imprinted concrete driveway, new iconic architecture and even a concrete dress, the examples to be found of early concrete builds can also be defined as a thing of beauty.

    Concrete buildings, particularly post-war period, struggle to achieve listed status as they’re comparatively ‘new’ builds but these examples of modernist architecture are fast disappearing and there are campaigns and debates around the UK to protect these leviathans of concrete that straddle the British skyline.

    Some buildings have already made the grade and along with the cult Trellick Tower and Concrete House, which we have covered in some more detail for you, we can also add Dudley Zoo and the BBC Television Centre to the list. Scotland has been instrumental in protecting its own iconic concrete structures and several community and educational sites have been added to the protected list.

    We know from the results we can achieve with pattern imprinted concrete driveways that concrete isn’t just made for building residential and commercial blocks – it’s also an artistic and sturdy material which structures such as the Concrete Sculpture of a Man in Essex and the Emley Moor Transmitting Station can confirm. Emley Moor is a television transmission tower on the Yorkshire hills and as well as withstanding the blustering winds for all this time it’s the tallest free standing building in the UK, and ranks 25th tallest in the world – we’re impressed!

    We’re proud of all the pattern imprinted concrete driveways that we install and as a nation I think we should be collectively proud of all of the concrete structures that have helped to shape our landscape.

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