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    Permeable Pavers: An Attractive Alternative To Pattern Imprinted Concrete

    At CD Designs, we are all about pattern imprinted concrete driveways, patios and more, so it might come as a surprise to you to think that we’d advocate alternative materials to do the same job. We do however have a very pragmatic view with our design and implementation – we are prepared to admit that concrete is not the best material for every job, and that it does have some disadvantages.

    One big issue is created by the fact that concrete is generally waterproof, although this does vary between different mixes. This is largely a good thing, but it creates a problem when it rains in any significant quantity. First up the water stays on the surface, making it slippery – doubtless most of our readers will have slipped on wet paving at least once! Second, when the water runs off your pattern imprinted concrete it will enter the local drain systems.

    Permeable pavers mitigate these problems, while still doing an effective job as an exterior surface for driveways, etc. The idea is that you lay down a repeated pattern of pavers featuring small gaps between each one. This allows the water to just soak into the ground as it falls, so slipperiness and run off are not such big problems. It also provides a bit more greenery in the area – with a bit of careful thought, you could also have some plants growing in some of the gaps.

    When you next come to pave a part of your home exterior, and despite our admiration for the stuff you don’t wish to use pattern imprinted concrete, consider permeable pavers!

    What Does Your Driveway Say About You?

    If you were born between the 21st of March and the 19th of April, you’re an Aries. And, as an Aries – which, as we all know, is a “fire” sign – it’s safe to say that you’re the adventurous type. Unfortunately, you’re also a little overbearing.

    Sound like nonsense? Well, opinions on star signs and personalised Horoscopes certainly differ. Some people are sure that they’re accurate, others are sure that they’re not. There’s one thing you can safely say for certain about Astrology; it’s been around for centuries. Throughout human history people have been looking up at the stars, and then at each other, and making some (dubious?) connections.

    But why, you ask, should the ability to identify character traits be limited to just the heavens? Can’t we find something a little more down-to-earth? Can you see where we’re going with this?

    That’s right. Complete Driveway Designs are proud to unveil the very cutting edge of modern divination techniques: personalised driveway readings. We’re sure that these uncannily accurate (and completely unbiased) statements will help you get to know your real self a little better. It’s been a long and laborious process, but we’re finally ready for the big unveiling….

    Drive-sign: Loose gravel/ Chipped Slate. You’ve been known to be a little bit flaky and erratic. You like to spread yourself around, and often need someone else’s help to pick up the pieces.

    Drive-sign: Tarmacadam/Asphalt. In times of trouble, you can find yourself feeling patchy. You’ve been criticised for going soft when you’re under pressure.

    Drive-sign: Block paving. People can say what they like about you, but you’re definitely not cheap.

    Drive-sign: Pattern Imprinted Concrete. Your reliability is as impressive as your appearance. Despite your tough nature, you can happily adapt to almost any situation.

    Isn’t it spooky the way something can be so general, and yet so true?

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
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