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    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways For 2011

    The driveway is one of the first thing visitors will see as they approach a house and so it’s only right that homeowners are beginning to treat this vital part of the house  with a sense of pride. Gone are the days when the drive was just somewhere to park your car, more and more people want their driveway to complement and even add to the character and value of their homes. Already this is one of the major trends for home improvement work in 2011 with patchy tarmac and loose flags being replaced by high quality, easy-to-maintain pattern imprinted concrete driveways.

    The Concrete Network, one of the largest and most important international resources for users of concrete, called imprinted concrete the most popular new method “for creating a feasible and unique design” for a driveway. The concrete driveway is stamped imprinted with a range of patterns, closely resembling expensive brick, tile or stone but can be installed for a fraction of the cost of these materials. These imprinted concretes are also available in a range of colours, from the tried-and-tested popular Steadman Buff to the on-trend Plum, helping homeowners to make their driveways one-of-a-kind, attractive features.

    In these times, when money is on everybody’s minds and we rarely have the time to spare, it’s great to know that pattern imprinted concrete driveways are affordable and easily maintained, and have real curb appeal.

    Bacteria Healing Cracks In Concrete

    We like to use this blog to share interesting stuff that we’ve discovered. So, let us introduce you to some very interesting bacteria…

    It’s a type of bacteria which feeds off water and other substances, and excretes a form of limestone. By incorporating these bacteria into concrete mix, scientists believe that they could create a concrete which heals itself when it cracks. The idea being that as cracks open up in concrete, the bacteria would become activated, and would quickly seal up the gaps with their natural limestone. This article has a lot more information about the bacteria.

    Cracks in concrete are unavoidable; it’s part of the nature of concrete to crack in certain places. A good pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation firm, like Complete Driveway Designs, know how to position crack control joints in order to minimise cracking. That’s one of the secrets of a high quality, long-lasting pattern imprinted concrete driveway.

    If there are cracks in your driveway, you’re best off contracting a firm who can patch or resurface your drive. Resurfacing is the ideal solution, as a patch will never exactly match the original colour of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. However, patching is an option, depending on the position of the crack on your driveway.

    Fancy Interior Floors

    Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are becoming increasingly popular. But concrete doesn’t have to stay outside. It’s a versatile flooring material as well. Previously on this blog we’ve written about incorporating a pattern imprinted concrete garage floor into a driveway installation. This could also be done with conservatories, depending on design and build factors.

    But we’ve come across some examples of interior concrete flooring that are a little bit more exotic than simple garage floors. These floors are fancy. They utilise the fact that coloured concrete can be poured in bands and fields, meaning that a massive variety of different shapes and effects are possible. They also make full use of the extensive palette of colours available to concrete contractors.

    There are some excellent examples of different concrete finishes on that page. Polished concrete, or concrete which has been treated with other admixtures, can look miles different from traditional grey concrete. We’re particularly impressed by the Ferrari logo on that page, which shows exactly how much detail it’s possible to get when you’re using concrete. It’s also an example of how commercial customers are embracing concrete as a high impact interior product as well as an excellent utilitarian construction material. And, hey, if it’s good enough for Ferrari, it’s good enough for us!

    Driveway Extensions

    Our customers have a wide range of different needs when they get in contact with us. Obviously, they’re all after an area of pattern imprinted concrete; usually a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio. Some come to us with larger plans that involve our other services, like installing fencing and decking.

    We’re increasingly hearing customers inquiring about driveway extensions. Some people who have already invested in a driveway realise after the first installation that they’d like to extend their hard surfacing. That’s where our pattern imprinted concrete comes in.

    Obviously, sometimes it’s best to simply remove the original  surfacing and replace it with an extended area of pattern imprinted concrete. However, if you’re set on keeping your original driveway, we can install a complimentary area of pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Because of the variety of patterns and colours available to us in the installation of our imprinted concrete, there’s a great amount of flexibility.

    It’s important that customers who are interested in extending their driveway understand that matching the colour of the original driveway’s surface is going to be impossible. That’s true even if the original driveway is surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete; it’s the nature of the beast unfortunately. Which is why we’d suggest looking at complimentary colours and designs as opposed to trying to match the original. If you’d like to talk to us about extending your driveway, please get in touch for a free, no-obligation quotation.

    Manchester Loves Driveways

    We spend a bit of time researching pattern imprinted concrete driveways on the internet; it means we’ve always got something to write our blog posts about. It was whilst we were doing some poking around on the net that we found out and interesting fact: Manchester searches for the word “driveways” on Google more than anyone else in the UK.

    So, are people in Greater Manchester just mad for driveways? Our almost entirely un-scientific research methods would seem to suggest so. And who can blame you, people who live in Manchester. You’ve got some of the best driveway surfacing contractors in the country on your doorstep. Like us, for example; we’re based in Bury and we travel throughout the north west installing pattern imprinted concrete driveways for our customers.

    As you can see from our case studies, the pattern imprinted concrete driveways we provide are high quality, attractive additions to our customers’ properties. We can imprint a wide variety of different patterns, and can offer concrete in a number of different colours. It’s easy to get classic looking driveway that’s durable and will last for decades.

    So, driveway mad Manchester, you know who to get in touch with. Stop Googling and send  Complete Driveway Designs a request for a free quote.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    T: 01706 827180

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