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    Case Study- Bradshaw Road, Hawkshaw

    The finished driveway

    The finished driveway

    This cobbled set driveway was prone to moss growth and flooding, and was not level or even. The customer wanted something that was low maintenance, free of trip hazards and that could relieve water.

    The blocks were primarily removed and the perimeter was shuttered allowing us to gage our levels and grade off. New aco drainage systems were fitted across the driveway and new pipework was laid and tapped into the aco system to alleviate any water. An old manhole hole was removed and was replaced by a recess manhole cover allowing us to continue the pattern through the drive and over the manhole, and a new step was formed at the entrance of the side gate.

    The use of Old English Cobble and the dove grey colour on the drive fitted perfectly in with the old-fashioned cottages and the country surroundings. The gates of the property were removed, trimmed to size and then refitted, and the base of the old house was rendered and made good.

    View the full case study for this driveway here

    Top 5 DIY YouTube Videos

    An explanation on how to clean and reseal a block paved driveway.  This will not only improve its appearance but also protect it from weather damage.

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    This video describes how to kill weeds in your lawn. It illustrates which tools and products you will need use to get the job done.

    A short video that explains how to build an attractive and functional retaining wall for your garden, without using mortar.

    A long and informative video that shows how to build, fit and install a wooden gate for your garden.  It shows how to fix it securely between 2 supporting posts so that it is level, and how to add a return spring to your gate so that it is self-closing.

    Spring clean your driveway – tips and tricks for success

    As readers of our blog will know, we try to keep our customers informed with all the tips and techniques they need to make the most of their pattern imprinted concrete driveways.

    In an earlier blog article we looked at the importance of maintaining and caring for your driveway. Spring is a perfect time for giving it a good clean – and we looked at easy ways to do this in our spring clean blog.

    Homeowners will be pleased to find that it’s simple to maintain their concrete driveway, especially when compared to tarmac and block paving alternatives. Simply wash it down with some soapy water and it will look like new! If the surface is really grubby, try a power washer to clear spaces between tyre marks and weeds.

    If your driveway has been in place for a while, you may need to reseal it – ideally this should be done every 2-5 years. We offer a complete driveway resealing surface and this offers a number of protective benefits, including prevented unwanted plant growth, and avoiding cracks.


    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway reseal in progress

    Look to maintain your drive regularly too by avoiding any prolonged exposure of damaging substances, including chemical cleaners and de-icers, salt, grit and oil. Ideally use sand when you need winter traction, and wash away spills as they occur.

    These simple steps will ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway remains a source of pride for many years to come!

    Grit On The Roads

    During winter, if there’s a cold snap, councils will salt and grit the roads. And this salt and grit may do wonders for wheel traction on the roads, making driving significantly safer. But it’s not necessarily the best thing for your driveway or your car. Salt can be a corrosive. And although it’s not a massive issue, it is something that you should be aware of.

    Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway should, as the final stage of its installation, be sealed with a specific sealing product. This sealant will protect the driveway’s surface, meaning that the colour should remain vibrant. It also means that the concrete should remain structurally sound for much longer. Regularly (2-5 years) resealing your driveway will have a definite effect on how long it lasts.

    This sealant should protect your driveway from the majority of substances that it’ll come into contact with. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. We’d suggest that you avoid using chemical de-icers on your driveway, or using them sparingly. Also, we’d suggest that rather than applying salt and grit to your driveway, you experiment with laying down some sand, which should still help with traction.

    Of course, one winter’s worth of salt and de-icers should be fine. However, if you live in area which annually sees snow and ice, it might be worth coming up with a method for dealing with it that takes the best possible care of your driveway.

    Getting Ready For Snow

    Well, if last winter taught us anything, it’s that a bit of snow can really cause some big problems. There was some pretty serious disruption last year. Don’t get us wrong, snow is nice for a little while… about as long as it takes for your local council to run out of grit for the roads.

    Snow and ice can make some surfaces treacherous to walk on. That’s why clearing snow and ice off driveways is such an important task in countries where it really, really snows. Hence the famous American snow-shovel.

    If you’ve made the sensible choice of investing some of your home improvement budget in having a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installed, there are a few things you should be aware of.

    Because your pattern imprinted concrete is protected by a coat of sealant, it shouldn’t be adversely affected by ice. However, if you’re going to attempt to scrape and shovel ice and snow off your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you may risk scratching away this sealant, so it pays to be gentle. Also, we’d recommend that you take care when it comes to chemical de-icing products. These shouldn’t be left in contact with any surface for an extended period of time, and sometimes aren’t too good for your lawn and any flowers you might have around the driveway area.

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