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A pattern imprinted concrete driveway should save you from some of the problems that cause headaches with other driveway surfaces. Weeds and moss in particular can really ruin a reasonable driveway. Pulling out weeds or applying chemical weed killer, or scraping away at moss, is no-one’s idea of fun.
Because pattern imprinted concrete is solid, unlike gravel, there’s no chance of weeds growing through. There will be some subtly positioned crack control joints, but these shouldn’t present any problems, especially if you pay attention to them. And paying attention is the key. Moss and other surface growths can spread across surfaces like concrete if they’re given a chance, especially if it’s damp (and let’s be honest, in the North West it can get pretty wet).
The key is to regularly re-seal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Don’t worry, “regularly” doesn’t mean every two months, more like every two to five years. The sealant stops pattern imprinted concrete being porous, blocking the tiny holes that would otherwise mean it could absorb water and other substances. It also makes it pretty much impossible for moss and other growths to get a toe-hold (although miracles can happen…)
We offer a resealing service – please get in touch for more information – but some people prefer to reseal their own drives. It’s very important that your drive is dry when it’s resealed; moisture trapped between layers of old and new sealant can cause blooming and other discolourations. Which would kind of defeat the object of resealing, so make sure you’re careful. We always are when we reseal a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
24th September 2010
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are ideal for people who’d like to take a step back from dealing with a labour intensive front garden. For example, take a look at the job we did at a property in Shelly Road in Little Hulton.
The clients wanted to replace their time and attention hungry front garden with an area of pattern imprinted concrete surfacing. We were happy to help. And as you can see from the pictures of the finished project, their new pattern imprinted concrete driveway looks pretty outstanding, even if we do say so ourselves. These particular clients also needed a driveway strong enough for them to give them peace of mind when they’re parking their caravan. Again, a Complete Driveway Designs pattern imprinted concrete drive was exactly what they were looking for.
A pattern imprinted concrete driveway is much easier to maintain than a front garden; a regular clean is advisable, and resealing every two years should keep it in excellent condition. Monitoring your pattern imprinted concrete drive for any cracks or delamination will also mean you’re a step ahead should any remedial work become necessary.
So if you fancy simplifying the amount of upkeep you have to put into your property, why not take a leaf out of our Shelly Road clients’ book? We offer free, no obligation quotations, and as our satisfied customers could tell you, we’re one of the best pattern imprinted concrete contractors in the North West.
16th September 2010
Gravel is tricky stuff. There are some tasks that it’s pretty good for; filling in borders around flowerbeds, for example. Also, it’s useful for drainage purposes. However, gravel driveways – we mean drives surfaced entirely in 6-20mm gravel – can cause problems. Loose gravel can get everywhere, and although gravel will “settle” the longer it’s in one place, that means a gravel drive will later require topping up with more gravel.
That’s why we’d suggest that at least the area of your driveway which is going to be seeing vehicle traffic is surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete. Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are durable and, once set, should see you right for years (as long as you remember to reseal every two years or so).
If you’d still like to incorporate gravel into your driveway design, there are a number of different ways of doing so. And, depending on what variety of gravel is available, we’re sure you’ll be able to find a complimentary combination in our range of patterns and colours.
Unfortunately the case studies section of our website doesn’t contain any examples of pattern imprinted concrete driveways combined with gravel. If it’s something you’re interested in, why not contact us for a free quote? Who knows, your property could be our pattern imprinted concrete and gravel case study!
28th August 2010
Forgive us for pointing out the obvious, but concrete is pretty strong stuff. It’s used for all manner of construction tasks, and if you use it properly – like we do at Complete Driveway Designs – it’s a remarkably adaptable material.
Investing in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway also means that you can avoid some of the problems that come with other surfacing materials. In summer, for example, tarmacadam can be adversely affected by heat. If it’s your average summer, your tarmacadam should be fine. When temperatures rise, however, tarmacadam can sometimes become soft. That’s going to make it more susceptible to cosmetic damage, like scuffing and denting.
That won’t be an issue with a pattern imprinted concrete driveway. In fact, summer is the best time for us to install a pattern imprinted concrete driveway; it’s dry, which is important for the installation process, and remedial work like resealing. And also, summer is a much nicer time to be working outside!
If you take a look at our case studies you’ll see some examples of pattern imprinted concrete driveways that we’ve already installed for our customers. As you’ll see from those case studies, our pattern imprinted drives look really good. They’ll also give you a chance to see how they look in good weather; we don’t tend to take photos of our work when it’s raining.
4th August 2010
Summer is a great time to be outdoors, especially if you’ve got a pattern imprinted concrete patio or driveway to enjoy. But while you’re out and about, gardening perhaps, remember that cleaning your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is a quick and necessary task.
Summer driveway cleaning is somewhat easier than winter cleaning, in that the summer months are (hopefully!) drier than winter and autumn. Summer cleaning of your driveway will entail sweeping and washing your driveway to remove any build up or detritus. A power washer is an excellent tool for driveway cleaning, provided that you use a relatively low-pressure setting; wide instead of pencil.
One of the benefits of taking a little time to clean your pattern imprinted concrete is that it’ll give you an idea of how the sealant is holding up, and if there are any other issues with your pattern imprinted concrete.
Cleaning your driveway removes and traces of potentially corrosive chemicals, or other substances that could adversely affect your driveway. These substances can find their way onto your driveway from vehicle tires and foot traffic. And, of course, if there are any spills on your driveway you should clean them up immediately.
Your contractor should be able to provide you with information on cleaning and maintaining your driveway when they’ve completed the installation. If you need to reseal your driveway, summer is a great time to do so; please contact us for more information about our resealing service.
29th July 2010