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Proper maintenance of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is essential to how long it will last and how good it will look in the future. Here are some simple dos and don’ts when maintaining your driveway, and some tips for when something goes wrong.
Don’t put salt on your driveway. This will start to eat away at the seal and eventually the concrete. Wash any salt that may get on your driveway through road gritting off immediately.
Do wash off dirt and stains as soon as possible. Use soapy water for the simple stuff, and a de-greaser for oil stains. For more persistent stains a wire brush can be used.
Don’t put and kind of weed-killers or pesticides on your driveway. When using them around your garden, be careful not to let any run off onto your concrete. If any gets on simply wash it off with water as soon as possible.
Do reseal your driveway when needed. Take a look at our information on when resealing is necessary. Some customers expect their driveways to look as good as new without any maintenance, but with good housekeeping your driveway will look great for many years to come.
Don’t drag garden furniture or other heavy objects over your driveway. This will scratch the seal, but don’t worry the concrete underneath will still be fine. A reseal will be needed to get rid of the scratches.
For any maintenance problems don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we’ll do our best to help.
26th July 2012
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.
A video offering various tips and tricks in keeping a healthy lawn, looking at mowing, fertiliser and weed control, and aeration.
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.
19th July 2012
A common effect of applying sealant to a pattern imprinted concrete driveway in the winter is something that in the industry, we call blooming. This can cause alarm to a customer who witnesses it, in fact it is one of the most common telephone calls we receive, with customers believing that their driveways our ruined beyond repair. It is understandable that seeing your investment in this state can be worrying, but it need not be. The solution is simple.
Blooming is caused by a ‘reaction’ of the sealant to moisture, causing the surface sealant (not the concrete) to turn cloudy and in some instances white. Although we take every caution to eradicate moisture from the concrete, it is often difficult, particularly in the winter months, to prevent concrete from retaining this moisture. However even with blooming present you should still be assured that the pattern imprinted concrete underneath is protected.
Once the climate reaches a suitable temperature, we will do what we call a reseal. This involves breaking down the existing sealant with thinners, thus eradicating the blooming, before resealing the driveway to the way it looked before.
These pictures are from a driveway we installed at a home in Farnworth in December, which due to the winter conditions developed some blooming. We recently resealed the concrete so it now looks as good as new.
12th July 2012
This project was a blast from the past. Installed in 2010, we were installing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway on the same street in May 2012. We called round to see if our customer was enjoying their pattern imprinted driveway two years on and they were delighted to see us, inviting us to take some pictures of the driveway that they are rightfully proud of. Incidentally the project on the same street was a property we had previously installed a driveway for and had returned to install a patio, proving that customer care pays off.
The driveway was installed using Dove Grey colour hardener, Charcoal release agent and Ashlar Slate pattern. The driveway was finished by applying an acid stain to the borders to create definition and effectively a frame for the pattern imprinted concrete artwork within.
We cannot take all the credit for this job looking so well after two years. The customers have looked after their driveway and followed the advice given in our user guide, proving that this product always looks its best when it is looked after.
You can see the case study for the driveway here
2nd July 2012
At CD Designs, we pride ourselves on being professional, reliable and helpful, and possessing the right skills to ensure that every customer, whether domestic or commercial, we work for comes away more than satisfied. I’m sure you’ll agree that our pattern imprinted concrete driveway testimonials and our pattern imprinted concrete driveway case studies speak for themselves.
However, when hiring any concrete contractor, you need to ask the right questions to start with, not only to make sure that you think the contractor is trustworthy and will do a good job, but also to make sure that you and the contractor understand exactly what it is you want, so that the end result lives up to your expectations.
1. Ask the contractor for a certificate completion of trade, references and a portfolio. A reliable contractor will be more than happy to prove their worth.
2. Ask them if they have suitable compensation and liability insurance that will cover them if they are injured on your property, or cause accidental damage while carrying out work.
3. Ask to see a work schedule and payment terms before they start, so you have a good idea of when the work should start and finish, and how you should pay for it.
4. Ask what warranty they will give the work, and what they will charge for future maintenance of the drive when the work has gone outside the warranty period.
Planning/During/After the work:
1. Discuss the plans in detail: the area to be concreted, concrete mixture, patterns, colours, sealing, finishes, paint, etc. Make sure no detail is left unclear once the work starts.
2. Tell the contractor what vehicles are likely to use the driveway regularly, and ask what depth the concrete should be, as a result. The average concrete driveway is four inches deep, but regular usage by heavy vehicles may require more.
3. Ask for concrete, not cement, if you want concrete! The two differ.
4. After the work is finished, ask the contractor for instructions on how to look after the concrete in the short term and long term.
14th November 2011