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Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway looks great, and it is further complemented by an awesome bike sat atop of it, which looks like a bat out of hell and purrs like a pussycat when you turn on the engine. Or maybe you’re more the mountain bike type? Or is yours a moped, or a scooter? Whatever the case, open vehicles bring with them an added concern — security. If you have a garage to secure them away in, then great, but what do you do otherwise? Even if you put a lock through the wheels, there is nothing to stop someone putting your beloved horse of steel on the back of a truck and driving away.
There are a number of solutions available, which mainly revolve around embedding a secure tethering point in a floor or wall — if you look at a site such as sportsbikeshop.co.uk or screwfix.com you’ll see the wide variety of ground and wall anchors available.
Most of these screw or bolt into brick or concrete, so a concrete driveway or brick wall is an ideal mount point for such a solution. Just have a think about what suits your particular situation in terms of security and aesthetics. Combine such a solution with a hardwearing lock or chain, and you’ll make life very difficult for any would-be thief.
2nd November 2011
When you’ve spent a hard-earned chuck of cash on a great looking pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible, so you can enjoy it for years or even decades to come. There are a few simple maintenance tips to follow for success: let’s have a look shall we?
First, make sure it is sealed properly to start with, with a sealant suitable for the specific surface you’ve got. This is necessary to protect both the colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts – properly positioned and cut crack control joints will minimise cracking and other structural problems. These are especially important around weak points, for example when the driveway has to go around a drain or manhole.
You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – this should be about every 2 to 5 years, but what’s best for you will depend on a number of aspects of the installation. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss can grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, which may lead to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.
Take care also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.
8th September 2011
So, you’ve decided to get a nice new pattern imprinted concrete patio installed, to make your back garden look great and cut down on upkeep time. But you want to keep it looking nice in the distant future, as well as just after installation, don’t you? You should therefore start thinking about maintenance and upkeep now, and follow our simple advice.
Make sure it is sealed properly, with a suitable sealant for your specific surface. This is necessary to protect both colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts. With these properly positioned – especially around weak points such as manholes and drains – you can minimise cracking and other structural problems.
You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – exactly how often will depend on your particular situation, but it should be in the region of every 2 to 5 years. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss likes to grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, leading to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.
Be careful also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Problem substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.
6th September 2011
It’s that time of year again! Time to break out all the cleaning stuff and really go for it. It’s spring, so it’s time for that annual deep clean. And while you’re doing the interior of your home, don’t forget the little tasks that need taking care of on the outside.
For many people, winter is the time when the exterior of their property gets the least aesthetic attention. During winter we’re worried about practical issues when it comes to the outside of our property. Removing ice from footpaths, dealing with broken gutters; that kind of thing. But when it’s spring it’s time to start cleaning up.
There’ll be the first lawn-mowing of the year of course. And, now all that snow and ice has cleared off, it’s time to clean your driveway. Keeping your driveway clean doesn’t need to be an arduous job; clean any residue off your driveway with a stiff-bristled brush and your garden hose if it’s necessary. You can also use pressure washers, but if you do, please remember to keep your washer on a wide-fan setting, as pencil settings can remove sealant from the surface of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
While you’re cleaning your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you should pass an eye over it, looking for cracks in places other than where your crack control joints have been cut.
16th February 2011
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.
25th November 2010