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When we install a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, we make sure to deal with drainage access issues properly. If there’s drainage access in your driveway, or in the area that you want to extend your drive into, you don’t want it blocked over. You never know when it might be necessary to open that manhole up. That’s why any good pattern imprinted concrete driveway contractor will take drainage and manhole access very seriously indeed.
The Complete Driveway Designs team are well versed when it comes to integrating manhole covers into pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios. If you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to integrate a manhole cover into a pattern imprinted concrete driveway and have an end result which is remarkably unobtrusive. If you take a look through our case studies, you’ll see a number of examples of pattern imprinted concrete driveways in which integrating – and concealing – one or more manhole covers has been part of the job. It’s simple when you know how.
If you have any particular issues or concerns when it comes to the drainage access in your new driveway, we should be able to answer all of your questions. And remember, we offer free, no obligation quotations.
7th February 2011
Deciding to resurface or extend your driveway with pattern imprinted concrete requires quite a bit of planning. It’s not the kind of thing you want to rush into; if you don’t find a good contractor who can work within your budget, you risk ending up with a shoddy driveway. And since 2008 there’s been a new factor to take into account; government legislation from The Environment Agency regarding the use of impermeable surfaces in domestic front gardens.
Impermeable surfaces don’t absorb water or allow it to travel through them and into the ground. Untreated concrete is porous and permeable. Once your pattern imprinted concrete driveway has been sealed, however, it won’t be. That’s one of the main reasons why we seal it – to minimise potential damage through water and water-related issues.
The most important part of the Environment Agency’s legislation is this: any area of impermeable surface over 5m² requires planning permission.
The hassle (and the cost) of applying for planning permission can be avoided if the design of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway meets a few requirements. These requirements compensate for the fact that the surface is impermeable.
The main issue is drainage. Provided that your pattern imprinted driveway has some form of drainage that removes water from its surface, it should be exempt. As long as, and this is important, any water goes to dedicated drainage. That means that you can’t slope your driveway so water will run off onto a public highway, or have water from your pattern imprinted concrete driveway running into your household drains.
During our design consultation with you, we’ll address all of these issues, and explain in more detail how (if at all) the legislation will affect your driveway. We’re dab hands at drainage, so if your project requires it, we can supply it. And remember; if the surface area is less than 5m², the legislation shouldn’t affect you.
4th May 2010
There are a few things that need to be taken into account before and during any of our pattern imprinted concrete driveway installations. Our years of experience in the trade mean that we can spot – and solve – most issues before they occur.
Take, for example, drainage.
Why, you might be asking, do concrete surfaces like pattern imprinted drives require drainage? It’s because concrete, especially once it’s been sealed, will not absorb rainwater, or allow it to be absorbed into the ground. Hence the need to provide a way for water to run-off and be removed from your drive.
The area that you’re interested in having surfaced may also feature a manhole cover. You don’t want to block one of those up, and so the size and position of a manhole cover needs to be considered along with your other drainage needs. This’ll be part of the design stage of your installation. Drainage needs to be designed into your drive from the early stages, because going back to sort out drainage problems after the concrete has been laid and sealed will require a lot of disruption and probably some re-patching.
As you can see from our installation checklist, we fully understand the importance of correctly installing drainage. We take the placement and dimensions of drainage features into account when planning the layout of bands and fields of concrete which will comprise your surface. And we’re well versed in the positioning and construction of crack-control joints, meaning that you can be sure that embedded features like manhole covers won’t compromise the integrity of your pattern imprinted concrete surface once it’s set.
19th April 2010