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We like to regularly remind you all of the importance of resealing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. It’s the most important driveway maintenance task other than cleaning and keeping an eye out for unsightly cracks.
If your driveway is due a reseal, you should get in touch as soon as possible. Autumn is closing in, which means that some serious rain can’t be far away. When you’re resealing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, it’s important to avoid moisture getting trapped in between the surface of the concrete and the layer of sealant. Trapped moisture leads to blooming and delamination; cosmetic problems that can ruin the look of your driveway. Obviously, it’s easier to ensure that your driveway stays dry if the resealing takes place before the weather gets really rotten.
Also, you need to bear in mind that as winter approaches, pattern imprinted concrete contractors may be busy fitting in other reseal and installation jobs. So if you’re looking to have your driveway professionally resealed, time is a factor.
All of the resealing work we carryout is completed to the same high standards as our pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation work. If you take a look at our case studies, you’ll see that those standards are pretty high.
If you’d like more information about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
20th October 2010
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
Are you a bit of a home mechanic? If you know your way around an engine, it can often work out to be cheaper – and more satisfying – to fix your own problems, instead of turning your vehicle over to a garage. Mind you, if you don’t know what you’re doing you can cause yourself a lot of misery… As with everything DIY, there are a few things that should definitely be left to the specialists – like, for example, installing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
If you do fix your own car, and do it quite regularly, a pattern imprinted concrete driveway should be right up your street. A durable and regular surface is exactly what you need for rolling around on a creeper trolly or jacking up a car to change a wheel.
You will have to watch out for spillages though; the sealant we use on our pattern imprinted concrete driveways is tough stuff, but you don’t want to let it be compromised by chemical compounds like oil and brake fluid. As long as you clean up spillages promptly, it should be fine, and won’t have anywhere near the effect that the same spillages could have on tarmacadam. Interested? Take a look around our website for more information, and please feel free to contact us for costs.
8th September 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