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    Classic Patterns

    We can replicate a lot of traditional surfacing patterns using pattern imprinted concrete. The vast majority of the work we do is based around creating “traditional looking” driveways and patios. A lot of the traditional surfacing materials are attractive; pattern imprinted concrete means you can get that kind of look without the related problems.

    property with imprinted concrete driveway

    property with imprinted concrete driveway

    So, what are these traditional patterns? Well, cobbles are always a favourite. The square cobbles that we recognise today shouldn’t really be called cobbles; they’re properly known as setts. They were the road surfacing material of choice in the days before tarmacadam, which must’ve made for some bumpy rides. But don’t worry; our cobble-pattern imprinted concrete is easy to walk on.

    We also install a lot of slate-patterned driveways and patios. Slate has always had a role in construction, from traditional dry-stone walling to roofing and so on. With our ability to match colours with patterns, it’s possible to create a surface which looks like it’s been constructed using any one of a variety of slates from around the world.

    And then there’s herringbone brick. Bricks, in their countless varieties, are the staple of the construction trade. And herringbone is a beautifully simple way of getting a visually interesting effect with basic materials. However, the installation process takes time, and with irregular bricks you’re going to get problems. Not with our herringbone brick pattern imprinting mats though. And again, combining patterns with colours allows any look from rustic to modern.

    Avoid Parking On The Street

    We install pattern imprinted concrete driveways across the North West, and we do it at a wide variety of different properties. Sometimes we have to lay and imprint a massive area (we’ve done up to 70 square metres at one property before now) and sometimes it’s a more modest project. Regardless of the size of the installation job, every customer gets the same excellent service during the job and the same high quality driveway at the end of it.

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway

    One thing is common to most of the properties we visit; neighbours. The majority of people we visit live in relatively built-up residential areas, neighbourhoods, and cul-de-sacs. And it’s this fact that helps makes our pattern imprinted concrete drives so popular. Securing a hard, long lasting, attractive surface on which to park your vehicle has many benefits.

    Off road parking can have a positive effect on the price of your car insurance. It can also help boost the resale value of your home should you decide to sell up and move on at a later date. And by removing your car from the road you live on, and tucking it safely away on your drive, you can help reduce congestion on your road, and provide a little more room for your neighbours to park and manoeuvre their vehicles.

    Good Foundations

    One of the most important stages of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation is the excavation of the area which the concrete will cover. Excavating the area, laying a membrane when necessary, and then filling it with sub-grade; these are the important prep steps that help to ensure a strong and level driveway. Giving full attention to this important stage is one of the things that separates the cowboys from the quality contractors.

    Different pattern imprinted concrete surfaces require different depths of sub-grade. The necessary depth is dictated by the amount of traffic that your pattern imprinted concrete is going to experience. Driveways and other pattern imprinted concrete surfaces which see vehicle traffic will require deeper excavation and sub-grade than patios and pathways.

    A proper layer of sub-grade underneath your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will minimize any potential issues with cracking; this will also be dealt with via the cutting of crack control joints. All concrete surfaces, including pattern imprinted ones, will crack at some point. However, the difference that having the right depth of sub-grade makes is dramatic. A lot of poorly installed driveway horror stories are caused in part by improper excavation and insufficient depth and quality of sub-grade. To get a free quotation from contractors who know what they’re doing and can prove their reputation, please use this online form.

    Leave It Alone

    Pattern imprinted concrete is remarkably tough once it’s set, and with correctly cut crack control joints a pattern imprinted concrete driveway will last decades. But as you’d expect from any concrete product, it needs to be left alone for a little while after it’s been laid. This is especially true of pattern imprinted concrete driveways, as they should (and, if it’s one of our projects, definitely will) be treated with a sealant after they’ve been imprinted.

    If your pattern imprinted concrete driveway has been installed by our team, we’ll give you detailed advice and information on exactly when your driveway will be ready for foot and vehicle traffic. Rough ball park figures are: foot traffic after at least a day has passed since the application of the sealant, vehicle traffic after at least four days. However, we’d advise that you ask your contractor and go with what they say.

    You should avoid using the driveway in between the laying of the concrete and the application of sealant. At this point the concrete is setting. Remember that any impressions made on the surface of the concrete while it’s soft will be permanent, and to fill in or remove them will be a difficult task. If you’re having problems with your driveway and are interested in having repairs performed, we’re the people to talk to.

    Combining Surfaces

    At Complete Driveway Designs we focus on pattern imprinted concrete. This is because we’re great fans of its flexibility as a surfacing material, and because of the fantastic quality of the finished product. But just because we’re big fans of pattern imprinted concrete, it doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate other traditional driveway surfaces.

    Imprinted Concrete and Gravel

    Imprinted Concrete and Gravel

    Surfacing solutions like loose gravel or slate chipping can be particularly attractive when used in combination with pattern imprinted concrete. And there are some real benefits to combing surfaces. Bordering a pattern imprinted concrete driveway with gravel, for example, can be visually appealing and can remove the necessity of planting and lawn-care. It’s a way of getting a low-effort, good looking garden that isn’t dominated by pattern imprinted concrete. Not that we think there’s anything wrong with large expanses of pattern imprinted concrete; we just understand that peoples’ tastes differ. Our design and installation services are focussed on providing you with what you want, and installing it with the utmost care and skill.

    We would, however, recommend that the most trafficked area of your driveway should be surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete; leave the other surfaces as attractive additions. We say this because pattern imprinted concrete is much more stable and durable than other surfaces; after all, there’s a reason why concrete is the most commonly used construction material in the world.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
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