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When looking for ideas for the design of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, the first place to look is at your home. You should usually try to emulate the brick theme of your home, so if it is a traditional brick house, the obvious choice is to use a brick themed pattern. Depending on your budget you can choose an entire brick-patterned driveway or just do a brick-pattern border. For the colour choice, look at the structural elements of your home, and use the same hues in the colour of the concrete, or choose a colour that compliments them.
You can search the web for lots of ideas on the pattern and colour of your pattern imprinted concrete, but the best place to start is in our case studies section. Here we have many different driveways of all patterns and colours that we have done over the years, so you can see what the finished product looks like. Other areas for inspiration are theme parks and large shopping centres, as they both often use pattern imprinted concrete in a variety of creative ways, and you may not have noticed before without knowing what to look for.
3rd October 2012
Any area that is frequently used to park vehicles will probably require surface reinforcement. Without it the ground will quickly become boggy, rutted and unsightly, with little chance of sustaining healthy grass growth. The usual materials used to reinforce the ground – concrete, tarmac and block paving, are usually impermeable or semi-permeable, which can create problems when it comes to Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).
One solution to this problem is to Ecoblock. The Ecoblock porous paving systems provide effective grass protection and gravel retention and have been designed for long term use in a wide range of load bearing applications. It is available for use with both grass and gravel, and offer many advantages over traditional surfaces. They are manufactured from fully UV stabilised, 100% recycled, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is chemically inert and can be located in the ground without long term damage to the surrounding soils. Ecoblock systems are also fade resistant, providing longer-lasting, aesthetically pleasing solutions.
The grass version is lawnmower friendly, and both the grass and gravel types are easy to install and require low maintenance. You can find out more about them at Buildbase Civils & Lintels.
27th September 2012
TARMAC, a leading UK construction materials company, and a major concrete supplier, has become a founder signatory to the revised Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy. The strategy comprises of six commitments designed to help companies try and deliver a zero-carbon built environment though monitoring and providing transparent whole-life data, sharing best practice, low carbon transport, monitoring water usage, targeting continuous improvement in sustainable production performance and reporting performance annually.
Dr Martyn Kenny, Director of Sustainability at Tarmac, says: “The concrete sector has made great progress in measuring, managing and reducing its impact, while enhancing its contribution to creating a sustainable and zero-carbon built environment. We recognise that we need to continue this important work and the new Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy provides an effective way to lead the construction sector and drive further progress.”
As well as this commitment, TARMAC recently achieved the Carbon Trust Standard across its whole business, having 100 per cent of its products certified as responsibly sourced, and the industry’s first five-star rating from Achilles BuildingConfidence for effective supply chain management.
24th September 2012
We are always delighted when we receive testimonials from our customers, and the one we have received from Fred and Joan in Ashton-in-Makerfield was one of the best we have ever had.
“Hi Ben & Everyone. Its just about a year now since our drive and front/back gardens were completely transformed by you and your hardworking, superb, funny, polite, nothing too much trouble, workforce. We were absolutely delighted with the result and still are (money very well spent). Your after sales service and communication is more than excellent. Just about the best firm we have ever dealt with and we would recommend you without hesitation.”
We are very happy that they are enjoying their driveway and garden so much, and hope that they do so for years to come.
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3rd May 2012
Two of the most popular concrete applications for homes are new pattern imprinted concrete patios and pattern imprinted concrete driveways.
Patios in particular have become hugely popular in a past few years, thanks to design show and lifestyle magazines which have encouraged us to rethink how we use our outdoor space. Not simply for the occasional good weather Summer BBQ, patios are now being developed to encourage ‘non Summer’ usage, with fire pits, durable seating and heated, lit areas for the family to gather in and enjoy the outdoors.
Patios extend living space and provide extra useful room for entertaining. However, it can be difficult to accurately plan the layout, size and design of a patio without incurring expensive mistakes, so it’s wise to hire a professional to advise and scope out your requirements, before carrying out a professional build for you.
Basic design factors to consider start with size and the eventual area you’d like your patio to cover. Bear in mind that the addition of garden furniture will rapidly make a ‘naked’ concrete patio space seem smaller – exactly as furniture does within a house, so factor in as much room as possible. A typical outdoor table for four will require at least 12 feet squared. Factor in additional requirements such as loungers, BBQs and any outdoor bar areas.
Look too at the shape – a simple rectangle may seem obvious, but patios blend far better with the garden when edges are gently rounded into lawns and surrounding plant borders. Poured concrete patios can help to provide more flexible shape options than using fixed paving stones or slabs.
The eventual use of your patio is another important concern. Heavy entertaining might require a couple of small patio areas, to allow guests to mingle in small gatherings. Connect each space with walkways and lighting. Regular family use for meals may suit a large single patio area better, with a hardscape directly from the backdoor.
Another very important factor to consider is planning permission or permits, and this applies for many outdoor projects including patios, Pattern imprinted concrete driveways, general extensions and structures, where homes maybe listed or have other restrictions. Check with your council or seek advice from your concrete contractor, who will advise as part of your project.
With the help of a professional, you can sit back and relax knowing that the patio of your dreams is being constructed expertly, to offer you and your family many years of valuable use and enjoyment.
Image from our Case Studies
28th June 2011