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    Private Roads

    The Complete Driveway Designs team can turn our hands to a number of different projects. That’s because of our experience in installing hard surfaces, and our skills when it comes to pattern imprinted concrete. So; our installation abilities don’t stop at imprinted concrete driveways and patios, although we do them very well.

    Let’s take private roads as an example. There a surprisingly large amount of properties around the North West, and further afield, which have private road access. And because private roads are just that – private – their upkeep and integrity can sometimes require attention. Obviously, living off a private road can cause some headaches, and you should understand who has what amount of responsibility over your road.

    Pattern imprinted concrete is the surfacing option of choice when you’ve got to please a number of residents. It’s also ideal for driveways or stretches of road attached to single households. With the CD Designs team, you get a complete service, from design to site-specific advice on maintenance, and all at the highest possible standards and with the minimum of fuss. A private road surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete will last for years, and will look good for years as well.

    Take a look at some of our available patterns and colours, and have a peek at our case studies for examples of finished pattern imprinted concrete in situ.

    Things You Never Knew About Concrete #5

    US Military Super-Concrete.

    Concrete: it’s the stuff of the future, and it’s here today! Again, this is one of our blog posts on some of the amazing uses people are finding for concrete, and some of the amazing developments in concrete that are taking place in labs around the world. It’s certainly a step away from the pattern imprinted concrete driveways that we deal with on a day-to-day basis.

    So, here’s another cracker: military super-strong concrete. It’s made using synthetic aluminosilicate materials, also known as geopolymers; these allow the creation of “super cements”. When these cements are combined with aggregate and water, the resulting concrete really is tough stuff, and very resistant to structural problems.

    It’s got a number of other wild characteristics. The USAF (united states air force) have started exploiting these features. There’s a geopolymer concrete called Pyrament, for example, which is used to fix and fill-in on runways; after a couple of hours it’s set strong enough to take Jets taking off and landing on it.

    This concrete obviously has a lot of implications for construction, although it’ll be years before this stuff becomes a common material. Military industrial gear like this is always very interesting to read about; we just wonder if you can get it in different colours…

    What is Concrete?

    Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world, and has a huge amount of potential applications in construction and architecture. It’s prized for its workability in its wet stage and its resilience once it has set, cured, and has been sealed. Although there are a variety of different types of concrete, they share similar characteristics and are the result of the same kinds of materials undergoing the same process.

    Concrete is created by combining three main substances: The first is cement, itself a mixture of calcium oxides, silicon oxides and aluminium oxides, which are derived from limestone, clay, and sulphates. The second substance is an aggregate, which forms the majority of the concrete.  Aggregate is comprised of both fine and coarse substances, like gravel and sand. Recycled aggregates can also be used, usually harmless industrial by-products like ash.

    Cement and whichever aggregate is being used are mixed with the third substance, water. As concrete sets, cement reacts with water, forming tight bonds which hold the aggregate in place. The final product is a remarkably strong and hardwearing rock-like substance

    Small amounts of other substances can be added to concrete at the mixing stage, in order to change some of its properties according to the task the concrete is needed for. Accelerators speed up the setting process, whilst acrylic retarders delay it. Other admixtures include plasticizers, which make it easier to shape and place the concrete, and a wide variety of pigments which alter the concrete’s colour, making it a more attractive and versatile choice for domestic applications.

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