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    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway Maintenance Advice

    Proper maintenance of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is essential to how long it will last and how good it will look in the future. Here are some simple dos and don’ts when maintaining your driveway, and some tips for when something goes wrong.

    Don’t put salt on your driveway. This will start to eat away at the seal and eventually the concrete. Wash any salt that may get on your driveway through road gritting off immediately.

    Do wash off dirt and stains as soon as possible. Use soapy water for the simple stuff, and a de-greaser for oil stains. For more persistent stains a wire brush can be used.

    Don’t put and kind of weed-killers or pesticides on your driveway. When using them around your garden, be careful not to let any run off onto your concrete. If any gets on simply wash it off with water as soon as possible.

    Do reseal your driveway when needed. Take a look at our information on when resealing is necessary. Some customers expect their driveways to look as good as new without any maintenance, but with good housekeeping your driveway will look great for many years to come.

    Don’t drag garden furniture or other heavy objects over your driveway. This will scratch the seal, but don’t worry the concrete underneath will still be fine. A reseal will be needed to get rid of the scratches.

    For any maintenance problems don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we’ll do our best to help.

    Pattern imprinted concrete case study; Ashton-In-Makerfield

    Garden With Furniture

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Patio

    We were very excited when we booked this job in Ashton-In-Makerfield.  Joan and Fred contacted us via our website, wanting a complete re-design of the outside of their house – front garden, back garden and driveway, as well as the paths connecting them.  They got quotes from several companies, some cheaper than ours, but chose us because of the quality of our previous work.

    The original drive was tarmac, which we dug up and replaced with a pattern imprinted concrete driveway with an Old English pattern.  For the front garden, we designed a twin circle feature with plants in each, and the London Cobble path running between.  This connects to a pattern imprinted path at the side of the house, again in London Cobble which goes well with the flowers planted alongside.  Finally the back garden and patio were re-concreted with an Old English pattern, working around and complimenting the existing garden.  We also added some fencing in the back garden, as well as straiten the driveway gate so that it opened properly.

    The overall project looked great, and Joan and Fred were delighted with the results. View more pictures of the finished pattern imprinted concrete project.

    Testing Our Concrete

    Testing the concrete we use in our driveways and patios is very important to us.  It provides peace of mind to both us and our clients that the concrete is fit for purpose.  It also alerts us to any problems with our concrete as soon as possible, avoiding damage to your home and our reputation, and saving both time and money.

    The most common test we perform is the ‘concrete cube compressive strength test’, which is the main compliance test and concrete testing service for all structural concrete.  The requirement for the test is for the concrete to have a strength of 40 Newtons per millimetre squared at 28 days.

    In our recently tested concrete, the minimum strength of the concrete we used was 46N/mm², and the maximum was 49N/mm², so you can see the concrete we use is well beyond the requirements needed.  We continue to test our concrete regularly in order to ensure it is of the highest standard, and so our clients know they are getting the best quality materials.

    Spring clean your driveway – tips and tricks for success

    As readers of our blog will know, we try to keep our customers informed with all the tips and techniques they need to make the most of their pattern imprinted concrete driveways.

    In an earlier blog article we looked at the importance of maintaining and caring for your driveway. Spring is a perfect time for giving it a good clean – and we looked at easy ways to do this in our spring clean blog.

    Homeowners will be pleased to find that it’s simple to maintain their concrete driveway, especially when compared to tarmac and block paving alternatives. Simply wash it down with some soapy water and it will look like new! If the surface is really grubby, try a power washer to clear spaces between tyre marks and weeds.

    If your driveway has been in place for a while, you may need to reseal it – ideally this should be done every 2-5 years. We offer a complete driveway resealing surface and this offers a number of protective benefits, including prevented unwanted plant growth, and avoiding cracks.


    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway reseal in progress

    Look to maintain your drive regularly too by avoiding any prolonged exposure of damaging substances, including chemical cleaners and de-icers, salt, grit and oil. Ideally use sand when you need winter traction, and wash away spills as they occur.

    These simple steps will ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway remains a source of pride for many years to come!

    Wishing you a merry festive season, and all the best for 2012!

    It sure has been a busy year for CD Designs — we have been inundated with work, and have carried our concrete crusade around England implementing high quality pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios far and wide, sometimes branching out into slightly unfamiliar territories such as interior work, but always leaving a trail of satisfied customers in our wake.

    We’ve also been very active on our blog this year, publishing a wide variety of articles covering everything from practical tips and tricks for pattern imprinted concrete, to weird and wonderful concrete design work from designers the world over.

    We’d like to thank everyone involved in our success this year – all the staff at CD Designs, everyone who helped promote us, and of course, all the customers who put their trust in us to do a good job of adding concrete creativity to their homes, offices and other locations.


    We look forward to working with you again in 2012!

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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