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    Avoid Blocking Driveways

    Cars allow us a massive amount of freedom, don’t they? But with that freedom comes great responsibility. The responsibility, for example, to avoid blocking other people’s driveways when we’re parking. There are greater crimes, but it’s still very annoying to find that you can’t access you driveway because someone’s blocking it with their vehicle.

    The best way to ensure that you’ll no longer have to wedge your vehicle into any available space on your road – and risk blocking in your neighbours – is to create your own space to park at your property.

    One of our pattern imprinted concrete driveways should do the trick. Durable and attractive, pattern imprinted concrete driveways are excellent investments; as well as providing you with a hard-wearing surface for parking your car, they’re also easy on the eye – as you can see in our case studies.

    The installation of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is a relatively quick process, although obviously we devote more time (and care, and attention) to it than some of the cowboy contractors out there.

    With your own pattern imprinted concrete driveway, your only worry will be being blocked in yourself. Remember, there’s nothing with erecting some gates – a nice visual reminder of the fact that your driveway is in use – or even sticking up an “access needed” sign.

    Concreting Over Concrete

    We do a lot of work replacing driveways. Whatever the surfacing material used, age and use can take their toll on driveways. Cracking and crumbling can occur, along with a host of other problems depending on which surfacing material your drive is made out of. What you’re left with is uneven and unsightly.

    As concrete driveways become increasingly popular, there are more of them about, and, of course, there’s a bit of variety in the quality of driveways out there. While you’ve got the quality of the kind of work we do at one end of the scale (the good end!), there are other firms who don’t match up to our standard.

    When we’re doing work at a property, we’ll pull up and remove old surfacing as part of the process of excavating the area, and then filling that excavation with sub-base. We’ll take that spoil away with us, naturally.

    Sometimes people ask why we can’t just lay our pattern imprinted concrete over their existing concrete driveway. Well, yes, in theory you could do that, but it wouldn’t be the best idea. Pattern imprinted concrete poured on-top wouldn’t be stable; it’d crack and lift off the old concrete. There’s no point replacing an unfit driveway with a new one which will also fall apart.

    Caravan Hardstandings (Again)

    A little while ago we put up a blog post about caravan hardstandings. Caravans need to be sat on a strong, regular surface; that’s why caravan parks have dedicated plots for caravan owners to park in. Of course, if you own a caravan, you’ll know this already.

    In the blog post mentioned above, we explained that pattern imprinted concrete is an excellent surfacing choice for caravan owners. It’s tough stuff, and once it’s been installed and finished it should look just as good as your caravan. The variety of imprintable patterns and colourant admixtures available means that there’s a massive amount of different driveway designs available.

    Why are we telling you all this? Well, because, when we put together the last blog, we neglected to mention the fact that we’ve previously installed a pattern imprinted concrete driveway for a lovely couple who needed it for… drum roll please… their brand new Motorhome!

    Yes, somewhere between the writing and the editing and the uploading of the old blog post we managed to delete the bit about The Warren job in Crew. So we though it only fair to stick up a new blog post directing you to the case study.

    As you can see if you take a look through the photographs of The Warren, our pattern imprinted concrete driveways aren’t just great to look at; they’re also the surfacing of choice for caravan owners and motorhomers.

    Driveway Designs

    You can do a lot with some basic materials… but you can do even more with basic materials, sophisticated techniques, a lot of experience and knowledge, and some other, slightly less basic, materials. Want proof? Take a tour around the case studies pages of our website. As you can see, we’re dab hands at installing pattern imprinted concrete driveways.

    But it’s not all about the installation. The workmanship that we put into installing your driveway is a huge factor in its integrity and longevity – a badly installed pattern imprinted concrete driveway will crack and crumble – and that’s why we always work to the highest possible standards. But it’s working to a well thought through design that elevates a good driveway above other drives.

    A driveway, like any home investment you make, should meet your practical needs. But it should also be appealing to the eye and suit your tastes. We’ll help you design a driveway that ticks all these boxes. More than that, it’ll make the most of the area you have available for surfacing.

    In our experience, some customers are absolutely set on the design they want, and just want us to make it real. Others have an idea, but wait until they’ve seen what we can offer (our case studies are a good place to start) before they start making decisions. Which kind are you?

    That Sinking Feeling

    During the design stage of a project, we talk to our customers about their needs, and about specific problems they’re having with their current driveway. And then we deal with those problems. That’s why our customers are happy for us to use photographs of their properties in our case studies – we do what they need, and we do it really well.

    A common problem with other surfacing materials – and with driveways installed by dodgy contractors – is significant sinking. When sections of your driveway begin to sink it can cause all manner of problems. Rain water will pool, and sunken areas in your driveway can be significant trip-hazards. If your driveway starts sinking, it’s better to deal with sooner rather than later.

    If you take a look at our case studies, you’ll be able to view a few specific cases in which driveway sinkage was an important issue for the customers involved. There’s the pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation we did at Greenmount, for example. Then over in Blackburn there’s the Eden Park job. And let’s not forget the Little Lever installation.

    As you can see, it’s a common problem. Our pattern imprinted concrete driveways should remain level and true from the day they’re installed; the right amount sub-base and a skilled installation should deal with any potential problems.