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    Concrete driveways for restoration, expansion or new build

    Whether you are restoring a property, expanding it or even embarking on a new build there are a range of pattern imprinted concrete driveways to suit your needs.  Of course, there are some major differences in the projects, and the challenges which they might present.

    When restoring a property, for example, the focus is often on ensuring that any additions you make are going to be in sympathy with existing period features. It’s important, then, when selecting an imprint for the driveway of a restoration project that you are able to select a traditional pattern and Complete Driveway Designs offer a variety of these including Old English Cobble and Deep Joint Cobble .

    In contrast, expanding a property is a real opportunity to really make your own mark. You might want to create a larger and more manageable driveway upgraded with high-quality accessories like an elegant circle pattern design or a sturdy brick border. You may even wish to expand into the garden and incorporate a brand new patterned concrete patio area.

    A new build represents a completely clean slate and Complete Driveways Designs can help plan a pattern imprinted concrete driveway to fit these unique demands. If the  eventual aim is to put the property on the market then, just as you might decorate the interior of the property in light colours, a modern but neutral design could be called for and there are a number of these, including the contemporary Grand Ashlar Slate and Walkway Slate.

    Driveways In The Rainy Season

    During autumn and winter in the north west, the rain can really set in. That’s when having an area of hard surfaced driveway can really pay off. Some surfacing materials are more susceptible to flooding than others, especially some of the loose surface options like gravel and slate chippings.

    A properly installed pattern imprinted drive will have adequate drainage. Drainage needs to be installed to ensure that water doesn’t collect and sit on your driveway. Driveway drainage is also necessary to ensure that rain water isn’t running off your driveway and onto your lawn or the pavement.

    Your contractor should take into account issues like drainage when they’re planning your pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation. They should also consider other driveway features like manhole covers, which will need access. Of course, at CD Designs we know our way around these features.

    So, if you’re thinking about purchasing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway for your property, we suggest that you keep an eye on how your current driveway responds to the amount of rain it gets over this autumn. If you notice areas where it pools, remember where they are so you can point them out to your contractor when it’s installation time.

    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.

    Gardens From Brownfield To Greenfield

    There’s been a lot of talk recently about changes to the brownfield/greenfield status of plots of land which have the potential for development into housing or other buildings. The government has been making loud noises about giving local authorities more power to control construction of new homes.

    What does this mean for the average home owner? Well, it may affect those who’ve been planning to invest in gaining planning permission for a second property to replace garden space. For other home owners, it depends on their personal opinions; some are dead against more development in their community, others are all for it. It’s a potentially divisive issue.

    We’d suggest investing money which you might’ve considered putting into planning applications in home improvements instead. We’ve talked before about the benefits of doing up your property, and about the benefits of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio as part of that work. A pattern imprinted concrete driveway lasts a long time, and can really boost your property’s curb appeal.

    These home improvements have a number of positive effects. Firstly, they can mean a significant improvement in the resale value of your home. Secondly, the improvements that wow potential buyers are the kind that have positive impact on the time you spend in your property.

    Coloured Driveway Details

    Pattern imprinted concrete driveways look good. Don’t just take our word for it; take a look at our case studies for some photographic proof. But, like all surfacing materials, it’s what you do with it that counts. We can help you make the most of it.

    A simple expanse of pattern imprinted concrete might be ideal for some of our customers, but we understand that others would prefer to add some eye-catching features. Because of the way that pattern imprinted concrete is installed, bands and fields of differently patterned concrete can be installed side by side. This means that bordering one pattern with another is entirely possible. It can have some really nice effects.

    More complex visual features are possible, with, for example, pattern variations that are integrated within a field of concrete. We’re also dab hands at the installation of brick borders and walls. That’s not to mention those features that aren’t included out of choice but instead out of necessity; like drainage and manhole covers.

    These features need to be planned for. We never neglect the features that your driveway needs, and we’re always happy to help you pick the overall design which best suits your needs. Feel free to contact us for more information, and for a free quotation.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

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