CD Designs Blog
Stockport is a lovely town with an interesting history. From the wonderful 27-arch viaduct – one of Europe’s biggest brick structures – to the Co-op Pyramid, Stockport has some really distinctive landmarks.
At CD Designs we’ve completed distinctive pattern imprinted concrete driveway installations across the North West, for both domestic and commercial clients. Take a look at the case studies section of our website to get a sense of what we do. We appreciate the kind of traditional construction skill and attention to detail that was required during, for example, the building of Stockport’s viaduct. We also know that our pattern imprinted driveways really complete a property.
Our pattern imprinting and concrete colouring techniques can provide a wide variety of different finishes. The quality of our design and installation services, and our skilled team, mean that we’re one of the best contractors in the region.
You want your home to look perfect; we want to help you achieve that. We’ve got the know-how and the skill to install a driveway that’ll really pull your property together. And that’s whether your home is in an old mill town like Stockport, or somewhere out in the countryside; we’re more than happy to travel.
2nd July 2010
If you’re looking into pattern imprinted concrete driveways, then you’ll probably have read about their strength, durability, and longevity. And, if you’ve visited the case studies section of our website, you’ll have seen photographs of how attractive they are. If you’re planning on getting a new drive installed, chances are that you’ve probably got something to park on it. Off-road parking offers better security for your vehicle, reduces road congestion in your neighbourhood, and can significantly increase the resale value of your home.
There are some wacky vehicles out there, all of which need somewhere to park. And while there may be more estates and hatchbacks out there than dragsters and monster trucks, that doesn’t mean that reputable driveway contractors such as ourselves should ignore the needs of the unique-vehicle owning minority.
Take a look at some of these crazy cars. Oh, and these and these and these. And these. While most of them are ridiculously impractical, or are so wacky-looking that you wouldn’t be seen dead in them, are a few of them are undeniably impressive. Imagine how much more impressive they’d look parked up on one of our pattern imprinted concrete driveways…
18th June 2010
Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will almost definitely crack at some point. All concrete cracks to a greater or lesser degree; it’s our job to make sure that it’s lesser rather greater. After we’ve laid and pattern imprinted your concrete driveway and it has set, we’ll cut crack control joints in order to control the cracking which naturally occurs as concrete expands, contracts, and ages. These joints are positioned at points of stress – near manhole covers, for example – and in places where some minor cracking won’t be too noticeable.
There are a number of other aspects of the installation process which can help to minimise cracking in your driveway. And, conversely, if you pick a duff contractor, these are the things that they won’t do correctly… which will mean you end up with a badly cracked driveway. If you’d like to talk to the real professionals, please use this form to request a quote.
Laying the sub base to the correct depth, and doing so on top of a membrane, is one of the most important steps we take during a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation. Good foundations are important in any construction project, not least pattern imprinted concrete driveways. Again, we’d like to stress that a small amount of cracking is inherent in any pattern imprinted concrete driveway. However, if your drive is laid on the right sub-base and has crack control joints cut correctly, it really shouldn’t be a major issue.
28th May 2010
Driveways began hundreds of years ago as features of grand country houses. Long, private roads which lead through the acres of land belonging to the house, they were surfaced with gravel or cobbles, and were often used as an excuse for the owner of the house to show off their considerable wealth.
After the Second World War there was an explosion in the amount of people owning automobiles. The needs of new car-driving home owners were met by design developments in detached and semi-detached suburban houses. As garages which had previously been tucked away behind buildings were moved to sit next to the house, they also began to be filled up with the kind of things which fill up garages; bicycles, mystery boxes, half-full tins of paint… the list goes on. Cars were more than ever parked outside, and this meant that attention had to be paid to the surfaces on which they were parked.
There are, of course, other reasons for the development of paved and/or concreted driveways. Caring for a front garden is not for everyone, and neither is living with an unattractive driveway which isn’t uniformly surfaced.
Concrete soon proved itself to be the most obvious choice for driveway design and construction. It offers a massive amount of flexibility in design and resilience of surface when compared to the available alternatives. More than that, the fact that it can be imprinted and coloured means it can now look more attractive than ever before.
1st December 2009