CD Designs Blog
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.
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!
22nd May 2012
Hey there concrete fans! This month the CD Designs office is in the throws of a big party. We’ve got the bubbly and streamers out to celebrate the fact that we’ve been accepted into the Guild of Master Craftsmen! This is a real badge of honour for us, as it recognises the quality of our work, and the dedication we have to perfecting our craft, moving the quality of pattern imprinted concrete forwards and upwards. The Guild is the UK’s leading trade association, and lists its members in a database of reputable tradespeople found at www.findacraftsman.com.
For getting this prestigious award, we have a major group of people to give thanks to — our loyal customers. Getting there hasn’t been easy — each applicant to the Guild is taken through a thorough checking procedure, whereby the Guild council of management requests confidential references from satisfied customers, and asks them the question — “would you be happy to recommend the applicant to a relative or close friend.” The references are considered, while the Guild checks to make sure other criteria are met. Only then can membership be assured.
So thank you, to all our customers! We owe it all to you.
7th October 2011
So, you’ve got to the stage where you’ve got a finished pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio installed. It looks great, and you can sit back and relax. For the moment anyway – you should bear in mind that the seal is not going to last forever. We recommend that resealing be done every three to five years, depending on the exact materials used for the original work. Our experts are more than happy to advise you on the exact timescale for your particular installation.
In general, before you reseal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway you should make sure that your driveway is clean. It doesn’t have to be clean enough to eat your dinner off, but you should definitely give it a good clean if it is heavily soiled, or if it has stains on it such as oil.
Next up, make sure that your installation is perfectly dry before you start resealing, and is likely to be dry for a day afterwards to give the sealant a chance to properly dry and solidify. The summer months are a better bet for successful DIY resealing jobs: just keep an eye on the weather reports when you are planning your work!
In terms of what sealants to use, there are a wide variety on the market. The main choice is penetrating sealer versus surface sealer. The former penetrates below the concrete’s surface to form a hydrophobic barrier against water and ice, and doesn’t affect the surface texture, whereas the latter forms a gloss over the surface. Penetrating sealers probably last longer and are a good choice if you don’t want to affect the look of the concrete. Alternatively, you might be looking for the glossy look a surface sealer will create.
15th September 2011
When you’ve spent a hard-earned chuck of cash on a great looking pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible, so you can enjoy it for years or even decades to come. There are a few simple maintenance tips to follow for success: let’s have a look shall we?
First, make sure it is sealed properly to start with, with a sealant suitable for the specific surface you’ve got. This is necessary to protect both the colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts – properly positioned and cut crack control joints will minimise cracking and other structural problems. These are especially important around weak points, for example when the driveway has to go around a drain or manhole.
You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – this should be about every 2 to 5 years, but what’s best for you will depend on a number of aspects of the installation. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss can grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, which may lead to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.
Take care also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.
8th September 2011
So, you’ve decided to get a nice new pattern imprinted concrete patio installed, to make your back garden look great and cut down on upkeep time. But you want to keep it looking nice in the distant future, as well as just after installation, don’t you? You should therefore start thinking about maintenance and upkeep now, and follow our simple advice.
Make sure it is sealed properly, with a suitable sealant for your specific surface. This is necessary to protect both colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts. With these properly positioned – especially around weak points such as manholes and drains – you can minimise cracking and other structural problems.
You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – exactly how often will depend on your particular situation, but it should be in the region of every 2 to 5 years. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss likes to grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, leading to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.
Be careful also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Problem substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.
6th September 2011