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    Approaching spring

    It’s 2011, and we’re approaching spring. You’ve got used to the shock of coming back to work after the bliss of Christmas. The climate is getting warmer as we say good bye to the last fronds of winter. You’re comfortable again, and looking for your next home improvement project. So what can you do to spring clean your property, and bring everything together nicely?

    A new pattern imprinted concrete driveway or reseal of your existing work could be just the thing to make your frontage or back garden shine. CD Designs offers a wide selection of colours and patterns to provide the perfect solution to enhance your home, regardless of your property and tastes.

    CD Designs is comprised of a team with many years of experience, so you’ll get VIP treatment and an expert service all the way from planning to implementation. The process starts with a visit from a design consultant, with the aim of discussing your needs and working out exactly what would work best for your situation. Our team will promptly complete the installation to the highest possible standards, and offer expert advice on maintaining your pattern imprinted concrete driveway.

    Remember, it isn’t just a aesthetically pleasing, robust enhancement to your property: it’s an investment in its value, so it will hold value now and in the future.

    Countdown to an imprinted concrete summer

    It might be a little premature but we’ve been thinking about summertime, and more importantly what furniture will look great on our pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios as we sit outside lapping up the sunshine.

    Rather than the usual offerings we’ve stumbled across some lovely designer furniture and found a particular range of steel outdoor furniture called the Legend Cafe Collection. The colours are fantastic; we particularly like the pillar box red and the striking orange and the unique retro style is made with an industrious slant but wouldn’t look out of place in a stylish Italian coffee shop. The chairs are versatile and come in either high-backed cafe style or a wider armchair style. The steel designer furniture can withstand the elements with ease, making them ideal for use on the patio but they can even double as dining room chairs if you’re looking for something completely striking and individual indoors too.

    The chairs and stools are selling out fast after featuring in a variety of style magazines and, although there’s no table to complement the chairs, we think pairing them with an old wooden table and maybe even mismatching a few of the different colours will ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway stands out from the neighbours this summer.

    A Concrete Driveway Spring Clean

    Maintaining pattern imprinted concrete driveways is simple and when compared to block paving and tarmac, it’s the obvious choice for those of you looking for a lasting, easy to clean look.

    Block paving requires a bi-annual clean which involves brushing the driveway before washing, scrubbing and rinsing – not to mention replacing the sand from between the paving stones once dry and then applying a weed killer and sealant!

    Tarmac, with its rough, moss-attracting surface, has similar maintenance issues and the moisture it retains can lead to problems with lichen and algae so the surface must be treated and kept free of any weeds and even debris that can cast shade upon the tarmac.

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway needs only to be washed down with some soapy water to keep it looking like new. If the driveway needs a really good spring clean then a power washer will clear the space of any weeds and tyre marks but even then there’s no extra effort required on your part.

    From time to time it’s a good idea to have the driveway resealed to revitalise the pristine finish of a freshly installed driveway.
    Resealing the concrete will protect it from wear and tear so that you’re pattern imprinted concrete driveway will look as good as the day it was laid, for as long as you care to maintain it.

    Patio Season

    We’re waving goodbye to October, and November is almost here. Sadly, it looks like it’s time to accept that summer has been and gone. We hope that you enjoyed it while it lasted.

    As well as installing pattern imprinted concrete driveways, we can also design and install pattern imprinted concrete patios. If you’ve just spent the summer without a patio, or with a patio that just isn’t up to scratch, you might be thinking of investing in one for summer 2011. Well, we’re the people to talk to.

    a pattern imprinted concrete patio with steps

    a pattern imprinted concrete patio with steps

    Patios are social areas, and, whilst driveways also see some social use during the summer, we think that you’re more likely to spend quality time on your patio. So you need it to be two things: attractive and durable. You don’t want an ugly, eye-sore patio, and you don’t want one that’s cracked and crumbling. With our pattern imprinted concrete patios, there’s no need to worry about either of these issues.

    If you are considering investing in a pattern imprinted concrete patio, or if this blog-post has got you interested, we suggest that you take a look at our case studies. You’ll be able to get an idea of the standard of our work – we’re confident that you’ll agree that it’s impressive – and you’ll also be able to look at examples of how attractive well designed and well installed areas of pattern imprinted concrete can look.

    Book Your Reseals Soon

    We like to regularly remind you all of the importance of resealing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. It’s the most important driveway maintenance task other than cleaning and keeping an eye out for unsightly cracks.

    If your driveway is due a reseal, you should get in touch as soon as possible. Autumn is closing in, which means that some serious rain can’t be far away. When you’re resealing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, it’s important to avoid moisture getting trapped in between the surface of the concrete and the layer of sealant. Trapped moisture leads to blooming and delamination; cosmetic problems that can ruin the look of your driveway. Obviously, it’s easier to ensure that your driveway stays dry if the resealing takes place before the weather gets really rotten.

    Also, you need to bear in mind that as winter approaches, pattern imprinted concrete contractors may be busy fitting in other reseal and installation jobs. So if you’re looking to have your driveway professionally resealed, time is a factor.

    All of the resealing work we carryout is completed to the same high standards as our pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation work.  If you take a look at our case studies, you’ll see that those standards are pretty high.

    If you’d like more information about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
    T: 01706 827180

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