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    TARMAC Sustainable Energy

    TARMAC, a leading UK construction materials company, and a major concrete supplier, has become a founder signatory to the revised Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy. The strategy comprises of six commitments designed to help companies try and deliver a zero-carbon built environment though monitoring and providing transparent whole-life data, sharing best practice, low carbon transport, monitoring water usage, targeting continuous improvement in sustainable production performance and reporting performance annually.

    Dr Martyn Kenny, Director of Sustainability at Tarmac, says: “The concrete sector has made great progress in measuring, managing and reducing its impact, while enhancing its contribution to creating a sustainable and zero-carbon built environment. We recognise that we need to continue this important work and the new Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy provides an effective way to lead the construction sector and drive further progress.”

    As well as this commitment, TARMAC recently achieved the Carbon Trust Standard across its whole business, having 100 per cent of its products certified as responsibly sourced, and the industry’s first five-star rating from Achilles BuildingConfidence for effective supply chain management.

    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.

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways For 2011

    The driveway is one of the first thing visitors will see as they approach a house and so it’s only right that homeowners are beginning to treat this vital part of the house  with a sense of pride. Gone are the days when the drive was just somewhere to park your car, more and more people want their driveway to complement and even add to the character and value of their homes. Already this is one of the major trends for home improvement work in 2011 with patchy tarmac and loose flags being replaced by high quality, easy-to-maintain pattern imprinted concrete driveways.

    The Concrete Network, one of the largest and most important international resources for users of concrete, called imprinted concrete the most popular new method “for creating a feasible and unique design” for a driveway. The concrete driveway is stamped imprinted with a range of patterns, closely resembling expensive brick, tile or stone but can be installed for a fraction of the cost of these materials. These imprinted concretes are also available in a range of colours, from the tried-and-tested popular Steadman Buff to the on-trend Plum, helping homeowners to make their driveways one-of-a-kind, attractive features.

    In these times, when money is on everybody’s minds and we rarely have the time to spare, it’s great to know that pattern imprinted concrete driveways are affordable and easily maintained, and have real curb appeal.

    Concrete In Summer

    Forgive us for pointing out the obvious, but concrete is pretty strong stuff. It’s used for all manner of construction tasks, and if you use it properly – like we do at Complete Driveway Designs – it’s a remarkably adaptable material.

    Investing in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway also means that you can avoid some of the problems that come with other surfacing materials. In summer, for example, tarmacadam can be adversely affected by heat. If it’s your average summer, your tarmacadam should be fine. When temperatures rise, however, tarmacadam can sometimes become soft. That’s going to make it more susceptible to cosmetic damage, like scuffing and denting.

    That won’t be an issue with a pattern imprinted concrete driveway. In fact, summer is the best time for us to install a pattern imprinted concrete driveway; it’s dry, which is important for the installation process, and remedial work like resealing. And also, summer is a much nicer time to be working outside!

    If you take a look at our case studies you’ll see some examples of pattern imprinted concrete driveways that we’ve already installed for our customers. As you’ll see from those case studies, our pattern imprinted drives look really good. They’ll also give you a chance to see how they look in good weather; we don’t tend to take photos of our work when it’s raining.

    Concrete vs. Tarmacadam

    As contractors who have experience with both tarmacadam and concrete, we’re fully aware of the benefits of both materials. But, as contractors who focus on installing pattern imprinted concrete driveways, we’ve got a vested interest in explaining the benefits of concrete in comparison to other surfacing products.

    concrete driveway imprinted feature

    concrete driveway imprinted feature

    One of the major benefits that concrete has over tarmacadam – other than the fact that concrete can be pattern imprinted – is that concrete is more ecologically friendly. In increasingly “green” times, we know that this is an issue for our customers. Obviously, if you really want to cut down on your carbon footprint, don’t get a driveway at all. In fact, get rid of your car. If, however, you want a durable, well surfaced driveway but also want to be as environmentally friendly as possible, then we’d suggest concrete over tarmacadam.

    Concrete, unlike tarmacadam, can be readily recycled. Tarmacadam contains petroleum-based substances, which give it its gluey consistency before it has hardened. This is also the reason why tarmacadam can be compromised by solvents which affect these petroleum-based substances. Concrete, on the other hand, can be broken up and recycled and isn’t contaminated.

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway will also last longer than a tarmacadam drive, provided it’s properly looked after. A longer lasting driveway means less energy and resources are expended in replacing it with a new one.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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