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    Can We Mention Snow Yet?

    Ok, ok, we probably need to apologise for this one immediately, before we go any further. You’ve just about got over the rainy summer (it was in the grim North, anyway). You are hoping for a windy but hopefully not too wet autumn. And then the folks over at CD Designs go and start banging on about winter weather already? Despicable, some might say.

    But hold on there — it is certainly not our intention to attempt to condemn you to an endless winter. We just wanted to share a few nuggets of advice to prepare you for the cold spell.

    For a start, make sure you get yourself a decent shovel: this has endless uses, from the obvious (shovel that snow), to the more inventive (shovels are also good makeshift toboggans, if you have a decent wide, flat one.)

    Next, you should think carefully about what you use for grip on your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Using sand, or a sand a gravel mixture is ideal, as it provides grip when the snow falls, then you can simply wait till the snow has melted and shovel it up and re-bag it, ready for next year. Using Salt on your drive is not a good idea, as it can corrode your concrete.

    Who Lives In Your Driveway? A Snowman or a Car?

    Christmas 2009 and January 2010 will be remembered by adults for the icy pavements, traffic disruptions, and shortages of grit. Children, however, are much more likely to remember it for the snowball fights, extra days off school, the rare opportunity to go sledging, and, of course, a chance to make snowmen.

    In the regions that received the most snowfall, local news programmes were inundated with photographs of snowmen. And they weren’t just on the TV; if you were out and about in the snow then chances are you came face-to-face with at least one yourself. From the smallest to the biggest – and some of them were massive – snowmen were everywhere, along with snow-dogs, snow-cats, and snow-who-knows-what-else.  Perhaps you even rented out a small patch of your garden or driveway to a snowy inhabitant?

    Those with well installed and regularly sealed concrete driveways had no reason to fear snow or freeze-thaw related damage to the surface of their drive. One of the many benefits of concrete as a surfacing solution is the fact that, by using pattern imprinting techniques, you can achieve a surface that’s as durable as it is attractive.

    While heavy snowfall might cover up imprinted patterns, at least those with concrete driveways can rest easy, knowing that when it melts away – as it always does – the concrete won’t be any the worse for wear. Which might be some small consolation, after you’ve had to say an emotional goodbye to all those lovely snowmen.

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