Can the imprinted concrete be installed at any time of year?
We are able to continue working throughout the year, we just have to alter our working practises to suit the conditions. If frost or rain are forecast then we are able to protect the decorative concrete surface from their effects. Likewise if the conditions are very warm we need to be able to pre-empt the possibility of shrinkage cracks forming.
How strong is the concrete?
We will advise on the suitable depth of the concrete and wether it requires any further reinforcement when we have our initial discussion. Generally a slab 100mm – 125mm thick is sufficient for a standard driveway.
Is it a messy job?
We aim to contain the mess to a minimum. During preparation sturdy boards are used to prevent damage to lawns or aprons. When laying the pattern imprinted concrete all walls are masked to prevent staining. We use a cleaner method of imprinting that doesn’t use the standard loose coloured powder.
Are there any dos and don’ts with my new decorative concrete paving?
Excessive use of rock salt to de-ice the surface may cause spalling of the concrete. If a de-icing product is required there are non-corrosive products available. The use of certain solvents may affect the sealant and require professional attention.
How long will my driveway last?
If laid correctly and with the occasional reseal a pattern imprinted concrete surface should indefinitely.
Is it necessary to have a skip outside my house?
We usually use a grab wagon to remove the rubbish, if a skip is used it is generally gone on the same day.
Does the choice of pattern and colour for the concrete affect the price?
The design, colour or pattern of the decorative concrete does not affect the price, which means we are not restricted in created the best area possible.
Is pattern imprinted concrete paving more expensive than other products?
Pattern imprinted concrete is generally equivalent in price to good quality tarmac, block paving or Indian sandstone. When the lifespan and lack of maintenance is taken into account then it starts to be the most cost effective option.
Can the imprinted concrete crack?
The risk of cracking can never be completely ruled out with any type of concrete paving, however, this risk is greatly reduced by high installation specifications. In our experience, if a crack does eventually develop it will generally remain barely visible.
Can the decorative concrete paving fade?
The colour pigments used in the decorative concrete process will not fade. If the colour seems to be getting paler then this is usually an indication of it needing resealing.