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The Top is only as good as the bottom. If you do not properly prepare/ preparation/dig out.
may result in your slab of concrete more prone to cracking. The concrete needs to be cut with (expansion joints, contraction joints, isolation joints, crack control joints, etc.) you will need to excavate to a depth of 200mm 100mm of mot Type one quarry stone anything other than this like recycled concrete or road plainings is just not good enough!!
We use a High strength reinforced concrete (reaching 30-40 newton after 28 days). The concrete is laid to a minimum depth of 100mm. It will not sink or dip if it’s done this way in time and rather than grow weaker it actually strengthens over time Concrete reaches is maximum strength after 100 years.
The concrete is also air entrained to help it deal with the most severe temperatures in the winter months. The colour surface hardener which is applied to the surface is particularly hard wearing, reaching strengths exceeding 40 newtons. On top of all that the surface is then coated with an acrylic sealant, preventing spoiling from spillages such as oil.
The product cracks or flakes with the frost- If laid professionally by experienced contractors the concrete is unlikely to crack,this is usually the result of negligence or cutting corners.If laid at the correct depth with a good foundation,incorporating air entrainers , fibre-mesh and sufficient crack control joints, the likelihood of cracking is extremely small. Even if a small crack did occur it would remain hairline and reasonably unnoticeable due to reinforcement.
Simply get your installation resealed every 3-5 years. This will protect the drive from any deterioration and keep mould and algae at bay. Resealing is something we offer but is also a fairly simple DIY chore. above is a picture of a 18 year old driveway looking as good as the day it was laid after a reseal On the right Look at the block paving done only 1 year old.
Can you honestly imagine block paving looking as pristine after 18 years. It would more likely be dipping and puddling,riddled with mould and covered with weeds, and on top of all that it would be fading rapidly (unless the more expensive clay pavers had been used).
Typical industrial concrete will recognise its full workable strength at the 28 day mark. After 7 days of curing, the concrete will have reached approximately 50-70% strength. For those who are laying concrete in a domestic area, like the garden, concrete is reasonably set within 24-48 hours. This means your little tyke (or the neighbour’s dog) won’t leave their footprints in the concrete but it does not mean the concrete is ready to be driven over by heavy vehicles. Leave that until after the 28 day period if possibl.
It's unrealistic to expect your contractor to precisely match the colour of your concrete driveway to a showroom sample, a neighbour's decorative concrete driveway, or a photo from a brochure. Even plain concrete can exhibit colour variations, especially if the project requires more than one load of concrete or if the concrete placements are made on different days. Most of these variations are minor and will fade over time.
pattern imprinted concrete
You should apply a high-quality sealer to all exterior concrete exposed to freeze-thaw conditions. The sealer helps protect the concrete from moisture absorption, exposure to chemicals, and grease and oil stains. On decorative colored concrete, a sealer will also help enhance the color of your concrete patterned driveway.
Generally, there are two types of sealers used for exterior concrete: film-formers and penetrants. Penetrating sealers tend to offer the best protection from moisture absorption. Regardless of the sealer you use, be sure it's applied according to the manufacturer's instructions.
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At concrete driveways last
we have over three decades of experience in the imprinted concrete and groundworks industry.
We offer a clean quality service throughout london ,Kent,Ilford,tilbury,surrey, and surrounding areas.
We have built an enviable reputation in the local area through hard work, professionalism and our commitment to the job at hand, whether sub-contracting or acting as principal contractor to commercial or domestic projects. We have a professional team of highly skilled groundworkers, machine drivers and general operatives all of which are CSCS/CPCS registered.
A large part of our work comes from customer recommendation, reflecting the high standard of our workmanship.
Use our service to request a quotation from our Driveway companY. We will give you a courtesy call to inform you who will be providing your quote, to ensure that you are happy to proceed. You will then be contacted directly by the installer. This service is free and without obligation.