You get What you pay for.
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).
Start your search right here. You can search by post code or town for Pattern imprinted concrete in your area, that install new concrete driveways or restore existing driveways.
Other ways to hunt down a driveway specialiast:
•Look at decorative concrete driveways in your neighborhood and get the names of the contractors who installed the driveways that appeal to you most. Be sure to ask the homeowners about their experience with the contractor and the quality of the workmanship.
•Get references from friends, homebuilders or local ready-mix suppliers.
•Get names through your search engine using Google, Check A Trade and your local Yellow Pages,
Once you come up with a list of contractors, be sure to ask for references and get a list of projects in your area that you can check out. Also ask how long the contractor has been in business.
you pay for what you get Quality over quantity.
Your initial cost to install a pattern concrete driveway can range anywhere from £50/£55 per square meter for basic patterned concrete done by your local cow boys that will give you no more than slapdash job.
For a more realistic price with care taken You should be looking at £75/£80Minimum.
Not only does a concrete driveway last longer if done correctly and require less maintenance than most other paving materials, it can help boost the resale value of your home.
Here are some pictures of expansion joints look how you can hide them in the patterns and some you can’t this is Something to consider when choosing your pattern.
dose this 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 in to the concrete 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.
This is a Poorly laid, stencil driveway just 2 years old (not by us) as we do not do as this is not as hard wearing or long lasting as imprinted concrete. This stencil driveway has been laid with reinforcement bar/metal mesh which is Rusty when you buy it from the builders merchant and will only rust more over time And eventually blow the Surface of concrete. Not recommended.
Although Expansion joints will control cracking in most cases, even properly jointed concrete can crack.
within 24 to 48 hours after installation in places other than the joints. Most of these random cracks are simply unplanned joints and won't impact the long-term service and durability of your driveway. But they can detract from the appearance. If you're concerned about random cracking These are known as settlement cracks when you are due Your wash off and reseal they can be injected if the crack ever opens up and resealed, if you want to keep your driveway maintained.
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 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.
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.
Typically, for small to medium projects, our job is split up into a four stage process. Each stage takes a day to complete, with the entire project being completed within 8-10 working days. (Saturday is a working day for us).
Brick walls and fence work may take a little longer depending on the size and logistics of the job.
No two jobs are the same however, so book in for a free quote and we will get a member of the team out to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can email the office and receive a free digital copy of our brochure which gives you a step by step rundown of our process.
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.
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