What is Pattern Imprinted Concrete?
Strong and solid. Two key features we associate with concrete. That’s why it’s an ideal material to use for new driveways or patios – something that will stand the test of time and be ever-reliable. Pattern imprinted concrete is an aesthetically please material that we install all over the North West of England. It is the process where concrete is coloured to a clients specification, then printed using specialist rubber mats, at Complete Driveway Designs, we have vast range of patterns!
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Origins & History
Concrete has been used in almost every industry you can think of, for thousands of years. It isn’t just a modern material. In fact, archaeologists have found evidence of concrete-like substances being used for buildings as far back as 1300 BC! Of course, the 20 th century saw the mass production and modernisation of concrete, and we couldn’t live without it now. Printing concrete with unique designs and colours first started in the USA, and its popularity quickly developed and spread around the globe. It’s easy to see why!
Because it’s so versatile, with an almost limitless range of colours and designs, pattern imprinted concrete is extremely popular right across the UK. You’ll see it on patios, driveways and any time you’ve been through a drive thru lane! At Complete Driveway Designs, we absolutely love it because: There’s so much choice and variety. It’s really low maintenance and It’s a beautiful way to transform any kind of outdoor space
Whats are the downsides?
We’ve been working with pattern imprinted concrete for almost 15 years now, so we know exactly how to work the material and how to watch out for any rare, potential issues. There really aren’t many downsides to installing pattern imprinted concrete, but sometimes our customers are worried about cracking. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the concrete could crack and ruin the pattern on it. Thankfully, we know exactly how to avoid this, so there is no need to worry. Our trained installers are skilled in expertly placing expansion joints, which are used to prevent and control cracking. We then fill these with specialist silicone too, to prevent any dirt gathering in the joints.
Choosing your pattern and Colour
If you’ve decided you’re interested in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio, the most exciting part of the process is choosing your pattern and colours! We’ll do our very best to help you decide, because with so many options, it can be easy to spend hours and hours looking at designs. We’ll help you narrow down your preference and give you unique options and ideas, as well as showing you some of the other projects we’ve worked on.
Here are some ideas for now, but why not visit our show room to view the full range?
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Maintaining and Caring for your Pattern Imprinted Concrete
One of the biggest factors you’ll consider when deciding on your driveway or patio is the long term maintenance and aftercare required. You want to make sure that your investment is cost effective in the long term. Pattern Imprinted Concrete is a superb low maintenance option, but as with anything, it does need a little care and attention from time to time. And we want to make sure you know exactly what you need to do – even though it isn’t much! We don’t stop making sure you’re happy with your new driveway or patio once we’ve installed it, so here are our top Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do wash any stains or dirt off the surface as soon as you can. Just use soapy water for general cleaning, and de-greasers for oil stains.
- Do reseal your driveway when it’s required. Although pattern imprinted concrete will last a long time, we do recommend you get it professionally resealed every 3-5 years to maintain full protection.
- Don’t put salt down on your driveway. It can eat away at the seal and eventually at the concrete.
- Don’t use weed-killers or pesticides. With a professional sealing, you shouldn’t get anything growing on it.
- Don’t drag any garden furniture or heavy objects over your concrete. Although the actual concrete is protected from scratches, it can damage the seal on top, so it’s best to take care.
Get all the help and advice you need from us
Our website has lots of regular tips and advice on taking care of your driveway or patio, with specific instructions if you ever need them.
And don’t forget, we’re here to help with any questions or queries you have – big or small! You don’t have to be one of our customers either! If you want to know something about pattern imprinted concrete, our in-house experts at Complete Driveway Designs are always happy to help!
Just give us a call on 01706 827 180 or head over to our contact page and send us a message, we’d love to hear from you.
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