Imprinted concrete has been around for a number of years. It’s popularity is due to its stability, choice of colours and patterns and easy maintenance.

What is imprinted concrete?

As the name suggests concrete that has a print. A suitable sub base is laid and then concrete is poured. Once the concrete is almost set colour is added and then the surface is printed. There are a variety of imprinted concrete patterns falling into 4 groups: Stone, Cobble, Slate and Brick. These may be referred to as, get ready for it….

So, as  you can easily see there is quite a variety of patterns!

Pattern Imprinted Ashlar Print

Imprinted Concrete red brick

 

What imprinted concrete pattern should I choose?

As a general rule of thumb Slate and Stone patterns suit larger driveway surfaces and patio areas. Cobble and brick patterns look best on longer driveway areas. If selecting a fan design it is down to personal preference whether you like the fan pattern to come out from your house, or in towards it.

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Do all imprinted concrete patterns cost the same?

Yes. Regardless of which pattern you choose the cost will be the same. If you choose to have features such as circles you may have to pay a little more.

What colours are available for imprinted concrete?

There are a wide range of colours available. Please click on the chart  Please pay attention to the ancillary products called ‘release agents’. These can be useful to compliment, blend or tone down colours; and this can make a huge difference with the finish.

Why choose imprinted concrete over other driveway surfacing products?

Pattern imprinted driveway surfacing is often promoted as a maintenance free alternative to block paving. When you think about it a slab of concrete is only going to be prone to weed growth along expansion joint lines….more on these below. Pattern imprinted concrete will also be competitively priced in comparison to good quality block paving or resin driveway surfacing.

What are expansion joints?

We live in a climate that goes below freezing and can get up in the 90 degrees in summer. Concrete expands and contracts. Therefore expansion joints are cut into slabs of concrete to allow for this. The theory is – this will help prevent cracking in other places.

Is the mix special? Is there reinforcement?

It’s important to get the best strength for pattern imprinted concrete. Fibres are added to the mix together with air entraining agents.

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