Why are printed concrete driveways so incredibly good?

printed concrete driveways
Printed concrete driveways are a popular surfacing product in suburbia where parking is an issue

There are a number of reasons why printed concrete driveways are outstandingly and below are some of those reasons:

Printed concrete driveways can look awesome

 

period house with imprinted concrete driveway
A period home with an imprinted concrete driveway
Imprinted concrete feature
A design feature such as a circle in a different colour blend can add an extra touch of uniqueness

When professionally installed and lovingly cared for pattern imprinted concrete retains its good looks and provides solid durability year after year….after year.

To keep an impressed concrete driveway looking good periodic sealing is advised.

Guide to concrete sealing

The range of patterns and colours available make it possible to add design and flair to any home.

Printed concrete driveways are a low maintenance driveway solution

Yes, if weeding is not your thing, pattern imprinted concrete is for you. The only opportunity for weeds to see the light of day is via any expansion joints (if present). The strongest weed in the world can’t push up through solid concrete, can it?

There are only two low maintenance driveway choices

Printed concrete driveways will not sink

Pattern imprinted concrete is laid as a single monolithic structure (or slab in everyday English). This means it will not sink. Whilst the majority of block paving is made of concrete, if a sub base is laid incorrectly they can be prone to sinkage, especially with vehicular usage. Patterned concrete does not suffer with this problem. Phew!

Printed concrete driveways are easy to clean

The only joints are where expansion joints have been cut in a concrete driveway or patio installation. There may be some organic growth that resiliently clings in this gaps but a gentle pressure wash is all that’s needed to remove this. Regular sweeping and a couple of power washes a year will be more than enough to keep any pattern imprinted concrete driveway in tip top condition. Easy, eh? No re -jointing necessary.

More on Driveway Cleaning

How to choose a power washer

Printed concrete driveways are a cost effective driveway surfacing solution

Pattern imprinted concrete is very popular in many suburban areas. These are usually places where parking can be a headache and gardens are a thing of the past. The typical demand is for an area to park 2 to 3 cars. With an average driveway area of 60 square metres at a cost of £50 a metre.

£3,000.

IF expressed as a percentage of your home’s value…..pretty insignificant. Expressed as improving the look of your home..for a very low price….very significant.

More on patterned concrete costs per square metre

In comparison, the price of decent (note decent) block paving can be substantially more.

Groundworks (preparation) – I.E. A digger and a man to operate it. Then job can be dug out and ‘stoned up’ in a day.

Cost = Digger, man and stone.

Laying stage (installation)

Cost = Concrete, colour and labour.

Concrete prices

Hanson Concrete Supplies

So with our 60 metre example above the margin will be tight (and any prices below £40 a metre should ring very loud alarm bells).

Finishing touches…..washing and sealing off.

Cost of sealer and broom.

More on sealing

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