How much will an imprinted concrete driveway cost?
Before we get started on how to save money, lets make two assumptions.
- You’re not paying over the odds. You haven’t been talked into, pressured, or taken some sort of sales gimmicky incentive- to have a pattern imprinted concrete installation.
- You have been provided with a plan that shows the exact area and exact specification of concrete to be used.
Now, whatever the price is that you’ve been quoted halve it….yes that’s right, halve it.
For example, if you’ve been quoted a price of £8,000 halve it to £4,000 because that’s how much you can save by simply completing the ground works (preparation stage yourself).
Imprinted concrete driveway cost savings – What you’ll need
An electric breaker – These machines will get through most concrete and tarmac. TAKE NOTE: If the area is thick and reinforced opt for the concrete breaker.
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Having a decent breaker means fence posts can be easily removed as well as any layers of concrete and tarmacadam. They are very easy to use but make sure you use good protection equipment. Click on pictures below.
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So you have the gear now you need an idea of where to start. Firstly, dig out an area at the front of your drive. Then simply start breaking out the rest and pile it up.
I know what your thinking! How do you get the material piled up like that?
Just use one of these
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They’re designed to be pushed and anybody with a muscle – can do it….yes, even you! It helps if you have two or more muscles though. Once you have pushed a wheelbarrow over unstable terrain a few times – you will feel it!
Did you know? Apart from saving on imprinted concrete driveway costs wheelbarrows can be used for other types of things.
Gumball rallies, planting flowers, sex games, snail impersonations and even laborious mind numbing manual work.
Other useful tools include (but are not limited to):
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If that all sounds expensive – it isn’t. Everything for under 350 quid or so. Then all that is needed is to pay for is the grab/s – if grabs remind you of grubby and stubby and dirty little fingers……….
Everything you need to know about grab lorry costs – be sure to look at the pricing table – surprisingly cheap
What you really need to cut down on imprinted concrete driveway costs are muscles and time.
IF saving money is important to you then doing the preparation work yourself (with the help of the husband or boyfriend) will save you thousands.
Imprinted concrete driveway cost – save by using a micro digger
Of course, if the area is more than 50 or so square metres you could hire a digger. These are easy to operate and just have some levers. It’s best practice to dig up using a bucket and grade (to right level) with a wider bucket. This is also used to distribute TYPE 1 Roadstone (a must have for a decent sub base). WARNING: Hiring a micro digger is not a good idea if you will be swinging its arm/bucket near a building (house/garage). If the area to work on is clear, it really will be easy and probably make you feel good (do not be tempted to dig deep without somebody keeping lookout as you may wrench up electric, water or gas pipes – not pleasant and will cost money to put right).
So, take your time, like a week or two and do some proper work. Save on imprinted concrete driveway costs and just get the installers to lay and print the job. If it all sounds like too much work, it probably is. Just don’t be swayed by some sparkly pick up truck and an imposing attitude.