No driveway or similar outdoor space is completely maintenance-free but a Pattern Imprinted Concrete (PIC) driveway is one of the best options in this regard. The colour hardeners dramatically reduce the effects of wear through usage. The solvent based acrylic lacquer prevents the growth of moss or algae in addition to the ingress of dirt and stains. Your driveway can be power washed if extremely dirty however the occasional sweep off or rinse with a detergent should be the most it will require. Keeping your driveway clean and occasionally resealing it is a good way to extend its life. The frequency of resealing depends mainly on the amount of use - we believe once every four years should suffice under normal conditions.
Yes, we are quite used to gauging our work load to accommodate the bad weather where possible. If the conditions prevent us from continuing for a day or two we will obviously keep you informed of any new schedules. We are able to cope with most conditions; however severe cold and rain will interrupt proceedings. Installing a PIC driveway is a slightly longer process in the winter and can generally take up to 5 days. That said frost does not really affect us until it reaches -7°C, which is rare.
The concrete used in a PIC driveway is guaranteed to reach the same strength required for motorway concrete. In the summer we use 300kg cement per cubic metre and in the winter 380kgs. All our concrete is re-enforced and contains air entrainers for frost protection.
This depends on the ground conditions. We need to accommodate the PIC driveway concrete slab, which is usually 100mm-125mm thick for a standard driveway, and this needs to be laid on a solid sub base. The MOT Type 1 sub base can be anywhere between 150mm thick on unstable ground to making use of an existing solid, suitable existing base. Each installation is guaranteed to be a minimum of 25/30 Newtons, the same strength used on motorways.
Yes, crack control joints are cut in at regular intervals as recommended by British Standards (BSI). They are cut to a suitable depth of the slab. The object of crack control joints is that should a crack should occur in your driveway it will follow the direction of the weakened points ensuring that the crack never becomes visible.
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