Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways – popular questions answered
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 will be an equivalent strength to motorway concrete. Summer installations will consist of 300kg cement per cubic metre and winter installs will be 380kgs. All concrete is re-enforced and will contain air entrainers to protect from frost.
This is dictated by ground conditions. We need to accommodate the PIC driveway concrete slab, which is usually 100mm-125mm thick for a standard driveway. Note this needs to be laid on a solid sub base. Each installation is guaranteed to be a minimum of 25/30 Newtons, similar to that used on motorways.
For most spillages including oil, something like washing up liquid is fine. However for paint or cement we are able to supply suitable chemical cleaners.
We are able to uplift and relay sections of PIC driveway, leaving the finished job with little or no colour difference.
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.