Every pattern imprinted concrete driveway installation that we carry out follows these four steps:
The first preparation stage is the excavation of the area which your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will cover. Whilst our clearance team removes the spoil from the excavation, the second stage can begin: setting boundaries and forming shapes. Once these are in place, we’ll fill the excavation to the necessary depth with sub-base. The sub-base is the foundation for your concrete driveway, helping to ensure that the final pattern imprinted concrete driveway is even and durable. At this point we’ll also lay the groundwork for any extra features like drainage or steps.
Next, we’ll pour concrete to fill the boundaries set up in the Prep stage. Once the concrete has been poured, we apply colour hardener, then a releasing agent, which makes the next task a lot easier… because this is when we actually imprint the concrete. Using textured modular mats, we imprint your chosen pattern onto the surface of the concrete. Depending on the size of your driveway, we might repeat this cycle, completing the driveway in sections.
Clean and cut
Once your driveway surface has hardened, we’ll clean off the release agent applied as part of the pattern imprinting process. Then we’ll cut crack control joints, which minimize the possibility of problematic cracks occurring. Once this is done we’ll clean the surface of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
Now we’ll move on to sealing your drive. The surface of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway needs to be sealed for a number of reasons. Concrete is permeable, and sealant is required to fully protect it. Sealant also protects the colourant that you’ve chosen and that we’ve applied to the concrete. The sealant that we apply to our customer’s driveways also contains an anti-slip treatment which increases traction with the driveway surface. To ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway keeps looking as good as it does when we’ve finished the installation, you’ll need to reseal it at regular intervals. Under normal conditions this is between three and five years.
Once the seal has been applied and has set, the installation of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is finished.