Pattern Imprinted Concrete is the perfect cost effective solution for all your paving requirements.
We take pride in offering pattern imprinted concrete in such a wide range of colours and designs – perfect for all your paving needs. Whether you need pattern imprinted concrete for your own driveway and patio or instead for a commercial or industrial setting, we can provide great quality paving in a amazing range of patterns and colours.
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Colours and Patterns
One of the amazing properties about pattern imprinted concrete is the option to develop designs in which natural products are realistically replicated. Our compilation of patterns and colours is practically limitless, meaning we can create designs that replicate stone, cobbles, slate, brick or even timber. We can customize the pattern imprinted concrete to suit your home and garden, often by using multi-blends of different colours. This means that we can ensure your paving installation blends harmoniously with almost any type of landscape or architecture, whether that means sympathetically blending in with your wall finishes or offering a striking contrast.
We can edit pattern imprinted concrete designs in order to designate different areas of usage depending on your needs. Want to specify a patio seating area or have a stand out section for your barbeque? Our surveyors and designers will consult with you to ensure that you get the perfect blend of functional and aesthetic qualities for your new design concrete pattern imprinted concrete installation.
Normally we apply a second colour during the sealing stage of the installation which creates an antique effect and provides a much more realistic appearance. Not only does pattern imprinted concrete offer great design flexibility and general durability but it also has no weeds and is a much more cost effective option. One your installation is installed by our New Desgin Concrete teams it will enhance your home and garden perfectly.
Aesthetic Design Features
The designers and surveyors at Decorative Concrete Specialists have years of practice in ensuring that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio is designed with attention. We listen carefully to your needs in relation to the size, shape and shade of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio and then we add a special something. We call it the ‘Timeless’ experience. Here at Decorative Concrete Specialists we take lots of pleasure and happiness in designing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio to be an completely consolidated part of your home and garden.We do this by merging the hard landscaping of the driveway and patio areas with areas for soft landscaping such as planting areas for specimen trees, flower beds against borders and shrubs or feature gravel and shingle areas, perhaps with ornamental alpine plants. Can you imagine? Because A Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio will be the finishing touch to your home and garden.
Steps and Ramps
Decorative Concrete Specialists will create steps to your design or ours, whether square, rectangular or even a half moon shaped design, complete with matching or contrasting pattern imprinted concrete design sculptured into it. We can form a shaped step or steps, in semi-firm concrete or a sequence of steps and ramps to in order to satisfy both Building Regulations or disabled access requirements. We can apply none slip surface treatments as a method of improving safety as well as a soldier course of cobble or brick effect border that will be integrated into the pattern imprinted concrete design.
We feel pre-cast concrete steps from a builder’s merchant would ruin a Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted driveway or patio so this is instead why we form our own.
Drainage, Planning Permission and Building Regulations
Here at Decorative Concrete Specialists we will always operate in keeping with best building practice and we will not breach planning permission rules, building regulations or local bye-laws. Typically, they do not apply in the installation of pattern imprinted concrete paving to a front driveway or a patio. But, from 1st October 2008 new rules came into place for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens.
There is no requirement of planning permission if the new driveway uses porous or permeable surfacing which will allow surface water to drain through, or instead if the rainwater on a non-porous surface is directed to a lawn or border, allowing it drain naturally. If an existing porous surface has a larger size then five square metres between the front of the property and the public highway is converted to a non-porous area such as pattern imprinted concrete, then planning permission is also not NOT required, however this is providing that the surface rain water is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally and not to the road or to existing mains drains.
What is a Rain Garden?
Rain gardens are commonly used in the United States of America and after the new rules created in 2008 Decorative Concrete Specialists introduced them to the United Kingdom. These rain gardens are depressions located along the edge of the pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio at a low point. This depression can then be filled with suitable plants to which will slow run-off, or gravel or cobbles can be used as a decorative feature. See Aesthetic Design Features above.
In order to comply with these regulations Decorative Concrete Specialists will generally use a combination of aco drains, French drains, land drains and soakaways. However, it is important to note that every pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio installation is unique and that our designers and surveyors can provide the best advice during their visit to your home. We will make an application on your behalf if planning permission is required.
If manholes have to be replaced as part of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio installation, The preference of Decorative Concrete Specialists is to use recessed tray covers. Available in several sizes, these have either a five ton or ten ton rating depending on the type of traffic the new surface is used for. Recessed covers over manholes are great as they allow our installers to infill them with pattern imprinted concrete and colour it to match the area around the manhole. The pattern imprinted concrete recessed tray covers are much more aesthetically pleasing than a basic metal manhole cover and they can be easily lifted for access and inspection of drains at a later date.
Building Regulations do not usually apply to paving, but we will need to safeguard from making access to your home any less satisfactory than it was before. Our designers and surveyors are on hand to advice in the matters of your person circumstances.
Concrete Crack Control Design
In certain settings concrete can expand or contract slightly which can create a cracking of the surface. Within the design process for all pattern imprinted concrete installations by Decorative Concrete Specialists, we take seriously the threat of cracking and ‘design in’ a number of precautions. The pattern imprinted concrete paving design can be arranged so as to disguise crack control joints and with clever design can often enhance the appearance. All crack control joints cut into pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios installed by Decorative Concrete Specialists will have the crack control joints filled with mastic, which where possible will match closely the colour of the new driveway or patio.
Decorative Concrete Specialists provide Driveways, Patios, Wallcrete and Commercial services across Bristol.