Where ever paving and concrete are required Decorative Concrete Specialists can provide you with the widest range of designs and colours in concrete all customised to your requirements.
Pattern Imprinted Concrete – the perfect cost effective solution to all your paving requirements.
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Colours and Patterns
The great thing about pattern imprinted concrete is the flexibility and capabilities it holds, you can have any colour and pattern you choose. We tend to blend colours together to get the specific colour you want or we can match the colour of your concrete to blend harmoniously with almost any type of architecture or landscape, whether offering a striking contrast or sympathetically blending in with the wall finishes to your home.
Our surveyors and designers will work with to achieve the design you want. You can use contrasting colours and patterns that can be created to designate different areas of usage like a patio seating area, BBQ are or pool surround.
For those who like the vintage and antique look this can be achieved by applying a second colour during the sealing stage of pattern imprinted concrete installation.
Another great quality to pattern imprinted concrete is the fact is can replicate any natural surface from real granite setts, wood, stone, decking, rock and more.
You have huge advantages compared to other natural surfaces as it is more cost effective, offers greater design flexibility, is more durable, has no weeds and when installed by the vastly experienced Decorative Concrete Specialists installation teams, will enhance your home and garden perfectly.
Aesthetic Design Features
We are proud to be working with such talented designers and surveyors that offer a free design consultation to all of our customers. Our designers and surveyors will listen intently to your requirements to ensure they get the design completely right and they have included everything you have asked such as size, shape, colours, patterns and designs.
Decorative Concrete Specialists take pride in designing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio to be an integrated part of your home and garden. How? by blending the hard landscaping of the driveway and patio areas with areas for soft landscaping such as flower beds against borders, planting areas for specimen trees and shrubs or feature gravel and shingle areas, perhaps with ornamental alpine plants. Picture it. A Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio – the finishing touch to your home and garden.
Steps and Ramps
Our tradesmen can create ramps and steps as part of your design for a new patio, driveway, pathway or pool surround. Any type of step can be achieved whether its square, rectangular or half moon. The steps/ramp can blend in with your pattern imprinted concrete and have a specific design or pattern sculptured into it or they can be a complete contrast, the choice is yours. We can form a shaped step or steps, in semi-firm concrete or a combination of steps and ramps to satisfy both Building Regulations or disabled access requirements. None slip surface treatments can be applied to improve safety and a soldier course of cobble or brick effect border will be integrated into the pattern imprinted concrete design.
Pre-cast concrete steps from a builder’s merchant would ruin a new Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio area…….so we don’t install them.
Drainage, Planning Permission and Building Regulations
Decorative Concrete Specialists always operates in accordance with best building practice and will not contravene planning permission rules, building regulations or local bye-laws.
Usually planning permissions for installation of pattern imprinted concrete is not an issue, however we should make you aware that from 1st October 2008 new rules apply for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens. You will NOT need planning permission if a new driveway uses permeable or porous surfacing which allows surface water to drain through, or if the rainwater on a non-porous surface is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally. If an existing porous surface of more than 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 still NOT required providing 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?
Due to the new rules that came in 2008 we introduced a new alternative known as a rain garden.
Rain Gardens are depressions located along the edge of the pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio at a low point. The depression can be filled with suitable plants to help slow run-off, or gravel or cobbles can be used as a decorative feature. See Aesthetic Design Features above.
To comply with these regulations Decorative Concrete Specialists will generally use a combination of aco drains, French drains, land drains and soakaways. Nevertheless, every pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio installation is different and our designers and surveyors can offer best advice during their visit to your home. Where planning permission is shown to be required, we will make an application on your behalf.
Where manholes have to be replaced as part of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio installation, Decorative Concrete Specialists prefer to use recessed tray covers. These are available in several sizes and 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 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 attractive than a basic metal manhole cover and can be easily lifted for access and inspection of drains at a later date.
Building Regulations do not generally apply to paving, though we will need to ensure that any alterations do not make access to your home any less satisfactory than it was before. Again, our designers and surveyors can advise you in your particular circumstances.
Concrete Crack Control Design
Sadly concrete under certain conditions is under threat of expanding or contracting slightly which will cause the surface to crack. To ensure this does not happen we will carefully evaluate any risks and threats we can see and take a number of precautions.
If there is a crack control joint the pattern imprinted concrete can disguise any cracks and with the use of clever design it can also 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.