Oxford

Here at Decorative Concrete Specialists, we take pride in providing the widest range of pattern imprinted concrete in a collection of designs and colours to bring out the best in your driveway, patio, commercial and any other area that looks great with good quality paving installed.

Pattern Imprinted Concrete – the perfect cost effective solution to all your paving requirements.

Your Driveway

Your Patio

Your Business

The pattern imprinted concrete gateway to your home. A private area to entertain your friends and family. Pattern imprinted concrete with your company logo.

Colours and Patterns

We have a wide range of pattern imprinted concrete designs that perfectly replicate stone, slate, cobbles, brick and even timber. DCS have a virtually limitless collection of colours and patterns, with each enabling you to personalise to your requirements. We often use multi blends of colours to customise the pattern imprinted concrete with your home and garden. Due to the design flexibility of pattern imprinted concrete, Decorative Concrete Specialists can use creativity to ensure that your paving installation blends perfectly with the architecture and landscape of your home.

Find a wide range of pattern imprinted concrete designs with contrasting patterns and colours that can be created to separate the different areas of your home, from the patio to a barbecue area and even a pool surround. Our designers and surveyors work with you to ensure you get the perfect blend of functional and aesthetic qualities from your Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted concrete installation.

One of our most popular finishes involves us applying a second colour at the sealing stage of the pattern imprinted concrete installation, this creates an antique look for a much more realistic appearance to your chosen design. Our Pattern Imprinted Concrete has a number of advantage over natural stone pavements with a few being that it is more cost effective, offers greater design flexibility, is more durable, has no weeds and when installed by our professional and experience Decorative Concrete Specialists installation teams, can enhance your home and garden perfectly.

Aesthetic Design Features

At Decorative Concrete Specialists we have a team of designers and surveyors with years of experience in ensuring that your Pattern Imprinted Concrete driveway or patio is designed with your requirements in mind. We listen to every detail of your custom design in terms of size, shape and colour for your pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio. We call this the ‘Timeless’ experience.

Here at Decorative Concrete Specialists we take pride in designing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio to be an integral part of your home and garden. We do this by blending the hard landscaping of the driveway and patio areas with sections for soft landscaping such as flower beds against borders, planting areas for specimen trees and shrubs, feature gravel and shingle areas.  This service is available across the Oxford area, with pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios that give you that special finishing touch to your home and garden.

 

Steps and Ramps

Here at Decorative Concrete Specialists, we can also form steps to your driveway or patio design. Whether they are square, rectangular or half moon shaped, they can feature both matching or contrasting pattern imprinted concrete design sculptured within it. DCS can also form a shaped step or steps, in both semi firm concrete or combination steps and ramps that satisfy both Building Regulations or disabled access requirements. Non slip surface treatments are also available to improve safety and a soldier course or cobble or brick effect borders can also be integrated into the pattern imprinted concrete design.

We avoid using Pre-cast concrete steps from a builder’s merchant as it would ruin a Decorative Concrete Specialists pattern imprinted concrete driveways or patio area.

 

Drainage, Planning Permission and Building Regulations

Decorative Concrete Specialists strive to always operate in accordance with building practices without contravening planning permission rules, building regulations or local by-laws. In general, planning permission and building regulations do not apply to the installation of patten imprinted concrete paving to a front driveway or patio.

On the 1st October 2008, new rules apply for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens. You don’t need planning permission for a driveway that uses permeable or porous surfacing which allows surface water to drain through, or that the rainwater on a non porous surface is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally. If an existing porous surface of more of more than five square metres between the front of your property and the public highway is converted to a non porous area such as pattern imprinted concrete, then planning permission is still not required if the surface rain water is then directed to the lawn or border to drain naturally.

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are commonly used in America, with Decorative Concrete Specialists introducing them to the United Kingdom in response to the new rules introduced in 2008. Rain Gardens are depressions along the edge of the pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio at a low point. The depression may be filled with suitable plants to help slow run-off, with gravel or cobbles being used as a decorative feature. See Aesthetic Design Features above.

To continue with these regulations, Decorative Concrete Specialists will mostly use a combination of aco drains, French drains, land drains and soakaways. Every pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio installation is tailored to your requirements, with our designers and surveyors offering the best advice during their visit to your home. Where planning permission is required, we will make an application on your behalf.

Where manholes have to be taken into account as part of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio installation, Decorative Concrete Specialists tend to use recessed tray covers. These are available in a number of sizes with 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 match the colour of the area around the manhole. The pattern imprinted concrete recessed tray covers are much more attractive than basic metal manhole covers and can be easily lifted for access and inspection of drains at a later date.

Building Regulations don’t generally apply with paving, however we will need to ensure that any alterations do not make access to your home any less satisfactory than it was before. With our designers and surveyors that can advise you in your particular circumstances.

Concrete Crack Control Design

With certain conditions, concrete can expand or contract slightly which can cause cracking of the surface. Part of the design process for all pattern imprinted concrete installations by Decorative Concrete Specialists, all of our designers and surveyors take seriously the threat of cracking and ‘design in’ a number of precautions. The pattern imprinted concrete paving and driveway 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.

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