Q & S
Questions and answers for printed concrete
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q -HOW LONG WILL THE DRIVE LAST?
If laid correctly and with the occasional reseal a pattern imprinted concrete surface should last indefinitely. I still see driveways I installed 20 years ago and they still look great.
Q -HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO CARRY OUT THE JOB?
Dependant upon the size of your project, it normally takes between 2 and 5 days. We only leave your job if weather conditions dictate or are waiting for the concrete to cure. Normal installations though is only a few days. We do have to return 4-8 weeks later to apply the sealant.
Q -TO WHAT DEPTHS DO YOU DIG OUT?
This depends on the ground conditions we come across. We need to accommodate the imprinted concrete slab which is usually 100mm-125mm thick for a standard driveway. This needs to be laid on a solid sub base. If the hardcore beneath the existing area is found to be good and to the correct levels this will not be disturbed but will be re-compacted as required.
Q -HOW DEEP DO YOU LAY THE CONCRETE?
On a normal domestic driveway we pour the concrete to an average depth of 100mm – 125mm and on patios or pathways to a depth of between 75mm-100mm.
Q -HOW DO I ACCESS TO MY HOME ONCE THE CONCRETE HAS BEEN LAID?
When planning any installation access is one of the primary considerations. Even though the concrete can be walked on the next day we aim to keep the inconvenience to a minimum. There are a number of options available, including the temporary removal of a neighbour’s fence panel or using planks / walk boards, which would be set up securely between a doorway and a firm piece of ground. There is always a solution!
Q -ONCE THE DRIVE HAS BEEN LAID, HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO STAY OFF IT?
The concrete will be set sufficiently by the following morning for walking on, and 5 days curing time to take the weight of a normal domestic car.
Q -WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME BEFORE INSTALLATION STARTS?
The lead times depend on our work load when the order is placed but normally will be between one week and six weeks. If you have a particular need we may be able to bring your fitting date forward.
Q -CAN I SEE EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK BEFORE I GO AHEAD?
You sure can. We will be more than happy to offer you a list of completed pattern imprinted concrete projects in your area of varying ages, colours and styles. You should also find a list contained within
Q -HOW STRONG IS THE CONCRETE?
We will advise on the suitable depth of the concrete and weather it requires any further reinforcement when we have our initial discussion. Generally a slab 100mm – 125mm thick is sufficient for a standard driveway.
Q -CAN THE CONCRETE CRACK?
Unfortunately, yes it can. The risk of cracking can never be completely ruled out with any type of concrete paving, however, In our experience, if any cracking does develop it will generally remain barely visible as an hairline fracture and can be injected if the crack ever opens up.
Q -CAN THE COLOURS FADE?
No. The colour pigments used in the decorative concrete process will not fade. If the colour seems to be getting paler then this is usually an indication of the surface needing resealing. You can call us to arrange a reseal at a very small cost.
Q -DOES THE CHOICE OF DESIGN AND COLOUR AFFECT THE PRICE?
No. The design and colour does not affect the price, which means we are not restricted in creating the best effect possible. Coloured boarders and circles are normally chargeable though.
Q -IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A SKIP OUTSIDE MY HOUSE?
No. We usually use a 20 ton grab lorry to remove your existing surface. If a skip is used it is generally gone on the same day.