Concrete is a very resilient product within construction, comprised of cement, water, sand and aggregates. It is very resilient against water and does not burn, rust or rot, unlike wood and steel. It is poured in its liquid form into various form works or shuttering configurations and left to set, and can be formed into almost any shape. Like asphalt, concrete is manufactured to various different mix designs, textures and strengths, and depending on the application, can take up to 28 days cure time before it meets specification.
Within surfacing, concrete is used to create bases for structural building, patios, carparks, forecourts and floor screeds to name a few and can be the correct product of choice where there is need to sustain heavy weight, common in areas of industrial use.
Having worked extensively within the concrete industry from managing several batch plants across central Scotland, to lending expertise to aid development and creation of new innovative materials for cost, and performance, Roadlay can specify, supply, prepare and finish your concrete projects needs. Please visit our concrete services page for more information.
Pattern imprinted concrete
Patterned imprinted concrete, is another specialist service within surfacing market. It is essentially a layer of concrete applied to a sub base with a colour applied using a colour harder. Whilst wet, a patterned matt is applied to create a replica design including brickwork and textured stone.
Benefits of patterned imprinted concrete includes:
• Weed and stain resistant
• Minimal maintenance
• Permanent colour and texture that will not fade
• Suitable for driveways, patios and pathways
Imprinted concrete can cover large areas and is another alternative to block paving or stone.
It’s essential that you engage the services of an expert when choosing this type of surfacing (or any type of driveway surfacing for that matter!) because if it isn’t installed correctly it can be misaligned and could give a substandard appearance. In addition, if not applied correctly it will be prone to cracks. Any repairs will not perfectly match the original installation so can end up looking poorly applied so it’s essential it is initially installed correctly.
Special attention needs to be paid towards the drainage and underground services given that it is non-permeable, so without proper drainage it will not comply with planning regulations for surfacing of front gardens and underground pipe access may be required in the future. Additionally, installing pattern imprinted concrete is a much longer and labour-intensive solution in comparison to alternatives, all this needs to be taken into consideration. Therefore, you’ll need to engage the services of an all-encompassing surfacing specialist such as Roadlay.
Contact us to find out the benefits of imprinted concrete and to find out if this option is right for you.