What is Pattern Imprinted Concrete?
The driveways that are pattern imprinted concrete (or stamped concrete) are relatively new. A layer of concrete is poured over a suitable subbase to create the finished surface. The concrete is then coated with a colour and a hardener.
The wet concrete is given a patterned mat to give it the desired finish. There are many options available, including Ashlar Stone, Brickwork, and Textured stone. PIC’s purpose is to make concrete look more appealing by using another material.
Homeowners looking for a cost-effective driveway surface are likely to choose patterned imprinted concrete. For every type of natural paving, such as setts or other paving, there is an imprinted concrete that matches the pattern.
You can make basket weave patterns even more interesting by adding borders around them, a central feature, and/or using different colours.
It is an excellent alternative to brick pavers and costs less than a block driveway.
Concrete driveways imprinted with concrete can last for up to 10 year. This involves pouring a single layer on top of a base. It’s quick, easy, affordable.
It is made from a reinforced base (often fibre-mesh), which is then placed on top a sub-base. This provides two levels in strength and integrity. This helps to reduce the likelihood of movement or sinking.
Stamped Concrete Maintenance
Pattern imprinted concrete needs very little maintenance once it’s installed. The only exception is cleaning to maintain the appearance. It may still need to be resealed every few years, but this isn’t a labor-intensive job that will ultimately save you money.
It is important to use silicone sealant for joints in order to reduce the risk of undergrowth or weeds breaking through. Silicone fillers are available in a variety of colours. Choose the one that suits your concrete pattern.
Concrete driveways with pattern imprints will cost more per square metre than tarmac due to the longer time it takes. Standard tarmac driveways can be completed in two days. However, imprinted driveways take at least three to four days. Therefore, labour costs will be higher.
The overall price will depend on many factors such as location, size, quantity of tradesmen and any waste taken away.
A stamped concrete driveway with decorative stamping is a great way to stand out from the rest. While kerb appeal will be enhanced by the combination of pattern, colour accents, and clean lines, it is easy to maintain.
Patterned concrete can be cheaper than natural stone alternatives. However, it is also easier to maintain and will last many years if installed correctly.