30.01.2022
Although the Christmas season has flown by, we are still experiencing colder winter weather. Much of our outdoor flooring as a result has been exposed to damp weather conditions. Unfortunately it is this kind of rainfall and dampness that is most damaging to your patios and other outdoor floorings. This rainfall can cause algae and moss to grow, along with eroding outdoor surfaces. Sometimes even causing them to crack when frozen. February was the wettest month of 2021 so ensure you are prepared to protect your patio this new year with the following tips:

Removing Algae & Moss From Your Patio

Algae and moss often thrive on patios with large amounts of water-build up. This not only results in an undesirable green carpet across your tiles, but can also make your patio dangerous and slippery. To treat this you can saturate the flooring with a diluted mix of white vinegar and water. Then leave it to sit for a good ten minutes before scrubbing it away. Alternatively you can use a product specifically formulated for algae removal. These tend to protect your patio a bit more by providing more longevity before regrowth.

Removing Debris to Reduce Staining

It is important to maintain your patio throughout the winter months by getting rid of any debris as quickly as possible in order to prevent staining. If staining does occur however, you are best to remove it as quickly as possible. This can be done by using a pressure washer or giving the stained area a good scrub with some foamy water. 

Resealing To Protect Your Patio

Resealing to protect your patio can be one of the best methods. It is most suitable to do this just prior to the winter months however, so as to not trap in too much moisture. So if you have yet to do so already, planning ahead to reseal before next winter will help to improve your patio’s longevity. Resealing will not only help you reduce water damage. But also will prevent frost from penetrating your flooring and causing it to crack.

Protect Your Patio With Awning 

Alternatively you could invest in a patio awning for added protection from the elements. An awning is a retractable cover, providing both shade and shelter. Whilst pricier than any other option on this list, it will protect your patio from any further water damage caused by rainfall. Awning will continue to benefit you in the summer, protecting your patio from any UV damage it may encounter from the sunlight. 

Sealing Cracks to Prevent Frost Damage

Any cracks that do exist already on your patio flooring will likely worsen in the winter time. To prevent any further damage fill in any cracks you are able to with paving filler. Unfortunately when it comes to bigger cracks you may need to seek professional help in replacing damaged parts of the flooring.    If you do require professional help, or are looking for a new patio installation, contact our highly skilled team for advice or more information.
Published: January 2022

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
28.09.2021
If you want to be the house every trick or treater in the neighbourhood can’t wait to visit this autumn, you’re going to need some impressive outdoor halloween decorations. From the front door to the end of your driveway, we’ve gathered some of the best halloween decoration ideas to help you create a haunted house on the spookiest night of the year.

Welcome Visitors With Outdoor Halloween Decorations

halloween door decoration These vinyl art decal spooky faces from Etsy are perfect if you don't have much time to craft any decorations. They're easy to apply and give the impression that the face has been hand-painted on the door! However, this pumpkin design is probably more cute than scary, so if you're looking for a sticker to spook your neighbours, you could always choose one with spiky teeth and angry eyes instead.
Etsy is a great way of supporting local businesses this Halloween. Just make sure you place your order in good time, as most of the artists need longer than a traditional retailer because everything is lovingly made by hand. Speaking of Etsy, why not try something different and opt for a personalised Halloween doormat that you can reuse every year?  

Personalised Outdoor Halloween Decorations

personalised halloween outdoor welcome mat What better way to welcome your visitors than with a custom halloween doormat? You can use websites such as Not On The High Street to write a familiar phrase that your family always use, or come up with something quirky to ensure trick or treaters are anxious to knock on and see what's inside.
As you'll only be using your custom welcome mat a couple of days a year, it will stay in great condition in your loft or shed until next Halloween rolls around. You could even make it a family tradition and buy your children one when they move into their first home.    

Look Out For The Witch In The Plant Pots

witch outdoor halloween decorations You don't have to spend a lot of money on outdoor Halloween decorations to make an impression. These hilarious witch legs can be found in many stores across the UK, but what's the fun in that? Choose an evening and get to work on crafting your very own witch in the plant pots. You'll need:
  • Stripy tights
  • Two pieces of wood
  • Straw
  • Old pair of shoes
Simply fill each leg with a piece of wood (or a cut pool noodle) and stuff with straw or tissue. You can then add some of your worn out shoes to the ends!  

Social Skeletons

funny outdoor halloween decorations Experimenting with plastic skeletons and fairy lights might not be the scariest of outdoor halloween decorations, but is definitely one to get everybody to stop dead and stare. You can dress your new friends in funny outfits and have them do something really obscure like toasting marshmallows, enjoying an afternoon tea, or doing each other's make-up; anything that will surprise your visitors and encourage them to snap a photo.
Need more inspiration? Visit our hints and tips page to find out everything you need to know on driveway maintenance, patio styles, and looking after your garden in Autumn and Winter.  
Published: September 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
28.07.2021
Pets really are part of the family, and it’s not uncommon for our customers to make some of their garden renovation decisions based on the needs of their four-legged friend. If you already have a patio in place and are thinking about bringing home a puppy or kitten, you’ll want to ensure your outdoor space is both a beautiful and safe space for your new friend.  Here’s some of our best tips on making your patio pet-friendly. 

Use a pet-friendly patio cleaner

When cleaning your patio for summer, you’ll want to use an organic cleaner that’s safe for children, pets, and wildlife. Simply mix 1 part of the solution and 3 parts water and apply with either a garden sprayer on droplet setting, soft broom, or paintbrush, wetting the surface evenly. 

Set up a watering station

Just like us, pets need to stay hydrated on a hot summer day. Choose a comfortable, shaded area to place a large water bowl, and make sure you keep it filled throughout the day. Dogs love playing with ice cubes too, which not only cools them down but keeps the whole family entertained!

Make sure there’s enough shade

Patios can get incredibly hot in the summer. Nobody would expect you to walk barefoot when the ground is scorching, so why should your pet’s paws suffer? There’s plenty of ways you can bring more shade onto your patio, including a table umbrella, trees, canopy, or even a shade tent your pet can retreat to when needed. 

Choose your plants carefully

Turn your back for one second and you’ll find your puppy taking the opportunity to bite one of the plants you have around the garden. Tulips, geraniums, and hyacinth can be dangerous for dogs, so it's best to do your research on pet-friendly plants before you start gardening. You could always surround your plant beds with fencing too or purchase wall plants.

Make a dig zone

Dogs love to dig, and if you want to avoid your gardening efforts being ruined, you’ll want to lay out a designated dig area where it’s perfectly okay for your dog to bury his favourite toys. Fill a sandbox, place it in a shaded area, and sit back and watch as your pet digs to their heart’s content.

Safeguard the area without blocking the view

If you have a balcony patio, you’ll want to make sure your pet doesn’t try to slip through the railings, especially if they’re small. You can nail plexiglass or acrylic sheets to the rails so that both you and your pet can still safely look out at the view. If you’d like more advice on pet-friendly outdoor surfaces, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We can come and take a look at your outdoor space and advise the most suitable option for you and your beloved pet, with the installation taking place whenever works best for you. 
Published: July 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
30.06.2021
Just because you have a smaller outdoor space doesn’t mean you always have to choose practicality over style. There’s plenty of affordable small patio decorating ideas that can help transform your petite space overnight.  Here’s some inspiration on how to make a small patio look bigger.

How to decorate a small patio with plants

Greenery is always a fantastic addition to a small patio, especially if you live in a city-centre apartment. Plants help rejuvenate what can otherwise be a plain space, allowing you to be around nature whenever you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. If your apartment has a paved balcony, use the ledge underneath to house a few small plants. This will make your small patio space more appealing to both you and your neighbours, brightening the exterior of your building.  When it comes to floor space, it’s best to start with a few potted plants to see what type of arrangement and placing works best. If it’s still looking bare, you can always add to your collection later on.  You could also try making your own flower pots and planters with upcycled furniture to add a touch of your own personality. 

Add lighting

Something as simple as fairy lights can make a small patio instantly feel bright and cosy. Try hanging a curtain of lights on an unused panel of your fence or wrap them around the beams of your pergola.  Outdoor string lights and lanterns are also great options to bring some charm to your small patio space. 

Use Reflection

Mirrors go a long way in creating the illusion of a bigger patio. Strategically placing one near any existing plants or flowers can create the impression that your flower bed spands even further than it does in reality. Angle your mirror just right and the sun will also bounce into any darker areas to brighten up your space.

Wall-mounted Displays

To avoid your patio floor becoming cluttered, consider accessorising your walls or fences. Vertical gardens, tall reaching plants, and foliage make for beautiful displays on a budget. 

Purchase foldable chairs

If you’re planning on inviting a couple of guests over during the summer, you’ll want to make them feel right at home. Foldable chairs are perfect for smaller patios as you can store them away until they’re next needed. Opt for neutral colours and complement with bright or patterned cushions and throws.

Bring in colour and texture

To keep your small patio fresh and cheerful, be sure to add a pop of colour to any furniture you already have. Bold throws, cushions, tablecloths, and plant pots can help bring a theme together, setting the patio apart from the rest of the garden.  If you’d like more advice on decorating your small patio to make it appear bigger, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  And if you’d like to change up your current design, our team specialise in small patio projects and will be more than happy to survey your outdoor space to create the patio you’ve always wanted. Simply call 01952 840 838, fill in a contact form, or email [email protected] to speak to one of our experts.
Published: June 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
28.05.2021
Even if you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, improving the appearance of your driveway is never a wasted investment. In fact, it’s been found that potential buyers make up their mind on a property within the first 30 seconds of the viewing. So why not make a grand impression with an imprinted concrete driveway? A recent survey by Ideal Homes showed that the 8th most important factor when searching for a home is a driveway, with a staggering 84% of them suggesting a driveway would be a deal breaker. Help them make a concrete decision with a stunning imprinted design.

Advantages of pattern imprinted concrete

Imprinted concrete driveways are really popular at the moment, and it’s not difficult to see why: 
  1. They’re easy to maintain - Imprinted concrete driveways are just one uniform surface, meaning weeds and plants won’t be able to find any gaps to grow into. This is great news as it means there’s no need to spend your spare time desperately trying to maintain your driveway and kill weeds before any house viewers arrive.
  2. Luxury without the high price tag - Decorative paving comes in a wide range of styles, patterns, and colours, allowing you to select the most appropriate for your home. It’s authentic appearance is incredibly luxurious and costs far less to install than traditional block paving, allowing you to create a warm welcome for potential buyers at a reasonable price.
  3. Durable and permanent colour - Unfortunately, traditional paving is only ever as good as the ground underneath it, which is why they can sometimes sink and become uneven over time. On the other hand,  imprinted driveways use a special mix of concrete to ensure maximum durability. This type of concrete also retains its texture and colour permanently, adding timeless value to your property. 
  4. Rapid installation - Renovating your home can be timely and incredibly frustrating when you need to leave the house for work. Imprinted concrete driveways take significantly less time to install than standard paving options, causing minimal disruption and allowing you to get on with enjoying home life in peace. 

Imprinted concrete driveway installation

If you’re interested in installing decorative paving to increase the value of your home, you’ve come to the right place. Our fully trained and accredited staff will survey your property before providing their expert advice on design, layout, and technical aspects of the installation to help achieve the best possible driveway for your home. Depending on the work being carried out, we provide a 5 year guarantee and are always completely honest about the cost of installation from the outset.  Take a look at some of our previous imprinted concrete driveways here and get in touch with us if you’d like to make an inquiry. We’ll be able to advise you on which style will be most suitable for your home and help you choose a luxurious pattern and colour that will help convince potential buyers that yours is undoubtedly their dream home.  Call 01952 840 838 or email [email protected] to speak to one of our experts.
Published: May 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
29.04.2021
Now that this summer is officially back on, you might want to start thinking about getting your patio ready for when you host your next garden party. Here are the best ways to clean your patio to keep it looking good as new all summer long:

Remove Your Furniture And Any Debris  

Your garden really hasn’t had it easy the last few months. Rain, wind, snow, and frost soon take their toll and it’s about time your patio got some love and attention. Before you get started on your big clean though, set your garden furniture aside and brush away any dry, loose debris so you have the best chance at getting everything nice and tidy.  Planning on using a patio cleaner? Make sure you test a small amount of the solution before applying it to the entire area. 

How To Clean Your Patio With Soapy Water

If you don’t have a pressure washer to hand, soapy water is a really effective method of cleaning patio slabs. You’ll need: 
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Hard bristled brush 
  1. Grab your bucket, cover the base with fairy liquid, and fill it with plenty of warm water.
  2. Starting in the corners, splash some water, take your brush, and scrub. It doesn’t have to be done with a lot of pressure, just enough so that you begin to see the dirt lift away. We also recommend that you brush diagonally to avoid removing too much of the jointing compound. 
  3. Keep going until you’ve scrubbed the entire surface.
  4. Wash the remnants away with a fresh bucket of water, allowing it to flow into your drainage point. 
  5. Check your joints to see if any of the jointing compound has come loose. If so, add in a little more to fill in the gaps. 
  6. Leave your patio to dry in the sun before replacing  your furniture 

Cleaning Patio Slabs With Vinegar 

It may sound odd, but that bottle of white vinegar sat in your cupboard is actually a highly recommended patio cleaner as it’s excellent at removing tough stains. If your patio is looking a little worse for wear, give this method a try. You’ll need:   
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Hard bristled brush
  Please note that white vinegar isn’t suitable for limestone pavers because the acid will permanently damage the surface.  
  1. Just like how we started in the soapy water method, brush any loose debris away and set your garden furniture aside. Then mix your warm water and vinegar in your bucket, using a 1:1 ratio. You might need to add a little more vinegar if your patio has very stubborn stains. 
  2. Work your way around the patio and pour the vinegar and water solution over the surface, leaving it to soak into the paving slabs for around 30 minutes to an hour. 
  3. Wash the dirty water away with a fresh bucket of clean water, allowing it to flow into your drainage point. 
  4. Check your joints to see if any of the jointing compound has come loose. If so, add in a little more to fill in the gaps. 
  5. Leave your patio slabs to dry in the sun before replacing your furniture. 

How To Clean Your Patio With A Pressure Washer

Pressure washing is an intense cleaning method that will have your patio ready for summer in no time. Here’s what you’ll need: 
  • Pressure washer
  • Garden hose
  • Pressure washer detergent (or washing-up liquid if you don’t have this to hand)
  1. Brush any debris away and move your furniture aside.
  2. Plug your pressure washer in and attach it to your garden hose. 
  3. Some pressure washers come with a detergent chamber. If you have one, dilute the detergent and pour it into the chamber before you get started. You could also apply the detergent directly on to the patio after following the dilution instructions. If you don’t have any pressure washer detergent, mix some washing-up liquid with warm water. 
  4. Standing at a distance and starting in the corners, spray diagonally across your patio. 
  5. Rinse the dirty water away into a drainage point and check your joints to see if any of the jointing compound has come loose. If so, add in a little more to fill in the gaps. 
  6. Move your furniture back into place once everything is dry. 

Patio Maintenance

Keeping on top of your patio throughout the year will make your summer clean much easier, so make sure you brush your paving slabs regularly to avoid the buildup of any discolouration or stubborn stains. For more advice on cleaning your patio for summer, get in touch with our team today. We’ll be more than happy to provide the best tips on looking after your patio or point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a new design.
Published: April 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
29.03.2021
If you’re looking for a new driveway, tarmac and block paving might both be options you are considering. There are a number of factors to consider when exploring which material is best for your driveway, we have examined all these factors to help you determine which is the most suitable for your needs: 

Durability/ Longevity

It’s important to remember that no matter the surface type chosen, the best way to ensure longevity in your driveway is to start with the correct level base. Both surfaces are considered fairly long-lasting, tarmac as a surface is not exclusively made for driveways, but road surfacing is often very long wearing as by design it is made to be resilient to heavy repeat vehicle use and various weather conditions. Block paving is also often long lasting as the interlocking herringbone pattern makes for a sturdy structure. Maintenance to ensure the good quality appearance of the block paving driveways is however required more frequently than for tarmac, as the joint gaps between the blocks can be prone to weed growth. Check out our tips to maintain the quality of your driveways here.

Cost and installation

Block paving is almost always more expensive than tarmac, not only because the blocks themselves can be a little more on the pricier side to purchase, but also as a result of the cost of installation. Whilst tarmac can be installed very easily, after being laid down, it has a quick drying time, block paving however is far more time consuming. Issues with this surfacing arise only with small or unusually shaped areas of a driveway, which may require smaller machinery in order to reach.  Unlike tarmac you are unable to overlay block paving over another surface, so the process has to start with prep to ensure there are stable foundations, before laying down each brick individually in the desired interlocking pattern finished with kiln dried sand brushed into the joints. The overall process can take a few days depending on the size of the driveway or patio being worked on. 

Repair 

Repair for block paving can often be easily restored when damaged, as the individual tiles can be removed and replaced quite efficiently. Tarmac paving can also be repaired without too much hassle via a process called “tarmacadam”, in which new tarmac is poured over the cracked or damaged old surface to close up any gaps and smooth over the area in question. The time required for the reparations varies, if the area of damage is only small then block paving may only require exchanging a few blocks, the larger the area the more time consuming block paving would be. Tarmacadam however, resurfaces the entire area no matter the size of damage, so the time would remain consistent and fairly speedy regardless of the amount of repairs needed.

Look

The look of either surface is completely down to personal preference, tarmac offers a uniformity with the road, and has a clean and simple appearance. Block paving on the other hand generally has a more refined look as it has a range of styles and blocks to choose from. More freedom comes with the surface to match the design of the house, or colours and textures to the surrounding area creating more of a cohesive feel and enabling you to achieve a particular desired look. Ultimately there is always the option to combine the two in opting for a tarmac drive with a paving decoration. For advice or more information about which surface would best suit your driveway contact us for a quote, or call a member of our team on 01952 840 838.  
Published: March 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
23.02.2021
When it comes to patio paving, there’s a variety of fantastic options available, and one of the best is pattern imprinted concrete (PIC). When it’s installed by professionals, this paving option can be both an extremely attractive and durable surface that can really make your patio stand out. PIC has become one of the most popular paving options for people who want a decorative and professional finish to their external hard standings. The demand for PIC is only increasing and to highlight how effective it can be for you, we’ve put together some key advantages right here...

It helps avoid any weed growth

If you decide to go with pattern imprinted concrete for your patio, you’ll be able to benefit from a product that does not allow weed growth in the same way that alternate surface materials such as block paving allows. In fact, PIC is pretty much impermeable, and seeing as though some of the most frustrating factors of a traditional paved drive are the weeds that can sprout through, this is a massive advantage.  This solid paving surface option prevents weeds, making maintenance incredibly simple. Keep in mind though that you will have to take extra care with drainage for the water to run off, as there will be no absorption. If you do need more drainage then a simple gully or channel drain will work wonders.

It’s incredibly long lasting

One of the most attractive advantages to choosing this surface option for your patio paving is it’s fantastic lifespan. When outlayed by experienced professionals, it should last you for as long as 20 years, providing you ensure it’s well maintained. Installation can be done with minimal disruption and any design or pattern should be able to stand the test of time. PIC is practically maintenance free and you’ll only be required to apply a resealing coat periodically depending on use. 

It has lots of diverse design options

Of course the main advantage of PIC is just how diverse it is in terms of the designs and patterns available to you. You can choose from quick and simple gravel or slate effects, to intricate circular designs which use different colours and effects, and much more. The more complex the design pattern, the more expensive it will be of course, but this will be a long-term cost-effective investment thanks to the durability and longevity. There will always be some level of customisation available even with the most basic of designs. It’s important to choose the right experienced specialists who can carry out the exact design you desire.  Decorative paving will not only make your life easy with weed free and low maintenance, but will also add value to your property and enhance its appearance. For your reassurance, Premier Surfacing will provide a transparent and detailed survey covering the total cost of the work to be carried out. Feel free to contact us with your requirements. We are happy to provide you with a free quotation.
Published: February 2021

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
09.12.2020
One of the most popular driveway surface options available is block paving, as it’s a durable surface material that provides a cost-effective way to really enhance the look of your home. If you’re wondering how to go about looking after and cleaning your block paving in the best way, we’ve got some advice right here for you.

The basics of cleaning block paving

  • Use a quality broom and a strong detergent to clean the block paving
  • It’s a good idea to use weed preventative, simply apply it between the joints of the paving to keep your driveway looking its best.
  • If you decide to use a power washer, make sure you angle it at thirty degrees and spray diagonally on a medium pressure.
  • Ensure you always rinse away any cleaning products you’ve used on the paving. And consider re-sanding or re-pointing any joints if needed.

What about stains and spillages?

Different stains and spillages can unfortunately occur on your driveway surface, and they require different treatments. When treating a spillage or stain, it’s important that you carry the application of the treatment out on a small section of the affected area to begin with. And of course ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Focus on establishing the source of any staining that you notice. For example, the rust on iron gutters, and take steps to repair it sooner rather than later. Taking action early will help you to avoid further staining and possible damage to your paving. 

Treating the paving with chemicals and acids

When it comes to treating your block paving with chemicals or acids, it’s important that you:
  • Wear protective clothing.
  • Make sure you have sufficient ventilation when using any chemicals.
  • Use extra care to avoid damaging or staining adjoining material.
  • Remember to always add acid to water and not the other way around when diluting any acids.
  • Safely dispose of any clothing that has been stained with chemicals. 
  • Always keep the operating area as safe as possible, ensuring there are no hazards for those working in the surrounding area.
  • Dispose of any excess run off material.

Block paving maintenance

A general clean can work wonders for maintaining your block paving. As mentioned, simply use a good quality broom and a good detergent followed by the application of a proprietary weed preventative. As this helps to restrict the ingress of weeds between joints, which can affect the paving’s long-term durability. Also, make sure that you thoroughly rinse the surface after using any cleaning products, and channel the run-off to suitable drainage points. When cleaning, inspect the integrity of all the paving joints, and re-sand or re-point any damaged joints if necessary. We’ll be more than happy to offer you our advice and/or ideas and work with you to plan and design the perfect surface for your driveway. Our friendly experts can visit your property and provide you with a free quotation - feel free to contact us with your requirements on 01952 840 838 or [email protected]
Published: December 2020

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
30.11.2020
When it comes to choosing the driveway that’s going to be the most suitable for your home, it’s no surprise that like many others, you’ll see this as a daunting task. There’s a lot of factors to take into consideration, and you’ll need to carefully consider your options in order to choose the right driveway to meet your exact requirements. To help you out, we’ve got a few insights to help you make an informed decision. 

Resin bound driveways

Resin bound driveways can offer you a range of benefits. Such as the fact they can immediately provide your home with a more modernised aesthetic, which really enhanced the appearance of your overall property. This type of driveway surface can come in a variety of colours and blends, meaning you can customise it to fit your landscaping perfectly and bring out the best of your home. If you choose resin bound, you’ll also discover that there will be no drainage problems with this surface option. This is because it actually allows water to drain through it, so that puddles cannot form on your driveway. This driveway type is also relatively cost effective, quick to install, and is very low maintenance. If you’re considering this surface option, remember that the type of resin you need can vary depending on what you’re after. For example, if you’re after a darker finish, then UV protection will already be taken care of with a darker stone. However, if you want a lighter resin finish, be careful to use a resin that offers UV protection. And think about how much traffic your driveway experiences, like footfall and tires. Resin is very durable, so it will be a good fit unless your driveway has large or heavy vehicles frequently accessing it.

Tarmac driveways 

Tarmac, bitmac or asphalt driveways are one of the most commonly used. This is due to how easy they are to install and the benefits that come with this surface type. It’s an extremely cost effective way to enhance your whole home, and can usually be installed within a single day. It’s also highly durable and can last for years if you maintain properly. One main drawback is if you have a driveway that’s quite small or awkwardly shaped. If it’s not installed correctly by professionals and if it’s also not properly maintained, it can lead to cracked surfaces and poor drainage fairly quickly. When it’s maintained and installed correctly there shouldn't be any issues like this. Tarmac could be the right surface solution for your driveway if you’re searching for something cheap, quick and effective. 

Block paving driveways

Block paving has turned into one of the most popular surface options over the last few years. This is mainly down to the wide range of block choices there is available. The sheer amount of colours, patterns etc and the different ways that it can be laid, make this surface option very appealing to many.  It’s also incredibly long lasting, rivaling even tarmac driveways. It’s easy to maintain and can be easily repaired to look as good as new. However, it can take longer to install and tends to be a more costly option. This is because block paving involves hand selecting a range of blocks, and then levelling the ground in order to create the best effect. If you have the desire and budget though, this surface option can be one of the most visually enhancing. We’ll be more than happy to offer you our advice and/or ideas and work with you to plan and design the perfect surface for your driveway. Our friendly experts can visit your property and provide you with a free quotation - feel free to contact us with your requirements on 01952 840 838 or [email protected]
Published: November 2020

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire