11.08.2020

With everything going on currently it’s no surprise that many have put something like revamping their driveway on the backburner. However, if you’re considering an upgrade, there’s plenty of benefits to be gained by doing so - especially when you choose trusted, reputable and reliable driveway surface experts.

So what are the benefits?

  • Added value to your home - Whether you’re planning on moving property or living at your current address for the foreseeable, upgrading your driveway can increase the value of the whole house. The exterior is just as important as the interior, and a great looking, well-built driveway can add as much as 1% to the value of the house.
  • Enhanced aesthetics - Driveways have come a long way in terms of sheer looks too. With much more surface options to choose from that can really improve the curb appeal. From intricate designs that make use of block paving or classic understated styles that utilise pattern imprinted concrete - an upgraded driveway can make an amazing aesthetic difference.
  • Increased safety - A driveway that’s suffered its fair share of wear and tear, or that’s heavily degraded can be just as unsafe as it is unsightly. Cracks, weed growth and sunken areas are just a few of the potential hazards. By upgrading and resurfacing your driveway you’ll eliminate these issues, improving safety and ensuring you’re far less likely to have an accident.
  • Better durability - A fully upgraded driveway that’s been resurfaced and installed by experts will last for years. Our experts install driveways that not only look great but are designed to last, with highly-durable surfaces. Meaning it will safe you on maintenance in the long run too.
At Premier Surfacing, we offer a fast, efficient and cost-effective resurfacing service for your driveway. So if you’re considering an upgrade that gives you more value, better aesthetic appeal, an increase to safety around the home and will last a long time -  contact our team today on 01952 840 838.
Published: August 2020

I can truly say that I could not wish to have worked with a more impressive and professional contractor than Premier Surfacing. Thank you all for all your hard work.

Mr Ezea
Shrewsbury
29.07.2020
It’s great to be able to park outside your home, but in reality people often struggle to find a spot outside their property to park, even with a permit. In order to solve this issue, many choose to turn their front lawn into a driveway, to give themselves the space they’ve always needed, that’s fully theirs and free to use. Of course choosing the right driveway surfacingto create this new driveway is essential to getting the space you really want. But will transforming your lawn work well for you?

The advantages of getting a new driveway

It can be stressful not knowing whether you’ll be able to park outside your home, plus having to park on the road can turn out to be expensive when you have to pay. By having your own driveway, these issues will be eliminated and you’ll have a reliable and more secure place to park. There will also be far less chance of another vehicle causing damage by knocking into yours. Of course with a brand new driveway you’ll have created a space that’s exclusively available to you. Gone will be the days when you come home to find someone has blocked you in, or you can’t get a space. A brand new driveway that’s been installed by experienced professionals will also add value to your property. It will enhance it aesthetically, and also increase its sale value due to the consistent high demand for spaces to park - plus there’s many more fantastic benefits.

How much will it cost me?

If your wondering about the cost of installing a brand new driveway where your front lawn used to be, then there’s just a few factors you need to consider, including:
  • The size you wish the new driveway to be.
  • The materials you want to build it with.
  • And the cost of labour.
There’s also other considerations such as the current condition of your front lawn, which can affect any work that needs to be done before installation can begin. The best way to get a completely accurate idea of how much your new driveway will cost though, is to speak to trusted and reliable experts - who can provide you with a completely free quotation. At Premier Surfacing, we’ll help you to choose the most suitable surface material to create your dream driveway, while taking into account your exact requirements and budget. We operate in all areas throughout Shropshire - just give us a call and we'll be happy to help.
Published: July 2020

Thank you for the work you carried out on our driveway, it has totally transformed the appearance of our property. I certainly would not hesitate in recommending premier Surface.

Mr Palmer
Admaston, Telford
26.06.2020

A driveway that requires very little maintenance is a dream come true for both homeowners and those in the commercial sphere. Some driveway types require much more maintenance than others, taking up both time and money to stay looking fresh. If you’re looking for driveway material that once it’s down, you can pretty much leave to its own devices, here are our top picks for you.

Imprinted concrete driveways

Imprinted concrete driveways require very little maintenance and a huge advantage of this material is that you’re very very unlikely to get any weeds growing through, compared with something like block paving. This is because there aren’t actually any spaces or gaps for the weeds to break through as the name suggests, concrete is laid and then a pattern is simply imprinted upon it before it dries.

At Premier Surfacing, we offer a wide variety of pattern imprinted concrete paving styles to suit any property. Be it modern, traditional or contemporary. Our surveyor will offer you advice on design, layout and technical aspects of the installation. We also provide a 5 year guarantee depending on the work carried out.

Resin-bound driveways

Resin bound driveways are another great example of low maintenance driveways and again, weeds should not be a problem with resin driveways providing the surface is kept clean. All you need to do is jet wash or a hose clean and swept to ensure the surface remains looking tip-top.

Resin bound driveways are ideal for spaces which are on an incline where you still want that gravelly vibe. They are a great alternative to tarmac, blocks, slabs and concrete paving and the inherent texture of bonded gravel makes it the ideal choice for non-slip and anti-skid surfaces. Another added advantage is that, during dry weather, there isn’t the issue that’s commonly found with gravel driveways of dust being kicked up by cars.

Resin bondingcan be more expensive than other types of driveways so that’s something to keep in mind when deciding which option to choose.

We are specialists in resin bound driveways, patios and footways and these types of driveways are popular because they’re both attractive and durable.

For low maintenance driveways that look great and will stand the test of time, contact Premier Surfacing today: [email protected] / 01952 840 838

Published: June 2020

The work was completed to a very high standard, in a very short time with the minimum of noise and disruption to residents.

Mr Taft
Telford
22.05.2020

What are weeds?

"A plant in the wrong place"

A weed is technically any plant that grows where it’s not wanted! Plants that are considered undesirable in a particular situation i.e. in the cracks between block paving, on gravel paths or driveways are classed as weeds.

There are varying types of weed, but things they all have in common include:

  • Quick growers with abundant reproduction
  • Rapid establishment and spread
  • The ability to spread in areas disturbed by human activity
  • Seeds which can lay dormant for long periods of time
  • A resilience and hardiness 

Which weeds are most common on driveways?

Some of the most commonly found weeds on hard surfaces such as driveways include:

  • Dandelions
  • Plantain
  • Meadow grass
  • Couch grass
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Creeping buttercup

Border plants that have self-seeded in the wrong place may also require control on paths and driveways.

Stopping weeds on concrete driveways

Prevention is always better than cure and so when laying a new concrete driveway, putting two sheets of weed control or landscape fabric underneath will stop weeds from growing through the concrete. Your driveway should be sloped to allow water to run off and drain away - weeds love damp conditions!

If you find that weeds have grown through your concrete driveway, then it’s a case of pulling them up as and when and grabbing as much of the root as possible/ You’ll then have to treat the area with a commercial weed killer.

If you’re worried about the environment and have pets to consider, boiling water and vinegar can also do the trick.

Stopping weeds on paved driveways

When you see weeds on paved driveways, they aren’t growing up from beneath the surface.  Instead, they’re growing from seeds that have blown into the sand used to fill the gaps between paving stones.  Weeds will thrive if dirt is allowed to build up in the gaps so it’s important to regularly maintain your paved driveway with regular brushing and washing, and by using a sealant and weed killer before they arrive.

Stopping weeds on resin bonded driveways 

Resin bonded driveways pride themselves on being weed resistant.  Because the resin is put on top of concrete or asphalt, there’s no space for weeds to grow through it.  Sometimes weeds can grow on the surface but can be prevented by regular surface cleaning and brushing.

Looking for a new driveway? We provide commercial and residential driveways in Staffordshire and specialise in concrete, paving and resin bonding. Contact us today for more information.

Published: May 2020

Thank you for the work you carried out on our driveway, it has totally transformed the appearance of our property. I certainly would not hesitate in recommending premier Surface.

Mr Palmer
Admaston, Telford
13.05.2020

Asphalt and tarmac driveways are a popular choice for many reasons. They’re low maintenance, ideal for any size or shape driveway, are flexible and durable and are extremely cost-effective for larger areas.

Despite them being low maintenance and durable, asphalt and tarmac do get hot during increased temperatures for a couple of reasons. First of all because they are black in colour they absorb more heat and asphalt actually stores the heat as well. And secondly, because they’re oil based, when the oil products heat up, their good thermal abilities mean they stay hot for longer periods of time.

If you want to protect your driveway during the summer months here are some tips for taking care of it when the weather heats up!

Remember your sealant

One thing to note about hot weather is that it’s the ideal time to seal your asphalt driveway as the heat allows the sealer to bond better to the surface. Additionally, because the sealant runs thinner when it’s hotter, it allows it to get deeper into the small cracks and bond much better.

There are a few different types of sealant you can use to protect your driveway against the elements. Seal coat is an anti-oxidation solution which prevents the surfaces from looking worn and can slow the ageing process. Slurry seal is similar, except it contains aggregate.

Get out the hose

It’s a good idea to periodically cool down your asphalt or tarmac driveway with your hose. Cool water will reduce the temperature of your driveway and it’s also handy to help you identify any problems with your driveway such as pooling water due to an uneven surface.

Be mindful of indentations

During hot weather tarmac and asphalt driveways can become susceptible to damage from objects that apply pressure in one uneven area, causing indentations. For example, trailer jockey wheels, ladders and vehicle jacks. Take extra precautions when using these on your driveway and avoid using them during the hottest parts of the day.

At Premier Surfacing we’re experts in laying professional tarmac & asphalt driveways for both residential and commercial properties. For more information about driveway care or to enquire about getting a new driveway contact us today.

Published: May 2020

A very high standard of workmanship with a professional approach. A first class service from start to finish.

Mr & Mrs Bennet
Telford
03.04.2020

Patio paving can look great, be long-lasting and add to the overall value of your home, but unfortunately it won’t last forever. It’s important to know when wear and tear may have gotten the better of your paving, and when to consider getting experts to replace it. 

There are some sure signs you should be aware of that tell you when it’s time to make some changes. Here, we look at some of the key ones to watch out for...

Cracks

Small cracks are mostly harmless, but some can eventually lead to larger problems. Bigger cracks can, overtime, become hazardous for anyone walking over the patio surface. They can also allow water to gather, which will affect the ground underneath and cause weed growth. Natural wear and tear can cause cracks, and eventually small ones can expand and become bigger problems. 

The good news is, some can be repaired. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace all of your patio paving. However, it's always best to check with experts before replacing old patio paving slabs.

Uneven Ground 

It’s easy to forget that the ground where your paving has been placed can change over time. No matter where you live or the type of property you have, as the years go by the land will shift slightly. You might notice this if your paving suddenly starts to look and feel uneven.

If the surface has become uneven it could be dangerous to walk on and tricky to place furniture on too. The best way to deal with an uneven paving surface is to consider switching to a more durable and cost-effective paving material. 

Unsightly damage

Just like a garden that may have become a little overgrown, your patio paving can get to a point where it needs to be fixed or replaced simply to improve things aesthetically. The surface may have suffered damage over the years, which may not be causing any issues, but may still look unsightly.  

Perhaps your old paving surface no longer fits with the rest of your property's overall look. People who own older homes tend to renovate them on the inside, so it makes sense that they’d want the exterior of the property to match up with the overall design. A simple change of materials could achieve this, as there are plenty of options that could give you a more stylish, modern look for example. 

There are many instances where a full replacement of your patio paving won’t be necessary, as simply replacing a few slabs can work wonders for fixing small cracks and other issues. If you’re now looking for that perfect paving for your patio, the team here at Premier Surfacing can help. Please get in touch with us for a free quotation and expert advice today - on 01952 840 838.

Published: April 2020

The work was completed to a very high standard, in a very short time with the minimum of noise and disruption to residents.

Mr Taft
Telford
19.03.2020

Over the years, the patio has become a pivotal part of many homes, not just for its aesthetic value, but also for its use as a great recreational spot. There are many advantages that having a patio with high-quality patio paving can offer. And all of them contribute to the quality of your home and the quality of your lifestyle.

Here are some key advantages...

A great spot to unwind

Your home is of course where you go to relax at the end of a hard day, and when you have a patio, you also have an extra place to unwind. You’ll be able to sit, take in the fresh air and enjoy the sounds of the outdoors, all while avoiding the rain or hot sun. While it’s true that everyone has their own ideal way to relax, a patio can still be a perfect spot to let your worries disappear for a while. 

An area for entertainment in all seasons

Whether you wish to organise a barbecue with family and friends, or you just want to kick-back with some mates and enjoy some drinks, a patio is an excellent place to entertain guests. Even though the UK weather can be very unpredictable, from sudden rainstorms to soaring heat waves, a patio can allow you to enjoy the warmth or avoid the showers in comfort and style. 

Adds value to a home

Along with having a spectacular space to unwind or entertain, having a patio with quality paving will add to the value of your whole property. Adding a patio could boost the valuation of your home significantly. In fact, if a property is completely missing a patio, it can often make or break a sale. 

If you’re looking to get the perfect paving for your patio but don’t know where to start, then please get in touch with us for a free quotation and expert advice today, on 01952 840 838.

Published: March 2020

Please pass my thanks onto all the men involved with the project of transforming our driveway and patio. They did a fantastic job and ensured that they represented Premier Surfacing with the greatest professionalism.

Mr G Talbot
Edmond, Shropshire
17.02.2020

Choosing the right material for your patio is not a decision to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s advisable that you take your time, do your research and really consider your options, in order to find the perfect surface material for your patio. 

Of course the location and size of your patio, as well as your budget, are all important factors to think about when choosing your surface material. And to help you make the right choice, we’ve got a few of the best surface options for your patio right here...

Block paving

Block paving is versatile, low-maintenance and looks great. If the area you want paving is fairly large then you should opt for larger slabs in order to keep things to scale. As choosing huge slabs in a smaller area can make your patio appear smaller than it is. This type of surface material comes in a good range of styles and colours, and can be customised to your own specifications. It only requires some soap and water to keep clean, and it’s simplistic design is guaranteed to improve the overall appearance of your home.

Resin bound

Resin bound is hugely popular for patios, as it’s heavily resistant to UV light, meaning the surface's colour won’t break down over time. It’s also extremely durable and resistant to wear, so it’ll keep its aesthetic appeal for years to come. Thanks to the mix of materials used to create this type of surface, it’s also highly porous. Allowing water to easily run off, which prevents damage from frozen water and benefits nearby plants and vegetation.

Imprinted concrete

Imprinted concrete has been growing in popularity with homeowners over the past few years. Especially those who want a decorative and professional finish for their patio, which is also completely resistant to weeds. This type of surface won’t sink like other paving methods, and as the name suggests it’s available in a rich variety of colours and patterns. Plus, the surface can be strengthened for a higher weight tolerance and it’s virtually maintenance free too.

If you’re looking to get the perfect paving for your patio but don’t know where to start, then please get in touch with us for a free quotation and expert advice today, on 01952 840 838.

Published: February 2020

Thank you for the work you carried out on our driveway, it has totally transformed the appearance of our property. I certainly would not hesitate in recommending premier Surface.

Mr Palmer
Admaston, Telford
14.02.2020

Over time the surface of your driveway can take a lot of wear and tear, not just from your vehicle(s) but also from various weather conditions. Eventually it will start to degrade, leading to uneven surfaces and a loss of aesthetics. 

This is why it’s essential that you can spot the warning signs of a driveway that’s heavily worn out. As you’ll be able to act quickly and repave it before it falls apart completely and requires more costly repairs. Here’s what you can look out for to know when your driveway surface needs repaving...

Areas have become worn and rough

Even a driveway surface that has previously been expertly paved can become tired and worn over time, leaving the surface of it looking old, rough and unsightly. It might not be your whole driveway that suffers from the effects of things like foot traffic and parked heavy cars. 

However, certain sections can start to lose the smooth, aesthetically pleasing finish they once had. If you notice areas that are starting to look patchy and uneven, it’s time to consider a repave.  

Cracks have appeared

One of the most obvious signs to look out for are cracks that have formed on the surface of your driveway. These are a clear indication that it has begun to age significantly, and you should consider a repave. Of course, cracks are a natural part of a driveway's life cycle, so you shouldn’t be concerned with small ones, as these can be easily patched up. 

Larger cracks though can end up covering a significant portion of your driveway's surface. Whether they are linear or radiating out, these larger cracks can lead to structural issues down the line. They could also result in tripping hazards, along with an increased risk of water damage and weeds sprouting up through them. You will need to address them by repaving the surface as soon as possible.

There are problems with drainage

Another indication that the surface of your driveway is in need of a repave, is when water has a hard time draining off it. An uneven driveway can result in water collecting on the surface, and this pooling speeds up the amount of wear the driveway experiences. 

Pooling water is a sure sign of drainage issues, and if you leave this untreated it can cause major issues down the line. It could even lead to damage to your vehicles you have parked on the surface. Repaving and getting professionals to install a driveway with proper drainage solutions will save you a lot of worry in the long term.

If you’re considering a repave for your driveway surface, or you’re simply looking for a reputable surfacing specialists who can help you get your dream driveway - contact Premier Surfacing today on 01952 840 838.

Published: February 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
03.02.2020

Any driveway material needs to fulfil a variety of functions, not only does it need to make your home look aesthetically pleasing, it also needs to add value to the home and be practical too. This is why one of the absolute best choices of driveway surfaces available, is resin bound.

It’s essentially a mixture of natural aggregate and resin that’s brought together to form a stone-like surface. There are a variety of benefits to choosing this type of surface material and we wanted to go through 3 of the top ones here...

It’s very versatile

This surface option is one of the most versatile on the market, which is why it’s often used for a number of surfaces; from access ramps to driveways and even footpaths. It not only looks extremely attractive thanks to its natural stone smooth finish, it also has non-slip qualities, is highly durable and long lasting.

It’s highly durable and long lasting

Speaking of durability, this driveway surface is actually applied over a tarmac or concrete surface that’s already in place. This process results in the finished surface being very durable and resisted to wear and tear. It’s also able to retain its appearance and colour thanks to its resistance to UV light. As a result of its layout and durability it will also require very little maintenance. Plus, the material won’t support weed growth, which just adds to its longevity. 

It’s designed to allow water run-off

Due to the fact that this driveway surface uses a mixture of materials, it creates a finish product that’s highly porous. If there was a heavy downpour of rain, water would easily run-off the surface. Meaning there will be far less risk of any freeze damage, which could occur in winter. Plants and other vegetation close to your driveway would also benefit from the water run-off.

At Premier Surfacing, we provide a variety of surfacing options to help you find your dream driveway. Contact us today on 01952 840 838 for more information.

Published: February 2020

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton