28.04.2022
Many people consider a lot of different driveways when thinking of upgrading their outside space, but something that has become a lot more prevalent is the use of resin bound and imprinted concrete driveways. The reason for this is that they are not only stylish but offer hundreds of different colours and combinations. This is especially the case for resin bound which can be made up of hundreds of different materials. They both look smart and contained within the bonding and printing, which gives your driveway a very unique look. The unique property that they both share is that they can fit into any pattern and driveway while also locking out weeds and pests from your driveway. You can also combine them for a truly different look, so for example you could do your steps in imprinted concrete and then have a resin bound driveway around it. Because the design is totally flexible you can also use it in commercial buildings in order to distinguish certain areas, for example having imprinted concrete in black around the entrance and then resin bound ground around the rest of the property.

Imprinted Concrete - The Chameleon of Driveways

The best part about having an imprinted concrete driveway is that you can change the colour whenever you feel like. Although that makes it sound a lot easier than the process is, it is still completely true in theory. Whenever you feel like making a change to how it looks, it is one of the easier driveways to re-colour and re-work into something else. Though stripping it down and putting in new blocks and setting it all over again can take a lot of time, changing the colour is actually quite a straight forward process. Resin bound doesn’t have the same flexibility. However it is possible to relay a completely different colour as this can be done quite quickly once the groundwork has been done. This can be a pretty expensive process however compared to the ease of doing it with imprinted concrete, but if it is something you’re looking at it can easily be planned and done.

Why should you consider Imprinted Concrete or Resin Bound for commercial uses?

The main advantage of these types of surfacing compared to others is that they last for a very long time untouched, they are very resilient to the weather and will ward off any weeds or insects. They are also completely safe to drive over with any vehicle, so should that be a concern and you’re afraid of breaking the ground as you drive then these would be the options to consider. The distinct look that both of these surfacing options provide can make your commercial estate stand out among the others, whether you’re using them to cover ground to socialise on or simply on the drives and parking you will always look like the best in show among your peers. This makes these products very sought after and you can see a lot of companies using resin bound for their outside eateries or canteens simply for the appearance and style that they bring to the area.

How can I get my imprinted concrete or resin bound driveway?

The first thing to do is work out the size of the area you want to cover and contact Premier Surfacing for a quote. You should be aware that these are relatively expensive options compared to other surfacing, especially for imprinted concrete which has a high price per m2. However when you come to Premier Surfacing we will make sure that you are getting the best deal for your needs. We will provide a fixed price quotation and make sure that you’re able to make an informed decision about the future of your driveway. Get in touch with us by calling 01952 840 838 or by emailing us at [email protected] and we will be able to price up your requirements. We are experts at handling all types of commercial and domestic surfacing and paving so you’ll be in the right hands when you work with us.
Published: April 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
28.05.2021
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
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
12.03.2019

Many people opt to transform their back garden or outdoor space with some traditional wood decking. However, a pattern imprinted concrete deck could actually be a much more effective alternative. As not only does it require less cleaning and maintenance while still being as aesthetically pleasing as traditional decking, it also comes with other benefits too...

Pattern imprinted concrete is actually a fantastic option for anyone who is looking to maximise their outdoor space, whether to relaxing or entertaining.  It manages to combine the very best features of both a patio paving and decking.

The common issues with traditional wood decking

Wood decking has always been one of the most popular materials used by homeowners to enhance their outdoor space or garden, largely because it’s relatively easy to install and looks impressive.

But there are a few common issues with traditional wood decking, including:

  • It can be all too easy for poorly protected wooden decking to rot or become discoloured, thanks to the rainy and drizzly UK weather.
  • It can often require a complete repaint, in order to make sure that it keeps its aesthetics.
  • Speaking of the rain, it can also become very slippery, especially in the winter months.
  • If boards or planks haven’t been installed correctly, they can often warp or raise up.
  • It generally requires a fair bit of maintenance and upkeep, and tends not to be as long lasting.
  • It’s quite susceptible to weeds, as they can grow through the planks, as well as moss and algae.
  • Protective coating needs to be applied to it at least once a year.

What is pattern imprinted concrete decking?

The popularity of pattern imprinted concrete has gone from strength to strength, not only as driveway and patio paving option, but also as an alternative to wooden decking too. It comes with all the benefits of a concrete patio, combined with the aesthetics and appeal of traditional decking.

It’s a hugely flexible and gorgeous looking surface material, which is perfectly suited to either a more traditional or more contemporary design aesthetic. It also comes with non of the issues associated with wooden decking.

The benefits of pattern imprinted concrete decking

Concrete patios can be a very practical and cost-effective solution to sprucing up your outdoor area, and they won’t discolour or need coating again every year, after the winter season.

There are a number of benefits included with pattern imprinted concrete, such as:

  • It’s very low maintenance, so you won’t have to handle the hassle of constantly cleaning and coating it like wooden decking.
  • It has a much longer life-span due to requiring minimal care.
  • It’s very flexible, allowing you to add additional features easily, and it can be poured into any shape required.
  • It will never warp like wood in wet conditions, or if it’s placed around ponds, or other water features.
  • It’s incredibly easy to install and combines durability with an amazing looking finish.

If you’re looking to enhance your outdoor space with pattern imprinted concrete, our highly experienced staff at Premier Surfacing are ready and waiting to provide you with this perfect surface solution.  

For more information, or for a free quotation please contact us today on 01952840838.

Published: March 2019

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
26.10.2017
One of the most frequent questions we receive is whether block paving or pattern imprinted concrete is the right choice for patios and driveways. And of course the answer depends entirely on the project. To give a clearer picture of whether block paving or imprinted concrete is the right choice for your residential property, here’s an overview of both materials.  

Durability

Both offer the same amount of durability but because pattern imprinted concrete is monolithic it will not sink which is what can happen with block paving if a suitable sub base is not installed, or low quality slabs are used. However, the sealant on pattern imprinted concrete can deteriorate more quickly than usual if it sees a significant amount of traffic.  

Maintenance & Repair

Pattern imprinted concrete does not suffer from weed, moss or grass growth as there’s no space for the matter to push through. However, this can happen with block paving due to the nature of the installation and the tiny gaps between the blocks. For this reason block paving requires more maintenance to keep it looking good. Pattern imprinted concrete simply needs resealing every few years. On the other hand, block paving is much easier to repair as individual blocks can be replaced if they become cracked or broken. Pattern imprinted concrete is much trickier to repair and it can be difficult to repair small areas without it being extremely obvious and ruining the overall aesthetic. So it can become quite expensive to repair if the whole area needs to be redone.  

Aesthetic Quality

It could be argued that block paving delivers a superior aesthetic however, the whole point of patterned imprinted concrete is to mimic the look of block paving so you’re going to end up with a similar standard whichever one you opt for. Both offer a range of designs, styles and colours to work with to create your perfect outdoor area. However, it does depend on who is installing the materials. Pattern imprinted concrete can look inferior if not aligned properly.  

Environmental Issues

Because block paving can be provided as a permeable option, it requires no additional drainage and will comply with planning regulations that relate to front gardens and resurfacing. However, because pattern imprinted concrete is non-permeable, it does need proper drainage solutions to comply with planning regulations.  

Price

Price is a deciding factor for lots of people so it’s good to know which is the most cost-effective option to consider. It’s generally considered that pattern imprinted concrete is the cheaper option but it depends on the size and scale of the project. Contact us at premier Surfacing to get a quote, we’re block paving specialists and can also create beautiful pattern imprinted concrete driveways for you.
Published: October 2017

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
18.05.2017
Imprinted concrete driveways are an extremely popular choice for driveways up and down the country as more and more homeowners are seeing the benefit of the product. Imprinted concrete driveways are incredibly aesthetically pleasing but also are very hardwearing and durable. When you’re having your new imprinted concrete driveway, there are a few things to consider and that you should pay close attention to.

What Are The Main Benefits Of A New Driveway? The Quality of The Print

You need to ensure that the quality of your print is up to standard. Because fresh concrete is being used rather than concrete block paving or stone cobbles, you have a few variables to consider. Warm weather can cause the concrete to set prematurely which means you won’t be able to get a high quality, detailed print. Having enough printing mats and being able to work quickly is also essential to ensure the quality of print.

What Are The Main Benefits Of A New Driveway? Ensuring Durability

Imprinted concrete driveways should stand the test of time, but only if it’s installed correctly from the outset. The mix of concrete, your sub-base, thickness and compaction all come into play and can be the difference between your driveway being able to cope with regular foot and vehicle traffic, or not.

What Are The Main Benefits Of A New Driveway? Keeping the Colour Consistent

Everyone wants their driveway to look great and a massive part of having an attractive looking driveway is ensuring the colour is kept consistent throughout. To do so you’ll need adequate colour surface hardener and release agent. Obviously for a larger surface area you need to increase the percentage of colour surface hardener that you use. Here at Premier Surfacing, we install imprinted concrete driveways that not only look amazing and match the aesthetics of your home, but also stand the test of time. Our driveways come with a guarantee for complete peace of mind. Take a look at our previous work or get in contact to discuss your next project 01952 840 838.
Published: May 2017

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
25.04.2017
There are many benefits to be gained by using pattern imprinted concrete (PIC).  This technique is becoming more and more popular with people who want a decorative and professional finish to their external hard standings such as drive ways or garden patios, but who do not want the problems that are usually associated with these such as weeds, movement, stains and cracks or chips.  Both in the commercial and private sector demand is increasing and it’s easy to see why; rather than individual elements, a monolithic concrete slab is laid.  

This then has various dyes and a hardener applied to the surface before the desired pattern is ‘stamped’ into the concrete using special templates.  The finished article is an area that has the appearance of tiles or paving (the options are countless) but is cast from one solid slab.

One of the key benefits is the diversity of the patterns and options that are available.  The finishes on offer can range from a simple gravel or slate effect, to intricate circular designs which use different colours and effects.  Of course it goes without saying that the more complicated the design, the higher the cost will be for the installation, but some level of customisation will be available even with the most basic of designs.  When choosing a contractor to carry out the work, remember that this is a specialist operation, and cannot be undertaken by contractors with little or no experience.

If the pattern is complicated it is vital to request to see samples of previously completed work and to ask for customer testimonials or references to ensure that the contractor has suitable experience.  Concrete slabs are difficult and costly to dispose of and there is only one opportunity to get the pattern right!

Another key benefit is that pattern imprinted concrete is more or less impermeable.  The two most frustrating factors of a traditional paved drive are the weeds that grow through the joints and the water that washes away the bedding material and creates wonky or rocking slabs.  With a solid surface these two problems simply vanish making maintenance of the pattern imprinted concrete incredibly simple.  Care must be taken to provide adequate drainage for the water run off as there will be no absorption.  A simple gully or channel drain will do the trick if drainage is required.

Finally, one of the most attractive benefits of pattern imprinted concrete is its lifespan.  An initial outlay should see the concrete last for 20 years as long as it is properly maintained.  It is worth noting that installation is definitely a long term investment and any design or pattern should be able to stand the test of time.  A transparent sealing coat will be applied after the completion of the slab and this will have to be re-applied periodically depending on use.  For a driveway this will be more frequently than a garden patio for example.
Published: April 2017

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
25.04.2017

decorative concrete
Changing the look and feel of your house can seem like a daunting task.  If you want to spruce up the appearance of your garden or drive, you may imagine all kinds of destructive and disruptive work.  However, with modern technology, it is very easy to completely change the look and character of your house by making simple changes to your existing concrete.  Decorative concrete resurfacing has become increasingly popular and there are a number of different options to choose from.  The best option for you will depend largely on a number of factors including the existing surface, your budget and the overall desired effect. The main decision that will need to be made is whether you will be overlaying with a new product, or changing the finish of the existing concrete.  There are several ways to change the appearance of an existing concrete slab, but they will only be visually effective if the slab is in good repair to begin with.  Cracked or broken concrete will either have to be repaired first, or simply overlaid. If you have decided to modify the original slab, there are a number of techniques that can be used that will make a real difference to the look of the concrete.  One option is to acid etch the concrete.  This is a technique that uses acid to react with the concrete and create various affects such as natural stone and wood.  It is often used in conjunction with dyes to create stunning finishes that are both professional looking and durable.  Another option is to physically engrave the concrete, again this technique is used along side dyes and stains to mimic various paving and stone patterns. It is also possible to overlay the existing concrete.  Concrete stamping is when a new slab is cast over the original.  This is then dyed and stamped with various patterns to create a large array of different colours and finish options.  Sometimes called pattern imprinted concrete, this is gaining popularity in both personal and commercial settings. Once you have decided on your preferred method of decorative concrete resurfacing, the next step is to find a competent contractor.  This type of work is highly skilled and it is very important to appoint a contractor who has the right experience and who is able to produce high quality work.  Make sure that you view some samples and do some research before making a decision.  It may even be a good idea to view some examples of work that are 5 or 10 years old.  This will give you a good idea of the durability and maintenance required to keep the slabs in their best condition.
Published: April 2017

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
25.04.2017

Concrete block paving (CBP) and pattern imprinted concrete (PIC) – which one is the better choice for you? This will of course depend on your personal requirements and the functionality of your new driveway.

Each and every driveway is somewhat different from the next and each may serve a totally different purpose. So which of these options should you choose? Find out by taking a closer look at these two concrete choices for your new driveway.

Concrete Block Paving

Concrete block paving first came into fashion during the 1970's with a limited choice of colours and design styles. Since then the market has expanded massively and the industry itself has developed along with it.

Now there is a whole range of products and styles available to you, from traditional to contemporary designs. You now have a variety of colours, textures and materials to choose from to create your perfect driveway.

The Pros and Cons of Block Paving

Block paving offers an attractive and long-term finish to complement any property. With the amount of choices available to you, there really is something to suit every taste and desire. Therefore, the most obvious benefit of CBP is the aesthetic appeal. The material is also extremely durable and will last a very long time with proper maintenance.

Movement is also relatively simple, should you need to uplift a section of your driveway and/or relocate. Areas can be reinstalled with minimal fuss, so you don’t have to worry about the possibility of having to ruin all of your hard work.

Block paving can be supplied as permeable too, so there is no requirement for additional drainage efforts.

The only significant drawback to CBP arises with the use of an incorrect sub-base material. If your driveway appears to be sunken or movement occurs then this is a good sign that the subbase material is unsuitable. This should not be a problem if you use an experienced and professional surfacing company, such as Premier Surfacing Ltd.

Imprinted Concrete

In comparison, pattern imprinted concrete is relatively new to the industry but the trend is ever growing in popularity. The process involves pouring a layer of concrete over a suitable subbase and then colour is applied before being hardened.

The wet concrete will then have a patterned matt applied to it in order to create your desired effect. The main aim of this material is to replicate another and therefore provide a more interesting finish to plain concrete.

The Pros and Cons of Imprinted Concrete

This is a very popular alternative for many people due to the magnificent finish and image it provides. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the material’s ability to cover large areas of land quickly. When compared with CBP, PIC has just as many design options but the finished product can sometimes be lacking in aesthetic appeal if the patterned matts aren’t aligned properly.

The main downside to pattern imprinted concrete is that it can be prone to occasional cracking, which can become an issue if left to develop over time. Extra consideration should also be taken towards drainage as PIC is non-permeable.

Without adequate drainage your driveway will not meet planning regulations for surfacing gardens and if any service work is required underground you will have to rip out the PIC and re-patch it again once finished.

The sealant used on PIC will need to be reapplied every 2-4 years, especially on a driveway with heavy traffic. So this choice of material is not the most durable and will require some level of frequent maintenance. This sealant can make the surface slippery in cold weather conditions too, making it slightly dangerous for the elderly and children alike.

Which One is Best for You?

As you can see above, both materials have their own advantages and drawbacks, but PIC perhaps shows more cons and therefore acts as the inferior option. CBP allows you to choose from a multitude of shapes, colours, styles and finishes for the ultimate tailored driveway.

Ultimately though, your decision will depend on your personal taste, requirements and budget. If you still can’t decide though, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!

Published: April 2017

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
24.04.2017
There are lots of ways to get creative with driveway and patio designs beyond the standard tarmac or asphalt options. Both of these make for practical, long lasting quality surfaces, but there are plenty off opportunities beyond them to enhance the appearance of your home. Here are just a few ideas...

Choose A Different Base

Block Paving and Imprinted Concrete are two popular choices when it comes to designing unique patios and driveways. Block paving allows for a range of different designs, patterns and shapes in either a traditional or contemporary style. You can choose the colour, texture and material of your individual blocks to create a completely personalised and bespoke finish. The block paving can be as simple or as intricate as you like. The beauty is in the complete versatility it brings. Imprinted concrete is made by pouring concrete onto the area and then adding colour and a printed design whilst the concrete is still wet. You can choose from a range of designs, opting for the one that suits your home and personal taste.

Lighting

Many homeowners are choosing to add lighting features to their patios and driveways for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the addition of lighting can help with safety and security, as illuminating your drive or patio can deter burglars and thieves. But in addition to helping keeping your property secure, lighting features also allow you to get creative with the exterior of your home. Options include overhead lighting, solar spotlights, rope lighting to line a walkway or coloured lighting to create a certain mood... The world is your oyster when it comes to lighting!

Get Creative With Your Features

Incorporating interesting or unusual features in your patio or driveway can allow you to achieve a really creative and attractive end result. Standing out from the crowd with the exterior of your home is never a bad thing, and there are so many different things you can add to achieve this. Whether it’s gravel pits, stone features, dedicated walkways, statues or whatever you want - let your imagination run wild! As domestic and commercial surfacing specialist we can help you create the patio or driveway of your dreams - however creative you want!  Contact Us today to get started.
Published: April 2017

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