08.05.2018
Gravel makes for a great material to use for your driveway, due to it being long-lasting and being easy to install. However, gravel is the kind of surface that can be plagued by weeds, leading to an unsightly appearance. Getting rid of weeds can be a time-consuming business, but there are a few ways to remove them. We’ve put together a guide on how to remove weeds from your gravel driveway.

What kind of weeds grow in gravel?

Before thinking about weed removal, it’s worth identifying the kind of plants that are growing in your driveway. There are three basic types of gravel weed: broadleaf, grassy and woody. Broadleaf These types of weeds have broad leaves with noticeable veins. Some of the most common are dandelions, henbit, purslane and chickweed. Grassy These weeds look like overgrown blades of grass. Featuring leaves that are long and thin, they grow parallel to each other. Common grassy weeds are velvetleaf and sandbur. Woody Woody weeds resemble small trees or shrubs and they shed their leaves during winter and grow again in spring. Mimosa and black locust are common examples of woody weeds.

What kind of removal methods are there?

The simplest kind of weed removal is to pull them out by hand, but this often won’t solve the problem because they’ll return in greater numbers. But you can reduce the number by pulling weeds that are just about to bloom. Salt is an effective method of weed removal, though you should be careful on the amount you use because it can sterilise the ground for years after. Dilute the salt with water and dish soap and then spray it over the gravel for good results. A chemical weed remover is the third option, but remember to research different types before choosing. Certain weed killers are harmful to people and the environment. A glyphosate weed killer is recommended because it’s effective in small doses, eradicating weeds down to the roots. Ideally, you would have installed a weed barrier for your gravel driveway. But if you didn’t, then you can still put one down after destroying all the weeds, as it will prevent more from growing in future. At Premier Surfacing, we’re dedicated to helping you find the right material for your driveway and offering maintenance advice. For more information be sure to call us on 01952 840 838.
Published: May 2018

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
08.05.2018
A driveway is an important feature of a home because it’s one of the first things that people notice. Having the right material can make a driveway stand out, but it needs to be properly maintained as well. A cracked or dirty surface will ruin the overall appearance of your home, so we’ve put together a guide on how to look after your driveway.

Crack prevention

Cracks can develop over time, but you can prevent them from appearing by sealing concrete and asphalt on an annual basis. Tree roots are a common cause of cracks, so removing trees or trimming roots is a good prevention method.  Water is another cause, as it can penetrate the surface. To avoid this from happening be sure to provide a runoff area around the edges of the driveway. If cracks do appear then you’ll need a masonry chisel and filling equipment. Use the chisel to remove debris and apply the filling compound to the space. After the compound has dried, seal the driveway.

Clean the driveway regularly

It’s important to remove all stains from the driveway, as they can do more than negatively affect its appearance. Fluids like motor oil can penetrate concrete and weaken asphalt. Other substances like grass clippings can fall into cracks and sprout new shoots. This will cause a crack to widen. Sweeping the driveway on a regular basis will ensure all debris is cleared. For the removal of stains, it’s worth researching different products so you don’t run the risk of inadvertently damaging the driveway.

Protect the edges of the driveway

The edges of a driveway are some of the most vulnerable areas and aren’t designed for excessive weight. To avoid damage, it’s a good idea to park your car away from the edges and ensure construction vehicles don’t park on them either.

Be aware of weather conditions

Driveways are constantly exposed to the elements, so you’ll want to take into consideration how you maintain them during different seasons. For example, if snow builds up on the driveway in winter then consider what kind of equipment you’ll use to remove it. For uneven surfaces use a plastic shovel to reduce the risk of it catching on the driveway. If you plan on using a snow plow then make sure to raise the blade and ensure it doesn’t scrape against the surface. In summer, a driveway is likely to be hot, so remember to remove any items that could possibly leave a lasting mark on the surface. At Premier Surfacing, we offer a comprehensive package that involves installing driveways and offering advice on the right kind of material. Get in touch today on 01952 840 838 for more information.
Published: May 2018

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
24.04.2017
Selling your home can be an extremely exhaustive and stressful process. Of course, all this tension melts away as you finalise the sale of your home, but how do you help speed this process up whilst simultaneously ensuring that you get the price you want for your house?

Well, there are a number of ways that you can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers

Everyone knows the old cliche about how building an extension can add value to your home but it’s a cliche because it’s true! Adding an extra room such as a study or even a conservatory makes your house bigger and you can therefore charge more for it. If there are two very similar houses on a street up for sale but one is bigger, a potential buyer will probably go for that one.

Of course, not everyone has the resources to start adding on to their home, but if you have an unused basement or loft, why not convert them into an extra bedroom or living space? This is also a great idea if you cannot get the correct planning permission to add on to your home.

The two most important rooms in any home that is up for sale are the bathroom and the kitchen. Buyers focus on these two rooms more than any other. They can make or break a sale! A house could be perfect in every way but have a dismal kitchen/bathroom and it will sit on the market for an age. Conversely, a house that is pretty ordinary but has a stunning bathroom or kitchen is more likely to be snapped up.

However, the outside of your home shouldn’t be neglected. Having a spacious garden or a beautiful driveway can really help you sell your home but if you’ve let your garden get dishevelled or your driveway looks tatty, it can work against you. Make sure that your garden looks neat and tidy and there are no random objects strewn about it.

When it comes to your driveway, it never hurts to have it repaved or new tarmac put down. Imprinted concrete driveways allow you to be a little bit more creative with your design; giving it a unique look. Your driveway is the first thing potential buyers see when they approach your house and first impressions count. They are made before a foot has stepped through the door, so if your driveway looks shabby, it can have a negative effect on how people view the rest of your house!
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
We all know that with the arrival of winter comes many wonderful things. Christmas, and beautiful snow to name just two. But with the weather changing, it also brings some unsavoury and some unsafe conditions. Driveways in particular can become incredibly slippery and can cause problems for you and your car.

But what’s the best way to ensure your driveway stays slip-free this winter?

You’ll no doubt have seen the gritters on the roads, making them safer for drivers and pedestrians, but grit and salt can cause a few problems for your driveway and car. Salt and grit can be corrosive and this can of course affect the quality of your driveway surface, causing it to deteriorate more rapidly than normal; especially if you live in a particularly cold area and need to constantly reapply salt and grit. If you have a pattern imprinted concrete driveway then when it was first installed, it should have had a sealant applied to protect it from outside elements; keeping it looking fresh and colourful. If you’ve recently had a new pattern imprinted concrete driveway put in, the sealant should do its job wonderfully. However, if you have quite an old driveway that has deteriorated somewhat, your driveway may not be so protected and salt and grit can cause further deterioration.

Using salt and grit sparingly however won’t cause too much damage. If you want to err on the side of caution, you can use sand as a substitute which is great for traction and isn't as corrosive as grit and salt. We would also recommend avoiding chemical de-icers, or at least use them very sparingly. Resealing pattern imprinted concrete driveways in time for winter is always a good idea to ensure whatever substances you use do not corrode your driveway. All that’s left to say is a huge Merry Christmas from everyone at Premier Surfacing!
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
Premier Surfacing are block paving specialists and one of the most common questions we get asked is how to clean your block paving. For that reason, we thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a blog to answering that very question! Once your block paving driveway is installed you can refer back to this blog as a guide to keep your driveway looking as fresh as the day it was put in! Here’s your step-by-step guide to cleaning your block paving.
  1. If you have them, pull up any weeds that have grown in between your block paving and dispose of accordingly.
  2. Use a broom with a stiff brush to get rid of any loose debris, taking care to get in any hidden nooks and crannies. Underneath water drains and round the edges of sheds are places where loose material such as leaves love to collect!
  3. Be sure not to remove too much of the sand and infill when brushing your block paving as this can cause the blocks to loosen and separate. Use a light touch when brushing over the sand infill wherever possible.
  4. Mix up a weak connection of warm, soapy water.  If you prefer you can pick up a recommended cleaner that is suitable for use on block paving. You can usually find them online or at any garden centre etc.
  5. Use your mixture to wash off the entirety of your block paving area, paying close attention to any particularly dirty parts, gently scrubbing with a brush or broom to remove.
  6. Once you’ve got rid of any dirty patches or stains, your block paving should be looking a lot brighter and fresher. You can then rinse well with clean, non-soapy water to remove all traces of cleaner and loose dirt to really see the difference.
  7. Once your block paving is dry you can replace any missing sand from between the block paving and don’t forget to add a weed killer to prevent the re-growth of weeds.
It’s recommended that you clean your block paving at least twice a year to ensure it stays looking as good as it did when you first had it installed. Regular cleaning will reduce the likelihood of you having to have your driveway replaced prematurely. For more helpful tips and advice from the block paving specialists, keep up to date with our blog posts. If you’re looking for a new driveway contact us at Premier Surfacing today.
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
Resin bonded driveways have become increasingly popular over the last few decades here in the UK. They were initially pioneered in the US market before making their way across the pond.

How Do They Work?

The process involves applying a coat of resin to your chosen surface and scattering loose, dried aggregates across the resin before it sets and dries. You can either use pre-coated aggregates or seal the system by applying the resin over scattered stone. Resin bonding is sometimes referred to as scatter coat, broadcast or coat system but all means the same process. What makes resin bonded driveways so popular is that they can be overlaid on almost any existing surface, and they can be applied in a range of colours and finishes to suit any property or location.

What Do They Look Like?

The finished effect is one of gravel but without any of the annoying drawbacks such as gravel moving around the driveway, causing damage to property or vehicles, or drawing lines. The resin bonding techniques create beautiful driveways and other walkways and surfaces that have relatively light traffic. Another great benefit of resin bonded driveways is their low maintenance requirements once installed.

Other Benefits of Resin Bonding

Every year, resin bonded driveways increase in popularity and with these benefits, it’s easy to see why.
  • Resin bonded driveways are one of the most cost-effective ways to create a stunning outdoor space as the materials used are relatively low cost and can be laid over existing surfaces so there are no costs associated with taking up the surface beforehand.
  • One of the main features property owners look for is durability, and with a 10 year life expectancy, UV stability and next to no maintenance, resin bonding ticks all the right boxes.
  • Permeability is a key feature of resin bonded driveways which means that water easily drains through the porous structure and you can avoid excess pooling and flooding.
  • Getting a driveway or outdoor space that matches your existing property is vital and luckily, resin bonded driveways come with so much choice! There is a wide range of colours, materials and textures to perfectly match your desired look and taste.
  • Resin bonding is one of the quickest processes to apply when it comes to driveways and your new surface will be ready in 3-5 hours for your complete convenience.
Here at Premier Surfacing, we also provide every customer with a 1-2-1 meeting to discuss the design, layout and the logistical aspects of your driveway. We have a fully trained and experienced workforce who can talk you through the whole resin bonding process. Contact us today to get started  01952 840 838.
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
If you’re thinking about using pattern imprinted concrete for your driveway, you won’t be disappointed. Here at Premier Surfacing we work in both the commercial and residential sectors and can transform your driveway into your perfect design. Here are a few reasons to opt for pattern imprinted concrete for your driveway.

Weed Free

Unlike other kinds of driveway finishes, pattern imprinted concrete significantly reduces your chances of pesky weeds popping through and ruining your finish. This will save you time, money and effort in the long run as you won't have to tackle a weed problem on the regular!

Low Maintenance Material

In fact, pattern imprinted concrete is a low maintenance option in general. Once your driveway has been put down, you barely have to do anything to keep it looking great, meaning you can spend your precious time on other things.

Adds Value to Your Property

Whether you want to sell now, in the near future or years down the line, a pattern imprinted concrete driveway can add value to your property. Which is never a bad thing! A lot of people forget about how important the exterior of their home or business is when valuing the property.

Extremely Popular

Pattern imprinted concrete is such a popular choice for driveways and with good reason. It’s beautiful, can be completely bespoke and requires minimal maintenance.

Cost Effective and Rapid Installation

There’s no laborious process of having a tip as a driveway for weeks whilst your new driveway gets put down. The installation process is incredibly quick and because of this, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg either.

Each Installation is Distinctive and Unique

Whilst pattern imprinted concrete is extremely popular, you don’t have to worry about having the exact same driveway as your neighbours. The beauty of pattern imprinted concrete is that you can do so many different things with it. With different colours and textures availables, you can make whatever pattern you want and can have a complete bespoke driveway.

Fully Trained and Accredited Staff

You can rest assured that your pattern imprinted concrete driveway will be in safe hands with the team here at Premier Surfacing. We employ only the best to deliver only the best work and expert craftsmanship.

Fully Insured

Every pattern imprinted concrete driveway we complete is fully insured to give you complete peace of mind. In the highly unlikely situation where something may go wrong, you’ll be completely covered.

Guaranteed for up to 5 years

Once your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is in place, it’s guaranteed for up to 5 years. To learn more about our pattern imprinted concrete driveways, contact the team at Premier Surfacing today.
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