Imprinted Driveway Installation Cost
A look at the average cost of having an imprinted concrete driveway installed. Including materials, labour and things to consider.
Costs of Installing an Imprinted Concrete Driveway.
Things to Consider When Installing an Imprinted Concrete Driveway
Imprinted concrete is a solid choice for a driveway as it ticks all the boxes; it’s durable, low maintenance, affordable and will add a dash of personal style to your home. So if you are considering a concrete imprint for your driveway, then you will need to consider a few things first, especially before hiring a specialist to come and carry out the work.
The best thing about a patterned drive would probably be the fact they are entirely customisable as there are hundreds of patterns to choose from, including the main pattern and the border and edging pattern. Along with a large number of colours to choose from as well, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are hiring a sole tradesman or a specialist company, many will have a range of their own unique patterns. You can also buy the pattern mats yourself, as it may turn out cheaper to do so.
After a number of years, some concrete surfaces do have a tendency to crack, this is due to general wear and harsh weather conditions we can sometimes experience in the UK. However, the risk of this can be reduced by adding inadequate crack control joints, which are cut into the concrete. These reduce the risk of cracks, but in the even of cracking, will guide in a direction that won’t ruin the overall appearance. Make sure when hiring a tradesman, that they are aware of this procedure and that it will be carried out correctly.
Before renovating your drive and laying down some concrete, you will need to be aware of any utility services that may be running beneath the area which you want to pave over, such as gas and water. There are a number of reasons for this, the first being if at any point in the future you or anyone else may need to gain access to these pipes or cables. Because you are essentially laying down a solid piece of concrete several square meters in size, it is going to make it impossible to reach those utilities without having to crack open the concrete. Likely leaving you with the headache of having to redo it all again. The other reason to check will be before you start an excavation of the current driveway, as you don’t want to damage anything and end up with some hefty costs on top of the project.
As concrete is not a permeable material, you will have to apply for planning permission from your local authority. Anything non-permeable and over 50m2 will need permission, anything less than this will not. If you are not sure, always check with your local council office.
Doing it Yourself
Even for an experienced DIY enthusiast, concreting a drive is a task they will probably struggle with and should probably leave to a professional. You can take on the challenge, however, you are likely to encounter some problems. For example, if you have a sloped driveway, then there is the risk of the concrete ‘puddling’ at the bottom, creating a basin which won’t allow adequate drainage. As for the concrete, for a typical sized single car driveway, you will still need a considerable amount of concrete – much more than the typical bag mix you can purchase. If you are only experienced in handling smaller quantities of concrete, or if not at all, we would recommend hiring a specialist.
What you can probably do yourself, is reseal the driveway with a sealant every few years. When installing a pattern concrete driveway, an acrylic based sealant is often laid on top very added protection. After a couple of years, this will start to wear, so it will need resealing as a form of maintenance. You can do this by purchasing an acrylic based sealant and applying it yourself. Start this by cleaning your driveway quite thoroughly, ensuring anything from dirt to grease and oil is cleaned up and your driveway is rinsed with clean water. Once completely dry, begin applying the sealant, ensuring you only use a thin layer so that it doesn’t pool in the imprinted joints. It will also be easier for thin layers to bind to the old sealant.
Imprinted Concrete Driveway Checklist
- Check for any underground utilities such as gas or water pipes before starting any work.
- Enquire with your local authority for planning permission if you're not sure.
- Choose from hundreds of patterns for your concrete driveway and a handful of colours to create a personal style.
- Imprinted concrete is low maintenance, however a sealant will need to be re-applied every few years.
- Specialist tradesmen and specialist companies will offer varying prices for the same job - be sure to shop around for the best deal.
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Newly renovated property looking to get concrete imprinting done to a large garden. Need someone as soon as possible.
Submitted by Sadia
Would require the front driveway imprinted.
Submitted by Sid
Looking for someone to convert a concrete driveway to a resin driveway roughly 15 meters long by 3 meters wide.
Submitted by Stuart
Need someone to inspect the patio.
Submitted by Rosie
Clearing front garden including small wall. Replace with imprinted driveway. Possibly putting in small fence to one side of the garden.