Whilst being ‘in vogue’ for a number of years, imprinted concrete is now becoming far less popular with consumers for driveways paving due to the resulting problems with performance, upkeep and safety.
Like any concrete surface, the imprinted concrete finish is prone to cracking which can have a devastating effect on its intended aesthetics. Additionally, the surface will need on-going coatings to retain the false paving appearance and, in order to prevent a ‘patchy’ finish, the entire area will need re-coating, whether it needs it or not, which just increases the maintenance costs.
Prone to surface spalling, through freeze/thaw and the use of de-icing salts, imprinted concrete can have a very slippery finish and is fairly impractical on gradients or areas where anti slip/skid properties are required.
- Prone to surface cracking
- Requires on-going coatings
- Susceptible to winter damage
- Can be extremely slippery
- Typical cost of £95.00 m2
Resin Bonded Stone Driveway
- Resistant to thermal movement
- No refurbish maintenance required
- Unaffected by freeze/thaw or salts
- Excellent anti slip/skid properties
- Costs £28.00 to £36.00 m2