As a driveway / paving material concrete Imprinting is relatively new to the United Kingdom. Although saying that I think most people would be surprised to discover that concrete imprinting has been used in the UK for over 30 years and in the USA for far longer.
The absolute number one reason for this is MAINTENANCE.Concrete Imprinting driveways require very little maintenance compared to a block paving driveway.
It is extremely durable and can withstand very heavy loads, hours of parking objects been dropped on it and everyday family use.
It is very easy to clean and if it does get dirty it requires no detergents or special cleaning solutions (Average drive 50 M2 take about 20 mins to clean)
There's no doubt the true finish of concrete It looks fantastic straight after construction
It is weed free / resistant to moss because there are less permeable areas for seeds to infiltrate
It will never sink, thanks to the build and structure of the foundation work
It is resistant to oil staining
There is a massive colour and pattern range to choose from
And last but by no means least..... Contrary to popular belief, It is less expensive to install than most good quality block paviors (Approximately the same price as standard block paving)
We have also found that in the last 5 years or so that lots of people are using imprinted concrete for patios in gardens / replacing decking with imprinted decking and using imprint for areas to carry heavy loads such as hot tubs, saunas and summer houses. We have also found that concrete imprinting has become popular in gardens because of the greatly reduced maintenance required compared to products in a similar price range. (As well as all the other benefits listed above)
I have been in the Landscape industry for over 30 yrs and in my opinion there is no better product than imprinted concrete to put on a driveway and as far as patios paths ect concrete imprinting is a fantastic new alternative to the more traditional materials within the same budget.
Lastly and as with all construction but especially with concrete imprinting (caveat emptor / let the buyer beware). Concrete Imprinting is a specialist job and takes years to master. It needs to be installed correctly first time because once its laid its laid. I advise you take some time to read our construction specification, do some homework and drop us a line for a free no obligation quotation.