Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway Cost Guide 2024

What is pattern imprinted concrete?

Pattern Imprinted Concrete – or PIC for short,  is a new innovation for those looking at residential driveways. It’s not about using individual blocks, but rather pouring down some concrete onto tiles that give the desired surface patterned finish. The most common imprinting technique is to use a stencil, but other methods such as stamping or roller imprinting are also used. Imprinted concrete is often used to imitate other materials such as brick, stone, or tarmac. This method can also be used to create interesting and unique patterns or designs.

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What are the advantages of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway?

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There are many advantages to having a pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the kerb appeal it can add to your home. A well-designed and installed driveway can really make your house stand out from the rest on the block.

In addition to kerb appeal, a pattern imprinted concrete driveway can also add value to your home. If you ever decide to sell, potential buyers will be impressed by the quality of your driveway and be willing to pay more for your home as a result.

Another great advantage of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway is that it is extremely hard wearing and low maintenance. Once it is installed, you won’t have to worry about cracks or chips developing over time. And, if it does get stained, it is easy to clean with a power washer or garden hose.

If you are looking for a driveway that will add kerb appeal and value to your home, pattern imprinted concrete is the way to go. It is durable, low maintenance, and easy to clean with a smooth finished surface, everything you could want in a driveway. 

What are the disadvantages of a pattern imprinted concrete (PIC) driveway?

There are several disadvantages of having a pattern imprinted concrete driveway. One disadvantage is that the concrete can crack over time. Cracks can be caused by weather changes, ground movement, or tree roots growing underneath the concrete. If the cracks are not repaired, they can cause trip hazards and allow water to seep into the cracks and freeze, which can expand the cracks and cause even more damage. Another disadvantage of pattern imprinted concrete driveways is that they can be difficult to clean. Stains can be difficult to remove, and dirt and debris can build up in the crevices of the concrete.

Pressure washing can help to remove some of the dirt and debris, but it can also damage the concrete if it is not done correctly. Over time, the concrete can also start to fade and lose its colour. This can be especially true if the concrete is exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.

If you are considering a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a final decision. While they have some disadvantages, they can also be a beautiful addition to your home. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years.

How much does a pattern imprinted concrete driveway cost?

The cost of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway will vary depending on the size and complexity of the design, as well as the materials used. However, as a general guide, you can expect to pay between £30 and £60 per square metre for a basic design. If you want something more elaborate, such as a detailed pattern or multiple colours, then the price will increase accordingly. Overall, pattern imprinted concrete driveways are a very cost-effective way to improve the look of your home and are a vast improvement on traditional concrete driveways.

Factors affecting the cost of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway cost?

There are many factors that affect the cost of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, including the type of concrete used, the shape of the driveway, and the size of the driveway.

The type of concrete used can impact the price by as much as 30%. The most common type of concrete used for driveways is stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is made by pouring concrete into a mold and then stamping it with a design. This type of concrete is less expensive than other types of concrete, such as poured concrete or brick pavers.

The shape of the driveway also affects the cost. A simple, straight driveway will be less expensive than a driveway with a lot of curves or a circular driveway. The size of the driveway is another factor that will affect the cost. A small driveway will obviously be less expensive than a large driveway.

The location of the driveway is another factor that can affect the cost. If the driveway is in an area that is difficult to access, it will be more expensive to install than a driveway that is in a more convenient location.

The complexity of the pattern can also affect the cost. A more complex pattern will be more expensive than a simpler pattern.

The condition of the existing space can also affect the cost. If the ground is uneven or there are obstacles in the way, it will be more expensive to install the driveway than if the ground is level and there are no obstacles.

How long does an imprinted concrete driveway last?

Imprinted concrete is a type of decorative concrete that can add beauty and value to your home. With proper care and maintenance, imprinted concrete can last for decades.

 Here are a few tips to help you keep your imprinted concrete looking its best:

Clean The Surface

Sweep or blow leaves and other debris off the surface on a regular basis.

Avoid Chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners, as these can damage the concrete.

Apply Sealer

If you live in an area with freezing winters, be sure to apply a sealer before the first frost. This will help prevent cracking and other damage from the freeze-thaw cycle.

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Imprinted concrete vs paving

When it comes to landscaping, there are a wide variety of choices available for covering hard surfaces, two of the most popular options are imprinted concrete and paving. Both have their advantages, but many homeowners find that imprinted concrete is the better choice. One reason being that imprinted concrete is more durable than paving. It is less likely to crack or chip, and it can withstand heavy traffic without showing signs of wear.

In addition, imprinted concrete is less susceptible to staining, making it easy to keep your outdoor spaces looking clean and inviting. Imprinted concrete is also available in a wide range of colours and patterns, giving you the ability to create a unique look for your home.

How is imprinted concrete laid?

Imprinted concrete is created by imprinting a pattern into wet ready mix concrete, before it dries. The process of laying imprinted concrete is similar to that of laying tarmac or gravel.

First, a base layer of ready mixed concrete is poured onto a sub base around the crack control joints and smoothed out.

Then, a color-coordinated resin is spread over the surface and a colour hardener added. Once the resin dries, the desired imprint is made using a special stamping tool.

Finally, the imprinted concrete is sealed with a clear coating to protect it from weathering and staining.

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Does imprinted concrete crack?

Imprinted concrete is usually much less likely to crack than other types of paving such as tarmac or resin. In addition, imprinted concrete is often easier to repair than other types of paving. 

The main reason imprinted concrete can crack is that the imprinted design creates a shallower surface than smooth concrete, making it more susceptible to damage from freeze-thaw cycles and tree roots. In addition, imprinted concrete can be made weaker by using lower-quality materials or incorrect installation methods.

However, when imprinted concrete is made correctly, it can be an incredibly tough and long-lasting paving material ideal.

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