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Concrete is a popular driveway surfacing material. It’s suited to any size or form of driveway. Many people install concrete driveways because they’re durable. If a concrete driveway is laid and looked after accurately, it can last for at least 30 years. Cement driveways are also relatively low maintenance. Many professionals advise that you coat your concrete in a sealer. This isn’t essential, but it will keep carefully the driveway in good condition and prolong its life. This sealer is simple to apply and needs reapplying about once every two years, or whenever the driveway begins showing symptoms of deterioration. Concrete driveways also need periodic washing and sweeping. Cement driveways are also popular because they can be customised. Different dyes can be found to change the colour of concrete to match its surroundings. Cement can even be used to make routine imprinted driveways, which are often unique and attractive. Concrete driveways do have downsides. They are prone to cracking, particularly when it’s scorching or cool or they’re under extreme pressure. Cracks in concrete are difficult to repair. Although they can be packed in, this often leaves a driveway looking patchy and mismatched. The ultimate way to repair a concrete driveway is to replace it, which may be expensive.
How much your concrete driveway or patio project will cost you depends on the size it will be and where itâs located. It also depends on the professional you hire to help you. However, generally speaking, the regular price for a concrete driveway or patio is £1,750.
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Nantwich is a market town and civil parish in the Borough of Cheshire East and the county of Cheshire, England. It lies on the Cheshire Plain, on the shores of the River Weaver. The Shropshire Union Canal flows through to the west of the town on an embankment, transversing the A534 by using an iron aqueduct, with the basin being a popular mooring for visitors to the town. Nantwich is about 4 miles south-west of Crewe and 20 miles south-east of Chester. According to the 2011 census, Nantwich has a permanent population of about 17424 and is host to a wide range of various events held across the year. The International Cheese Awards are completed in Nantwich as a part of Nantwich Show, which is an annual agricultural showcase held at the Dorfold Hall estate in July. The 83000 square foot marquee that contains the awards has had up to 4425 separate cheese entries from at the very least 26 countries. Another popular event involving food is the annual Nantwich Food Festival, which occurs in the town centre over the first weekend in September. Regenerated as a free-entry fair in 2010, the fair draws plenty of artisan producers from both the area and further afield, and delivers chef presentations, family activities and entertainment. It attracts about 30000 visitors a year. The town is known for having the largest collection of historical structures in the county. Many of the listed buildings can be found in the town centre, set within the 38 hectares (94 acres) of conservation area, which mainly follows the boundaries of the late medieval and early post-medieval town. For all your home upgrades, make sure to make use of reliable professionals in Nantwich to make certain of quality.
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Cracks on your concrete driveway can look scruffy and unsightly. They can also lead to further damage, as moisture can get into the cracks and make them worse. So, it’s important to seal the cracks as soon as you can.
Start by cleaning the area and removing any loose materials. This will help any new materials you introduce to bond with your existing driveway. Then use concrete caulking or sealer to fill in the cracks. You’ll need to use a trowel to push the filler firmly into the crack.
Once you’ve filled in the crack, make sure you consult the product instructions and leave it for the amount of time specified before using your concrete driveway again.
A big benefit to concrete is that you can paint it, making it easy to customise and coordinate with your outside area. However, it’s easy to resurface it too, so if you change your mind or inherit a patio that’s the wrong colour, you don’t need to worry.
Start by cleaning the surface with water and a brush. If you come up against any tough stains, you might need to use a detergent and water mix to remove them. Then you can prepare your resurfacer.
Generally, it’s best to apply resurfacer to a moist surface, although make sure you follow the instructions on the specific product you buy. You’ll need to mix the resurfacer with water, then pour and spread it on with a trowel or brush. You might need to apply multiple coats, and can add texture if you want to make the surface more grippy.
Ensure you protect any expansion joints in your patio with duct tape or weather stripping to stop the resurfacer from filling them in. You can also add a colour agent to your resurfacer before you apply it if you’d like to customise the colour.
Patios are suitable for many gardens. If you do not have a flat area already, consider having some landscaping work done to create one. If your garden is on a very extreme slope, you could have a multi-layered (terraced) patio with steps between each layer. Ask for advice and get quotes if you're not sure.
Whether you’re going to hire a professional to create your concrete driveway or are trying DIY, it’s a good idea to know how to create one.
Firstly, make sure you’ve thought carefully about the size and location of your driveway, and mark it out with pegs and string. Then, you’ll need to dig out the area. Ideally this should be about 20cm deep – 10cm for the subbase and 10cm for the concrete layer. Make sure this is level and compress both the soil and the subbase with a compactor if needed.
Then, you’ll need to assemble the formwork for your driveway. These are pegged out planks of wood or metal that support the edges of your driveway while it’s setting. If your driveway is more than 4 metres long, you’ll also need to create control joints to allow the concrete to settle without cracking.
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to pour on the concrete. You’ll need to level it and ideally give it some texture so the surface has some grip. Cover your concrete driveway with plastic sheeting when you’re happy with the finish and leave it to set. Make sure you don’t walk or drive on it until it’s completely set – this usually takes 3-10 days. Then, you can remove the framework and enjoy your new driveway.
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