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Comparing Pattern Imprinted Concrete and Block Paving

04 Sep 2020

Pattern imprinted concrete and block paving are two of the most popular choices for driveways and patios.

Cobblecrete is the leading provider of pattern concrete driveways across Wolverhampton and the surrounding villages. Here we are going to discuss the differences between these two types of driveway materials.

Pattern imprinted concrete installation begins when a suitable sub-base is laid down and then a layer of concrete is poured over the top. Your chosen colour is then applied, and while the concrete is still wet, a specific pattern is imprinted to create your desired effect.

Block paving is individual bricks or blocks that are laid down in a predetermined pattern. You are given the choice of colour and material of the bricks plus the design of the overall pattern.

7 Differences Between the Finishes

Durability – Pattern imprinted concrete will not spread or loosen because of its solid base when it is formed. Block paving is durable but over time blocks could start to spread or loosen.

Installation – Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are quicker to install than block paving. You can also cover a large area quickly whereas block paving is a more laboured process.

Maintenance – Both finishes require maintenance to ensure their longevity and stay looking well. Pattern imprinted concrete requires sealant to be re-applied every 3-5 years, whereas you will need to clean and brush block paving and be wary of weeds.

Drainage – Pattern imprinted concrete is a non-permeable option which means you need to incorporate proper drainage solutions. This is crucial to comply with garden and patio regulations. Block paving requires no additional drainage plus it is classed as a permeable option.

Repair/Access – Block paving bricks are easy to lift up and replace if access is required underneath or the bricks need repairing. With pattern imprinted concrete is can be trickier to get access underneath plus it can sometimes look disjointed afterwards.

Aesthetics – Pattern imprinted concrete offers intricate designs for your driveway that can mirror the look of block paving or Indian Stones plus it is more time and cost-effective.

Weeds – Weeds are a nuisance that can find their way into every nook and cranny. There is more chance of this happening with block paving because of the tiny gaps left between each block or brick. While those gaps are normal it does mean weeds can sneak their way in. Whilst weeds are still possible with pattern imprinted concrete they are highly unlikely. Block paving is more expensive than pattern imprinted concrete if you need to replace individual bricks.

High-Quality Driveways in Wolverhampton

Cobblecrete has 25 years of experience providing the finest quality driveways in Wolverhampton. If you would like a free no-obligation quote for a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, please contact us today.