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Asphalt

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You see it everywhere, footpaths, roads, driveways.  It is commonly chosen for a finish for a driveway in residential settings as it is at the lower end of the price range in finishes and can be a lower maintenance option than some decorative concrete options and paving.  It is a dark colour so blends in to most settings.


Things to remember about Asphalt:

  • Even though it is flexible, it is not as hard wearing a surface like concrete.  If you have a driveway shape that would depending on your vehicle screwing its tyres, the surface will wear prematurely. This is made even more apparent in the summer months where the asphalt can heat up and become far softer.  This is a common occurrence and should be considered when selecting your finish.

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Stamped Concrete

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Stamped or imprinted concrete has been a popular finish since the 1970′s. With the large selection of colours and the growing catalogue of patterns and textures to choose from, there is a look to suit all projects. Stamped concrete is the process of colouring freshly laid concrete, then when the concrete is at the appropriate stage of hardening, a powder or liquid release agent, is applied to the surface of the concrete. It is then “stamped” using a textured and or patterned mold, which is chosen by you before work has begun. In the following days, once the concrete has hardened, one of our team will return and wash off excess release agent. The concrete is then sealed to protect and also enhance the appearance of the new concrete.


Things to remember with Stamped Concrete:

  • It does cost more than other finishes due to the extra work and products involved.
  • It does require slightly more maintenance than other finishes. Because it has the release powder on the surface, this needs to be protected by the sealer to stop the colour wearing out. On driveways, this needs to repeated every 1-3 years depending on the amount of traffic it receives

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Concrete Overlays

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A concrete overlay is a great option growing rapidly in popularity. Overlays can come I many forms but typically are a cementitious overlay used to resurface existing or new concrete.  They are a great option for an existing driveway that may have some cracking or earthquake damage but may not necessarily need the whole slab replaced.

There are many looks than can be achieved by installing these overlays from plain concrete, a tiled or paved look, add decorative borders or it can even mimic exposed aggregate.

It is also a great option for an existing property where the home may be renovated and the driveway needs a revamp too. These overlays can be used in internal applications also.

Things to remember with Coloured Concrete:

  • The concrete surface must be suitable.  Although we cannot guarantee against cracks, some cracks can be repaired and may not necessarily return, at least not to the extent where it will affect the final look of the overlay.   If the cracking is too extreme, an overlay would possibly not be suitable.
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Plain Concrete

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A concrete overlay is a great option growing rapidly in popularity. Overlays can come I many forms but typically are a cementitious overlay used to resurface existing or new concrete.  They are a great option for an existing driveway that may have some cracking or earthquake damage but may not necessarily need the whole slab replaced.

There are many looks than can be achieved by installing these overlays from plain concrete, a tiled or paved look, add decorative borders or it can even mimic exposed aggregate.

It is also a great option for an existing property where the home may be renovated and the driveway needs a revamp too. These overlays can be used in internal applications also.

Things to remember with Plain Concrete:

  • Concrete is a natural product and cures over a period of a few months. This curing does not occur evenly. It is expected that your new concrete will have a very mottled look. Some jobs much more so than others. This is far more apparent with plain and coloured concrete.
  • When plain concrete is laid it does look very bright. Over time the surface does break down and fade to grey like the old driveways and paths you see around Christchurch. There are a number of options to upgrade and colour your concrete. We recommend adding a small shot of black colour to the concrete. This can be done at a very reasonable cost and really takes the brightness away from the new slab. This can be discussed with your PM or at the time of quoting.

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Coloured Concrete

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Coloured mineral oxide powders can be added to the concrete at the batching plant and the entire mix of the concrete is coloured. This is a very long lasting finish, which is growing rapidly in popularity because it is a very hardwearing surface that will last without being sealed.

Things to remember with Coloured Concrete:

  •  It is a natural product. The concrete does look very mottled. We acid wash and seal the product, which does even the colour but the colour can change dramatically day by day. Due to concrete being very porous, it will change colour through moisture ingress from both on top and underneath the slab. For many people, this is what they find attractive about it.
  • The colour may not be exactly what you have chosen. Because the concrete is made from natural sand and stone. The concrete itself can change colour from day to day, even load to load of concrete. What you have seen in a photo or in a display should be used as a guide only. It is NOT paint. Please consider this carefully when making a decision on choosing your finish.
  • Decorative Saw cutting is a great upgrade to your coloured or plain concrete. It gives the look of large pavers without the hassle of weeds growing through and pavers moving up and down over time. Talk to your PM about your options. These are usually cut into 1m X 1m approx. squares.
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Exposed Aggregate

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Exposed Aggregate is concrete, which has the surface of the finished concrete “exposed” to reveal the aggregates in the concrete. It is very popular throughout New Zealand for its hardwearing surface and. It is especially suited to driveways and high traffic areas.

Things to remember with Exposed Aggregate: –

  • It is a natural product; therefore you always get inconsistencies within a job. The stone density, depth of
    exposure and colour of stones do vary even within small concrete slabs. This is to be expected and part of the
    reason it is so popular.
  • It is a messy job. The surface of the concrete is has a surface retardant sprayed on the concrete when the concrete is still in its plastic state, which stops the surface hardening. The following day, the surface is then
    water blasted off to reveal the aggregate. Although all care is taken, it is still a messy job. Our team do a
    thorough clean up but some mess is to be expected.
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Chip or Chip Seal

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Although these sound very similar they are quite different.

 

Chip

A Chip driveway is popular on rural properties.  The existing surface is excavated and hard fill is installed and thoroughly compacted.  A chip aggregate or your choice is then spread on the surface.  Leaving the natural look of stones.

Chip Seal
This is essentially what you will see on a typical rural road or highway.  It is a similar look to a chip surface and the preparation is very much the same.  The main difference is that tar is spread over the surface prior to laying of the chip aggregate.

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Stencilled Concrete

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A very popular look for median strips and traffic islands.

Stencilled concrete provides a very hard wearing surface that gives the look of brick or tile.

Stencilled Concrete is the process of laying a cardboard stencil pattern into freshly poured wet concrete and trowelled the stencil into the surface.

Colour Hardener is then applied (see coloured concrete) either by way of broadcasting and trowelling into the surface.  stencil is then removed to reveal the pattern of the stencil in the concrete. The concrete is sealed (see sealing) to protect and enhance the appearance of the finished work.


Things to remember with Stamped Concrete:

  • Installation of Stencilled Concrete is labour intensive so therefore is at the high end of the price range of finishes.