7 Best Driveway Gates

Improving the curb appeal of the home is something that we are all keen to do. Perfectly manicured lawns, potted plants, garden ornaments and solar lights are all viable ways of achieving this but a driveway gate can give the exterior or your home an executive feel. Not only this …

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Patching Concrete Drives

Patching concrete drives is not for the faint-hearted. It’s best to start in the knowledge that the patch is never going to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the drive, and that it will always look like a patch. With this in mind, you need to be sure it’s …

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How to Patch a Hole in your Tarmac

It’s a sad fact that a patch in tarmac, like many other drive surfaces that are laid wet, will almost certainly show whatever you do. But there are a number of methods available, and it’s certainly cheaper than Relaying The Whole Surface. Pre-Mixed Tarmac For Smaller Holes For patching small …

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Removing Stains from Concrete

Stains in concrete are notoriously difficult to remove and, as patching is rarely successful in the looks department, the best option might be to wait for time and the natural action of the sun and rain to dull the visual impact of the stain. Having said that, we will cover …

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Types of Concrete for Driveways & Patios

Plain poured concrete has, for decades, been one of the cheapest ways of laying down a hard surface such as a driveway, but there’s no denying that it looks cheap, too. There are a number of products around that can improve the looks, but first of all let’s look at …

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Laying Concrete on Your Drive or Patio

Laying a concrete driveway is a job that householders often take on as a DIY task, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a good, long-lasting job, as long as you take care in the preparation and the laying. Unless you have a very long drive, it’s likely that …

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Tarmac Options for Your Driveway or Patio

Tarmac is generally considered to be the cheapest method of laying a hard surface. But it’s a time-consuming job which requires specialist tools, machinery and, not least, knowledge. This means that it only becomes the cheapest method once the driveway is up to a suitable size, where the economies of …

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The Art of Laying Tarmac

In our overview article about tarmac laying, we discussed the fact that it’s not really a job for the ordinary handyman. This is because of the skill level required, the expense of getting in the specialist machinery, and knowing how to use it (see Tarmac Options For Your Driveway Or …

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Choosing Hard Patio Materials

If you’ve decided that a hard patio surface is right for you, then your choices are down to material, size, colour, texture, and cost. There’s a wide range of stone, clay or concrete paving available for patios. For this article we’re going to assume that wet laid surfaces, such as …

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