How to Repair a Petrol Damaged Tarmac Driveway

People who regularly tinker with cars, motorcycles or other mechanical devices at home will be familiar with the problems caused by spilt petrol. On concrete drives it’s just a case of mopping it up (see Removing Stains From Concrete Drives), which is why you’ll see concrete rather than tarmac used …

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Tools for Laying Concrete

If you’re making a drive yourself, the tools you need will depend to some extend on the type of driveway material you are using. And as a lot of the work is basic digging and foundation laying (see Excavating For A Driveway), before you get to the surface part, many …

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Patterned and Textured Concrete

Many of the driveways seen today that look like flagstones, intricate paving designs or block paving are pattern imprinted concrete (PIC). This is where a Concrete Driveway is laid down then a series of patterned moulds are laid over it while it sets, giving a passable imitation of many different …

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Using Mowing Strips With Driveways

A mowing strip is often employed alongside a driveway to separate flower beds from lawns or different areas of the garden, although they are perhaps more common in gardens. Reasons For Laying A Mowing Strip A mowing strip is like a very narrow path, although it’s not intended for anyone …

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Putting Expansion Joints In Concrete Drives

A lot of people reading this will be thinking, “What, joints in concrete? Doesn’t concrete just get poured out?” They’ll be right, to an extent, but if you remember any really large, flat Concrete Surface you’ve seen, there will have been black lines across it every so often. Yes, those …

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Repair and Maintenance of Concrete Drives and Paths

Concrete driveways are heralded as being maintenance-free, but it’s still worth taking a look over them once in a while. Dirt build up will eventually allow moss, then weeds, to get a foothold. Over time, concrete driveways can crack and the edges can crumble if vehicles drive over the edges …

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Edging for Concrete Drives

Most people pick a concrete drive because it’s relative quick to lay, and once it’s down you can forget about it. But it’s important to make sure that there is proper edging along the drive or it can deteriorate quite quickly. The stresses on a driveway are quite severe. As …

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Edging for Tarmac Drives

A tarmac drive isn’t the cheapest form of driveway but it must have a proper edging to protect that investment. Without it, the edges of the driveway will crumble away. Water will get in under the fabric of the top dressing and eat away at the foundation layers. Arrangements With …

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Plant Patching to Disguise Broken Paths

Whether you’ve just moved house and inherited a bit of outdoor neglect, or you’ve simply been in your present home so long that the passage of time has taken its inevitable toll, sooner or later most of us come up against what you could call the ‘part damaged drive dilemma’. …

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