Using Gravel in the Garden

The use of gravel in gardens has become very popular in recent years. This is largely down to a trend for low-maintenance gardens, either for buy-to-let properties or for busy homes where families want to relax in the garden rather than maintain it. Where to Use Gravel You can lay …

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Surfaces for Children’s Play Areas

Although trips and falls are an everyday part of the growth and development of children, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out of your way to make a garden unfriendly to them. On the other hand, does the compensation culture in the UK mean that we have to cover …

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Is it Worth Re-covering Tarmac?

In our article on tarmac patching we pointed out that there is no way that a patch will ever be invisible. But there is a way that patches can successfully be hidden, and that’s by putting down a new layer of bitumen or an acrylic coating on top of the …

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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

Do you have a hole in your driveway, or maybe a larger area? You might be wondering how to fix it. In this blog post we will show you how to patch up any holes and cracks in your tarmac with hot asphalt material. If you need help getting the …

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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

If you’re looking for a new driveway or patio, there are many options available that will suit your needs. This article is going to explore the different tarmac style materials and their benefits and disadvantages in order to help you make your decision. In its simplest form tarmac, also called …

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Coping With Efflorescence On Concrete Driveways

How do you cope with fflorescence on concrete driveways? The problem of efflorescence is common on many types of hard-surfaced areas where water has been allowed to sit. Any form of concrete, from bricks to paving slabs, can suffer from efflorescence. This is discolouration, or bloom, caused by salt deposits …

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