No. Once you're happy to proceed, we'll begin working on your driveway or landscaping. Payment will only be asked for once the job is complete.
No. All quotes are provided free of charge as a matter of courtesy. Quotations are valid for 30 days, but if you need a requote, again this is a free service.
If the weather remains dry and you have a fairly typical sized driveway, it will usually take no more than a week! However, if there is rain, the driveway is particularly large or the ground presents challenges then it could take longer. We will always keep you informed regarding any impact on the anticipated completion date.
All of our driveways come with a 6 year guarantee.
Tarmac uses materials from the oil industry. The cost, therefore of this material will change based on current oil prices. The price will also depend on the number of tarmac layers i.e. laying over an existing base or a new base foundation, the expanse of driveway to be laid and the type of finish you require such as curbing and sealants.
All new driveways are treated before hand to weed killer. If done correctly by a reputable firm, this should keep your driveway free of any weeds for years. However, some contractors do not treat effectively for weeds, at the time of laying the sub base, therefore weeds can and do occur. Our guarantee is your peace of mind, knowing your driveway will have been laid to a high standard.
For tarmac and concrete, you should leave it at least 24hrs and more if the weather is particularly warm. This is to allow the drive to solidify and harden properly. With blocks, usually we recommend waiting 24hrs to allow settling, but this is a guide, more than a rule.
Yes, assuming the existing drive is free from damage and has not sunk or have raised areas. Our advice would always be to lay the driveway on fresh, properly excavated and treated hardcore. That way your drive should last longer with no movement.
Damage can be repaired in some cases, for example, if something has accidentally dug in and ripped into the tarmac. Or if the surface has started to become graveled. If you have small sink holes or raised areas, this is a sign that your driveway contractor did not compact or treat the ground properly. In these cases a repair may be possible but it will leave your driveway with a patch and the area to be repaired will have to be larger than the problem area itself, to allow for proper compacting and binding. Our advice would always be to replace a driveway that has ripples, sink holes or lumps in.
For tarmac, you can clean it, but you should avoid using high powered pressure washer as these can eat away at the resin that binds the stones. Ideally, wash with a driveway cleaning agent, some warm water and a soft outdoor brush. Then lightly hose down to wash the detergent away. For block paving, it's a similar process, however you can use a pressure washer. We would also recommend you periodically using weedkiller and then brushing a fresh fine sand over the driveway into the blocks to further prevent the risk of weed growth.
We are happy to accept most payment methods such as cash, to electronic payments. We don't operate card machines so usually we ask for a BACs or electronic transfer.
Nothing in life is totally maintenance free but as far as paving is concerned our pattern imprinted concrete is as close as it gets. The colour hardeners dramatically reduce the effects of wear through usage. The solvent based acrylic lacquer does not allow the growth of moss or algae and it also prevents the ingress of dirt and stains. It can be power washed if extremely dirty however the occasional sweep off or rinse with a detergent is the most it will require. The key to keeping your stamped concrete in good condition is to get it cleaned and resealed occasionally. The frequency of this depends mainly on the type of use it gets but as an average anywhere between 4 and 10 years is the norm for a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
As a rule you shouldn't need planning permission for replacing or creating a driveway. There are however, regulations in place that require any surface water from rain or washing, to be contained on the owners property. This is easily covered by ensuring that there is sufficent soak away, run off or drainage to allow for this.
Yes, we have various pattern stamps for concrete so you can choose. We also have the ability to acquire more pattern stamps if you want something we don't have in stock.
Thank you for the great job on our driveway.Mr Benn, Sheffield
Brilliant work on our garden wall.Mr Smith, Leeds
Our new driveway looks superb. Thanks a millionMr Jones, Mansfield