- Why are control joints cut into the driveway?
- Can the product be installed all-year round?
- How long must I stay off the new driveway?
- How strong is the concrete?
- How deep do you go down?
- Is it a messy job?
- How many colours and patterns are available?
- How do i deal with any accidental spillage's?
- Are there any dos and dont's?
- Is it true P.I.C. is the best product on the market?
- How long will my driveway last?
- How long will it take to install?
- I would like a quote for a new driveway, what do I do next?
- Is it necessary to have a skip outside my house?
- How can I pay for my drive?
- Do you do commercial work or is it just domestic?
- Does the choice of pattern and colour affect the price?
- Is P.I.C. more expensive than other products?
Why are control joints cut into the driveway?
We recommend the introduction of control joints, to allow the expansion and contraction which naturally occurs in Concrete during temperature change, the control joints absorb this movement and help to prevent the driveway from cracking. if you require no control joints some customers do please indicate before hand.
Every Control Joint is placed at what we deem to be the weakest points in the Concrete Slab we cannot be 100% accurate that they will stop the cracking, so therefore we do not guarantee against hairline or any other cracks, Concrete will crack on right angles so we will always place them at these points, and we will cut them in every 4 x 4 or 3 x 3 sqm, Depending on the size of the slab. They will then be filled with Mastic prior to sealing.
We do not get any guarantee from the concrete companies we use that the concrete used to their specifications will not crack.
Yes control joints are slightly unsightly but they are placed there for a purpose to control the cracking of the slab as it dries and shrinks.Back to top
Can the product be installed all-year round?
Yes with dry and warm conditions, the job will take between 3 - 5 days and, during winter, when it can be wet and damp, between 5 - 10 days. we will always look to the weather forecast and choose the right time for each stage of the job.Back to top
How long must I stay off the new driveway?
Between 24 - 48 hours for pedestrian traffic, 7 days for cars (weather permitting), and 48 days for heavy vehicles. We will endeavour to maintain foot access to your home at all times.Back to top
How strong is the concrete?
The concrete that we use is the strongest product that can be used for our installations and is the same strength as used on roads. All installations use concrete reinforced with fibre-mesh and air entrainment for frost protection and strength.Back to top
How deep do you go down?
The actual driveway concrete is around 4-5 inches deep and the sub-base between 4 – 5 inches. On Patios the concrete will be 3 - 4 inches.Back to top
Is it a messy job?
Yes you may experience some dust on the day the concrete is put down, however, all traces of dirt and dust are removed the following day using a pressure washer.Back to top
How many colours and patterns are available?
There are a large variety of colours, patterns and designs available and we will be happy to discuss these with you. We can offer a large portfolio of photographs, and a list of previous installations with many satisfied customers.Back to top
How do I deal with accidental spillage's?
For most spillage's including oil, washing up liquid is fine, however if it is paint or cement, or any other product please call us on 0208 402 6725 and we will advise you.Back to top
Are there any dos and don’ts?
Yes. Never at any time apply salt to your driveway in cold icy conditions, we recommend EnviroThaw it is a granular de-icer which is 90% less corrosive than rock salt, pet friendly, and causes no damage to surfaces.Key Features and Benefits: •Works at temperatures as low as -15% •Works for up to 48 hours •Acts 3 x faster than rock salt •The product is clean, leaves almost zero residue, mess or staining to surfaces •Can be dispersed by hand, with no protection required •Horse, Pet and Child friendly •Safe to use on any surface •Works on impact with snow and ice, no need to walk or drive on to activate like other products. We stock EnviroThaw in 4kg tubs and 20kg bags, which will cover areas of up to 45m2 and 225m2 respectively.Back to top
Is it true P.I.C. is the best product on the market?
Yes If you have ever visited USA or Europe you will notice the majority of the commercial work is P.I.C. because of its strength and durability and its all round superiority. mainly installed in theme parks & drive through outlets.Back to top
How long will my driveway last?
If looked after and regular reseals of the concrete surface are applied it should last a lifetime.Back to top
How long will it take to install?
In an ideal world an installation should take 7-10 days from start to finish, weather permitting, see our ‘Installation’ page for more info.Back to top
I would like a quote for a new driveway, what do I do next?
Call us on 0208 402 6725 and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.Back to top
Is it necessary to have a skip outside my house?
No – we use a ‘grab service’ to remove all debris from site on the day of excavation.Back to top
How can I pay for my drive?
We operate a 4 stage payment system (which is used by the majority of reputable installers) these payments can be made by cash or Bank Transfer, payment Breakdown will be explained to you on the day you are quoted and emailed to you along with your quote prior to work commencement.Back to top
Do you do commercial work or is it just domestic?
We do both – we have carried out work for Local Schools, Utility Companies, Insurance Companies and Builders.Back to top
Does the choice of Pattern and Colour affect the price?
Not at all – you can choose whatever Pattern and Colour you want, all of our patterns and colours come at one cost, there are no hidden extra charges.
Disclaimer The print and colour of the pictures on this web site are and cannot be held as an exact true representation to the finished product you receive, they are for guidance only.Back to top
Is P.I.C. more expensive than other products?
It can be more expensive than other products, depending on what you have done ,but the long term benefit of being virtually maintenance free far out weigh these other products.Back to top