1.The first step is to arrange a site survey to
discuss in detail your requirements. Every installation is unique so it's important we finalise a
satisfactory design plan thoroughly and with our experience we may be able to give you some
fresh ideas you haven't yet considered.
2.The next step is to arrange a convenient time for the work to commence. The
process is weather dependent so due to circumstances beyond our control there may be a slight delay
however this will be kept to a minimum.
3.The site needs to be excavated ready for the concrete installation. For most areas
we aim to do this in one day but you will be well informed if it is going to take longer than
this. The base will be prepared to the correct falls and compacted. Any drainage being channel
drains or soakaways are now installed. Once the shuttering is formed next you will envisage your
final layout which we confirm with you and amend if necessary.
4.Next is the actual installation and providing the forecast is favourable the main
stage begins. The concrete arrives in a concrete mixer lorry which is mixed on site in order to
produce the exact quanity required. The concrete is unloaded as quickly as possible using
wheelbarrows and placed evenly around the area. The concrete is packed to the correct levels and
floated. After floating the concrete is then coloured in your chosen colour. This is a dry shake
material called colour surface hardener it is cast over the area by hand and allowed to hydrate
over the surface before floating into the concrete. Any additional colour is then applied and re-
floated to ensure a uniform and durable coloured surface. A colour "antique" release agent is
then applied which serves two purposes. First is to prevent the imprinting mats from sticking to
the concrete to ensure a clean,crisp print and secondly it will be seen to impress a secondary
"antique" two tone effect to the surface of the paving. We then imprint the concrete with your
chosen pattern from our extensive range.
5.The "antique" release agent powder is now removed using a power wash until the
water runs clear.
6.Any "crack control joints" are now installed using a disc cutter with a diamond
blade. These are essential to safeguard against cracking. We cannot completely guarantee
against cracking as with any concrete structure but these joints go a long way in preventing
7.The area needs to be completely dry before we complete the process and apply the
sealant. We apply the sealant using a roller. The sealant comes in a high gloss or matt finish. We
also apply anti-slip additive where necessary.