Hello! Is your garden looking a little run down? My name is Jackie and on this new blog, I will be passing on everything I know about how different paving solutions can make your garden look great. Although I am not a professional, my interest in paving began two years ago when I decided to help a friend who was carrying out renovation work on her home. As part of the work, I organised for paving contractors to come in and lay a new garden path. I was so impressed, I hired the same people to work on my home and I decided to learn all I could about the topic.
Driveways aren't the most glamourous part of your home's exterior but they are an important feature that's used on a daily basis. Your driveway may be a functional feature but it also makes a significant contribution to the overall look and street appeal of your home. Depending on the state of the driveway, this may not necessarily be a positive contribution.
If you have an old and unattractive concrete driveway that is in a state of disrepair, you'll be pleased to know that there is a fast, easy and cost-effective solution available. Texture coating, a spray on material similar to render, which can transform your driveway and dramatically enhance the facade of your home. Here are the three steps you'll need to take.
1. Find a contractor and product
While it's possible to buy texture coating and attempt some DIY, for a professional and flawless finish it's wise to use a specialist contractor. Find one who has plenty of experience in this type of application and a proven track record with expert skills and knowledge.
It's also important to make sure that the contractor is using the best quality texture coating materials. Products that use a pure acrylic binding agent will provide more protection from UV rays, weather damage, chemical damage and wear and tear than a product that uses a modified binder or polymer fillers.
2. Choose the desired finish
One of the major attractions of texture coating your driveway is the enormous selection of colours, textures and finishes that you can choose from. The one you decide on will depend largely on your personal taste and the style of your home.
Texture coating can recreate the stunning natural look of stone, sand and marble. It can also mimic the texture of these natural materials while still providing a hardy and non-porous surface. For a unique and dazzling look, polished river stones, pieces of coloured glass or marble chips can be added to the mixture.
3. Prepare your driveway
Even the most battered, stained and ancient concrete will benefit from a texture coating treatment. Whatever the condition, your driveway will require a thorough cleaning to remove dirt, dust and debris that may prevent optimal bonding or create blemishes on the finished surfaces.
Older concrete that is cracked or crumbling will need to be repaired before the texture coating is applied for the best results. Your texture coating concrete can carry out these repairs for you prior to application of the texture coating.Share
3 August 2017