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Pattern imprinted concrete driveways cost guide

Pattern imprinted concrete driveways aim to mimic the appearance of other driveway materials, such as textured stone or brick. They can be surprisingly realistic. Plus, you’ll have a choice of texture effects and pattern combinations to choose from.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how much pattern imprinted concrete driveways cost. This kind of driveway often works out much cheaper than getting the real thing – especially over large areas. It’s also low maintenance, very durable and easy to clean.

Once the concrete is poured, a patterned mat is applied while the surface is still wet. This ‘imprints’ your chosen pattern on top. Colour is also applied during the process, along with products to seal and protect the finished driveway.

Pattern imprinted concrete driveway cost

 Low costHigh costAverage cost
Planning permission (if needed)£150£150£150

The cost of pattern imprinted concrete driveways largely depends on the area to be covered. For example, a driveway of 40 square metres will cost around £3,750. However, this could shoot up to around £7,900 for a large driveway (100 metres square).

Labour costs for pattern imprinted concrete driveways

Over half of the cost of pattern imprinted concrete driveways is spent on labour, rather than materials. This is partly because concrete is relatively cheap. But mainly, it’s because there’s often lots of preparatory work needed before a concrete driveway can be poured. For example, checking for underground utilities, and laying drainage, sub-base materials and weed-proof membranes.

You can expect to pay between £2,625 and £5,500 for driveway specialists, depending on the size of the driveway.

concrete pattern imprinted driveway preparation

Other cost considerations

Consider planning permission before installing. This can come as a surprise, but you may potentially need permission as concrete is a non-permeable material and can affect local drainage.

If your driveway is less than five square metres, you shouldn’t need permission. But for driveways larger than this, you may need to cough up for the application fee of £150.

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Can I lay a pattern imprinted concrete driveway as a DIY project?

Use a professional installer with experience in this technique. This is because it takes some skill to get the finished effect just right. There’s also the matter of tools and equipment. For example, a professional is best placed to source the right patterned mat for imprinting onto your newly poured concrete.

How long does it take to lay a pattern imprinted concrete driveway?

In total, it should take around 5-7 days to complete the job. This is for all the preparatory work, pouring the concrete, imprinting the pattern and applying the finishing touches. However, you’ll need to leave the concrete for a minimum of 7 days before parking your car on the driveway.

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