What are textured driveways?

Our concreters produce textured driveways by finishing the concrete with a decorative surface. We use various methods that mark patterns into the concrete or apply patterns on top before the concrete is cured. You can have this done for new driveways. However we can also incorporate texturing into refurbishing of existing concrete. Compared with individual pavers, one of the great advantages of textured finish is that it is faster and less costly. Furthermore any surface you choose can be sealed to make it slip-resistant, colour-fast, durable and easy to clean.

What are the uses for textured finish?

If you are installing a driveway on a business premises, have you considered putting your logo on your driveway? Your visitors will see your driveway first. Hence they are impressed by your logo right away. Otherwise you can use texturing and colours on your driveway to make a statement that reflects your business theme and style.

If you are a residential home owner you may not be aware of all the fun you can have designing patterns on your driveway! You can complement your buildings and landscaping with textured driveways. Your choice of colours and styles is almost as wide as you can imagine. For example, you can either texture the driveway and leave a smooth border, or vice versa. Or you can have the texturing done in contrasting sections. We can do this with two or more colours, or using just one colour with different textures.

What textured finishes are available?

We invite you to have a look at these texturing methods below. Note that with each one, considerable variations in method are possible, therefore producing the final appearance.

Spray-on paving

You can achieve the look and colour of various sorts of cobblestone, slate, stone, tiles or bricks with spray-on paving. Our tradesmen spray a layer of coloured cement-like materials onto plain concrete. In addition they can spray it through stencils - see below.

Stenciling

For stenciling the material we use is a coloured hardener based on cement. We apply it using a stencil to outline patterns that leave the base colour in between. We can apply it to look like bricks (eg red terra cotta look with creamy joins), tiles or paving of various types (eg octagons, hexagons, French pattern, etc). Furthermore you can use this method to create mosaics, emblems, and other interesting works of art on your driveway.

Stamping

As its name suggests, we do stamping with geometric shaped stamps that are laid on the damp concrete. The stamps leave impressions like pavers in whatever pattern you've chosen. You have a wide choice of patterns that look like tiles, straight or curving bricks, crazy-stone, cobblestone, and more complex geometrics.

Brooming

We sweep over concrete with a fibre broom that roughens the damp surface in the desired pattern before it sets. You can have straight, waving, zig zag, criss-cross, checkered, spirals, tile-look, etc, textured patterns. An easy way to add interest to otherwise plain concrete.

Tining

Tining is like brooming but with a metal-pronged rake. This leaves a stronger, deeper impression, which is great for an anti-slip surface.

Dragging

In this case, we drag a tool with chains attached across the wet concrete surface. It produces lines and grooves of variable widths. Thus it's different from brooming and tining.

Wood floating

Our concreters use a flat wooden tool to smooth over the surface of concrete. However we can also sweep it around to produce subtle textures that depend on how the float is moved. You'll find it's a lovely look for level, relatively dry areas where slipperiness is not an issue.

Safety

You can use the finishes on your textured driveways to improve grip and safety while still looking great. Safety is especially a factor on steep driveways or areas that are frequently wet. For these purposes, we suggest rough aggregate or cut designs made by stencilling, coarse brooming, tining or dragging. However if the concrete is in an area where people walk barefoot such as near swimming pools, use pebblecrete, wood floating or light brooming. Thus the texture is not too uncomfortable for the feet! Leave smooth aggregate or stamped patterns for level, relatively dry surfaces.

In conclusion

You can combine any of these styles for textured driveways, plus add colour. For example you could use coloured, combed concrete for the main area, and uncoloured smooth borders. Or brick-look borders, or create a mosaic. Use sections of exposed aggregate as features or borders too. Call us and discuss your dreams - let's see what we can create together!