With summer now upon us, many homeowners are looking at their driveways, patios and other paved areas with a view to realising improvements.
For some, it might be case of breathing new life into an old concrete surface where time, traffic and the good old British weather may have taken their toll.
For others, it could be a desire to realise something more creative such as a picture, a pattern or another design feature, possibly inspired by the numerous interior design and gardening programmes now on TV.
Whatever the motivation, there are different ways of achieving the same goal.
Paint. Best known but is it best suited?
Paint is a widely used solution for colouring or recolouring concrete surfaces in the UK. But just because it’s a common choice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice.
Certainly paint has its attractions. It’s cost-effective for a start both in terms of product pricing and the labour costs needed to install it.
In fact, paints tend to be fairly low odour and fairly low in their use of hazardous chemicals meaning they can be applied by the untrained user.
Paint also comes in an enormous range of colours and those colours are usually predictable. Putting that another way, the colour you see in the tin is the colour you’ll end up with on your driveway, patio or paved area.
Paint does have its drawbacks however. These stem largely from the fact that paint doesn’t permeate the substrate it’s being applied to. Instead it adheres to its surface.
As a result, paint can be prone to cracking, peeling and flaking. It can also fade over time.
Plus, while paint can be used for some detailing type applications, there are other alternatives out there better suited to the task.