PATTERN IMPRINTED CONCRETE SUPPLIES LTD
RED SHUTE HILL IND ESTATE
BERKSHIRE RG18 9QL
Tel: 01635 202224
Fax: 01635 202230
Suppliers of: Paving Systems available for Specification including; Pattern Imprinted Concrete Paving, Imprinted Walling, Concrete Sealers, Asphalt Restorers, Resin Bound & Bonded Surfacing
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Supplies Ltd supply a wide range of materials and products and training for concrete imprinting for both paving and walling in the UK and for world-wide export. PICS provide a real alternative to both block paving, natural stone and resin bonded paving and wall systems. PICS have also recently acquired Hatcrete adding the ColourMix & AdColour Product Ranges to its portfolio.
PICS & Hatcrete Main Product Applications Include:
PICSPAVE is a system designed to create the aesthetic value and feel of natural stone, slate, cobble, tile, brick or wood. Available in over 100 designs and colour combinations, PICSPAVE will suit any application, Commercial, Industrial or Domestic.
- Colour: Available in over 100 designs and colour combinations
- Release Agent: Allows easy release of PICSPAVE Textured Imprinting Mats from the wet surface of concrete after application
- Sealers: a range of acrylic sealers for pattern imprinted concrete surfaces
- Imprinting Mats: PICS sell or hire the widest range of top quality Matcrete & Proline imprinting mats
- Tools: PICS supply a wide range of Kraft and ancillary concrete tools to the pattern imprinted market
- Preparation: a range of drainage channels, manhole covers, mortars, tarmac repair products
- Training: PICS offers training for all installations
Manufacture and supply of specialist materials used in large commercial flooring projects.
- Colourmix: Integral colour for concrete that has superseded traditional concrete dyes and pigments
- HATCRETE® Adcolour: Colouring additive for cementitious materials providing streak free colour
- Water based Cure & Seal: A transparent, acrylic polymer resin providing a hard wearing sealing solution
- Solvent based Cure & Seal: A high solids, high performance sealer suitable for heavily trafficked areas
- Industrial Quartz: Colour Hardener designed for heavy duty, decorative flooring applications
Recreating the appearance of natural stone, brick or rock walling from days gone by.
- WALLCRETE Render: Advanced lightweight render, which contains a bonding agent to enable simple mixing with water
- WALLCRETE imprinting mats: Replicate a variety of natural stone textures and finishes
- WALLCRETE textured finish skin mats: offering installers benefits in speed of installation
- Wall liquid release agent: Sprayable liquid for ensuring effective and simple imprinting of the WALLCRETE mats
- Wall Seal: Designed to protect the WALLCRETE surface from the elements, and enhance the natural colour
- Wall Stain: An extra strength stain, which creates a low sheen natural appearance on Wallcrete surfaces
- Wall pigment: A range of colours are available to be added to WALLCRETE as an integral colour
- Tools: PICS provide a range of mixing, carving and finishing tools to aid the WALLCRETE installer
- PICSEAL Domestic Paving Sealer was developed by PICS in 1993 to combat the constant problems of staining and weed growth and to enhance the colour and aesthetic appeal.
- PERMASEAL Commercial Paving Sealant is our water-based sealer and is suitable only in very specific situations, normally for large areas such as supermarket carparks, pedestrian walkways etc.
- PICSCOAT is our own brand heavy duty commercial quality Tarmac restoration and Asphalt refurbishment product. Surfaces that have become faded, worn and shabby are transformed to “good as new” with a single application.
- PICSBOND is a resin bound or bonded thin overlay system using durable polyurethane resin combined with natural aggregates, to produce an attractive surface dressing suitable for roads, car parks, ramps and pedestrian areas.
PICS manufacture a wide range of solvent and water based sealing and curing solutions across all sectors. Whether sealing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or curing a power floated industrial floor, there is a quality sealing solution for your specific application.
- Pattern Imprinted Concrete / Decorative Concrete Sealers
- Commercial Block Paving Sealers
- Driveway Refurbishment Sealers
- Industrial Flooring Sealers
- Decorative Walling Sealers
Further information along with technical data and useful resources can be found on the Pattern Imprinted Concrete Supplies web site.
PICSBLOOM – New Product Alert
PICSBLOOM is a ready to use product designed to resolve blooming issues in solvent based sealers.
Good design and workmanship – The Golden Trowel Awards
This article was first published in the September edition of Concrete Society magazine.
For the 14th time, the judging panel for The Golden Trowel Awards reviewed a raft of entries from the decorative concrete industry and awarded the best entries with a coveted Golden Trowel trophy. The competition continues to grow, as does the use of decorative concrete for both domestic and commercial projects. John Grant of PICS reports.
The scope and scale of projects entered into the 2019 Awards demonstrates the increase in the volume of concrete being used within the decorative concrete sector since the first competition 13 years ago. We have seen a core of 13 offering examples of their decorative concrete work over many years, but first-time entrants continue to grow, including one of this year’s winners, Swan Builders & Driveways of Stranraer.
One of the most striking features of this year’s photographic competition was the ever-improving quality of the images provided. This is partly due to the nature of the categories now being judged. Commercial projects are typically complete and fully furnished, showing the decorative concrete in its working environment. Contrast this with domestic driveway and patio photographs, where the landscape often needs to be completed by the client after the concrete work has been installed. Despite this reality for decorative concrete installers, many do return to projects later to photograph their work with the landscaping softening the harsh nature of the ‘just constructed’ product. Taking greater effort and time to compose photographs often makes them stand out among the many entries, making the judges’ choices easier.
The 2019 judging panel consisted of two representatives from current installation teams, both Golden Trowel winners from 2018, namely Martin Dolníček from Condecor in the Czech Republic and Sean Martin from Somcrete in Leicester, who were ably assisted by Ray Vidal of Allcrete/PICS Ireland, alongside PICS technical manager, ‘Dr Concrete’, John Linley. The Concrete Society was represented by its technical manager Richard Day and long-standing member Graham True.
For the first time the judging panel included a professional photographer, in the shape of Sean Finch, who was observing from a non-technical perspective and comments, “The overall competition was great with some incredible artistic design work and some really top-quality finishes. The pictures submitted were a real mix and there were some really well-taken photos with some good compositions and light.” James May from PICS was available to offer more detail and information on the industrial flooring and polished concrete applications featured.
We always welcome additional judges from the ready-mixed concrete and decorative concrete sector, so if you are interested in attending as a judge for next year’s competition, do let us know.
Graham True says,“Some believe in ‘truth to materials’ and wish concrete to be left as cast, unpainted and celebrated in its unadulterated as-cast state. While this is the ideal for some, we are dealing here with decorative concrete, which allows colour and texture to be applied and imposed. However, there is another widely held virtue that ‘simplest is best’, which does seem more than appropriate in this decorative concrete context. When the votes for this year’s entries were counted, so many for the same entries confirmed a general acceptance of what is considered good design and workmanship.” Throughout the years of the Golden Trowel Awards, judging the images provided by the decorative concrete industry has become more challenging as the overall standard of the images and projects has increased. The stand-out images of previous years are now the norm, as better cameras and the growing need for images on social media platforms improve the awareness of the attributes of a ‘good photo’. Judging has become that much harder.
John Linley remarks,“What a varied selection of internal and external domestic and commercial projects! Driveway and patio areas, an upmarket restaurant, a public seafront terrace, a fast food drive-thru lane, a zoo, a theme park, an office foyer, a kitchen and a very sophisticated skate park – all using varying techniques such as power- trowelled, polished and pattern-imprinted concrete, with a some great examples of vertical decorative render too. What can be done with decorative concrete and renders and where those products can be used has certainly been showcased this year. Well done to the winners and the entries that didn’t get a mention, despite the high quality of much of the work entered.”
Sean Martin, who was judging for the first time, said, “For me it was a real eye-opener with regard to the amount of imagination and skill displayed from the installers and contractors, not only from a UK domestic perspective but also I have to say that some of the commercial and international work that was viewed was very impressive. It just goes to show how attractive and versatile concrete can be. For us at Somcrete, it’s given us much food for thought. Some of the entries have really broadened my imagination and I’m sure will also excite others too.”
Our thanks to The Concrete Society for its continued support for the Golden Trowel, including hosting the judging meeting and to Richard Day who comments, “We are pleased to facilitate this competition and publish the results in Concrete. The winners, and indeed all the entrants, should be proud of their work and artistry as reflected in the photographs submitted.”
The UK Domestic PIC Project award was won by Kieron Swan of Swan Builders, while first place in the UK Commercial PIC Project award category went to Barry Pimble of Decorative Concrete Specialists. Lee Mitchener of Maverick Industries picked up first place in the UK Decorative Concrete Project award category, while the winner of The Polished and Power Floated Flooring Project award was Dave Morris and Martin Clarke of TG Group and Concretepolishing.co.uk. First place in the International Decorative Concrete Project award category was Alvydas Tiknius of Custom Driveways.
To enter the 2020 Golden Trowel Awards or for more information/technical advice about any aspect of decorative concrete design, installation or materials, e-mail: email@example.com. When submitting entries, please include name and company name.