FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about StreetPrint

  1. What is StreetPrint?
  2. How long does it last?
  3. Why use StreetPrint as an alternative to concrete or brick pavers?
  4. Can it be done over my existing driveway, or do I need to replace my driveway?
  5. Can I use it as driveway, patio, or pool surround?
  6. What about weeds?
  7. What is the StreetBond Surfacing System?
  8. Is it environmentally friendly?
  9. Will it fade?
  10. Is it slippery?
  11. How does it hold up in winter?
  12. What are maintenance frequencies and costs?
  13. Can I clean it? With what?
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What is StreetPrint?

StreetPrint Pavement Texturing is a proprietary decorative paving system that uses specially designed templates to imprint asphalt, and a surfacing system called StreetBond to color and fortify the surface. The result is a decorative paving system that replicates the appearance of hand-laid brick.

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How long does it last?

StreetBond Surfacing Products are designed to wear with the grace and realism common to concrete brick pavers. The cement component of StreetBond, combined with the color pigments, provides for a realistic brick-like appearance. The surface is fade resistant and helps to repel harmful UV rays. As with all decorative paving systems there will be some wear over time.

Wear Rate

We have identified the following conditions which result in increased wear rates for StreetBond Surfacing Products.
  • Opening the StreetBonded surface up to traffic before the coating has completed its initial curing time.
  • Excessive traffic abuse (i.e. turning, stopping, accelerating).
  • Sand or other abrasive materials on the surface.
  • Studded snow tires.
  • Constant and prolonged exposure to water (i.e. poor drainage).
  • Application on very coarse asphalt which results in excessive flow off the tops of the stones leaving a very low build thickness on the wearing points.

What must also be kept in mind, and is usually forgotten, is that the wear associated with StreetBond Surfacing products is cosmetic. With other forms of decorative pavement the failure tends to be structural in nature, requiring a more expensive and disruptive repair. As long as the asphalt used has sufficient strength to resist pattern fading, the StreetPrint application can be made to look like new by simply re-applying a fresh coat of StreetBond Surfacing Products. It should also be noted, at time of sale, that the cost of reapplying the StreetBond Surfacing Products would be significantly less than the cost of the initial application. At this time the color can also be changed, an option not available with other decorative paving systems.

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Why use StreetPrint as an alternative to concrete or brick pavers?

StreetPrint can be installed very quickly with relatively little disruption, so it is usually much less costly and disruptive than concrete alternatives. StreetPrint uses asphalt as its base. Asphalt is a flexible surface that is more likely to accept shifting due to weather extremes and can resist cracking commonly associated with other paving systems. Vehicle braking/accelerating and steering will not shift or break StreetPrint, as often happens with brick pavers. StreetPrint is very easy to patch, virtually invisibly.

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Can it be done over my existing driveway, or do I need to replace my driveway?

Provided the substrate is in good condition, StreetPrint can be applied as an overlay to existing concrete, asphalt, or stone base. If the existing driveway is asphalt, in good condition, the pavement can be reheated and StreetPrint can be applied.

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Can I use it as driveway, patio, or pool surround?

StreetPrint can be used wherever a normal asphalt system is used. However, please contact your local Authorized Applicator to see if these applications are suitable in your area.

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What about weeds?

StreetPrint is a continuous surface and its protective surfacing system does not support organic materials, so the weed growth seen with hand laid products is not a problem with StreetPrint.

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What is the StreetBond Surfacing System?

StreetBond is the surfacing system used with StreetPrint Pavement Texturing to color and fortify the surface. When cured, StreetBond is an Interpenetrating Network (IPN) which means that, like composite materials or alloys, it is able to produce properties that significantly exceed those of a single component system. StreetBond combines polymer and cement technologies to achieve an exceptional combination of durability, curing characteristics, performance properties and natural appearance.

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Is it environmentally friendly?

The StreetPrint Surfacing System uses a coating system known as StreetBond. StreetBond is a water based environmentally friendly product.

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Will it fade?

The coating is fade resistant and helps to repel harmful UV rays. As with all decorative paving systems there will be some wear over time. Unlike other decorative paving systems the color of your StreetPrint work can be rejuvenated or changed as frequently as you would like, at a fraction of the initial installation cost.

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Is it slippery?

StreetPrint is less slippery than decorative concrete and is therefore safer for pedestrians.

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How does it hold up in winter?

The pattern in StreetPrint speeds drying of the surface which makes ice formation less likely. StreetPrint is made from materials which are unaffected by salt and therefore will not spawl from de-icing salts and weathering. StreetPrint is a monolithic surface with no trip points, therefore potential damage created by snowplows is rare. Any snowplowing should be done using a rubber guard. This contrasts with hand laid bricks that can be installed at an uneven height or can shift through freeze/thaw or water penetration, creating a plow hazard and a trip point safety hazard.

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What are maintenance frequencies and costs?

Maintenance frequencies will depend on the application. Low traffic applications need much less maintenance than commercial or municipal application. Maintenance costs will vary. Please contact your local StreetPrint Applicator.

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Can I clean it? With what?

Try to ensure that the area is flushed with water regularly to remove any abrasive materials (ie. sand/dirt). Use a low pressure, high volume rinse. Abrasive materials on the surface can decrease the life of the coatings. StreetPrint is resistant to oil, grease and gas, however, it is advisable to remove any spots as soon as possible. Use a mild degreaser, such as "Simple Green", scrub the area with a stiff broom or brush, and follow with a high volume, low-pressure rinse.

Note: Pressure washing is not recommended.

 

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