Imprint: Decorative imprinted overlay for trafficked areas

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Imprint: Introduction

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Median Strip

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Roundabout Apron

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Buildout / Overrun Apron

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Pedestrian Crossing

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Vehicle Crossover

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Footway

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Enhancement Scheme

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Bus Route / Layby

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Gateway

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Reinstatements

Imprint: Introduction

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The Basics

Imprint is a 15mm thick synthetic coloured asphalt overlay with a pattern imprinted into the surface to achieve a similar effect to brick/block paving.

It is designed to offer the benefit of a single homogenous asphalt mat which, for trafficked scenarios, is preferable to block paving with its inherent ongoing maintenance liabilities.

Imprint will provide a maintenance free surface under trafficking. A decorative architectural appearance which will delineate a shared surface or traffic feature to road users. And it will perform well on crossing points, overruns, median strips, aprons, buildouts, crossovers, gateways and enhancement schemes.

The benefits of using imprint

 
  • Visibly delineates from the rest of the road through colour and pattern
  • Clearly identifies to the driver a potential shared use space
  • Highlights pedestrian priorities may be different
  • Low maintenance, no individual bricks or blocks to work loose under traffic
  • Quick application, around 70 sq.m per day
  • Applied straight on top of the existing blacktop surface
  • Highly cost effective
  • Laid at only 15mm thickness
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Here are our standard colours and designs available with Imprint

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Some common choices for patterns

Herringbone 45° or 90°: The 45° pattern is the quietest pattern with less tyre noise generated
Brick : Good for leading/trailing edge, ramp delineation and ideal in a contrasting colour with Herringbone
Paving Slab: Looks great on footways especially in fawn
Granite Sett: Great for environmentally sensitive areas
Tegula: Non-uniform pattern to replicate tegula paving
 

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Central Median Strip

Colour: Light Grey

Pattern: Granite Sett

This strip was a repair for traditional granite kerbs and setts that were creating significant hazards for pedestrians and motorists. We redefined the area using imprint to create crossing points and the central median strip. The process was completed promptly with stake holders praising the instillation time and high quality finish.

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Roundabout Apron

Colour: Light Grey

Pattern: Granite Sett

This apron is finished with an imprint bull nose edge to mimic a kerb. The end product perceived a narrowed roundabout carriageway but the imprint could be overrun for buses and HGV's that needed the extra room when manoeuvring. Due to imprints strength, the apron could be overrun without causing deterioration to the decorative nature of the surface finish.

 

Build Out / Overrun Apron

Colour: Light Grey

Pattern: Granite Sett

This overrun changed a fractured two lane carriageway into a single lane. The replenished road was narrowed to give more footway space and one wider road. The new gyratory feeds into school and incorporates a bus layby for residents, buses can travel over the imprint without damaging the surface.

 

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Pedestrian Crossing

Colour: Charlwood Grey

Pattern: Brick

This crossing was part of a town centre regeneration project. The road was being converted from a one way into a two way street and we used imprint to illustrate this change. The imprint acts as a guide to pedestrians and motorists when approaching the crossing, the surface will keep its shape under stress unlike brick and block work.

Vehicle Crossovers

Colour: Bristol White

Pattern: Slab

This crossover is used for vehicles to drive over a footway to access an area, the imprint gives the visual effect of slabs but doesn't crack like slabs do under vehicle stress. Cracked slabs can be dangerous for both users but imprint eliminates this danger. The consistent surface is suitable for both vehicles and pedestrians.

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Pedestrian Footway

Colour: Bristol White

Pattern: Slab

This footway provides a simple solution to a common problem. Where vehicles pull off the carriageway the substructure is often inadequate to stop the slabs from breaking. The result is a significant trip hazard. Imprint can recreate the aesthetic of a slab pattern and, with an asphalt base, can easily cope with the weight of cars and lorries without breaking.

Enhancement Schemes

Colour: Fawn and Bristol White

Pattern: Granite Sett

This resident-led scheme saw the pictured area transform into the central hub of this London Borough. A new road layout, new "roundel" junction, six new imprint crossings, parking lay-bys and cosmetic surfacing were all included to enhance the area. 

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Bus Routes / Bus Laybys

Colour: Light Grey

Pattern: 90° Herringbone

This bus section caters for over 800 daily bus movements so a dedicated public transport hub was needed. We delivered, improving pedestrian links between the cross rail and bus stations creating one, connected station. The imprint provided longevity to the station whilst still providing a desirable look.

Gateways

Colour: Bristol White

Pattern: 90° Herringbone

This gateway is a modern imprint design with one of our favourite colours, it acts as a marker between the bus station and the general road. The high quality design creates a pedestrian friendly public space that complements the new bus station.

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Reinstatements

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Of course Imprint material has statutory undertakers cutting through it. Whilst not an everyday occurrence, it is a common enough event. At Rhino we can offer a service to reinstate the Imprint pads and make the pad looks complete once again. The initial visibility is one of a very close match. After some trafficking it will be difficult to see that it was ever disrupted in the first place. 

A couple of points to note.

  1. The initial colour match will be close but not perfect. The existing pad may have altered slightly due to some ultra violet light fading. However, after some trafficking this should be barely noticeable
  2. The reinstated trench or patch will have to be sufficiently well compacted. After all, the Imprint is laid just 15mm thick. If the reinstatement compacts and settles under trafficking then the Imprint will only follow the profile.

That aside, the key to a good Imprint reinstatement relies upon workmanship

  1. Getting a close colour match by adjustment of pigment levels
  2. Cutting back the pattern in an echelon shape to avoid straight lines
  3. Ensuring the reinstatement is left 15mm below the finished surface level
  4. Taking care to get as good a finish as possible
     

Q: The question whether it is possible to reinstate Imprint is an easy one to answer...

A: Yes and when done well the finish is seamless and harmonious with the surrounding surface

Notes about the finished appearance of Imprint

Imprint is a hand-lay synthetic asphalt with a pattern imprinted into the surface to achieve a similar effect to block paving. It is a product designed to offer the benefit of a single homogenous asphalt mat which, for trafficked scenarios, is preferable to block paving with its inherent ongoing maintenance liabilities.

That said, Imprint is laid at just 15mm thickness and will therefore not regulate a surface or eliminate ponding or cover up imperfections in a flawed substrate. It will perform like a 15mm asphalt so, if there is movement or cracking beneath, then the Imprint will crack too.  If there is trench settlement, then the Imprint will settle too.

And Imprint will have surface imperfections if comparing it to a new block paved finish. Inherent with a hand-lay finish these might be surface marks, blemishes, a variable finish and irregular pattern marks. What Imprint will deliver, however, is a maintenance free surface under trafficking. A decorative architectural appearance which will delineate a shared surface or traffic feature to road users. And it will perform well on crossing points, overruns, median strips, aprons, buildouts, crossovers, gateways and enhancement schemes.

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