Latest News on Resin Bound and bonded driveways and paths in Birmingham West Midlands and around the UK

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31
JAN
2018

Resin Bound Drive Installation at Impressive Rural Property

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We’re very proud to have completed an impressive project for a domestic client in Warwickshire. This private installation took the team to the beautiful surroundings of Henley-in-Arden, a small and picturesque town 15 miles south-east of Birmingham.

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Here we laid a new drive and pathway for a large residential property that has been extensively refurbished, using 200 square meters of specially chosen 6mm Norwegian Pearl Resin Bound Surfacing.

We worked with the client to select this light and attractive Resin Bound Surfacing system which perfectly complements the contemporary design of the property and the landscaped gardens that adjoin the front of the property.

Specialist installation was required for the laying of this surface, which included moulding around existing paved verges and setting the surface to against a pronounced slope one side of the driveway.

 

Resin Bound Surfacing

An attractive and durable solution for external installations, Resin Bound Surfacing represents a cost effective alternative to the more traditional surfacing materials that is highly customisable in terms of shape and design.

One laid by trusted professionals, Resin Bound Surfacing also requires very little in the way of maintenance, is environmentally friendly, and can be developed for use with a large range of decorative styles.

Resin Bound and Bonded Surfacing systems can be applied to most surfaces and can be completed relatively quickly, meaning installations can be completed within a matter of days depending on the size of the job.

 

Get in touch

Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd has installed numerous resin bound and bonded surfacing applications for a variety of organisations including The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, Oxford Brookes University, The National Maritime Museum, The English Landscape Group and the famous Silverstone Racetrack.

 

We pride ourselves creating beautiful long-lasting surfaces that offer a perfect solutions for domestic and public projects. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more about the services we offer, please call us today on 0121 766 8705, or email: jack@fbservices.co.uk.

 

12
DEC
2017

Resin Bound Driveway in time for Christmas

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In the run up to the festive season we are all busy trying to tidy, organise and refurbish our homes ready for the arrival of Christmas guests.  Whilst it is all well and good making an impression with the inside of your home and the quality of your decorations, it is the outside that everyone will notice first.  That’s why we we’re delighted to have been able to finish this recent resin bound driveway project for our customer in time for Christmas.

At this time of year everyone loves chocolate, but how about a kind that comes guilt free?  Step up our chocolate resin bound drive, a beautiful rich coloured resin surface bound with gravel aggregates to give the appearance of loose gravel without the maintenance problems.

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We used 6mm stone over the 300-square metre area to create an impressive entrance and complement the warm hues of the property’s brickwork and surrounding walls.

Resin bound for life, not just for Christmas

Whilst we can’t promise our driveways will last forever, they do offer a low maintenance alternative to other surfacing systems and have an expected life span of up to 15 years – giving you the opportunity to impress your Christmas guests for many years to come.

To find out more about our resin bound and bonded surfacing systems or to book your project in for 2018, please contact the Midland Decorative Surfaces team today on 0121 766 8705.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

03
NOV
2017

A Resin Bonded Surface Installation with a Community Feel

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We’re delighted to have completed a recent project for a client on a prestigious new housing development in the North of England.

 

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This large-scale operation required our specialist team to lay resin bonded walkways at the new Maritime Apartments complex based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

 

As part of a 5 million pound investment of the Barrow Island area, four of the region’s most historic streets – Ship Street, Barque Street, Brig Street and Sloop Street have undergone major redevelopment work to create affordable housing stock.

 

Maritime Apartments now comprises of a total of 318 self-contained living spaces, (152 one bedroom apartments, 152 two bedroom apartments and 14 three bedroom apartments) with occupancy currently close to capacity.

 

In October the team from Midland Decorative Surfaces laid 2,400 square meters of Chinese bauxite to create a walkway system through the communal garden area at the complex (pictured), providing a smart and hard wearing surface that offers a great finishing touch to the development.

 

We chose to use a Resin Bound Surfacing system for this project as it represents a cost effective alternative to the more traditional surfacing materials, offering a hard wearing surface that requires virtually no maintenance, is environmentally friendly, and allows for a wide range of decorative styles.

 

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Resin Bound and Bonded Surfacing systems can be applied to most surfaces and can be completed relatively quickly, minimising any disruption to our clients. We offer a vast range of professional installation service for all types of Resin Bound and Bonded gravel surfaces, all at very competitive prices.

 

At Midland Decorative Surfaces, we pride ourselves on our ability to create beautiful and long-lasting surfaces. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more, call us today on 0121 766 8705, or email: jack@fbservices.co.uk.

Solihull driveway resurfacing
29
SEP
2017

Creative Thinking Saves The Day – Driveway Resurfacing

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It’s only natural that most driveways will need resurfacing at some point, but finding an exact match to what you’ve already got isn’t always easy. Maybe the original material no longer exists, or the colours aren’t available – whatever the problem, you’ll probably need expert help to sort it out.

 

At Midland Decorative Surfaces, our most recently accepted challenge was at a property in Solihull that had a pre-existing surface on the drive that needed refreshing. After trying to source the same stone, it became apparent that it had become discontinued and we needed to think smart.

 

The client liked the colour and style of the material he already had, so after getting our creative caps on we created a mix using three different aggregates to mimic the discontinued flint he already had down. We laid the resin bound system at 18mm thick, covering around 300 square metres of driveway and the results were superb.

 

The colour and style perfectly matched the combination of red brick and wooden doors, while the neat and tidy effect of the resin system emphasised the curb appeal of the buildings. Not only did the client get to have an updated, refreshed and high-quality recovering, but the project also highlighted how a bit of creative thinking can save the day.

 

At Midland Decorative Surfaces, we pride ourselves on our ability to create beautiful and long-lasting driveways. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more, call us today on: 0121 766 8705, or email: jack@fbservices.co.uk.

06
SEP
2017

Attractive Surface Installations That Compliment Your Property

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We are often required to lay external decorative surfaces that are suited to the look and feel of the buildings and gardens close by.

 

This usually includes choosing materials and colouring that can offer a close or complimentary match with the brick or paintwork used in surrounding buildings, matching surfaces to external fittings and features or applying a colour scheme or pattern style chosen by the customer.

We recently completed a resin-bound driveway installation at a private property in the Cannock area where the client asked for the new surface to be as sympathetic as possible to the beautiful house and gardens that would sit around it.

 

To meet the customer’s expectations our team used a 6mm terracotta stone that matched brilliantly with the attractive traditional red brick the home was built with and contrasted nicely with the surrounding flowerbeds and grass verges.

 

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As the photo above shows, the results look absolutely superb and show how a well-chosen decorative surface can really complement a property and tie in with the existing aesthetics.

 

At Midland Decorative Surfaces we have completed a wide range of resin bound surface applications that are tailored to the area surrounding the laying site. These have included everything from domestic driveways, paths and patios to courtyards, landscaping schemes and public passageways.

 

The materials we use for our Resin Bound and Resin Bonded driveway installations are not only highly customisable but also extremely hard wearing, typically lasting between 8 and 15 years depending on usage and with next to no regular maintenance.

 

What’s more, we can usually lay a new surface on top of existing facades such as concrete and tarmac without the need for excavation, producing a speedy and cost effective driveway installation with style!

 

If you would like add style and vibrancy to your drive with a new decorative surface installation, call the friendly team at Midland Decorative Services on 0121 7668705.

11
AUG
2017

Extra Curb Appeal in Coventry

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A house is usually one of the biggest purchases you will ever make, so naturally, you will invest a lot of time, effort and money into looking after your home and making it look as good as possible. Countless hours are spent redecorating, choosing furniture and accessories for the interior and plenty of care should also be put into the exterior aesthetics.

 

When you welcome guests to your home, or perhaps you are looking to sell your property, remember, first impressions count. With that old saying in mind, it’s well worth doing everything you can to up the curb appeal of your home. A neglected exterior could turn off guests or potential buyers from as far away as across the street.

 

A huge part of making sure your house looks as appealing as possible on first impressions is not only caring for the brickwork, but investing in a beautiful, low maintenance driveway solution. Whilst commonly used commercially, resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems are also increasingly popular solutions for a wide range of domestic driveways, paths, patios, courtyards, landscaping schemes and walkways. With a life expectancy of as much as 15 years and a practically maintenance-free surface, it’s easy to understand why.

 

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At Midland Decorative Surfaces, we take great pride in helping bring great curb appeal to domestic properties throughout the country. We recently finished a project at a beautiful house in Coventry. The property, which also included separate garages and outbuildings, was blessed with a long driveway, allowing visitors plenty of time to make their first impressions.

 

To perfectly complement the Rhine Gold exterior of the house, we completed the installation of resin bound driveway surface, using fine 6mm trent gravel. The gravel contains a mixture of rounded, half rounded and angular stones in various subtle brown, white and greys to create a natural effect. Whilst resin bound surfaces benefit from the aesthetics of a gravel driveway, the stones are bound in place, so there’s no need for tiresome sweeping on a weekly basis!

 

For more information on resin bound or bonded gravel surfaces, simply call us on 0121 766 8705 or contact us online to arrange for a free, no obligation meeting.

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27
JUN
2017

The Perfect Driveway Option – Resin Bound Stone

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Did you know that there are two types of driveway surfacingoptions that are perfect for beautiful looking, low maintenance solutions? They are called resin bonded and resin bound driveways.

Resin bonded surfaces are made from a graded aggregate that is directly applied onto a natural or coloured resin, which creates a textured surface. This style gives the look of loose gravel and requires occasional sweeping.

The other popular type of surface is resin bound, which is produced from a blend of graded aggregates that have been mixed with a clear resin and given a smooth level finish. It is a fully bound system with no loose bits and can be the more durable of the two options.

At Midland Decorative Surfaces, we have just completed a 400 square metre resin bound driveway for a home in Coventry, West Midlands.

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The resin bound gold rhinestone was chosen in order to blend in sympathetically to its surroundings, and the paved edging gives it a touch of class.

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The resin bound gold rhinestone was chosen in order to blend in sympathetically to its surroundings, and the paved edging gives it a touch of class.

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If you’re on the lookout for a new driveway, talk to us today to see how we can help you achieve superb results at a reasonable cost. Our surfacing systems are low maintenance, look outstanding and can last as long as 15 years.

25
MAY
2017

The Expert Guide to Installing Resin Based Surfacing

Resin based surfacing is a fairly new solution on the paving market, though it has become increasingly popular for homeowners wishing to renovate their driveways. Resin bonded or resin bound surfaces combine natural gravel aggregates with a durable resin. Forming an extremely low-maintenance surface, resin bonded and bound systems offer a long-lasting and cost-effective alternative to a decorative driveway.

Here we’ll look at how to successfully install a resin based surface to maximise its lifespan and usage. Although each specification will be different depending on the products used, here’s what you might expect when installing resin surfacing in your driveway:

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1 – Preparing your existing surface
One of the great things about resin surfacing is that it can be applied directly over your existing driveway surface or layered onto a sub-base if required.

 

For those of you laying the resin system directly onto an existing surface, ensure that the surface is dry and free of weeds or algae. Any cracks should be widened into the shape of a ‘v’ with a stone saw.
If you’ll be applying the system onto a sub-base it’s advisable to make sure that your edgings are fixed in place (you can use sharp sand and cement for this), and that they rise 15-20mm above the sub-base to allow for the resin surface. This will create a more stable foundation for a longer-lasting resin surface.


2 – Choosing the best materials

  • Sub-base: for your sub-base you may want to use 150mm of MOT type1, which is made from a range of easily-compacted aggregates. This would need to be rolled down with a vibrating roller until the aggregates have bonded. Concrete or tarmac can then be layered as a base-coat to provide stability before laying the resin mixture on top.
  • Aggregates: we provide a range of aggregates to suit your driveway, in various colours and sizes. You can browse our resin bonded and resin bound aggregates, which offer a high-quality and natural appearance.
  • Resin: you can choose from a standard or UV stable resin depending on the aggregates you’re using. UV stable resin will prevent certain coloured aggregates fading in the sunlight over time – choose UV stable resin for black, beige and silver aggregates.

 

3 – Mixing the aggregates and the resin
Tools you need to mix your materials include a forced action mixer, a plasterer’s paddle and drill. Other equipment you’ll need includes white spirit, a wheelbarrow, a plasterer’s float a bucket and gloves.

 

Every resin kit would need 100kg of aggregate – 75kg of 2-5mm stone and 25kg 1-3mm stone.

With standard resin kits, you simply mix part A and B in your bucket until there is a creamy consistency. The same goes for the UV stable resin, apart from adding the catalyst in with part A before whisking with B.
Then you can put the aggregates in the forced action mixer and mix it dry for about 30 seconds to remove excess dust. Add in the resin and mix until all the stones are covered in the resin. You can also use around 2kg of kiln dried sand into the mixture for added strength.
6 – Laying down the resin surfacing
Working your way from one end to the exit, rake out the mixture on the surface then use a trowel to flatten it evenly. Each new part of the mixture added should be overlapped with the last, which will slightly elevate the dry edges.

 

Cleaning your trowel every now and then with white spirit will stop the mixture sticking to the trowel and make it easier to flatten down the surface smoothly.

 

Each mix should cover roughly 4 square metres at a 15mm thickness. The mixture can begin to set quite rapidly depending on the temperature outside, sometimes in 10 minutes in hot weather. However, you won’t be able to walk on the surface until around 4 hours after laying it down, or use a vehicle on the surface until 24 hours after.

 

Hiring a professional resin surface contractor
If you’re looking for a professional quality for your driveway or would like a more complex decorative surface, it might be best to use a resin based surfacing specialist. We have years of experience dealing with surfaces of all shapes and sizes, and have the most effective tools and methods for a high-quality finish. To discuss your project with us, you can give us a call on 0121 766 8705.

08
MAY
2017

Resin Bound Driveway Project in Stratford, Warwickshire

With all the benefits of resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems over asphalt, gravel and other common surfaces, it’s no wonder that resin surfaces are increasingly preferred for residential properties as well as commercial premises. Resin bound and bonded driveways provide highly durable, safe and aesthetically pleasing results.

 

We recently completed a driveway for a private home in Stratford, Warwickshire.

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Our customer wanted the driveway to be split into two sections, with sandy coloured gravel separated from grey aggregate by cobble stones, to provide a striking, yet restrained finished result.

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One of the biggest benefits of resin bound and resin bonded surfaces is that they can be applied to numerous surfaces without the need for major excavation. Before we laid the new resin bound surface and cobble stones for our customer’s driveway, we carried out all appropriate groundwork, including ensuring that working drainage was in place.

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If you are looking for a spectacular looking and long lasting new driveway, we would certainly recommend that you talk to us about our resin bound and resin bonded surfacing solutions. Our surfacing systems are very low maintenance, can provide a simple or highly decorative natural appearance, with an anti-slip surface that will last as long as 15 years.

 

To talk through your requirements and arrange for a free no obligation meeting with one of our friendly staff, call us now on 0121 766 8705.