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05
JUL
2016

Choosing Environmentally Friendly Surfacing

It’s a given that the type of surface for your driveway or outdoor space needs to be hardwearing, long-lasting and attractive, but many of us overlook its environmental impact.   A lot of the problem around traditional surfacing such as pavement, asphalt or concrete, is that these systems aren’t very permeable and won’t allow excess water to drain effectively into the soil below. The increased risk of flooding and negative environmental impact as a result has led to the enforcement of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs) UK government.

SuDs surfacing systems

 

Whether for private or public use, your outdoor surfacing should be SuDs compliant. This is a permeable surface which will allow rainwater to drain through to the natural ground or into an installed soak-away or swale below. As such excess water can be be drip-fed into the drainage and sewage systems in periods of heavy rainfall, reducing the risks of overflow. Having a permeable surfacing system will also help to reduce the risks of slips, trips and falls during wetter weather to improve health and safety.

Resin surfacing as an eco-friendly solution

 

Resin based surfacing, either resin bonded or resin bound, is an ideal type of permeable surface which can efficiently drain water. As opposed to traditional surfacing, you won’t require planning permission to install resin surfacing, as rain can easily filter through to the soil below.   In addition, resin based surfacing is available with the following environmental benefits:

 

  • It’s UV stable
  • Recycled natural aggregates can be used which come in various finishes
  • Wet aggregates can also be used, meaning that no fossil fuels will be burnt for kiln-drying
  • The resin is in part a renewable resource
  • Resin based surfacing is extremely low maintenance, wasting less energy and resources on upkeep and repair

 

Resin surfacing provides an ideal balance between performance, sustainability and aesthetic, offering the permeability and attractiveness of gravel without the impracticality and maintenance issues associated with a loose surface. In addition, resin surfacing can be applied over concrete or asphalt surfaces, preventing the need for excavation works and the extra energy needed to remove the existing surface. Resin based surfacing offers a quick and simple long-lasting solution for a range of applications, whilst helping to lower environmental impact for the long-term.   If you’d like to find out more about the wide range of resin surfacing options available or to discuss your project requirements, please contact the Midland Decorative Surfaces team today on 0121 766 8705 or email us at jack@fbservices.co.uk. Whether you’re in need of a reliable, environmentally friendly surfacing system for a driveway or a large landscaping project, feel free to get in touch for a free no obligation consultation.

03
JUN
2016

Why is Resin Surfacing So Effective for Public Spaces?

It’s been found that 50% of all reported injuries to members of the public have been a result of slips and trips. That’s why it’s so important that the surfacing used in public areas complies with health and safety regulations and actively reduces the risks of injury.

In order to achieve this, public surfacing should be firm and slip resistant for both wet and dry conditions and surface roughness needs to be considered. However other factors, such as durability, wear and maintenance also play an important part for public contractors when choosing suitable surfacing, as this will ensure people’s safety over long-term public use.

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Resin bound and bonded surfacing for safer spaces

Resin based surfacing systems are widely used in public landscaping projects as they offer an extremely safe, versatile and practical solution for pedestrian and vehicular areas.

  • Resin bound surfacing: formed from a mixture of gravel and resin which can be laid onto an existing surface
  • Resin bonded surfacing: where the resin is spread onto a surface and the gravel is scattered and cured on top

Both surfacing systems, using the desired natural aggregate, give the attractive appearance of loose aggregate without the issues of migrating stone. The resin helps to form a smooth, stable surface that complies with safety requirements, as well as a number of other benefits that enhance public spaces:

Hard wearing

Resin surfacing is especially durable, with a lifespan of around 8-15 years. Unlike concrete, tarmac and paved surfaces which are prone to cracking under heat and pressure, resin surfacing is firm and resilient. This makes it an ideal choice for public spaces with a heavy footfall, traffic or frequent usage.

Practical

Generally laid on top of existing surfaces such as concrete or tarmac, installing resin surfacing avoids the need for costly and time consuming excavation works. Installation can be carried out quickly and easily depending on the project, in small and large public areas.

Once laid resin surfaces can normally be used within 24 hours by vehicles and pedestrians depending on the project and the environment. As such, landscaping projects can be completed efficiently and with minimal disruption in busy public spaces.

Porous

The porous nature of resin based surfacing offers high permeability, subject to the permeability of the surface beneath. This property allows water to permeate through the surface, as a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) in changeable weather.

For public spaces in particular, the surfacing can ensure that access is maintained and slip resistance is improved.

Low maintenance

Resin surfacing requires much less maintenance than traditional gravel surfacing, making it beneficial for public heritage sites or areas where traditional characteristics need to be maintained.

Resin bonded and bound surfaces need little maintenance or cleaning, just an occasional sweeping, clean or a top up to extend its lifespan, depending on the space.

Attractive

Contractors should also look to enhance the appeal of a public space with attractive surfacing, as well as focusing on its practicality. Using a clear resin and natural loose aggregates, resin surfacing is unique in that it can be applied in many colours and include multiple colours to create appealing patterns. For the public eye, the surfacing system is a highly visually appealing solution to enhance a local external or indoor area.

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

06
MAY
2016

What is a resin bonded surface and why might it be the option for you?

Not to be confused with its counterpart – the resin bound surface, the resin bonded surface provides great quality and affordability for any area that needs to cope with traffic. Resin bonded surfaces are an appealing option for any floor that needs something hard wearing, durable and tasteful in appearance. There are, of course many options to choose from when considering a driveway, patio or hard standing. More traditional choices such as brick and gravel have their merits, and can be very aesthetically pleasing. However, they are not the most suitable options in some scenarios, for example, in high volume traffic areas. They thus have their shortcomings. Less pretty in appearance are the more functional choices of concrete and asphalt. These are hard wearing and durable, but rarely add anything for the eye to admire. What makes resin bonded surfaces stand out from gravel or from concrete is that they can offer all elements. Not only do they provide functionality, but they also offer a pleasant appearance too.

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Resin bonded surfaces are decorative and look very natural

They are made in such a way that they look to all intents and purposes like gravel. This is because the resin is first poured onto the surface, and then gravel is tipped onto it and sets within it. Any excess gravel is swept away at the end of this process, leaving a clean and smooth finish, which is far easier to maintain as a result. As you would expect, a resin bonded flooring is highly resilient and long lasting. Needing little to no maintenance during its lifetime. It is worth noting that brick and gravel driveways do require regular maintenance. Brickwork needs to be cleaned and work done to prevent growth in between the bricks. Gravel tends to move about and require smoothing out on a regular basis. Because of the way that the resin is bonded to the gravel, this form of flooring provides excellent anti-slip properties which can be difficult to achieve with other, more established ground coverings. This anti-slip property is obviously a real bonus safety feature for areas of traffic – both vehicular and pedestrian.

Resin bonded flooring has been established for some time and has been used in a wide range of applications. Whilst suitable for patios and driveways, it is also a great alternative for stone slabs and paving stones, and for the floor of any garage or car park. It is worth noting that this form of flooring is relatively straightforward to lay down, taking less time than some of the more traditional options. Resin bonded surfaces are therefore an efficient and effective solution to the requirement for an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional surface area. If you would like to know more about resin bonded surfaces please call our friendly team at Midland Decorative Surfaces on 0121 766 8705.

30
MAR
2016

Your Questions About Resin Surfacing Systems Answered

Resin bonded and bound surfacing systems are a modern, versatile and popular alternative to traditional paving solutions such as brick, concrete, asphalt or stone, and can be used in a range of applications from residential driveways to large public walkways. Using a mixture of a clear resin with natural aggregated and gravels, resin based surfacing is an ideal paving solution which offers high-performance, durability, advanced permeability and a great aesthetic. Before choosing your resin based surfacing you may have a few questions about the best available options and how well the surfacing will suit your specific project requirements. Below we have listed our answers to the common questions we hear about resin surfacing systems, however if you’d like advice on your specific needs, we’d be more than happy to help – here’s our contact page if you’d like to get in touch.

 

What’s the difference between resin bonded and resin bound surfacing?

 

Resin bonded and bound systems both offer the same benefits, though involve different processes. In resin bonded systems, the resin is spread onto the existing surface first, and then the gravel is scattered on top and cured. With resin bound systems, the gravel is mixed with the resin before it is applied onto the desired surface.

 

Where can resin surfacing be used?

 

Resin based surfacing is safe and suitable for an extensive range of applications including:

 

  • Footpaths and pedestrian spaces
  • Driveways
  • Landscaping schemes
  • Housing and office developments
  • Heritage sites
  • Car parks
  • Cycle paths
  • Education facilities
  • Retail units

 

Can resin surfacing be laid over existing surfaces?

 

Yes, resin surfacing can be installed directly over an existing stable surface, such as concrete or tarmac, without the need for excavation. This makes for a very fast and cost-effective installation.

 

How long does resin surfacing last?

 

Depending on your project, the substrate and the environment, your resin based surface will have a life expectancy of around 8-15 years.

 

How long will it take to install?

 

This varies based on factors such as the size, shape of the area, however installation is usually fast and the new surface can often be used in as little as a couple of hours of it being laid, depending on the system and its use.

 

What colours and effects can you get?

 

We offer a variety of gravels and aggregates in a good selection of colours, from natural stone shades to bright green and blue. As the colours available are natural, they won’t undergo discolouration. The surfacing can be laid to create different effects; we can create company logos or different patterns. Edgings such as wood, brick or stone can also be applied with the surfacing.

 

What maintenance is required?

 

The advantage of resin based surfacing is that it requires little maintenance throughout its lifetime. The surfacing may need to be topped up every few years or when necessary, and perhaps an annual clean.

 

Is resin based surfacing environmentally friendly?

 

 

Resin based surfacing is Sustainable Drainage System SuDS compliant, meaning that it can rid of excess water in a sustainable and economical way to prevent hazards such as flash flooding. In conventional systems, rainwater will only be able to run-off into the sewer systems, picking up harmful or chemical substances along the way which will affect the water quality. Instead, resin surfacing is highly porous, which means that excess water will drain into the surface itself to the ground below.

 

What are the benefits of using resin based surfacing systems over other paving systems?

 

Resin based surfacing is hard-wearing and long-lasting, and not prone to cracking like traditional surfacing. In addition, resin surfacing uses more modern technologies to create an anti-slip, permeable finish with enhanced performance in a wider range of environments. For instance, the aggregates used in resin based surfacing can more effectively handle extreme changes in temperature. Resin surfacing also requires less maintenance than other systems such as traditional gravel paving, as it is set into place and is very durable. For any landscaping, public, commercial or individual projects, it provides a superior visual appeal to other systems, which do not offer the level of design options or flexibility to be used in so many different applications.

 

To find out more about the resin based surfacing systems available for your project or for any advice on choosing the right surfacing, please feel free to contact us on 0121 766 8705 or email us at jack@fbservices.co.uk.

11
MAR
2016

Resin Bound Pathways for the British Motor Museum

Prior to the re-opening of the British Motor Museum last month following a £1.1m refurbishment, we were tasked with updating the pathways within the museum to create a safer, lower maintenance and more aesthetically pleasing environment for members of the public visiting the museum.

 

British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum, formerly known as the Heritage Motor Centre is a heritage site that currently displays a collection of nearly 300 cars. The collection includes vehicles from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s beginnings as British Leyland Heritage, as well as small manufacturers such as Morgan, niche producers like Land Rover and Jaguar, in addition to the mainstream producers of the past, including Austin and Morris.

 

To provide a new hardwearing and low maintenance surface for pedestrian walkways throughout the British Motor Museum, Midland Decorative Surfaces installed a resin bound surfacing system, using oyster aggregate for a light and aesthetically pleasing effect. Resin bound systems have a number of benefits for a location such as the British Motor Museum that has a busy footfall:

 

  • Hardwearing and resistant to cracking
  • Porous surface – allows water to permeate/percolate through the surface
  • Life span can be as long as 8-15 years
  • Anti-slip surface – safer for pedestrians
  • Low maintenance – unlike gravel pathways, all aggregate is bound in place by polyurethane resin

 

As resin bound surfaces can be installed directly over existing surfaces (including old concrete or tarmac) without the need for excavation, we were able to complete all work at the British Motor Museum in time for the grand re-opening that took place on Saturday the 13th of February.

 

If you would like to learn more about our range of professional resin bound and bonded gravel surfaces, you can contact us today by calling 0121 766 8705 or email us at jack@fbservices.co.uk to arrange a free no obligation meeting with one of our team to discuss your particular project requirements.

29
JAN
2016

Our BALI Award-Winning Landscape Project for Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

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The Midland Decorative Surfaces team were involved in a landscaping project winning the 2015 BALI award for the best non-domestic Hard Landscaping Construction under £300K. Creating vibrant and functional courtyards within Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, the project was one of the two winning constructions for the popular category, delivering excellence in service quality and commercial sustainability.

 

Working as part of a contract with architect Halsall Lloyd Partnership, The Landscape Group and other suppliers, the project involved multiple phases of work for the NHS Trust hospital whilst it was live – we were selected to supply resin surfacing for the courtyards, including the area immediately outside the paediatric ward. Due to the nature of the ward, immense consideration was taken to the design of the courtyard landscape; it needed to be colourful and inviting for the child patients, with surfacing that offered a safe and high performing environment. Equally, costs needed to be kept as low as possible to suit the Trust’s regimented budget, without impeding on the overall quality and delivery of the project.

 

BALI landscape project

 

 

In order to achieve the desired landscape we supplied a combination of blue, orange and yellow aggregates for the resin based surfacing, creating an aquatic design to engage children and create a more welcoming, friendly environment. The colourful surface worked well with the surrounding plants which picked out our bold orange and yellow tones, making for an impressive view from the windows looking onto the courtyard. The gravels and aggregates we use are natural and recycled, allowing us to install environmentally-friendly and sustainable surfaces in a number of coloured finishes and for a number of applications.

 

A resin based surface was ideal for this project, because it is such a durable and practical surfacing system for the busy, high volume hospital space. Our resin surfaces are hard wearing, with a life span ranging between 8-15 years. With safety in mind, our functional systems are made from a porous resin, meaning that water can pass through more effectively and prevent drainage problems. We also provide anti-slip finishes, much needed for the busy ward and as a measure to increase workplace and public safety.

 

A key consideration for the project was working around the demands of the live hospital, ensuring safe and convenient operations for those within the hospital. Our resin based surface allowed for improved operations, as it can be installed directly over an existing surface without the need for excavation. This means that we can minimise disruption and time, whilst reducing costs. The hospital can also benefit from the minimal maintenance required to upkeep the courtyard surfaces, compared to if a gravel or tarmac surface was used.

 

The premier British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) awards, is established to promote, support and inspire professionals to be leaders in the industry, with an emphasis on being environmentally, ethically, and commercially sustainable. To receive a BALI award is one of the landscape industries’ highest accolades – we’re extremely pleased that we were a part of a project recognised for its high level of achievement from within the industry and for a client such as the NHS Trust. We hope to continue to deliver high standard products and be recognised for our industry-leading services in future projects. If you have an upcoming landscaping project and would like to discuss the possibilities of a resin based surfacing system, we’d be happy to help. Please contact us by calling 0121 766 8705 or email us at jack@fbservices.co.uk.

21
DEC
2015

What to Consider When Choosing a New Driveway

A driveway is often a part of the home that is overlooked, though something which is, in most cases, used on a daily basis and can instantly improve or diminish the appearance of your house and how you feel about it. If your driveway is looking worn or in need of repair, there are many types of surfaces and processes you can choose from to give it a much needed uplift and create a safer, cleaner and better performing environment for your vehicles and the people occupying it. However, with so many options it can be difficult to decide what type of surface will look and function best for your needs, as well as your budget and demands on time. Here we take a look at the most important things you need to consider when choosing and implementing your new driveway:

 

Budget

 

If you’re renovating your driveway for the first time, you may be unsure about the costs involved aside from the costs for the new surfacing system. Will you need to excavate any of the old driveway or will you simply be laying your new surface over it? Will you be installing your new driveway yourself or will you invest in professional help? Although you may feel that it will be cheaper to do it alone, you may save a lot of time using a specialist company and you may also save on costs if you happen to make a mistake. Professional installers will also come equipped with the right and proper industry tools and surfacing products needed for a smooth completion of the job, instead of you having to hire out or purchase equipment which you may not need afterwards. You may feel more comfortable getting a few quotes so you can ensure you’re getting value for money.

 

Plan your budget carefully – there are many types of surfaces available to suit your needs, however you need to consider what preparation these surfaces need and what their general lifespan will be.

 

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Function

 

Looking at surfaces’ lifespans is an important consideration however frequently you’ll be using your driveway, but there are also other functional, installation and maintenance aspects that need to be considered. Certain surfaces will work better for their anti-slip or permeable properties, or if they’re most durable or resilient. Although asphalt surfaces can be a cheaper option, cracks are quite common and as some of its ingredients are mixed with crude oil, it has an extremely dark appearance. It is a durable surface, however it can start to break down when exposed to too much petrol or other solvents, making it a less suitable choice for people who perform their own car maintenance. Additionally, the surface absorbs heat so it could be dangerous to touch with bare feet.

 

Brick makes for an attractive looking driveway and can be arranged to create different patterns in different colours. Usually interlocking, brick paving will be flush and tightly locked into place for years, as brick is considered to be as durable as concrete. Bricks will vary in size and colour however as they are usually recycled. A concrete bed must also be laid before the bricks are installed, which is an additional cost to consider. You can also use a base layer of stone dust, sand or gravel, however these may lead to poor drainage and the risk of a shift that could make the driveway uneven.

 

Resin bonded and bound driveways provide an ideal balance between functionality and cost, as they are extremely durable and require less maintenance than tarmac, brick or gravel surfaces. Resin based surfacing systems are also available in a wider range of colours and textures, as you can choose from different aggregates and gravels which are combined with the resin. Unlike gravel surfaces which become easily displaced over time, resin surfaces are firmly set into place, though they still provide anti-slip and permeability.

 

If you’d like to find out more about resin based surfacing systems, installation and maintenance, please feel free to get in touch with one of our specialists, by calling 0121 766 8705 or emailing jack@fbservices.co.uk. We’d be more than happy to help answer any queries about your driveway requirements.

08
DEC
2015

What to Expect From Investing in a Resin Bound Pavement or Driveway

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If you are interested in investing in a resin bound surfacing system for your driveway, patio or pavements, other than the great aesthetic benefits and anti-slip surface, it’s likely that you don’t know much else about the process of laying your brand new resin bound surface. For any project, we always follow certain steps:

Initial assessment

We always visit your home or property to assess the existing surface so that we can discuss what you need and measure the area that will be resurfaced. We can help you choose the right colour or colours of aggregate to suit your property, from natural stone to bright blues or golds. We can even include specific designs within the resin surface.

Once we have this information, we can put together a detailed quotation that explains the price of the work that we will carry out for you, as well as the working process and which materials we will use.

Remedial work

In most cases, resin bound surfacing systems can simply be installed directly over driveways without the need to excavate the existing surface. This is one of the biggest benefits of resin bound systems as digging up an existing driveway can be quite time consuming. However, in some cases, we may be required to install new drain covers or ACO drains. In some cases, we install a suitable base build-up for a sustainable urban drainage system – this allows water to permeate through the resin bound surface.

Laying the resin bound mixture

Before we start pouring the resin bound aggregate mixture, we will always run through the details of the installation process with you and ensure that we are completely certain about all design elements. Once all plans are clear, we can pour the mixture across the full driveway, patio or path surface and trowel it down by hand to ensure that we achieve a flat and even surface.

Allowing the resin bound surface to set

Providing that weather conditions and air temperature are good, the resin bound mixture will usually take somewhere between 6 and 12 hours to dry. During the drying time you should not walk on the surface, ensuring that it stays even. If you have invested in a resin bound driveway, you should wait a further 24 hours before driving on the surface.

Advice for maintaining resin bound surfaces

In most cases, the life expectancy of a resin bound surface is somewhere between 8 and 15 years, with very little maintenance needed compared to other surface solutions such as gravel. Resin bound surfaces can safely be washed clean with a power washer, however, care should be taken.

If you are looking to re-vamp your property by installing a resin-bound system, you can contact Midland Decorative Surfaces to arrange a free no obligation meeting – simply call us on 0121 766 8705 or email us at jack@fbservices.co.uk.

29
OCT
2015

Get a Grip this Winter with an Anti-Slip Resin Surfacing System

The quickly coming autumn and winter months will be accompanied by leaf fall, frost, a lot of rain and the potential for snow and ice, which make for slippery paths and outdoor surfaces. Traditional surfacing such as paving, or even concrete or tarmac, are not always equipped with sufficient anti-slip properties for heavy or frequent use. Particularly in the landscaping of outdoor spaces for public or commercial use, it is important to implement materials that ensure the safety of those who use the surfaces. It’s so easy to fall on a slippery or wet surface without the proper grip, making the simplest activities dangerous. Functionality should be a key consideration when choosing a surface for outdoor applications, and its impact is even more evident in adverse winter weather conditions. Resin based surfaces are extremely apt to perform in these conditions and their newer technologies make them ideal outdoor surfaces to prevent slipping.

 

An Anti-Slip Surface

 

Resin based surfacing, bonded or bound, uses the highest quality natural aggregates and gravels, mixed with resin. As with standard gravel surfaces, such as in driveways, resin based surfacing provides excellent grip in winter conditions, yet doesn’t incur the maintenance problems associated with loose gravel. Resin bonded and bound surfacing have a great variety of uses for domestic, industrial and commercial areas, including pedestrian routes, car parks and tree pits. You can choose from a selection of aggregate types in a range of colours, however even the smaller aggregate style surfacing has anti-slip technology which effectively addresses the issues of grip.

 

Resin Bonded

Resin bonded surfaces involve a two part scatter process, where the resin is first spread onto the existing surface and the gravel is scattered on top. This makes it a very resistant surface for heavy use and has a high level of grip, ideal for the use of pedestrians or workers outside on wet days.

resin bonded surface

Resin Bound

Resin bound surfacing is a smooth though hard wearing anti-slip system, installed by mixing the gravel and resin together in a specially designed mixer before it is applied to the existing surface. The bound surface is made semi-porous or porous as water can pass through the resin mix, making the surface a safe option for outdoor spaces open to winter conditions.

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As well as targeting grip problems for pedestrians and wheelchair users, cyclists or motorists, both surfacing systems require low maintenance, are durable, and can have a natural finish. For more information about resin based surfacing systems and to discuss your requirements, please call Midland Decorative Surfaces on 0121 766 8705.