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

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30
JAN
2017

The Questions You Should Be Asking Your Resin Bound Surfacing Installers

It’s no secret that resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems provide a great-looking and cost effective solution for driveways and paths for commercial and large domestic properties. There are countless benefits to installing a resin bound system; it offers good drainage, it lasts for a number of years and it takes little maintenance to name just a few.

The decision to choose a resin bound or bonded surfacing system over gravel, paving stones or asphalt is easy, but you should still take care to find the right company to install your new driveway, path, patio or courtyard. As specialists with many years of experience in providing resin systems throughout the UK, we advise you to ask a number of important questions before choosing the right company.

 

Do they install other products besides resin bound and resin bonded surfaces?

It’s always advisable to choose a company that specialises in one particular product. If a company regularly works with a number of difference surfacing products, it’s likely that they will lack the expertise of a specialist resin bound and resin bonded company. If resin based surfaces are not a key service, this should ring alarm bells.

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Can you get references or view examples of other installations?

As is the case for any contractor that is proud of their work, you should always be able to ask for examples. If a company is confident of their product and their work, they will always be happy to provide references from happy customers or even arrange for you to view an installation close to your location. Never make a decision without having examples of previous work to back up your reasoning.

 

Do they offer advice for maintenance after installation?

Once your new surfacing system is installed, it is your responsibility to make sure you take the right steps to keep it in good condition. Whilst resin bound systems are hardwearing and relatively low maintenance, to achieve an anticipated life expectancy of up to 15 years, it’s important to prevent any forceful impact and to keep the surface clean, as you would a garden patio. A specialist installation team should offer all the free advice you need to make the most of your surfacing system.

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What type of existing surfaces will they lay resin bound or bonded systems on to?

One of the biggest benefits of resin bound systems is that they can be installed directly over most existing surfaces, for example, concrete or tarmac, without the need for excavation work. However, you should note whether a company would be willing to lay a new surfacing system over concrete or tarmac if it is cracked or uneven. Laying resin bound systems over a degrading base will likely result in a shorter than anticipated life expectancy.

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To arrange a free no obligation meeting with a member of the Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd team, simply call 0121 766 8705 or fill in our online contact form. We will be happy to discuss your particular project requirements and answer any of your questions.

19
DEC
2016

Why should you use resin surfacing for tree pit systems?

No one would argue that having more trees in our world is a good thing. In a built up environment, where trees can often take a back seat, it is important to add them where you can, making life a little greener and healthier as you do so. They are important for the environment and for our wellbeing. In urban conurbations it is important that any trees planted along paving areas can thrive and careful consideration is needed to ensure that they are placed in the right places and in the right way.

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Planting trees in what we call tree pits – i.e. individual, specially designated and dispersed areas, ensures that trees are given the space that is needed for them to grow safely. However, careful attention needs to be paid to how the tree pit is laid out and protected. Just having the designated space is not enough, as the tree also requires adequate growth room, light and moisture. In addition to the tree’s requirement there is also the need for the tree pit to look tidy and not attract debris and detritus. This is why resin surfacing can be such a great solution.

Resin surfacing is used in many applications but what makes it so suited to tree pits is its unique qualities. Firstly, unlike other options such as metal grilles or open surfaces, a resin bonded surface makes cleaning easy. Leaves and pedestrian rubbish do not get caught up in the flooring surrounding the tree which means that at ground level things look a lot tidier and there is less to clean. Anything that does land there can be easily swept away manually or by mechanical sweeper.

As the resin bonded surfaces used for tree pits are permeable there is no potential for the tree to lack moisture and air. Whatever the tree would normally receive, it will continue to with a resin bonded surface. In the past, people often surrounded the tree base with paving slabs. This often looked neat but either prevented the tree from receiving all the water that it required or necessitated the need for water tubes which then had to be maintained at extra cost.

Finally, an important point in favour of resin bonded surfaces is that they are highly durable. Lasting years with virtually no maintenance required, they are a cost effective, attractive option for any street lined with tree pits.

If you would like to know more about our resin bonded surfaces then please contact Midland Decorative Surfaces for more information.

01
DEC
2016

The Advanced Performance of Resin Based Surfaces

When it comes to resurfacing a driveway, courtyard or pedestrian walkway, many property owners will initially weigh up whether to choose tarmac or block paving as their material of choice. However, if they looked into the options provided by resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems, they’d soon find that this method provides greater performance and could save them money in the long run. Let’s take a look at how resin based surfaces use technologies to improve performance:

 

Highly Resistant

 

Resin based surfaces are UV stable, meaning they won’t fade in sunlight, helping to keep the finish of the area to a high specification for many years to come. The surface will also be unaffected by spillages from liquids such as oil or fuel, a common occurrence on areas that experience high volumes of traffic.

 

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Flexibility

Even once the resin has set into place, the finished product will exhibit some degree of flexibility, helping to reduce the risk of the surface cracking over time. The durability and longevity of the resin based surfaces render it a long lasting and therefore economical choice for many different floor surface coverings.

Anti-Slip Surface

Unlike tarmac and block paving, resin bonded and resin bound surfacing provides the ultimate anti-slip surface. This is particularly important in areas of high traffic during wet or icy months, where the risk of slipping is greater.

Easy to Install

As the resin bound surface can be placed over the top of a suitable existing surface, this means there are no major excavations to be carried out and the product can be laid in a relatively short amount of time. Once the system has been applied, it can be walked on by pedestrians after just a couple of hours, and by vehicles after a few hours, therefore reducing downtime in often busy areas.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Due to the method of laying the gravel, customers can choose from a huge range of different coloured natural aggregates and gravels in order to produce a bespoke floor covering. From driveways which complement the brickwork of the home, to entrance paths for large corporations that pick out the company branding colours, unique patterns and designs can be created to match the requests of each customer. As the pieces of gravel or aggregate are bound to the base, there’s no worry of having loose stones seeping out on to the surrounding areas.

If you’re interested in using a resin based surface for your next project, give our team a call on 0121 766 8705 and we’ll talk you through your options.

31
OCT
2016

Top 5 Reasons for Using Resin Surfacing Outside Your Commercial Property

If you own a shop, restaurant or business whereby you have premises which are accessed by the public, it is highly likely that it will be your responsibility to upkeep and maintain the grounds of the property. You have a duty of care to protect your workers and any customers visiting your business and so following health and safety regulations is a must. In addition to this, you will no doubt want to maintain and take care of your shop front as first impressions are crucial to luring in new customers and creating the right impression of your business. Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why you should consider using resin surfacing outside your commercial property:

1. It’s practical

Whilst block paving certainly looks attractive, it requires excavation works to prepare the ground for the bricks. This is time consuming and expensive, and it could have an impact on the accessibility to your premises. Even having two or three days where your business needs to be closed to your customers could have a detrimental effect on your company finances. Resin bound and resin bounded surfacing however, can be laid on top of the existing surface and can be used normally after approximately 24 hours of being laid. A quick turnaround is vital in areas of high footfall.

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2. It looks good

The aggregate used in the project can include multiple colours, with patterns being created upon request. The resulting areas will look attractive and aesthetically pleasing to customers, improving the kerb appeal of your business front.

3. It’s simple to care for

Gravelled areas are notorious for looking messy after a few weeks or months, with loose gravel shifting from its original position. Block paving is also susceptible to weeds growing in the gaps between bricks, causing additional maintenance work. Resin surfacing however, is very low maintenance. Just occasional sweeping and minor cleaning can help the areas look pristine for years to come, and if required, an aggregate top-up can be applied to keep the area in tip top condition.

4. It provides adequate drainage

Other external flooring methods such as concrete and tarmac can cause water to pool following heavy rain. This puts members of the public at risk of slipping, and can also contribute towards flooding in severe cases. Resin surfacing allows rainwater to permeate through the surface and acts as a Sustainable Urban Drainage System, reducing the risk of slipping and flooding.

5. It is long lasting

A business owner will often look for a product which can offer longevity and value for money. Resin surfacing can offer just this, as most projects we have completed offer a life span of 8 to 15 years. Whilst tarmac and paved surfaces are susceptible to cracking and damage from weed growth, our resin bound or resin bonded surfaces are robust and durable.

If you would like to find out more about our resin bound and bonded gravel surfaces, please contact our team to make an appointment for a free, no obligation meeting by calling 0121 766 8705.

10
OCT
2016

Top Ideas for Renovating Your Driveway

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When someone visits your property, one of the first elements of your home they will see is your driveway. Whilst doors and windows are commonly thought to be the most important aspects of the exterior of your home for making a good impression, a unique and well-kept driveway can go a long way to increasing your property’s visual appeal.

If you are planning to renovate your driveway, it’s important to choose the right resurfacing option to make sure your driveway looks great, functions well and lasts for a long time. If you’re having trouble choosing from the many driveway surfacing options, we’ve put together some top tips for a unique driveway that will last for many years to come.

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Choose a low maintenance drive surface

Whilst a gravel driveway can look amazing, it takes a lot of work to keep your drive looking its best and keeping the aggregate evenly spread. Every time a vehicle moves up your drive, it’s likely that gravel will fly in every direction, so you’ll need to rake your driveway on a regular basis to keep it level. Resin bonded and resin bound surfacing systems provide the natural decorative appearance and grandeur of gravel, but with far less maintenance. Aggregate is bound together with resin, to provide a hardwearing, smooth and seamless driveway solution.

Make the most of colour and patterns

As with any of the exterior of your property, colour is the easiest way to change the appearance and increase the visual appeal of your driveway. With resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems, you can choose from a wide variety of different coloured aggregate so you can be as bold as you like. For a truly unique driveway, you can also incorporate patterns and designs by using different coloured aggregate in different areas.

Don’t forget about drainage

As well as focusing on the visual appeal of your driveway, it’s important to consider functionality. For any drive, drainage is important; you don’t want a driveway filled with large puddles. Resin bound and bonded surfacing systems provide excellent drainage as the surface is porous, allowing water to permeate through it.

By incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and allowing water to pass directly through to the underlying substrate, you remove the need to install expensive and complicated drainage systems.

Choose a surface to last

It’s important to consider that your driveway will be subjected to heavy vehicles driving and parking on it every day, so it will need to be able to take a fair bit of wear and tear. If the underlying concrete or tarmac of your driveway is in good condition, there’s no reason that resin bound surfacing and resin bonded surfacing systems can’t last as long as 15 years.

For more information on resin bound and resin bounded driveway installation, call Midland Decorative Surfaces today on 0121 766 8705 or email jack@fbservices.co.uk.

31
AUG
2016

What Makes Resin Surfacing Better Than Gravel, Concrete, Block Paving and Asphalt?

Resin surfacing is a relatively new form of surface which can be used in a wide range of applications, from public walkways and cycle paths, to driveways and other landscaping schemes.

 

Resin surfacing systems consist of a resin layer which acts as a glue to bind natural loose aggregates, for an aesthetically pleasing yet hardwearing surface. Resin bonded and resin bound are the two types of resin based surfacing, which use the same materials but differ in the way the aggregate is applied.

 

Resin bonded surfacing first applies the resin layer, on which the gravel is scattered on top. Resin bound surfacing combines the gravel and resin before the mixture is applied to the desired surface.

Both resin bonded and resin bound systems present a cost effective alternative to the more traditional surfacing materials and take on a number of other benefits for residential and commercial projects alike:

Resin surfacing vs. gravel

Although gravel surfaces have a very pleasing aesthetic appeal, the fact that the aggregates are loosely scattered means that they are prone to constant displacement when walked or driven over. Unfortunately this makes pristine gravel surfaces short-lived and brings about higher maintenance and replacement costs. Gravel surfaces are also prone to weed growth.

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Resin surfacing can be more expensive to install however it provides the same attractiveness as loose gravel and can last for years with little maintenance. Resin bonded and bound systems can utilise a wide variety of coloured aggregates, however it’s a more flexible option since it won’t move around or wear down as gravel would through heavy usage.

Resin surfacing vs. concrete

Concrete and imprinted concrete surfaces like resin bonded and bound, are easily applied and convenient for a range of purposes. However there are issues that arise with functionality, safety and maintenance.

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Resin surfacing systems are equipped with anti-slip finishes and prevent rapid water run-off, making them more weather resistant than other traditional surfaces. Concrete on the other hand can become slippery when wet and isn’t so resistant to winter conditions. The surface is prone to cracking and staining, demanding ongoing re-covering to restore its smoothness.

Resin based surfacing offers a much more attractive, and weather and stain resistant solution, without the need for the same level of refurbishment.

Resin surfacing vs. block paving

Block paving does allow for a more versatile design than traditional concrete surfaces, however it takes time to lay out the individual blocks whereas resin surfacing can be applied and sets simple and quickly. In fact, resin surfacing can be laid over any existing surface if in good condition, removing the need for excavation and the pre-laying additional costs.

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Because block paving is bedded on a layer of sharp sand, it can be easily displaced over time and like gravel is prone to weed growth in between the surface joints. Although there are diverse colour choices, the blocks used in the surfacing are essentially pigmented concrete, meaning that they may suffer from fading over time and the same maintenance issues as concrete.

Resin surfacing vs. asphalt

Asphalt and tarmac surfaces can be applied and set quickly, however they aren’t best suited to landscaping projects where aesthetics are important. Asphalt and tarmac gives an industrial appearance which resin based surfacing trumps. In resin based systems, multiple colours can be used to create pleasing patterns and imagery in spaces large and small.

Another benefit of resin surfacing is that it is highly porous, allowing water to permeate through the surface to the underlying substrate. This makes it a much more environmentally friendly choice than asphalt, meeting the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) regulations.

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Like concrete asphalt and tarmac have a poor resistance to weathering and require more maintenance than resin bonded and resin bound surfaces.

For anyone considering resin bonded or bound surfacing for their project, the Midland Decorative Surfaces team would be happy to advise you and run through your particular requirements. Simply call us on 0121 766 8705 or email jack@fbservices.co.uk.

04
AUG
2016

Schools Out for Summer so the Resin Bound Team Move in!

We’ve talked time and again about the durability and resilience of resin bound surfaces and nowhere are these benefits more welcome than in the busy educational environments of a university.

 

We recently completed a surfacing project at Nottingham Trent University, one of the new leading universities in the UK and famed for its first-class facilities and considerable investments made in the campus upgrades over the last twelve years.

 

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Taking advantage of the quieter months whilst students are on their summer break, the Midland Decorative Surfaces team installed resin bound surfacing at a thickness of 16mm to the walkways around the university grounds.

 

 

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Resin bound systems are ideal for heavily trafficked areas such as those around universities and schools because they offer the following benefits:

 

  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Life span of up to 15 years
  • Hard wearing and resistant to cracking
  • Porous – allowing water to permeate through the surface
  • Can be installed directly over tarmac or concrete

 

To find out more about our resin bound surface applications please call the Midland Decorative team today on 0121 766 8705.

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.

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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.