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

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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.

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.