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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.