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

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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.

resin bound surfacing

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.

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30
SEP
2015

The Versatility of Resin Based Surfacing

Flexible, resistant and long-lasting, resin based surfacing is a highly effective solution to creating a decorative surface which is fit-for-purpose for a large variety of applications. Resin bonded and resin bound surfacing is a newer development in the paving market, becoming a more popular choice for both commercial and residential projects through the significant advances made in polymer and epoxy resins in the last few decades.

 

Consisting of gravel and an adhesive resin, the porous yet hard-waring surfacing is extremely versatile, as it creates an accessible and usable surfaced space to suit a range of requirements.

 

 

resin based surfacingWhat Is Resin Based Surfacing Used For?

 

Resin based surfacing, either bonded or bound, can be applied to existing or new surfaces. The mixture is generally overlaid on concrete, tarmac, or other stable substrates. This makes the surfacing suitable for a great many areas, both indoor and outdoor, some of which include:

-          Pedestrian areas and cycle paths

-          Car parks and driveways

-          Office and housing developments

-          Landscaping schemes

-          Heritage sites
The gravel-resin finish can substitute traditional surfacing over stonework, paving, patio, and gravel. This is a highly versatile option compared with these higher maintenance alternatives, simply due to its capacity for effective use and stability over so many different areas.

 


Any Shape, Any Size

 
The mixture forming resin based surfacing requires few materials and can be applied quickly and easily. Additionally it is a useful product for the resurfacing of areas of any size, and can be set to cover spaces of more complex shapes. Resin bonded or bound surfacing is currently applied in small residential projects to large scale developments, to suit varied levels of use. Its resilience to weather conditions, temperature changes and substances such as oil, along with its anti-slip quality, makes it a practical option for both businesses and individual use. Resin based surfacing is therefore adaptable to function for the specific needs of those using it, and can enhance an area of any shape, size, or budget.

 
Resin based surfacing allows for a number of options for design, as the natural aggregates and gravels can be made in a wide range of colours, and the surfacing comes in different finishes. Often, a number of colours can be used together to form patterned surfaces, company logos or decorative designs for landscaping projects. Unlike other types of surfacing, resin based surfaces are highly versatile to meet the practical needs of a project, as well as providing a tailored design that creates visual impact.

 
Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd offers a professional installation of all types of resin bound and bonded gravel surfaces for all types of applications. If you’re interested in getting resin based surfacing, or would like a Free, no obligation meeting to discuss your particular project requirements, please give us a call us on 0121 766 8705 or email us at contact@decorativesurfaces.co.uk.

03
SEP
2015

Make a Statement with your Driveway

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rhine gold resin boundWhen you invite people to your home, you no doubt want to make a good impression by taking the care to get the exterior and interior aesthetics of your home just right. By making simple changes like painting your door in a colour that sets the tone for the rest of your house, ensuring that your walls are clean, or even just by making sure the entrance to your house is well lit. However, you can make an impression on visitors even before they arrive at your front door.

 

By installing a resin based driveway at the front of your property, as well as ensuring that your drive is safe, low maintenance, hardwearing and resilient, you can make a statement about your home and personality. Resin bound and resin bonded surfaces for driveways are available in a very wide choice of finishes, so depending on your personal taste, you can choose a driveway that is bold and colourful, a mixture of different tones, or a simple, natural looking gravel appearance.

 

Colour causes an emotional reaction and as your driveway is one of the first things that visitors to your home will see, a statement resin surface could have a strong effect on guests. Whilst a loose gravel driveway in bold colours would take a lot of maintenance and upkeep, a resin bonded or resin bound driveway ensures that the entrance to your home stays looking its best.

 

We recently completed work on a large driveway in Knowle, near Solihull. Our clients were looking to add to the gold theme of the front of their home and decided on a resin bound driveway in rhine gold aggregate.

 

resin bound driveway

 

If you are interested in updating your driveway to make a bigger impression on visitors to your home, please call the Midland Decorative Surfaces team on 0121 766 8705 for more information.

28
JUL
2015

How Resin Based Driveways Work

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Resin based surface systems have been around for some time. In many cases when colour is used on public walkways, or red bus lanes and green cycle paths are laid, this is very likely to be a resin bound or bonded system. Whilst this kind of surfacing is very common in public areas, resin bound driveways are currently less common. However, there are many benefits to choosing a resin bound system for your driveway.

For many years, gravel driveways have been extremely popular, with many households attempting to imitate the gravel paths leading to stately homes in the country. However, although gravel can look extremely effective, there are many downfalls to choosing a gravel based driveway. As gravel is loose, it goes without saying that gravel drives and paths take a lot of upkeep as gravel must constantly be raked or brushed back into position.

On a busy driveway, that is likely to be used by cars on a regular basis, or even a lot of pedestrians, areas of the drive can commonly start to look bare without someone regularly manipulating the gravel to ensure it remains in an even layer. If a driveway is flanked by a garden, it’s not uncommon for the lawn to quickly become covered in gravel.

How does a resin based surface work?

Whilst resin based products have very similar aesthetics to gravel, a resin based driveway requires much less maintenance. Resin effectively acts as a glue to hold gravel or a wide variety of other aggregates in place in a single layer, creating a finished surface that looks as grand as gravel, but without the associated maintenance and without the associate trip and slip hazards. A particular benefit of resin based surfacing is that it is well suited to sloped driveways as all aggregate is held in place. Gravel on the other hand, is not well suited at all to slopes, as the natural gravity leads gravel to slide downwards, especially when subjected to traffic.

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The difference between resin bonded and resin bound?

  • Resin bonded driveways – a layer of resin is pre-laid, before gravel or aggregate is scattered over it in a single layer and spread evenly before it sets. Resin bonded driveways are easier to lay and are usually cheaper as the layer of resin is thinner than in resin bound surfaces.
  • Resin bound driveways – aggregate and resin are mixed together and then applied to the surface. The resin layer is thicker than with resin bonded surfaces and as a result, it is important to install an edging course around the driveway.

Both resin bonded and resin bound driveways must be applied to a hard surface, so an ugly concrete or tarmac drive can easily be covered, providing it is smooth, level and crack free.

If you are looking to convert your driveway to a resin bonded or resin bound surfacing system, call us today on 0121 766 8705 to arrange a free no obligation meeting with one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff.

03
JUL
2015

Tree Pits

tree pitThe age old dilemma of parking the car in a busy street.

For many people, in various areas of the country, parking at home is a real issue. The majority of housing in the country was built before families had more than one car, and the dilemma about where cars can be parked in urban areas is a constant one.

 

To some extent, many people have solved the issue by choosing to lose their front gardens, replacing them with a hard standing or driveway. This provides some capacity, but at a cost. Homeowners are now finding the front garden is a means of conversing with the neighbours, and of enabling rain to be absorbed without flooding.

 

Others make full use of the pavements outside. The obvious downside to this is that the pavement can become very difficult to use for traffic on foot – and when that traffic is people in wheelchairs, or parents with pushchairs and young walking toddlers, it can be dangerous.

 

Will pavement parking ever be a thing of the past?

There has been talk since the 1970′s of making parking on the pavement an illegal activity but it has only come to fruition in a few areas of the country such as London and Exeter. Right now we have a private members bill looking at the issue on a national scale again so it is a real possibility that pavement parking in the UK could become a thing of the past.

 

Providing alternative parking capacity is indeed a challenge and there are a few different methods being tested out here and in other countries. But if we were to get our pavements back into full pedestrian use, what could we do to make the best use of them?

 

Using trees to enhance the paving area

Most of us find tree lined streets aesthetically pleasing. There is nothing like greenery to make us humans feel at one with nature and there are endless studies that indicate the wellbeing effect of that. But in the modern age we want those trees to be well presented and cared for and we want to use them fully.

 

Tree Pits as the Solution

Introducing tree pits is an proven method of making the trees in a street look good and last, and create more usable space. With their natural decorative appearance, tree pits keep our walkways a pleasant place to be whilst ensuring that the base of the tree is kept clean and tidy and does not attract litter. With their porous qualities there is no need to worry about creating an unnatural environment prone to flooding and water run off or to be concerned about the condition of the tree as it can naturally access all the water it needs. Tree pits are also a great way to add to the paving environment, making all areas around the tree suitable for light to heavy footfall.

 

If you would like to know more about the range of tree pits we have to offer please call us at Midland Decorative Surfaces on 0121 766 8705.

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