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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.