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Why our Driveway Systems are guaranteed to Please

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You may have read in the news recently about the unfortunate couple who ordered a resin drive only for it to start falling apart less than two years after completion.


Whilst they thought they were dealing with a trustworthy company, due in part to the five-year guarantee they were offered on their driveway, the reality was very different for these unlucky homeowners.


This news item got us thinking about the importance of finding tradesmen you can trust for all of your home and exterior improvements.

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Why choose us?

At Midland Decorative Surfaces we’ve got over 30 years’ experience of creating attractive, hardwearing surfaces for driveways, walkways and car parks.  This experience, combined with the fact we take our time to talk with our customers and get a really good understanding of their requirements before recommending a resin-bound or resin-bonded system, is what sets us apart from our competitors.


Driveways that are guaranteed

Midland Decorative clients can rest assured that our driveways are built to last as we offer a 10 year guarantee.  With virtually no maintenance required, resin bound or bonded driveways really are a cost effective and long-lasting option to improving the front of your property and providing a hardwearing surface for car parking, footfall and the odd ball game (provided it’s nowhere near the windows!).


The benefits of our driveway systems include:

  • Can be applied to most driveway surfaces
  • Cost effective and maintenance free
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Speedy installation


If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of our driveway systems please contact us today on 0121 766 8705 when you can arrange a meeting with one of our team or request a free no-obligation quotation.





Could A Resin Bound Surface Be Just What You Need For Your Driveway?

Elegance, simplicity and style can go a long way.  If you are looking for something prestigious and classy for your driveway, a resin bound surface could be ideal for you.  As a home owner, you may enjoy the thought of decorating your house to reflect your own personality and taste. From decorating bedrooms, to the kitchen and the rest of the interior of your home. Not only is this pleasing for you to look at – but it’s also great for when your home is the host of a family gathering, dinner party or a get together with friends. So why not extend that extra bit of TLC outside, and pave your driveway using a resin surface?


What Does It Look Like?

One of the first things people ask is “what will it look like?” Featuring a mix of subtle coloured pieces of gravel or resin, a solid surface is created to produce a driveway that will whisper sophistication without you having to say anything.

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Resin bound surfaces for your driveway can be created either using the same colour of gravel, or multi coloured pieces – depending on your personal preferences. This type of hardwearing material is a cost effective solution that provides you with a driveway that will require little maintenance.


Why Choose a Resin Bound Surface for a Driveway?

Resin bound surfaces can suit any type of home – but other than its attractive appearance, there are many other advantages, such as:

  • It is resistant to oil and petrol spillages
  • It doesn’t fade in UV sunlight
  • Can tolerate various temperatures
  • Can have motifs, logos, house numbers or anything else added to it
  • Unique colour schemes to incorporate unique designs



Who Would Be Able To Carry Out The Surfacing System Procedure?

As an approved contractor of resin bound surfaces, we can work with you to create the type of design you want.  Evaluating the exterior of your home, and the way your driveway is positioned will give our team an opportunity to customise your resin surface.

Although a relatively low cost solution compared to many more traditional surfacing materials, the quality of the resin surface will impress your guests, and will look as good as new for a very long time without the need for constant maintenance work – resulting in beautiful driveway to represent the home you live in. You will be hard pushed to find a more cost effective surface solution.


Midland Decorative Surfaces are an approved contractor with over 30 years of experience in creating attract and hard wearing surfaces.  For more information on resin bonded or resin bound surfacing systems, you can call us on 0121 766 8705.


Top 5 Reasons to Choose Resin Bound Surfaces

If you are looking for a smart and practical solution to surfacing your driveway, patio, pathway or walkway, a resin bound surfacing system is a great option and here are our top 5 reasons why:

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  1. The system is hardwearing and long lasting – with a typical lifespan of 8 to 15 years
  2. Resin bound systems require virtually no maintenance
  3. Can be installed directly over an existing surface such as tarmac – saving time and expense
  4. The surface is flexible, resistant to cracking and offers a smooth, anti-slip finish
  5. Different colours can be applied within the surfacing system and specific designs and logos can also be incorporated into the finish.


We’ve recently completed the podium area on our Barry Island project – as you’ll see from the photos below it really does make a great visual impact as well as providing a functional and practical solution for walkway areas.


During this project, we replaced the old tarmac pathways around the beachfront with a new resin bound surfacing system, perfect for the large number of tourists that this popular Welsh seaside resort welcomes each year.

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If you’d like to find out more about the advantages of resin bound systems for your driveway or pathway please contact Midland Decorative Surfaces on 0121 766 8705.

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Large Scale Resin Bound Surfacing Project at Barry Island Beachfront

Last month, as well as working on a large project closer to home at the Walsall Arboretum, Midland Decorative Surfaces also began working on regenerating the walkways along the beachfront at Barry Island, near Cardiff. Our work is set to be completed before the end of March.


resin bound surfacingBarry Island has been a popular tourist spot for British holidaymakers for many years and is well known for its beachfront. With thousands of people flocking to Barry Island every year, it is unsurprising that the existing tarmac pavement of the beachfront walkways is suffering from considerable wear and tear and is in need of repair.


For a project such as this, resin bound surfacing provides an ideal system for busy pathways. Whilst tarmac is relatively hardwearing, it is not necessarily aesthetically pleasing. Traditional gravel walkways can look great, but for areas likely to be full of pedestrians throughout the year, a gravel walkway would require constant maintenance and would also be likely to present a number of dangerous trip and slip hazards as the gravel moves around and becomes slippery when wet.


Resin bound surfacing provides the perfect solution for the Barry Island beachfront walkways, combining a cost-effective and hardwearing surface that is also extremely aesthetically pleasing to tourists and locals alike, helping to enhance their Barry Island experience. For the extensive changes to the beachfront, we are laying down a brand new surface of Addagrip Terrabound Trent Stone aggregate, bound together by specialist resin to form a completely fixed surface.


We are proud to be not only helping the local authorities to save money by reducing maintenance costs and helping to increase safety by reducing trip hazards, but also to be playing a part in improving the experience of visiting the famous Barry Island beachfront.


Midland Decorative Surfaces are specialists in providing resin bonded and resin bound surfacing systems, whether for domestic projects, or for huge commercial projects throughout the UK. With over 30 years of experience, we are proud to provide surfaces for all kinds of applications, combined with competitive prices.


Projects at Barry Island Beachfront and Walsall Arboretum This Month

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The month of February will be a busy month for Midland Decorative Surfaces as we will be involved in a number of large resin bound and resin bonded surfacing projects throughout the UK. We have been contracted to undertake a large surfacing job on the Barry Island beachfront, near Cardiff, as well as another sizeable project at the Walsall Arboretum.


Barry Island Beachfront
Our project in Barry Island is scheduled to start at the beginning of the month and is set to be finished by the end of March. With the existing tarmac pathways across the beachfront in need of repair, we have been contracted to replace this with a resin bound surfacing system, using Addagrip Terrabound Trent Stone aggregate.


Resin bound surfacing provides an aesthetically pleasing, safe and hardwearing surface that is ideal for busy pathways. Barry Island is a popular area to tourists and is well known for its beach, attracting large numbers of visitors every year. Whilst resin bound surfacing has the appearance of a traditional decorative gravel pathway, as the aggregate is set in special resin, it provides a fixed, anti-slip and low maintenance surface.


In addition to its great appearance, resin bound surfacing also provides a highly cost effective solution for the Barry Island beachfront pathways. Due to its long lasting life expectancy, and very low maintenance costs, resin bound surfacing systems provide a much cheaper option than block paved and tarmacked surfaces.


Walsall Arboretum


We are scheduled to complete a large project at the Walsall Arboretum by the end of February. For this project, we will be providing resin bonded surfacing in Addagrip Terrabound Trent Stone for much of the pathways around the Arboretum. Like Barry Island beachfront, the Walsall Arboretum, covering an area of over 80 acres, also attracts high volumes of visitors throughout the year. Like resin bound systems, resin bonded surfacing also provides a pathway that is safe and anti-slip, aesthetically pleasing, hardwearing and low maintenance.


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Why Choose Resin Bound Surfacing Over Block Paving For Your London Home

Whilst block paving has been hugely popular for London driveways for many years, resin bound surfacing is quickly taking over as the top choice or residential surface paving. So what are the main reasons to choose resin bound surfacing over traditional block paving? :


Firstly, resin bound surfacing systems are a much cheaper option than block paving. On many occasions, this particular surface is as much as half the price of a professional block paving job, whilst still looking fantastic.


Whereas in many cases, the choice of different colours and finishes in block paving is somewhat limited, this isn’t the case with resin bound surfaces, which can be provided in a considerable number of colours and finishes. Due to the vast choice in different aggregate materials available, and the ability to mix different aggregates to create unique colour patterns, resin bound systems can create a highly decorative, yet natural looking appearance.


Whereas it is likely that any existing surface would need to be dug up to be able to lay block paving properly, resin bound surfaces can be laid on top of any stable base. Whereas extras costs may be incurred when contractors dig up your old surface to install block paving, this is not the case for resin bound driveways, paths and patios. Surfaces such as concrete or even timber or steel decking are ideal for resin bound surfaces. Should a concrete or tarmac surface be damaged, they can easily be repaired to be made suitable for a resin bonded surface.


One of the biggest benefits of choosing resin bound surfacing for your London home rather than block paving, is that it takes very little maintenance. It is highly unlikely that a resin bound system will require repairing during its lifespan, and it is very easy to keep clean and presentable. Resin surfaces can be cleaned simply by scrubbing with detergents, and using a pressure washer on a low setting. Resin bound surfacing also prevents weeds from growing through, whereas block paving is very prone to this and requires regular maintenance.

Life Expectancy

In many cases, resin bound surfacing systems can be expected to last from 8 to 15 years, depending on its usage. In many cases, this is much longer than the time that block paving is expected to last, especially on a busy driveway.

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What is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems?

As well as resin bound surfacing, resin bonded surfacing systems are also an effective and popular alternative to block paving. Whilst both systems look very similar, the installation process is different. Whereas resin bound surfacing is made by mixing aggregate in with resin before applying to the base surface, the resin bonded process involves first applying resin bond to the base surface, before then scattering aggregate over this.

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The Benefits of a Resin Bonded Surfacing System for your Path or Driveway

For many decades, gravel has been a popular choice for large driveways, pathways and patio areas throughout Britain, with various colours of aggregate used to provide an attractive entrance to a house or commercial building. However, there are some negatives to using loose gravel for driveways and paths:


  • Loose gravel and aggregate can be a trip hazard
  • As loose gravel is not kept in place, a gravel driveway or pathway can require a lot of maintenance. For a surface that is used regularly, whether walked or driven on, gravel must be raked or brushed on a regular basis to make sure that it stays neat, tidy and on an even level.


If you want to achieve the appearance of a gravel driveway but are put off by the associated negative elements, you should choose a resin bonded surfacing system for your drive or pathway. A resin bonded drive provides similar aesthetics to a traditional gravel drive, but is a far safer, lower maintenance and harder wearing surface, devoid of the problems commonly associated with loose gravel. With an anti-slip surface, a resin bonded system can be applied to numerous surfaces and is an equally excellent solution for a footpath or a large driveway.

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What is a resin bonded surfacing system?


To achieve the appearance of a traditional gravel surface, a specialist resin is spread onto a concrete or tarmac surface, before gravel is scattered evenly on top. As it lays on the resin, the aggregate is bonded together, creating a solid, non-slip surface. Once the resin is cured and set, any excess gravel can then be swept away, leaving a neat and tidy appearance. To achieve this appearance from loose aggregate would take regular maintenance.


In addition to being relatively maintenance free, a resin bonded drive has a lengthy life expectancy. Depending on the nature of your resin bonded surface, whether it is used as a driveway, or a pathway, and how often it is used, it can last between 8 and 15 years before having to be repaired or replaced.


Due to the vast array of different natural and recycled aggregates that are readily available, resin bonded surface systems can be used for many applications, providing a quirky alternative standard tarmac, block paving, or even concrete drives, pathways or patios. Resin bonded surfaces are increasingly common in:


  • Car parks
  • Garage floors
  • Pedestrian walkways and areas
  • Patios
  • Stonework
  • Block paving and paving slabs


Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd can provide professional installation of all types of resin bonded aggregate surfaces for a wide range of applications. To find out more information about our services, you can visit or call us on 0121 766 8705 to arrange a free, no obligations meeting with a member of our team.



Back at the Botanical Gardens with our Resin Bound Systems

So far the autumn and winter have been mild, which means we’ve been able to press ahead and complete the projects which the snow and ice may have otherwise held up.  Take for instance this latest project completed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Yes, we’re back there again!  After successfully finishing a resin bound walkway outside the Arid greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens, we returned to carry out another project.resin bound system

This time it was the turn of the rock garden steps.  Firstly, we concreted over the area and then it was laid in a resin bound system, using 5mm Rhine gold mix aggregate, to match the footpath area around the Arid House.

Why did we use a resin bound system?

  • It is ideal for footpaths that experience a high volume of traffic
  • It creates a smooth, hard wearing surface
  • It has an anti-slip finish which makes it ideal for footpaths and other walkways
  • Though it looks like the stones are loose, the resin bound system ensures that everything stays in place and the footpath will remain tidy and safe for up to fifteen years.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offer a green and tranquil landscape just one and a half miles outside of Birmingham city centre.  With vibrant plants and flowers, lively birdhouses and tropical greenhouses to take in, there is something for everyone at this popular tourist attraction.

Next time you visit, take a look at your feet and you might just recognise the handy work of Midland Decorative Surfaces in the footpaths you are walking on.

To find out more about this project or the benefits of resin bound footpaths please contact us today on 0121 766 8705.




Resin Bound Surfacing Project for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We are proud to have recently completed a resin bound surfacing project for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is located just one and half miles outside of Birmingham City Centre, in Edgbaston. The gardens were first opened almost 200 years ago and span 15 acres.


We were contracted to provide new surfacing for a footpath outside of the Garden’s Arid House. The new ground surfacing was laid in a resin bound system, using 5mm Rhine gold mix aggregate.


The Arid House is a glasshouse that is built to house plants that thrive in climates with a very low and irregular rainfall, as well as plants that grow in dry locations such as cliffs or tree branches, such as Cacti and other plants that survive in harsh environments.


Resin bound surfacing is ideal for a footpath for a venue such as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is host to large numbers of visitors throughout the year. Resin bound surfacing creates a smooth, hardwearing walkway with an anti-slip finish. Aggregate is mixed with a resin and then covered by a clear polyurethane binder, preventing any loose gravel from creating slipping hazards.


Rhine gold mix aggregate was chosen to create a natural looking surface that matches the dry, desert-like environment that the plants in the Arid House require. Whilst the aggregate may look like loose, sandy stones, typical of a dry landscape, the resin bound system ensures that they will stay in place, leaving a tidy and safe walkway for up to 15 years.


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