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 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 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.
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.