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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.

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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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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


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.


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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.


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.


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.

resin bonded tree pits


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:

resin bound surfacing Barry Island

  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.