Frequently Asked Questions About Resin Bound Surfaces
What are the benefits of having using Resin Bound Surfaces to cover outside areas?
There numerous benefits of using Resin Bound Surfaces for external areas:-
Resin Bound Surfacing is made of porous material which makes it SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliant and this means that with a Resin Bound Surface you have peace of mind that you are helping to reduce the risk of flooding.
There are 50 different Resin Bound Surface colour mixes that can be used, which enable it to blend in well with any existing surrounding colour scheme.
Resin Bound Surfacing is ideal if you require a surface which needs minimal maintenance. (See maintenance section below). With Resin Bound Surfacing, there is no need for ongoing weeding or re-staining as you would expect if you used traditional block paving or decking surface covering.
Resin Bound Surfacing can be applied with an extra non slip surface coating, which helps to prevent slipping in rainy, wet, icy temperatures or wintery conditions.
Resin Bound Surfacing is attractive and will provide your driveway, path or outside area with year round tidiness.
Are there any complications that might arise when using a Resin Bound Surface?
Resin Bound Surfaces when applied correctly will provide a low maintenance, long lasting and attractive finish to your internal or external surface, it is therefore important to choose to employ a reputable and approved contractor to lay your Resin Bound Surface. To ensure a smooth, seamless finish, it is imperative that the base on which the Resin Bound Surface is applied to is solid and even. Kent Resin Bound Surfaces also offer additional landscaping and base preparation services.
It is important that different colour stones are blended well with each other on site, prior to laying them, as there may be slight colour variations between different batches of the same type.
In adverse cold and wet weather conditions, it may difficult to lay the Resin Bound Surface owing to the additional time it may take for the resin bonding to set.
Problems can arise if the top surface comes away from the sub base. Frost and moisture can get in if the surface has not been sealed correctly and the base it was applied to was unsuitable or uneven. In this event, simply repairing the surface without it showing is impossible. The problem area would need to be cut out and redone. In this instance, owing to the aging of the surrounding area and colour variations of replacement stone etc. it might be impossible to match the colour of the replacement with the existing area.
Repairs to this type of system as with tarmac or concrete cannot be done invisibly and would require a patch cutting out and resurfacing that given ageing of the original product and colour variations of stone would be impossible to hide.
Is there a warranty period for my Resin Bound Surface?
How do I maintain my resin bound surface?
Your resin bound surface should be regularly swept clean, removing leaves and detritus material in order to prevent moss growth. If the surface has been contaminated with by grease, oil or gum etc. it is best removed with the appropriate removal products.
In order to keep your surface looking its best and to prevent staining any moss or weed growth should be treated using an appropriate herbicide or weed killer. Any ingrained algal growth can be removed using an appropriate paving cleaner. The colour of the original resin bound surface can be restored by applying a strong bleach solution. The bleach solution should be applied in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and local environmental constraints. After application with the bleach the surface must be rinsed well with clean water or lightly jet washed. Please note that staining may occur from tanning if surfaces are not kept clean from leaf debris, twigs, conkers etc.
Ice and Frost
Salt can be used on the surface to help eliminate ice and frost. Once weather conditions return to normal the salt/grit needs to be washed off thoroughly to remove all traces.
General cleaning of the surface can be carried out by cold pressure washing up to a maximum 150 bar rating to remove dirt and grime. The water should be applied using a fan type lance which should be kept 200mm above the installed resin bound surface. Care should be taken however to prevent damage to the surface with excessive water pressure. If the surface is contaminated with any cement or concrete marks these can be removed using dilute hydrochloric acid or a proprietary cement remover. In all cases we recommend that a small area is carried out first to confirm suitability. Oil stains should be removed as soon as possible use a mild detergent as required to prevent possible staining and degradation of the surface.
What Areas Can Resin Bound Surfacing Be Used For?
Our resin bound surfacing has been designed for normal pedestrian and vehicular traffic use, therefore protection should be provided wherever possible against abnormal usage.
Abnormal usage would be classed as heavy objects such as skips. These should not be dragged across the surface; the resin bound surface must be protected in this instance to avoid any impact damage, staining, etc. It is recommended that point load from heavy objects such as motorbike stands etc., is avoided. Light colour Resin Bound Surfaces may show tyre marks, removal by pressure washing.