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    An Introduction to Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Surfaces

    Installing a rsein bound driveway in Hawkshaw

    Installing a resin bound driveway in Hawkshaw

    Complete Driveway Designs now installs resin bonded driveways. As promised in January, here is a description of our new product, and what it can offer to our customers.

    The product we use is manufactured by Adbruf, and is a flexible two-part solvent-free polyurethane hybrid resin. In non-techno babble, this is the actual glue that holds the materials together. It can either be applied first with an aggregate laid on top (resin bonded), or mixed with an aggregate before application (resin bound). The aggregates themselves can be almost anything, ranging from granite, wood, quartz tarmac, rubber and of course concrete, and can be any colour, shape or size.

    Once finished it gives the appearance of loose aggregate, but is actually very strong and suitable for vehicles to be parked on. It also creates a surface with a good deal of friction, great for winter weather or areas with ramps.

    One of the main advantages of this type of surface is that it is fully permeable, meaning it lets water through and therefore there is no need for extra drainage to be installed. Non-permeable surfaces like tarmac or concrete usually require drainage in order to comply with government water regulations.

    If you would like a free, no-obligation quotation for a resin bound or resin bonded driveway or patio, or would like any information about the process, then please get in touch on 01706 827180 or leave a message here.

    Case Study – March Drive, Brandlesholme

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway

    Installed in November 2012, this particular customer asked for our details from a former customer of ours after being impressed by our work. They wanted a transformation to both the back and front of their property with a new pattern imprinted driveway and patio.

    On preparation a large planter was removed from the front of the property, which opened the driveway up significantly, providing much needed space. Steps were built to the rear of the property within a new wall that we built to provide stepped access to the raised area, and a half moon step was installed to the front of the property providing access to the front door. Both sets of steps were formed using charcoal KL blocks.

    Another wall was built between our customer’s property and their neighbour using Marshallite buff block, the same block used to the rear of the property. The walls were then topped with coping stones. When deciding on the pattern and colour of the pattern imprinted concrete, the customer chose russet and the Ashlar slate pattern.

    To view the complete case study complete with photos, click here

    Top 5 Patio Games

    One of the many reasons that families invest in pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios, is to maximise their usable outdoor space and give the kids more room to play.

    Our top patio game - Giant Jenga!

    Our top patio game - Giant Jenga!

    Patio games are a great way to enjoy time together outdoors, so we’ve pulled together our list of top five favourites.

    1. Giant Jenga! Using large blocks, ‘children’ of all ages can have fun recreating this classic game on large scale. The game’s tower can be built up to 5 feet high and it’s ideal for parties or BBQs. Either buy an outdoor set, or craft your own!

    2. The archetypal bizarre British classic, outdoor Twister offers hours of twisting fun for up to 40 people! ‘Get Knotted’ is based on the original game and is 3m x 3m in size – ideal for a large party after a few rounds of punch!

    3. Perfect for smaller children, giant Snakes and Ladders is great fun for the family – including a giant inflatable dice that you toss in the air.

    4. A favourite with pub beer gardens, Big 4 Connect 4 is always a best seller, and also perfect for smaller spaces, thanks to its vertical build.

    5. Finally, an old classic re-mastered for the outdoors – chess is perfect for getting grandparents involved in family fames, and teaching kids this ancient game of strategy whilst enjoying the sunshine.

    Photo by Jam343

    How Do (or rather did) You Make the Most of Your Patio In Summer

    The great British summer. The phrase brings up heartwarming images of endless lazy days in sunny glades and picturesque parks or by riverbanks, sipping Pimms or Cider, eating Strawberries and Barbecued food and listening to the cricket on the radio. Or alternatively, sitting inside a grubby caravan, looking solemnly out the window and wishing it would stop raining.

    Stiff upper lip, old chap. Whatever your situation is, you’ll be sure to have a great summer, and regularly enjoy some quality time in the comfort of your own patio, especially if you take some of our advice on board!

    1. Whether your pattern imprinted concrete patio is a huge sprawling affair or fairly compact, you should choose furniture and other accessories to suit – make sure it doesn’t become too crowded. A little feng shui goes a long way, and you need space to breathe.
    2. Make your patio the ultimate place for relaxation – get yourself a comfy sun lounger to chill out and read or enjoy the sun. And a stylish wooden table and chairs set can bring the whole family together beautifully for a meal, a nice chat and a drink, or to play a game together.
    3. Al fresco dining is a lovely way to feed everyone – getting some fresh air really can add to the dining experience. Also, why not cook AND eat outside? Get yourself a mobile BBQ unit or even build a brick BBQ into your patio.
    4. Gardening is a great summer pass time – why not have create some beautiful flower beds around your patio, and spice it up with some hanging baskets, trestles or climbers?
    5. Water! On a hot summers day, get out the paddling pool, the hosepipe and the water pistols. This is one fight that won’t spoil your day!
    6. You should also consider shade carefully – both to get out of really hot sun, and to hold off the rain when the weather adopts a more typically British flavour. A nice big parasol will do the trick nicely, or perhaps a gazebo? A parasol can fit into the centre of many tables, and a gazebo could be put up when you fear the rain, and taken down again afterwards.

    Maintaining And Caring For Your Pattern Imprinted Concrete Patio

    So, you’ve decided to get a nice new pattern imprinted concrete patio installed, to make your back garden look great and cut down on upkeep time. But you want to keep it looking nice in the distant future, as well as just after installation, don’t you? You should therefore start thinking about maintenance and upkeep now, and follow our simple advice.

    Make sure it is sealed properly, with a suitable sealant for your specific surface. This is necessary to protect both colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts. With these properly positioned – especially around weak points such as manholes and drains – you can minimise cracking and other structural problems.

    You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – exactly how often will depend on your particular situation, but it should be in the region of every 2 to 5 years. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss likes to grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, leading to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.

    Be careful also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Problem substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.

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