Resin Bonded Driveways

It’s great to be able to display a faultlessly sculpted driveway that has some flair. Because, when it comes to houses, every detail counts! We’d all want a weed-free driveway, that is seemingly always ready for guests and friends, yes? A driveway that can achieve a pristine look without having to spend hours pressure washing and weeding.

Now, resin bonded driveways are such a solution. It will rejuvenate your property – outside and inside.

ABOUT RESIN BONDED DRIVEWAYS?

Resin bonded surfacing, also referred to as scatter coat, coat system or broad coat, is installed by scattering loose dried natural or synthetic aggregates onto a coating of polyurea resin epoxy that has been spread over a firm sub-surface – this could be a Tarmacadam or Concrete surfacing.

A thick screed of resin coat is first applied atop a firm base using a squeegee before the chosen fine aggregates are scattered over the tacky resin to create beautiful paths, heritage sites, regeneration projects, drives, carparks, driveways or other lightly trafficked environments. The excess aggregates are then brushed away leaving a more textured finish.

A resin bonded driveway will give your house or property all the appeal of a loose gravel drive, but without the obvious hassle of the movement from loose gravel. It’s hard-wearing and requires very little maintenance.

WHAT MAKES RESIN BONDING SUCH A GREAT SOLUTION AND HOW IS IT THAT IT CREATES SUCH STUNNING EFFECTS?

There is something about the wide range of colours and shades available for resin bonded paving finishes. This is perhaps the main reason why the demand for resin bonded driveways is increasing year on year. You can select colours that would blend in fully with the surrounding environment.

IS RESIN BONDED DRIVE PERMEABLE?

Resin bonded driveways are applied differently from resin bound driveways. The resin coat is applied directly onto a firm base such as concrete or tarmac. The result is a non-permeable surface that is not SUDS compliant. If you’re looking for a permeable driveway, then resin bonded surfacing may not be the best option for you. Instead, a resin bound system would be more suitable.

Despite that challenge, resin bonded driveways still offer unique and superior features over concrete, tarmac and block paving. These include:

• They are long-lasting and can endure harsh use
• Clean construction process
• Aesthetically appealing
• Minimum maintenance
• Resistant to mould, weed and discolouration
• Great anti-slip properties
• Can be customised to your liking
• They have the decent traction that is ideal for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Now, you must be asking yourself, why then should I consider having a resin bonded driveway installed instead of a resin bounded drive. Well, a resin bonded surfacing offers some unique advantages:

• Fast: the surface can be trafficked in as little as 2 hours.
• Easy to apply
• Cheaper: since the expensive resin is only used at the base, the amount of resin is lesser than when coating all the aggregates with the resin.
• Versatile: The resin can be applied to awkward areas such as building walls and steps.

RESIN BONDED OR RESIN BOUND?

If you’re looking for a hard-wearing, natural-looking and impervious surfacing, then resin bonded surfacing with an elastomeric waterproofing membrane would be more appropriate. Some of the environments needing a total waterproofed surfacing and where resin bonding is most appropriate include:

• Roof gardens
• Balconies
• Verandas
• Multi-deck car parks

 

Enormous Ideas for a Container Garden

The idea of container gardening is one of the most flexible and effective gardening options for those living in the city and with limited space or land. It involves selecting plants, preparing the potting mixture, and choosing correct pots. If you are about to start your own container garden, this article will surely help you. Read along and discover more.

When we speak of container gardening, it refers to the growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers and pots. Thus, it is necessary to have a huge area of garden to practice this type of gardening properly. On the contrary, a small balcony or patio is also an option as you decorate the area with healthy vegetables and attractive flowers. Container gardening is also an element of indoor gardening, thus it is also a great option for those people living in crowded residential areas. It is a beneficial option as well for people who live in area with problematic soil and limited accessibility. The mobility of container plants provides variety of options for gardeners when it comes to garden arrangements, designs, and layouts.

The ideas for container gardening are countless. Any kind of container or pot can be used in container garden as long as it can hold the soil. As you select the containers for your plants, make sure that it does not contain toxic paints. Try to avoid the use of wood containers applied with toxic chemicals. Exposing the container plants to optimal sunlight is the basic key; however, sunlight exposure will still depend on the variety or type of your preferred garden plants. In addition, prevent soil water logging on the container plants.

Selecting the container is an important container garden idea. Any containers made of iron; concrete, wood, plastic, and other metals can be used for your garden plants. An unused watering can, bucket, or container can also be used as containers. Even old sneakers or work boots may create appealing features for your container garden. Apart from these household items, you can also buy unique containers such as flowerpots, planter boxes, or hanging baskets from any gardener stores. If you want durability, avoid think plastic containers since it deteriorate faster once exposed to sunlight. It would be best to use glazed ceramic pots with various drainage holes instead. Nevertheless, any type of container will do for your container garden as long as it has drainage holes or wide openings at the bottom area.

Potting soil plays a major role in container gardening. An effective potting mixture will complete your experience in container gardening. Normally, garden soils alone are not an option for a potting mixture because it is heavy to hold. Instead, it is recommended to use prepared potting mixture that consists of farmyard compost, sandy soil, garden soil, and other organic fertilizer. Of course, good drainage and correct watering are necessary for this potting mixture in order to prevent waterlogged soil. Waterlogging of the soil can extremely kill container plants and rot their roots.

Plant options for container gardens are variable. There are vibrant-colored flowers and houseplants that you can choose. Nowadays, most gardeners grow tomatoes, herbs, squash, lettuce, pepper, strawberries, and citrus plants in the containers. Some gardeners prefer who grow seasonal plants in the containers since it can be harvested easily, thus giving chances to other plants in the container garden to grow.