Historically, path areas and yards around blocks of flats and community housing have been created with inexpensive and inefficient surfacing such as concrete, slabs or tarmac. These traditionally used methods have been used for many years and so it was assumed that these surfaces were probably best due to their widespread use. These surfaces have major drawbacks though, such as
Weed growth, requiring regular maintenance to protect the integrity of the surface
Destabilisation and degradation, which can lead to trips and falls. A huge risk to the elderly and vulnerable
Impermeability, creating a greater risk of surface water flooding, as well as an increase in risk of slips in puddles or ice in colder months
Unsightliness. Neither concrete or tarmac are attractive and are generally only ever black or grey.
Resin bound gravel is a perfect type of surfacing for paths and yards around flats as it doesn’t have the same drawbacks as mentioned above. Resin bound is a permeable and continuous type of surfacing which looks beautiful all year round. In terms of maintenance it can simply be pressure-washed and sprayed with weedkiller if absolutely necessary. This can massively reduce the amount of time, and therefore money, to keep the paths and surfaces around blocks of flats to a minimum.
Resin Bound Gravel for Commercial Paths
These benefits of resin bound gravel don’t just apply to a domestic or dwelling setting and the rewards of using resin bound paths around commercial or leisure sites such as shopping centres, shopping malls, camping and caravan sites, racetracks and horse racecourses to name just a few.
Practically anywhere that has a requirement for a footpath which is anti-slip, low-maintenance and highly attractive can benefit from swapping existing hardcore, tarmac, concrete or slabbed paths for resin bound gravel pathways. The cost benefit in reduced maintenance costs of these paths around commercial sites can help to effectively pay back the alteration over just a few years. If the existing paths are relatively sound and are free from crumbling areas, pot holes or cracks, the bound gravel can simply be laid on top of the existing surface, bringing down the cost of installation and speeding up installation time.