Local councils have increasingly been incorporating the addition of a resin surface into public spaces in favour of grass and concrete.
Whilst the principal reason for this decision is due to financing (as with the majority of local council decisions), that is not to say that the inclusion of a resin surface in a public space is not without several other important benefits that can help to improve outdoor areas.
Transforming a Public Space with a Resin Surface
When deciding which surface to use to improve an outdoor space, councillors are conscious of three main factors – safety, maintenance and aesthetics.
A resin drive scores highly in all of these areas as well as being the most economical option, hence it is no surprise that resin surfaces are becoming the preferred option amongst local councils across the country.
1. Resin Surface Safety
It seems quite unbelievable that children’s playgrounds of the 1970s and 1980s used tarmac and concrete surfaces. What with the rise in compensation culture, town and city planners have doubled down on making sure that their public spaces are safe as well as affordable.
Concrete and flagstones are prone to cracking and becoming unbalanced, leading to the risk of trips and nasty falls. Resin, on the other hand, is a much softer surface that is effectively laid as a single piece of material. To this end, a resin surface does not crack or become uneven, meaning that it remains safe and is the most sensible option available in terms of a long-term preventative safety measure.
2. Resin Surface Maintenance
Concrete paving slabs and flagstones attract all manner of dirt within their gaps. This grease and grime accumulates over time, looks unsightly and becomes a chore to remove. Chewing gum also seems to decorate these concrete canvases like an unfinished Jackson Pollock painting.
As such, public spaces that use concrete and flagstones tend to require much more maintenance work to be carried out on them than public spaces that utilise a resin surface. Due to the manner in which resin surfaces are installed as a singular piece of material, dirt has no opportunity to accumulate within grooves.
Resin driveway are also permeable and allow rainwater to filter through them; the resin surface is not continually eroded by weather conditions and retains its lustre in the long term. The ability to filter water also means that a resin bound surface does not fall victim to pooling and ice patches.
3. Aesthetically Pleasing
Concrete and tarmac provide quite an industrial and drab visual and are generally only available in grey and black, not the most welcoming or relaxing of colours.
Technological advancements in the manufacturing of resin have increased its popularity massively. The cost of manufacturing resin surfaces has decreased significantly over the past twenty years, meaning that the product can be offered to the consumer in a variety of colours and at a more economical cost.
Resin Surfaces for the Homeowner
The benefits that resin surfaces offer to the general public in an open space are similarly beneficial to a homeowner who may be considering the addition of a resin bound driveway or patio. Resin bound surfaces offer the homeowner a safe and economical option that requires very little maintenance – nothing more than a light sweep every couple of weeks.
Similarly, the range of colours that resin is available in means that you can easily incorporate a resin pathway or drive into the existing features of your external landscaping.