24th August 2020

All About Our Resin Bound Systems

Here at MCG Epoxy Coatings Ltd, we specialise in providing with epoxy coatings and floor screeds for commercial purposes, providing those across the UK with resin and polyurethane flooring systems for over ten years. Today we’re going to focus on our provision of resin bound systems.

What is Resin Bound Surfacing?

You may have heard resin bound surfacing being referred to as ‘stone carpet’ as it gives the smooth appearance of being laid like a carpet, and is able to incorporate different patterns. Resin bound surfacing involves a mixture of aggregate stones and resin, created by using a forced action mixer. It is often overlaid across a tarmac or concrete bed in areas such as driveways, small car parks and footpaths.

What is the Difference Between Resin Bound and Resin Bonded?

Due to the similarities of the terms, we often get questioned about the difference between resin bound surfacing and resin bonded surfacing. Preston builders can be under the incorrect assumption that these two systems are the same. However, resin bonded surfacing does not have the same advantages as resin bound surfacing. Resin bonded surfacing differs in that it involved applying a film of resin to the surface, and the clean, dry aggregate is scattered above it to cover the resin. This then sets, and excess stone is swept away. Using stones between 1mm and 6mm, this surface is thin and impermeable and offers a rougher, more textured finish. This non-permeable, single stone layer surface is often adhered to the resin on one side, therefore the stones can become loose and scatter.

What are the Advantages of Resin Bound Surfacing?

In contrast to the aforementioned, resin bound surfacing results in a permeable, durable, accessible multi-layered surface, and due to the smooth finish from each stone being fully covered in the resin and immediately laid, you don’t need to worry about stones becoming loose. The depth of the surface can very between 12mm and 24mm, depending on the size and type of stone used, as well as the application. This surfacing solution is also the only solution which is inherently slip resistant in wet conditions due to the texture of the aggregate, offering a great strength and durability. Furthermore, it is resistant to both weeds and frost, which could otherwise be causes for falls. It has the advantage of being able to be installed over any area, combining a surface that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

What about SUDS Compliancy?

Another important feature of resin bound surfacing that concerns many Preston builders is the issue of SUDS compliancy. This type of flooring has a further advantage being SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) compliant.  As we know, once it is set, a resin bound surface is permeable. This means that water can easily drain away through the top layer to the base layer below, ensuring SUDS compliancy.  When applied to a carefully cambered substrate, water won’t pool to form puddles, meaning that any potential flood risks are also lessened.

Contact Us

Based in Preston, if you would like to find out more about our resin bound systems or any other products and services, please get in touch with us by completing our online contact form, or by emailing us at info@mcgepoxycoatings.com. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on 07707 129523 and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have for us.

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