Keeping Your Resin Bound Surface Safe and Slip-Free in Winter
Resin bound surfaces have grown immensely popular in recent years, thanks to their stunning looks, low maintenance, and durability. And that's not all - these surfaces can withstand almost anything. However, as winter sets in, resin bound surfaces are susceptible to becoming slippery hazards due to the snow, ice, and frost. It's crucial to take proper measures to withstanding the harsh weather conditions to avoid accidents. In this article, we will explore some useful tips on maintaining and caring for your resin bound surface during winter.
The regular sweeping of your resin bound surface should be part of your maintenance routine, especially during winter. Sweeping and cleaning the surface of debris, fallen leaves, and other unwanted substances will help prevent the surface from becoming slippery unnecessarily.
Avoid Harsh de-icing Agents
Some de-icing chemicals applied to pathways or driveways may damage the resin bound surface or cause it to stain. Harsh chemicals like rock salt and sodium chloride create reactions that can lead to surface pitting, cracks and may wash away the resinous binders, which leads to loss of adhesion or colour deterioration. As an alternative, you can use hot water to melt the ice, or choose a de-icing agent that's safe and compatible with your resin bound surface.
Maintenance of drainage systems
Proper Drainage is essential for a resin-bound surface. Standing water can find its way between the small gaps and cracks, causing them to freeze and expand. This expansion can lead to cracks and will eventually compromise the area of the surface. Consequently, it's vital to ensure that the drainage systems are functional at all times during the winter months to prevent water stagnation, which can cause slipping or cracking.
Adding a non-slip coating to your resin-bound surface is another way to prevent slipping during winter. Non-slip coatings improve the friction of the surface, making it less slippery during snowy or wet conditions. They are effective, affordable, and come in a range of colours to match the existing surface.
The final step to caring for your resin bound surface during winter is to inspect it regularly. Regularly inspecting the surface during winter will identify any damage, cracks, or any other defects that may be present due to constant usage or harsh weather. Contact your installer as soon as you notice any damage to your surface to appropriately assess and fix any problems.
In conclusion, resin bound surfaces have become increasingly popular due to their looks, durability and low maintenance. Nevertheless, proper caution must be taken during winter. Maintenance of drainage systems and regular cleaning is essential in ensuring that your surface remains in good condition. It's also vital to use safe, gentle de-icing solutions and applying anti-slip coatings to maintain a safe walking surface. With these measures in place, you can fully enjoy the seamless beauty of your resin bound surface, even in the winter months.
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