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How to Drain Water From DrivewaysBy admin
Thursday, 15 August 2019
The UK is perhaps best known for its wet and windy weather, with ineffective drainage a common bugbear for most homeowners.
When home improvements are on the cards, one of the first considerations is water drainage, simply because of the capacity of water to cause damage- and to cause it quickly.
Driveways bring with them a minefield of logistical issues. Those built on a slope will of course have run off in the direction of the slope, and if the main property is at a lower level to the road, the risk of water run off pooling around a house or business premises is high.
The Importance of Permeability
While there are architectural solutions to some of the problems, there are also solutions that lie in the materials used to construct driveways.
Most recently, resin bound driveways have become popular in Britain, because not only are they attractive, they also have no annoying loose gravel or stones-yet still enable water to drain through the surface effectively.
Considering the fact that water always takes the path of least resistance, these driveways capitalise on this occurrence, by boasting a downward direction for the subsequent water flow; a strategic method of driveway construction, which makes perfect logistical sense.
This prevents the build-up of puddles and streams that cause damage not only by eroding the surrounding garden or other structures, but also in preventing surface growth of algae and moss.
Resin driveways are not only aesthetically attractive-they also offer flawless functionality as well.
For homeowners with hectic schedules, resin driveways possess ultra-low maintenance appeal, preventing wanton weed growth, and gravel displacements from occurring.
Accompanied by the fact that resin bound driveways have a longevity that beats most tarmac surfaces, are less vulnerable to climatic conditions, and boast a more preferable finish than tarmac, they can also be laid in a variety colours- either as a single colour or an array of colours according to the style, finish, and the preferences of the property owner in question.
Furthermore, in the rare event that a driveway repair may be required, the process is surprisingly simple. With tarmac driveways, however, repairs can render such surfacing unsightly, with an uneven, patchwork look, pretty much par for the course.
Tarmac also creates an industrial look to a residential property, rather than the softer, garden pathway appearance, that can be engendered by a resin bound surface.
Know the Difference!
Knowing the difference between resin bound and resin bonded driveways is important, particularly if surface water runoff is a regular occurrence-where detrimental damage will inevitably ensue.
Resin bonded driveways do not drain in the same way that resin bound ones do, and you risk similar water build-up and runoff issues that you would experience with other non-porous driveway surfaces.
Quite often the landscape of the driveway to be surfaced can be quite a challenge, so builders and architects have had to implement strategies to prevent runoff from destroying waterproofing, garden buildings and other garden or environmental features.
This is sometimes done by digging drains that runoff below the surface, adding a substantial cost to the project.
Poor Drainage Poses Additional Problems
Runoff gutters and kerb guttering also help with drainage, and, in some cases, these can be combined to provide a satisfactory, long-term solution, where there is exceptionally high rainfall or passage of water – especially where the water flows at a higher than usual rate through a particular area of the property. In very rare instances, there may be runoff drainage that leads directly to storm water drainage.
Lack of water drainage in a driveway creates additional risks in the winter, where water build-up can lead to the formation of ice, which is not only dangerous in terms of the risk of slipping and falling but also to vehicles that may not be able to stop in time glide into a building. The water can fill the cracks and expand as it turns to ice in low temperatures, causing further weather damage.
An Excellent Drainage Option
Resin bound driveways are a relatively new introduction to the UK market and there are several reasons to opt for them over traditional block paving or tarmac.
In summary, they are aesthetically appealing, and there are a variety of colour options, they are low maintenance and easy to repair, and they enjoy a greater longevity than traditional driveways- making your return on investment substantially higher.
If you’re looking for the best driveway material for cold weather, contact our team today and we can tailor you an attractive, long lasting solution which will benefit your home for years to come.
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