Four creative uses for decorative aggregates

If you have come across resin bound aggregate surfacing before, you will be aware that it is primarily used for driveways/pathways and for tree surrounds to allow water to permeate through to the roots.

However, Glooloop has been involved in some creative new ways to use the product recently and we thought the ideas from some of our clients were too good not to share.

Symptom: constant problems keeping the “zen” in a Japanese zen garden

Cure: use resin to make it stick!   

Glooloop was recently involved in a job where a Japanese Zen Garden had been created at a school in Queensland. As you can imagine, the school kids were not particularly careful when it came to maintaining the raked style of the pebbles that is a key part of a Japanese Zen Garden. Instead of the school caretaker having to constantly re-rake and maintain the pebbles, Glooloop was called in to make them permanent.

Zen GardenThe flow and style of the pebbles was created by the client and then Glooloop worked its magic with resin to ensure those pebbles do not move out of place again. Such an out-of-the-box use of the resin bound aggregate system – talk about creating waves!

 

 

Symptom: loose pebbles around stepping stone pavers keep escaping

Cure: patch it with resin bound aggregate so they can’t escape!

Landscaping – it’s generally the last thing done on a renovation and is therefore usually done on the tightest budget. As a result, loose pebbles around stepping stone pavers can be a cheaper, but still asthetically pleasing, option for pathways in gardens.

However, skip forward 6 months and you have a homeowner who is sick of getting small stones stuck in their shoes, having to tidy up stones that have come out of the designated area and perhaps even having the stones used as a litter box by the local cats!

Loose stoneThis is one of the most common problems we come across at Glooloop, and we can either use the existing pebbles (if suitable) or a new aggregate selected from our range. The pebbles are removed and mixed with the resin, then relayed around the pavers. The result is a loose gravel look, without the maintenance, tripping and hygiene issues.

Symptom: rubbish washing down storm water drains

Cure: fill the gaps with porous paving!

Drain 2We all know the problems of litter being washed down the storm water drain and out to sea. The effect this has on our marine environment can be devastating, not to mention the direct harm to the sea creatures. But how do you stop the rubbish and not the water? One option is to police littering to prevent it from happening, but the time and resources required makes it nearly impossible. The other option – use porous paving!

Drain 1Glooloop has installed its permeable stone surfacing in the grates of stormwater drains – an idea presented by one of the Councils we work with. This allows the water to still permeate through the surface, but prevents any rubbish from also being washed down – ingenious!

 

 

Symptom: large planter pots being used as ash trays

Cure: create a mini stone tree surround in the planter pot!

Planter BoxLarge planter pots in public places can easily become a defacto ash tray for used cigarette butts. Not only does this look horrible and is very hard to clean, it also does not do the plant any good. However, place a layer of permeable stone paving over the dirt, just inside the top of the pot, and you have yourself a hard, easy to clean surface that still allows water to pass through.

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about how we can cure your tricky surfacing troubles, get in touch with us!

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