Ecogrid Ltd

Permeable Plastic Paving For Resin Bound Stone

Resin bound stone is a new and effective way of providing a highly aesthetic surface for your home, business premises or other external or for that matter, internal surface area that is both very robust and load bearing, but also fully permeable or porous. That means that any water or rainwater that hits the surface will freely drain through the resin bound topping and through the Ecogrid base system to naturally dissipate in to the water table.

These types of surfaces have an obvious advantage in current times as they are free draining and therefore add effectively to flood risk prevention. A resin bound surface is SUDS compliant and requires no planning permission, an important fact with the new to be introduced surface water regulations.

Resin bound stone should not be confused with resin bonded stone, bound in simple terms means that the pieces of aggregates and fines are firmly adhered together with a highly robust bonding system which actually has 20% voids, thus allowing water and fine detritus to pass freely through.

In the past, resin bound stone was floated over a variety of sub-bases such as porous asphalt, tarmac or shredded rubber from recycled tyres. Whereas these are perfectly acceptable sub-bases, they are not very environmentally friendly, not easy to lay, very costly and require a high skill set to implement.

The Ecogrid Ecobound system employs the patented Ecogrid as the sub-base, this is a product that is made from completely recycled materials and has a load bearing capability up to 800 tonnes per square metre. The grids carry a patented locking mechanism that is unique to this product and ensures that once the grid is locked in place, it stays in-place. A further USP of this product is that it is not affected by the weather and can be laid in wet conditions, which proves rather useful in the UK! This means that the entire process can be installed in inclement weather

Excavation is as little as 120mm for standard vehicle domestic applications meaning that there are a number of inherent advantages:

  • Less excavation therefore less waste to landfill and quicker preparation
  • Less requirement for hard-core
  • Swift installation of the entire base system at 100 metres per man per hour
  • No down time due to inclement weather as the base can be laid in the wet
  • No inconvenience to clients as the grids are immediately load bearing

Once the Ecogrid is laid, any shapes or angular cuts can be put in with a standard angle grinder, the grids will cut at walking pace. Recycled plastic edgings are available if needed or if levels are right, a layer of a single tile can provide a running edge detail cut to shape.

The Ecobound resin system is mixed in a standard 200 litre forced mixer and then floated over the top of the filled grid (Type 3, low fines filled). A length of timber or recycled plastic profile ensures a constant height of 20mm over the grid. Different aggregates can be laid to provide patterns and features in the surface in the normal way. We believe that overall the Ecogrid Ecobound system provides a surface that has a guaranteed high load capacity with up to 55% reduced costs on standard resin bound systems.

We have a network of suppliers and an approved contractor network with free CPD and training to interested parties.

Ecogrid is also available as a stand-alone grid gravel filled, turf filled or topped with our soft-play mat system for play areas in schools, hospitals and the home. The resin bound component comprises of the appropriate mix off aggregate to formulate your required finish and sufficient amounts of the resin for each batch. Batches are sold in 106.25KG amounts which are appropriate to cover 3.51 square metres at a depth of 20mm floated over the Ecogrid filled base system.

Resin bound mixes are significantly ‘stickier’ than other products. If you tried to mix them in a conventional 'cement' tumble mixer you would be left with resin and gravel in the middle of the mixer and the polymer or resin stuck to the side. The resultant product will not be properly mixed and it will not be applied correctly.

To overcome this use a forced action mixer. The technique that a forced action mixer uses ensures efficient distribution of all the components as they are forced together by the mixing paddles. The speed and power of the mixer itself ensures that the mixing time is kept to a minimum to avoid over mixing. As an over mixed mortar or resin will have reduced working time, lower strength and a poor finish.

We would recommend a 200 litre forced action mixer for Ecogrid applications. This unit is both durable, transportable and has a decent capacity for most applications. Most hire companies will offer this unit or similar.

BARON M200 - 200L forced action mixer 1.8KW 110V

The Baron M200 is a new member of our family of mixers. The perfect capacity for all the jobs that require just that little bit more. Amotor of 2.2KWgives theM200 plenty of power for every purpose. The M200 can be used in conjunction with our new C 2000 lightweight conveyor to increase efficiency further. With increased capacity, a robust and durable fully-welded construction the M200 should be your mixer of choice.

  • Quality, durability and efficiency
  • Perfect capacity for all jobs where you need a little more
  • Easily filled with the new 2M lightweight conveyor
  • Improved efficiency and mixing quality
  • Future design and technology available today
  • Superior quality and finish

Many different surfaces are available, you can contact us here for a fitting quotation from one of our approved contractors that have been fully trained at our educational facilities on the Wirral. We also supply full kits comprising of the grid, the type3 stone, the resin and the decorative 6mm gravel. Contact us for a quotation.