Gravel is a popular choice in decorative and landscaping applications, particularly to make paths. This is because it looks very natural and is sympathetic to the surrounding landscape. That being said, one of the biggest challenges faced by a gravel path is the constant displacement of aggregate. No matter where gravel footpaths or walkways are laid, it is almost guaranteed to move through continued use and will need constant attention to keep it looking tidy.
About Self-Binding Gravel
Self-binding gravel is, in part, a solution to this. Rather than being only made up of larger pieces of aggregate, self-binding gravel includes tiny particles that stick together when compressed. In many cases, self-binding gravel is rolled after it is laid to encourage cohesion between the fine dust, pebbles and other particles within it. The finished product is a footpath or walkway that is more durable and requires less maintenance than traditional gravel paths.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Self-Binding Gravel
In many applications, self-binding gravel is a practical, cost-effective and low maintenance choice for outdoor spaces. That being said, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Having been compressed, self-binding gravel is less likely to slip and slide around underfoot but it will become displaced after heavy use. For this reason, it will need to be smoothed and tended to over time to create the desired aesthetic appearance.
Further to this, self-binding gravel is not resistant to weeds. Therefore, you are likely to find weeds growing through the aggregates which will need to be removed to keep it looking clean and pristine.
NatraTex: A Self-Binding Gravel Alternative
Both NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex Colour are viable alternatives to self-binding gravel for many reasons. In fact, across the board, our bound gravel surfacing products outshine both traditional loose gravel footpaths and self-binding gravel walkways because of their many benefits.
As mentioned above, self-binding gravel is compressed when it is laid. In doing this, the aggregate is compacted together, however they are not bound together. This means that it can, and will, be moved around either by repeated footfall, or even following inclement weather.
The core difference between self-binding gravel and NatraTex gravel footpaths is that NatraTex, as a surface course, is bound. This means that the aggregates used in the creation of NatraTex are sealed with a binder, which not only secures them but also creates a smooth finish underfoot. The result of this is a gravel footpath that looks fantastic and is suitable for a wide range of locations.
NatraTex From BituChem
Both NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex Colour from BituChem are modern alternatives to traditional gravel footpaths. A type of asphalt surface course that is like conventional macadam, all NatraTex products offer a cost-effective and multi-purpose solution that can be used for footpaths, playgrounds and driveways.
As an alternative to self-binding gravel, NatraTex products offer a low-maintenance decorative finish that is durable and resilient. What’s more, all our products are available in a range of colours to suit their surroundings.
To find out more about NatraTex products, and how you can use them as an alternative to gravel in your project, please contact us today. We have a long-standing reputation for providing second-to-none customer service and regularly support a range of clients, from commercial to private, in finding a surfacing solution that meets their individual needs. To get an idea of the kind of projects we have been working on recently, please take a look at our portfolio or speak to our team for more information.