Breedon Golden Amber Gravel Maintenance Plan

Breedon Golden Amber Gravel is a natural limestone. It is important that occasional maintenance is carried out as required to ensure its performance and appearance are maintained.

 

 

Potholes

There are two basic reasons why potholes may occur - it is either due to surface damage or where surface water cannot drain away caused by lack of cambers or cross falls.

Repairs should be carried out as soon as a pothole appears. Cut out a neat square around the pothole and remove all material within the square down to the Type 1 sub-base. Fill the area with new Breedon Golden Amber Gravel and compact using a wacker plate or roller in accordance with our laying instructions, following the entire water rolling process.

 

Re-surfacing

In the event of resurfacing at a later date, use a rake to scarify the top surface down to an approximate depth of between 35-45mm, whilst taking care to protect the integrity of the type 1 sub-base layer beneath. This may need some effort if the material has been down for a long period of time. Once the surface has been loosened, discard the loose debris. It is advisable that the existing laid Breedon Gravel is sprayed with water using a hose with a fine mist to improve its moisture content. Then a new layer of Breedon Golden Amber Gravel laid on to it, rolled and water rolled in accordance with our laying instructions.

 

Weed Growth

Should any weed growth occur, spray the area with a water based weed killer and allow the vegetation to die back before lightly sweeping away. Never pull the weeds up through the gravel, this will loosen the bonded surface and allow pooling water to soften the material in these areas. 

Areas constantly shaded or only ever lightly used may be susceptible to moss growth. For these areas apply a water based weed killer or moss remover and cover the affected area when dry (and with no rain expected for a few days). This will take a few days to take effect. Once the moss has died back use a light rake to loosen and sweep away. Do take care not to put too much pressure on the surface and disturb the Breedon Gravel itself.

 

Drainage

Always ensure that drains and gullies are kept free of debris to allow surface water to drain away easily.

 

Winter Maintenance

For best results, ensure that any leaves are removed from the surface by using a blower or a vacuum. Alternatively a very soft broom can be used.

 

Surface Appearance

Breedon Golden Amber Gravel scarifies with use to leave a dressing of chippings over its surface, however as a matter of personal choice, they can be swept away using a very soft broom to leave a smoother finish. This process would however need to be repeated as the surface will naturally scarify with use. Please also be advised that this will also affect the wearing course and longevity of the product.

 

When ordering your self-binding limestone please specifically ask for "Breedon Golden Amber Gravel" as some of our market competitors use the term "Golden Amber Gravel" to promote their alternative products which are not produced by Breedon Southern Ltd.

 

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