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Family firm has the edge when it comes to drives
Recent coverage in the North Devon Journal, Thursday 3 May 2012

Ken Nelson Nelson Jnr and Daniel Birch

QUALITY is the focus of Nelson Birch and Sons, the firm which offers a choice of decorative driveway finishes and is fully qualified to carry out highways work.

Founded 35 years ago by Ken Birch, the family firm is now run by son Nelson Birch and wife Rosemary along with their sons, Nelson Junior and Daniel.

The firm's latest product is a decorative resin-bonded surface that enables customers to incorporate unique designs and colouring in their drives and paths.

"Tarmacadam and brick paving have always been our most popular service, but we've found that decorative surfacing is becoming more requested as a cost-effective solution in the current economic climate," said managing director Nelson.

"You can generally apply these hard wearing surfaces to existing asphalt or concrete, which avoids costly excavation and cuts down on disruption, giving you complete access to your property at all times."

Decorative resin-bonded is hard wearing and resistant to oil and diesel and can be washed with a light detergent.

It gives the appearance of a traditional gravel drive without the loose chippings and is good for disabled access ramps and steep slopes due to its anti-skid properties.

It can also be laid to permeable standards to comply with Sustainable Urban Drainage System regulations.

Another advantage of resin-bonded surfacing is that two or more colours can be applied to form a pattern or to distinguish between areas of a property, such as parking, patios and paths.

Whether an owner favours contemporary, classic or a rustic feel, Nelson Birch and Sons can achieve a stylish and elegant feature which matches their vision for their home.

The non-slip texture is popular with families and complements all kinds of garden landscapes.

Decorative gravel edging and kerbs can be chosen enhance a driveway and inset manhole covers offer a more attractive alternative to cast iron or steel.

Discreet drainage channels can be incorporated, designed to stop excess surface water draining into a garage or on to the road.

"We have recently been giving properties a facelift to make them stand out prior to going on the market," said Nelson. "The new coloured driveways have really enhanced the overall appearance, and has given them real kerb appeal."

Resin-bonded surfacing is one of a number of durable and attractive driveway solutions that Nelson Birch and Sons offers to add value to the overall appearance of a property.