Road Surface Dressing Contractors

As one of the UK’s leading road surface dressing contractors, we offer all types of specialist surface dressing to provide carriageway, footway, driveway, canal towpath or car park operators with a cost-effective solution to seal and protect the highway surface, increase skid resistance and/or provide enhanced aesthetic value through the use of decorative aggregates.

We use polymer modified binders (PMBs) on all our surface dressing operations to ensure maximum shear strength, maximum chipping bond, and to reduce sensitivity to higher road temperatures.

We offer aggregate sizes ranging from 6mm and 10mm, to 14mm, which are available in a variety of colours and can be combined through double dressings, racked in dressings and alternative scheme layouts.

Our specialist, bespoke plant for footway surface dressing is designed and constructed at our in-house, specialist workshop, using our expert knowledge and experience in this area.

All plant is fully calibrated to ensure an accurate rate of spread (ROS) of the bitumen emulsion binder and chippings and an onboard heating system ensures that the polymer modified bitumen is applied at an optimum temperature.


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Why choose Henry Williams & Son for Surface Dressing?

  • As a highly experienced family-run business, we have decades of practical knowledge and uphold exceptionally high standards, whether working for a private client to improve the condition and appearance of residential parking areas, or surface-dressing public motorways and carriageways.
  • Our consultants can liaise with roadway planners and local authorities to schedule work programs around other ongoing repairs, or to ensure minimal disruption, normally phasing surface dressing in stages to avoid large-scale road closures.
  • We can supply micro-asphalt aggregates for residential roads and commercial centres and heavier base aggregates to help manage road conditions on higher-speed motorways. The right blend can maximise anti-skid properties and extend the usable lifespan of pre-existing asphalt surfacing.
  • Henry Williams & Son can dispatch work teams to address urgent highway maintenance requirements and are always happy to organise a convenient site visit or road assessment programme to determine whether surface dressing is the most appropriate solution.
  • Road surfaces already subject to severe damage may require additional repairs before surface dressing can be carried out.
  • We offer the full breadth of our experience to help you make budget-conscious, efficient decisions to ensure maximum returns and minimal ongoing maintenance.

What is Surface Dressing?

Road surface dressing is a cost-effective method of restoring the surface of the road, motorway, pathway or driveway and includes the sealing of the surface in a single process.

Surface dressing ensures that roadways and traffic routes are durable and can withstand surface water, heavy rain, and humidity – all conditions that can lead to fast-developing potholes, cracks, and deformities. In higher-speed carriageways and roads used by HGVs, such defects can cause an uneven texture and increase the risk of vehicle damage and collisions.

The process includes comprehensively calibrated equipment deployments, which ensure your aggregate and binder are applied at the perfect rate, volume and temperature for long-term durability and safe roadway surfacing.


What are the benefits of Surface Dressing?

There are several reasons highway planners opt for surface dressing or that we’d recommend this option to restore and preserve a private path or parking area. The process seals the road and acts as a waterproof layer, making it safer and less skiddy.

Surface dressing extends the durability of the road surface and can make sure it lasts for an additional decade or more. This is a cost-effective way of restoring the road surface in comparison to resurfacing the road.

Any work on a carriageway or highway should be carefully planned with adherence to driving regulations, roadway safety legislation, and safe working practices for engineers and surfacing crews. Normally, surface dressing requires a short-term road closure or temporary closure of one lane at a time.

Our experienced planning teams provide civil engineering and highway maintenance services to a wide variety of clients. We can advise on the ideal approach to improve the road surface as quickly as possible and with a durable, robust outcome.

Surface dressing is a cost-effective solution and far speedier and less disruptive than excavating defective asphalt and investing in a completely new surfacing project; it also offers several other advantages:

  • Reduced maintenance, with professionally applied surface dressing able to extend the lifetime of a conventional asphalt road surface by around 15 years – double that of alternative solutions.
  • Efficiency – surface dressing simply involves applying an additional layer above the current infrastructure, although using specialist equipment, techniques, and skills to achieve a level, smooth and stable finish. The process takes only a few hours, which is a fraction of the time required to resurface.
  • Applying surface dressing to a road can prevent potholes, ridges, gaps, and weaknesses, ensuring the carriageway is fit for use, less likely to experience accidents and provides a safe environment for all traffic users.

Where roads have become heavily patched, this may be a sign of a weakness in the substrate or can mean an unsightly road surface that develops cracks, potholes, and gaps with little warning, where surfacing is ageing at a different rate and exposed to pressures in overtaking lanes.

As your professional surface dressing contractor, we will ensure the roadway surface is safe and even in appearance, with surface dressing costing around three or four times less than alternative maintenance techniques.

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