Resin drives are fast becoming a popular choice for home owners looking for a more contemporary look.
Simplistically, resin drives are just aggregates (stone) and resin. Technological improvements with resin mean a permeable surface can be created allowing surface water to drain – with no requirement for a drainage installation.
Resin drives are generally installed on top of a newly installed sub base. However it can also be overlaid on top of existing (permeable) tarmacadam or on existing concrete with sufficient drainage.
Gravel grids are also being used as a sub base but only for driveways with light vehicular usage. Gravel grids are not a substitute for a well installed sub base!
Are Resin Drives a DIY option?
A competent DIY-er can lay a straight forward area of 20 metre square or less. Full preparation and organisation is needed, as resin sets very quickly (in 7 to 10 minutes).
The time pressure associated with resin installation is similar to pattern imprinted concrete. Therefore installation is best completed on a warm day by skilled and experienced installers.
The KEY point here is experienced installers using the best type of resin.
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Resin Drives – Cost
The cost of a resin drive is hugely impacted by whether or not a complete new sub-base is needed. If an overlay is possible, a resin driveway can be one of the most cost efficient options.
The gravel type chosen will influence the cost and so will the edging. Blocks are an option but so is aluminium. For more information see our guide on resin drives cost.
Alternative Names for Resin Drives include:
Bound gravel due to the stone being bound to the resin.
Resin bound gravel which is gravel stuck to the resin.
Decorative stone is often used to describe the many decorative effects that you can get.
Gravel surfacing is one of the earliest terms and historically gravel driveways (without resin) were very popular.
Resin bound paving in terms of areas such as driveways and patios.
Natural stone paving is alluding to the fact that natural stone aggregate is used. This distinction is made as rubber can be used for play areas.
Porous paving in the sense the water runs through.
Resin bound aggregate think of sticky stones or glue aggregate because that is what it is.