Have Pattern Concrete Drives lost their appeal?

Patterned concrete drives have been a popular driveway surfacing product for many years both in the U.S.A and here in the UK.

But there is a threat.

Resin is becoming more and more popular.

Now our question is….. are Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways losing their appeal? Are imprinted concrete driveways in decline and have resin driveways taken over the spot on the popularity ladder?

In this article we’ll take a look at why people would choose pattern concrete drives over resin drives, and vice versa.

We start with an easy pros and cons of both driveway surfaces in the tables below.

As you can see there are many pros to both the driveway options.

Both resin and pattern imprinted concrete are easy to install. Both are relatively inexpensive. Both have low maintenance.

Where it becomes really insteresting is on the big differences of both driveway products.

For example, pattern imprinted drives can be installed relatively straigh forward on steep surfaces however, drainage is always required.

Resin driveways on the other hand are more challenging to install on steep surfaces but with the right sub base, resin can become permeable, which means you don’t need seperate drainage systems to be installed.


Patterned Concrete Drives Vs Resin Bound Drives – Installation

For both pattern imprinted concrete and resin bound driveways installation is relatively straightforward (stress relatively).

Ignoring overlays both sub base preparations are similar, but not the same.

Excavations will generally be to a depth of 8 inches for concrete with MOT Type 1 stone then compacted to 4 inches.

The ideal thickness for the laid slab of concrete is 4 inches. Resin is laid on a similar type of sub base (but with a smaller aggregate) of concrete or open grade tarmacadam.

But the final layer thickness of resin is much less (and this has some advantages.)

A well constructed and compacted imprinted concrete sub base with bull nose edging


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Pattern Imprinted Concrete Installation

Resin Bound Driveway Installation



The range of colours (and patterns) available for imprinted concrete installations are wide.

These range from pretty standard charcoal black/grey, which are mainly used for ‘cobble‘ type designs, to deep Terracotta reds and Reddish Sandstone. These uniquely blend together and suit wide open driveway surfaces best.

Pattern imprinted concrete –  European Fan design


Resin is more limited in its range of colours and generally most will be sandy or reddish colours. But things can be spiced up by adding marble or even crushed glass. Different types of gravel can be mixed together to provide more contrast.


The red resin picks up well with the brickwork and the roof tiles


In summary, patterned concrete drives have a larger choice of colours and patterns and resin bound is a little more limited.


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Pattern Concrete Colours

Amazing Imprinted Concrete Designs

Amazing Resin Bound Driveway Designs

Patterned Concrete Drives VS Resin Bound Drives – Maintenance

Both these types of driveway surface are easy to maintain.

Read this article on our top two picks for Low Maintenance Driveway choices.

Regular sweeping and the occasional light pressure wash are enough to keep both types of paving in tip-tip condition.


Guide to safely Pressure Washing Driveway Surface

Important maintenance tip: For any pattern imprinted concrete driveway – Ensure resealing is completed every 2-3 years. This will protect the colour pigmentation and stop fading. A re-seal is relatively inexpensive but will go a long way to preserving the lifetime of a concrete driveway.


Ideally resealing of Patterned Concrete Drives is completed every 2-3 years. 


For resin bound installations us a UV resistant resin to prevent ‘dulling‘ which can tone down a resin bound driveway.

More on this here.

Resealing a Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway 

Patterned Concrete Drives VS Resin Bound -Drainage

The best case scenario for both types of driveway surface is natural drainage to bedding areas. But as resin is a permeable surface, drainage really is no issue. Patterned concrete driveways generally need channel drainage as shown below.

Channel Drainage for Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway

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Patterned Concrete Drives VS Resin Bound Drives – Cost

In terms of cost both driveway surfaces are worth it!

If you are progressive in your outlook an can appreciate that a driveway is the first impression of your house cost shouldn’t be an obstacle.

Investing in the appearance is worth it and increases the value of your home.

Costs can rise significantly if extra work is needed and a lot will also hinge on whether you use an installer direct or choose to pay more via a sales company.Click on links below for further information.

More information on Patterned Concrete Prices per Square Metre

Resin Bound Driveway Costs


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Steve Goldstone
Author: Steve Goldstone

Steve has been in the driveway and construction industry for a long time and knows his stuff. His aim is to help consumers see the wood through the trees in the world of concrete, resin, paving and patios!