Resin Bound Driveways Pros and Cons
If you are really considering a resin bound driveway it’s important to weigh up all the resin bound driveways pros and cons. Make sure you watch the video first!
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Resin Bound Driveways Pros and Cons – The Cons
1. Use a reputable company/installer
There’s no regulation of resin bound installers/contractors (come to think of it there’s no regulation for any driveway installers/contractors!) Why does this matter? Unlike other paving surfaces that are more difficult to install, the outlay to start up in the resin side of the business are minimal. Therefore, some poorly experienced installers and ‘shark paving companies‘ are out there, so exercising caution is advisable.
2. Use the right type of resin
There’s a big difference in the types of resin available. If you’re going for a darker stone and want an overall darker finish – protection from UV is less important. However, if you’re going for lighter coloured stone and want a lighter resin finish using a resin that offers UV protection is imperative.
READ this guide to resin for some answers to the technical aspects
3. Getting the right depth is important – to avoid cracking
Keep in mind a smaller aggregate (stone) will not allow surface water to drain as easily as a larger aggregate. Only use the smaller stone if drainage to bedding or drainage system is in place.
Consistency when laying is key to prevent lifting and patches. Also, ensuring any cracks are completely filled (if laying on concrete sub base) is also very important during the preparation stage.
4. Maintenance is important – to prevent moss growth
The regular cleaning of a resin bound driveway is key to ensuring that organic growth such as moss and weeds do not take hold. As well as not looking good, this also becomes a slip hazard.
5. Unsuitable for heavily traffic or frequent turning
Don’t choose resin as a paving surface if an area is heavily trafficked or vehicles regularly have to turn (like having to turn to reverse off drive.) Frequent turning may cause resin to lift, so just don’t go there in the first place.
Resin Bound Driveways Pros and Cons – The Pros
1. Resin looks fantastic
Resin bound driveways are the modern looking driveway of choice and they stand out! They enhance the appearance of any home. A wide range of colour combinations are available, so it’s possible to either have a drive that blends in with its surroundings; or create a driveway surface that gives a striking and visually stunning contrast. If you want the neighbours to gawp with envy – show off with a resin bound driveway!
2. No drainage issues – The really important part
As long as a resin bound drive is installed correctly there should be no drainage issues. The technology that allows water to go through resin is really neat – but we’ll leave it for the chemistry buffs to pat themselves on the back for that. But for a moment, just imagine water going through glue – awesomely clever.
**Important** Resin Driveways offer a permeable surface. In turn, a permeable surface must be underneath the resin. If there are slopes/gradients/falls then there will not be an issue. Some companies also drill into existing concrete/tarmacadam surfaces. Caution is advised with this method as the structure is weakened.
Within the UK driveway market Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs for short) mean drainage (more on suds – if you dare) is a top priority of any driveway installation.
3. Low Cost
If a resin bound driveway can be installed onto an existing (suitable) sub base costs will reduce significantly.
Expect to pay £50-£60 per square metre (excluding steps, walling etc)
4. Quick installation
As a resin bound drive may be installed using the existing concrete or tarmacadam (asphalt) as a sub base this saves time. If groundworks (preparation and laying of sub base) are not required a resin bound installation can be completed within a couple of days.
5. Maintenance is easy
There shouldn’t be weed/moss growth as long as the resin bound surface is kept clean. This is a low maintenance option as a driveway surface.