Installing a resin driveway over concrete provides an easy and cost effective way of enhancing the appearance of you driveway. By installing a resin surface over an existing surface such as concrete or tarmacadam you can cut out costly sub base installation costs. These are typically up to 50% of an installation done from scratch.
Would you like to save up to 50% for a resin driveway over concrete installation?
Resin Driveway Over Concrete – not all concrete surfaces are suitable for a resin overlay.
First, is the existing concrete surface in structurally sound condition? If there are gaping cracks then it’s probably not a good idea to place a mixture of stone and glue (resin) over the top. If you do the newly laid resin surface will just weaken and crack in the same areas as the concrete sub base underneath! Whilst there are very good concrete crack ‘filling‘ materials on the market, these are best suited to small cracks.
Secondly, consideration must be given to surface water drainage. If there are existing pools of water after a downpour on a concrete surface then water isn’t draining away. So, if resin is laid on top of such a surface the water will sit between the concrete surface and the resin one. This will cause the resin surface to fail and crack and possibly crumble away.
Thirdly, can an area be dug out around the existing concrete surface without disturbing the bulk of the concrete slab? In general, this will depend on the age of the concrete surface. Very old concrete or thinly laid concrete surfaces have will weaken across their entirety once drilling begins around the edges. So, unless you were there when the original concrete surface was laid, you simply won’t know what the depth of the concrete is.
And finally, if the existing concrete surface is thick enough, drill holes (bore holes) can be put in to drain water away once it seeps through the newly laid (permeable?) resin surface. Opinions vary as to the overall stability of surfaces installed this way so if there are a number of vehicles being parked or heavy vehicles this may not be the way to go.
Resin Driveway Over Concrete
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