Resin driveways DIY guide
The first question for any budding DIYer is, ‘What experience do I have of wet trades?’ Do you have experience with concrete or resin mixtures?
If YES….that’s great, continue.
If you don’t but are still eager………..read on too!
Being familiar with wet trades means you know that where mixing is concerned…..there’s always a time limit (which can create pressure).
With driveway installations the only surfacing products that don’t have time pressure are block paving and gravel. Whilst there are many skilled block paving installers out there, they’re not under as much pressure to get things right and have time for error and subsequent correction, if required. In comparison, skilled wet tradesmen must get a mix right and apply in good time….and finish before setting.
But it’s more than just getting the mixture right. Laying is just as important.
There are some great examples out there of ‘handy DIYers‘ installing resin but if an area is anything more than 10m2……it may be best to get a professional in.
Resin Driveways DIY – Preparation
It’s highly unlikely that a DIYer will attempt full excavation and installation of a new sub base! So our preparation is limited to making good an existing concrete surface.
Firstly, sweep off, jet wash and then acid wash the existing concrete surface. This will remove any loose material.
Secondly, with concrete it’s a good idea to grind the surface by a couple of millimetres to improve adhesion of resin when applied. If any cracks are present (less than 10mm) use an Epoxy repair mortar mix and fill. Anything bigger than this will require the section to be cut out….and made good.
Resin Driveways DIY WARNING: Some manufacturers of resin sell extra products for the purposes of making an existing surface better for resin installation. Choosing the right manufacturer of resin is KEY to getting a decent installation.
Thirdly, wash off the surface and allow the area to completely dry. Than means ‘bone dry.’ Whilst this can be difficult in the UK, hot air lances (which are like mini flame throwers) are relatively inexpensive to hire. Well worth it, though.
Finally, mask up around the the edges – unless you want resin along the bottom edges of walls!
- Ready to go! But get some help – friends or family will do.
- Resin sets very quickly – IF you’re not intending to hire a ‘forced action mixer‘ make sure you use a plasterer’s mixing attachment or something similar. This will ensure mixing is consistent and quick.
- Mix resin and apply to area using a notched squeegee or for larger areas use a rake or shovel.
- Cover approximately 1 – 2 Square Metres at a time, evenly to the depth recommended by the manufacturer.
- Apply and ensure consistent even coverage.
Make sure you choose the right supplier. Not all resins are the same!
An alternative permeable surface, Permeable block paving…what else?
Drivewaywise………..Knowledge you can Trust.