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What are the Benefits of a Resin Bound driveway?

June 13, 2022

Resin driveways are fast becoming a surfacing type of choice because of their many advantages. Resin driveways offer a more appealing, elegant and natural feel as opposed to concrete and block paving driveways which give a dull and rigid feel.

The versatility of resin surfaces means that they can be overlaid on existing concrete or tarmac surfaces to create a strong and durable driveway. Resin driveways come in various colours and shapes and offer more in terms of pattern and textures meaning that every user will most certainly find what suits him best.

Resin is used for various needs such as for resin patios, resin pathways and resin pavements.

As opposed to other flooring types which are neither flexible nor permeable, resin driveways are permeable and so water can drain through without forming puddles on the surface. Resin bound driveways are also UV resistant and so are more durable and will not discolour.

What Is A Resin Driveway?

A resin driveway is a flooring type that is made by a mixture of polyurethane resin and aggregate stones overlaid on a solid sub base to create an aesthetic and durable surface finish.

Resin driveways are of two types which are;

  • Resin Bound Driveways
  • Resin Bonded Driveways

Resin bonded Driveway:

Resin bonded driveways are made by scattering aggregates onto a resin base and pressing the stones into the base covering all the resin. The aggregates are exposed meaning that the resin bonded gravel can fall off over time.

Resin bonded driveways are also not permeable and will need additional drainage channel construction to prevent standing water on the surface.

Bonded resin driveways are cheaper than the resin bound driveways and are also less durable.

Resin Bound Driveways:

Resin bound driveways are designed in such a way to give a smooth and uniform finish. The aggregate stones in this case are mixed together with the resin and laid on a sub-base. It is then compacted for evenness and to prevent shrinkage.

The resin bound driveway is SuDS compliant as its surface is permeable allowing for drainage of water from the surface without the need for a drainage construction.

Resin bound driveways combine various qualities which make them a desired surfacing type. This includes slip resistance, hardwearing, strength, low maintenance requirement as well as unlimited design options.

Benefits Of Resin Bound Driveways

Of the many benefits of resin bound driveways, here are six big benefits of resin bound driveways.

Permeability:

Resin bound driveways are SuDS compliant. Their surfaces are porous unlike other driveways and so are permeable. Thus, surface runoff just drains into the ground below meaning that there are no puddles on the driveway.

You will not also need a supplementary drainage system since drainage is very effective giving its smooth surface finish.

Durability and Hardwearing:

The longevity and durability of resin bound driveways is another very interesting advantage it has. When properly maintained, they can last more than 20 years. They do not even need periodic surface sealing like concrete driveways to preserve them.

When overlaid over a solid base such as a concrete or tarmac, they will neither swell nor sink making it hard wearing while also being visually appealing.

Once installed, all it needs is a quick pressure wash every now and then to keep the surface looking new.

One reason why resin bound driveways are durable are because of their ability to withstand adverse weather conditions. The ability of resin bound driveways to maintain its structural integrity and smooth finish even in extreme weather conditions as opposed to concrete and asphalt driveways makes it to standout.

Cost Effective:

A very important benefit of resin driveways is that they are cost effective and economical when compared to other driveways.

For instance, resin bound driveway cost between £40 and £70per m2 depending on the proposed driveway location and other factors while a block paved driveway costs between £20-£105 per square meter depending on the material used while the concrete driveway will cost about £50.

While there may not be much difference in the costs, the advantage comes with the fact that resin bound driveways give you good value for money as they offer other qualities which are non-existent in other driveways.

You will not need to do much on maintenance as is found with other flooring types; meaning that a homeowner can have a durable, stunning and hard wearing driveway at an affordable price.

Quick And Easy Installation:

Installing a resin bound driveway is very easy and can be completed within 1-2days and walked upon after 6 hours of being laid. After 24 hours, cars can begin to ride on them.

As long as the existing surfaces are in good shape, resin driveways can easily be laid on them.

Additionally, resin driveway installation can be undertaken as a DIY (do it yourself) project unlike other flooring types such as tarmac, asphalt and concrete driveway. This means that if you are physically capable, you can install your driveway by yourself.

There are DIY resin kits which are pocket friendly and can be used to lay a driveway.

In fact, a DIY resin bound driveway kit contains enough materials you will need to install a new resin driveway of about 1 metre² area.

Colour Stability (UV-Stable Resin)

Unlike other driveways, resin bound driveways which are UV stable (meaning it does not damage easily in sunlight) are able to maintain their colour and appearance without discoloration for many years.

Resin bound driveways are made with aliphatic polyurethane resins unlike resin bonded driveways which are made with aromatic polyurethane.

This material helps them to retain quality for many years, remaining stable in the presence of sunlight without fading.

Crack and Frost Resistant

The way resin driveways are made- mixing the stones and the resin mixture followed by compaction means that the surface is bound together but still having some flexibility. This flexibility prevents the surface from cracking or being displaced.

Contrastingly, concrete surfaces can crack overtime because of the rigid nature of the surface which necessitates periodic surface sealing to maintain it.

For instance, for a concrete driveway of between 100 sqm2 and 150 sqm2, you will need about 25 liters of sealant depending on the condition of the driveway. With resin driveway, you will save such time, energy and resources.

In addition to being crack resistant, resin bound driveways are frost resistant being able to withstand several freeze/thaw cycles without being damaged neither is its strength compromised in any way.

Cost Resin Driveway

The table below shows the average cost of installing a resin driveway;

DRIVEWAY SIZE AVERAGE MATERIAL COST PER M² LABOUR COST PER DAY TOTAL ESTIMATED COST
Small driveway 20 m² £40 £150-£250 £950-£1,300
Medium driveway 50m² £40 £150-£250 £2,150-£2,500
Large driveway 100m² £40 £150-£250 £4,150-£4,500

Are Resin Driveways Permeable?

There are two types of resin driveways and just one of the two is permeable.

While resin bonded is not permeable, as its aggregate stones are scattered over the resin sub-base, the permeable resin driveway is the resin bound driveway where the resin is mixed with the aggregate stones and compacted to give a smooth finish.

How Long Does Resin Driveway Last?

Known for their durability and longevity, resin driveways can last beyond 25 years. However, most companies give a guarantee of 10-21 years.

They also need minimal maintenance to keep them looking good.

Resin Bound Or Resin Bond

While both are good, the resin bound driveway is much better.

Resin bound driveways are UV resistant and so will not discolour on exposure to sunlight over time unlike the resin bonded driveway.

Also, while resin bound driveways are permeable allowing for surface runoff without needing an additional drainage construction, the surfaces of resin bonded driveways are not porous and so will need a supplementary drainage channel to prevent puddles on the surface. And for this, you will need a UK planning permission to construct one.

The table below compares resin bound surface to resin bonded surface based on certain qualities.

Category Resin Bound Resin Bonded
Permeable
Slip Resistant
Weed Resistant
Frost Resistant
Seamless
Crack resistant
UV resistant
Minimal maintenance

Reach Resin-Bonded Driveway Specialists

For you to have the best of installations for your driveway, you need to contact experts in resin driveways. Not just to install the driveway but also to provide you with quality materials to do so.

Our firm is a leading Resin Driveways UK expert with many years of experience and having laid over a combined 1000 meters of driveway and patios for different clients.

Our team of skilled resin driveways technicians in Liverpool and the rest of the UK understands your needs and will ensure you get the very best.

Our resin surfacing solutions are SUDS compliant and come with a 20 year guarantee. We ensure that we use the highest quality materials and DALTEX UVR resins to give you premium resin bound driveways, pathways and patio designs at very affordable prices.

Reach out to us today for a no obligation quote and let’s give your outdoor space the stunning finish it deserves.

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