How to Choose the Right Edging for Your New Resin Driveway?
Homeowners are mostly engrossed in choosing the type of aggregate when planning a new resin driveway and most often forget to think about the driveway edging or paving edging. A few seemingly insignificant touches to the edges of a driveway can even make an excellent surface finish even more stunning.
Edging is one important part of a resin project whether a driveway, patio, pathway, carpark or even a playground. Not only does it secure the resin and aggregate mix in place to prevent spreading prior to curing, it also adds a layer of beauty and class to a project.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Driveway Edging
Pick an edging material that complements the style of your driveway
Choose an edging material that is highly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of daily use, weather conditions, and potential vehicle impact.
Choose an edging that matches the design theme of your property.
Consider the ease of installation based on your DIY skills or professional assistance
Ensure the edging supports adequate drainage to avoid water accumulation on the driveway surface.
Opt for materials with minimum maintenance requirement.
Consider your budget and compare the cost of different edging materials.
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Different types of Edging
Unless the driving factor for your driveway edging choice is the cost, aesthetics should be at the core of your decision making. Edging profiles can also be chosen based on the existing features in your property.
For example, if you are installing your resin driveway in a narrow space between your house and a boundary wall, you can use both walls of your house and the boundary as the edging. Additionally, if you want to add a decorative feature to a garden path project, you may choose granite setts or paving slabs. However, if you are looking for a more cost effective option, you may consider aluminium edging.
Below are some of the different types of edging you can consider for your resin bonded or bound gravel driveway project.
Block Paving / Edging
Block edging gives you the opportunity to provide a strong, sharp edge to your driveway, patio or pathway. They come in a range of designs, colours and style and can be creatively used to either be the centre of attention or add a decorative feature to your resin surfacing. They are also cost effective, very durable, able to withstand UK’s harshest weather conditions and have a low maintenance requirement.
The cleaning process is simple and if you need to make a replacement, you can easily lift the blocks and replace them.
Kinley Edging Systems
This edging is also a very strong and durable edging profile. It is of low maintenance with a relatively easy installation procedure. They are used to demarcate garden lawns and paths and are also versatile. You may decide to have a standard Kinley edging for your home or a bespoke design which allows you to personalise your project by adding colourful designs or patterns unique to you.
You can make the choice of using existing walls in your property if you want to reduce the amount of edging your project will require. Thus, this choice is effective if you are looking at reducing labour and material cost for your project.
The use of existing walls is ideal where you are installing a narrow driveway, patio or pathway between the walls of your home and the boundary wall. You can also edge your steps using different colours and designs to suit your needs. This edging style can be used in modern homes, traditional homes as well as in private and commercial buildings.
This edging type is akin to driveway edging bricks but are not just used as edging but to make a visual focal point to your installation. They however may not be suitable for every resin surfacing project because they are lightweight. They are not recommended for driveway projects as they may not be able to bear the load of vehicular traffic and the wear and tear caused by vehicles.
However, they can be used as edging for garden paths and patios without any problems. But if you want to use this edging option for a driveway project, then you will have to use it as a decorative feature while using another edging option as the edging proper.
This option isn’t really an edging solution per say but to add some decorative elements to your new resin driveway. It is very lightweight and not strong enough to act alone as a pathway, patio or drive edging and so should be used in addition to other edging options.
Having a flexible edging helps you create unique patterns as you please.
This is arguably the cheapest edging option available but this does not in any way make it the least in terms of quality. Edging of this type provides modest borders that are equally functional and visually aesthetic. Aluminium trim can act as movement joints and therefore is very effective against expansion or cracking within the sub-surface.
They are available both in straight and flexible edging and can fit into any driveway, patio or pathway shape and so are effective in creating a border separating colours, thus facilitating any design allowing you to personalise your project with a logo, symbol, motif or even an inscription.
The is probably the most expensive of all the edging options but is the most durable and offers unrivalled character and strength to any installation. They are actually stones which have been quarried and worked into shape. Their uniqueness is not in the uniformity of blocks (since they are not uniform as block paving) but in the visual interest they exude when used as edging.
They are ideal for use in a wide range of properties both traditional and contemporary and show excellent resistance to damage from heavy traffic and unfavourable weather conditions. They are also colour stable thanks to its natural colouring meaning that you do not have to worry about fading.
Granite Setts can be customised for a truly bespoke design with a full range of finishing options available in addition to its durability which makes them the perfect finish to any project.
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