Resin Driveway Installation Guide

Adhesive, gum, cement, superglue, plaster etc, comes to your mind when you hear the word Resin. Resin bound systems are highly versatile, and can be used for a wide range of surfaces including; Driveways, Paths, Patios, Parks & Gardens, Concourses, Car Parks, Cycle Paths, Terraces, Bridges, Schools, Towpaths etc. If you are considering having a resin driveway installation on your property, it helps to understand what the process entails.

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We have helped several home owners in the UK install resin driveways that include full groundworks and sub base preparation. Contact us anytime for a free quote.

What is Resin?

By definition, it can simply be referred to as a rigid or fluid synthetic biological elastomer which is used as the basis of plastics, adhesives, varnishes, or other products. There are varieties of resin which can be used for your driveway installation. The most reliable resin suitable for your driveway installation includes; the UV stable polyurethane resin as well as the non-UV stable polyurethane. Although these resins can differ in quality depending on the manufacturer.

The amount required for your resin driveway installation varies as each enterprise has completely unique scrutiny and condition. Generally speaking though, a resin driveway costs from around £50 per square metre upwards taking into consideration the capacity of the area, the existing flooring and the kind of composite used.

What are the types of resin for resin driveway installation?

There are various types of resin available but we usually recommend our clients to opt for the resin bound UV and the resin bound Non UV.

The Non-UV Resin Bound:

This type of resin bound is a polyurethane resin which consists of 2 parts, these includes; the base and the activator and its usually amber in colour. The kits are blended with 4 x 25kg bags of gravel. The total quantity of aggregate recommended per mix is about 100kg. When it comes to choice of stone colour, Beige, silver and black should not be used for this type of resin. This type of resin is limited to certain stone colours. Our installers have about 20minutes of trowel time once the two parts are blended together with the aggregates which of course is temperature dependent.

The UV Resin Bound:

This type of resin bound consists of 2 polyurethane bases and also, an activator which contains a built in catalyst to reduce the curing times. The kits are also blended with 4 x 25kg bags of gravel. The total quantity of aggregate recommended per mix is about 100kg. These types of resin are used when beige, silver and black colour aggregates are used in the Mix. Our installers have about 20minutes of trowel time once the two parts are mixed thoroughly with the aggregates to achieve a homogenous mixture. For temperatures below 150C a little amount of catalyst can be added to accelerate or speed up the curing time.

What is PRIMER C?

The primer C is used on a concrete sub-base to facilitate the adhesion between your resin bound and that of the concrete. Our installers can supply and install the primer on the day of the project, the mode of application for the primer is usually with rollers to ensure a strong bond between the surfaces, in about 20 minutes of the application, the surface will become sticky this is the point at which we have to install the resin bound on your driveway surface. The primer usually comes in 5L tins at £24.99 + Vat, coverage depends on how porous the base is, and generally each tin will cover 50 Sq. Meters.

Factors To Put Into Consideration Before Installing Resin On Your Driveway

Before installing resin bound driveways or resin bonded driveway, it is paramount that you take into consideration some few things which may have a negative or positive impact on your driveway.

Generally, it is advisable to carry out resin driveway installation when the weather is favorable which of course our team of experts can let you know the best time and weather conditions that will be suitable. The period you choose to install a new driveway surface is very important which is why our experts usually take their time to consider the climate outside and the humidity level when they set the installation date.

For resin driveway installation, it is important that you consider the base on which the installation is to be made. The sub-base is usually seen as the footing or groundwork for your new driveway and as such, it must be polished, rigid and should be shaped to match the layout of your resin driveway. If your base is not suitable, the surface of your driveway may be threatened and this will have a negative impact on your overall installation.

If there is excess water pooling or poor water drainage it will deteriorate your driveway surface spontaneously. Our experienced driveway installation team have a good knowledge on how to pitch water away from your resin driveway and they ensure that water found on the surface does not have the opportunity to build up and cause the surface to deteriorate. This is the reason why it is important that the sub base for your resin driveway installation is one that allows for proper drainage.

You can have resin installed on to a block paving, tarmac or an absorptive or permeable asphalt. This new paving option gives room for water to penetrate through the surface. The beautiful thing about this is that you will never have to deal with pooling water or poor drainage because the water is able to flow through the asphalt surface.

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Steps in Laying Resin on your driveway:

Laying resin on your driveway is not a shabby work to do. Your resin driveway installation involves full groundwork and sub-base preparation using the right method or procedure.

Before the installation, you need to check that the material beneath it is in a good condition because the fitness of your resin bound paving is dependent on this. Also, the overall permeability of your resin driveway will depend in part on what lies underneath. It doesn’t matter if you’re establishing a new sub-base or overlaying an existing surface, the preparation work of the sub-base is key to a long lasting excellent resin bound paving completion.

If the to do is to remove your current surface which may include; soil, flags, grass and block paving and scrape back or dig down until you smack a solid or rigid ground.

However, in case of a new sub-base being built up and fitted we advise that your pavement and edgings are fixed in place and laid onto a concrete bedrock using a mixture of gravel and binder in their appropriate ratio usually 3:1, This will consecutively give an exceptional stable mix and help frame the area of your new resin driveway installation sub-base, the edging must be haughty of your finished sub-base by 15-20mm to give an edge for the resin bound mixture to finish.

Preparation of Your Edges

Preparing your edges for your resin driveway installation is very straightforward usually, we can install it against house walls, Block edging, Pin kerbs, wood, or aluminium beading. The edging profiles are available in either a straight or a flexible length, these act as a retainer for the resin bound aggregates, and they provide linear definition and edge protection where it is required. The standard or recommended lengths for the edging is about 2.5 meters.

The Depths of Your Resin Bound on Driveway

All our resin bound installations are installed at a minimum of 15mm to 18mm for driveways and 12mm to 15mm for walkways respectively. We have installed over thousands of projects at these depths and we have never for once had a report of cracking from our clients. Most companies are happy with our services and some are willing to install depths as little as 12mm for driveways, but we usually let them know this is a Red Flag and the surface will not last 10 years. Our installation teams will use a screed sledge to insure a minimum of 15mm to 18mm throughout every installation.

How to Calculate the Amount of Aggregates Required

It is paramount to get the correct quantity of aggregates you require so as to prevent wastage or the need for extra request. Our experts will be able to tell you the required quantity needed to get the job done to your satisfaction.

How to Calculate the Amount of Aggregates Required

A manhole can be defined as a large hole in a road or path which is usually covered by a hardware plate that is removable. Installers climb down through manholes when they want to check or purify the drains. Our experts can supply and install Manhole covers when necessary to create a seamless surface. First the existing manhole covers should be removed as well as any disc-shaped manholes bore to fit a rhomboid interlude plate. To properly bond the manhole cover in place, about 1 square meter of resin will be required on the day of the installation.

Resin Bound Gravel Drying Times

Drying times for your resin bound gravel depends on both the depth and climate conditions. In the peak of summer, it can take as little as 6 to 12 hours for resin bound surfaces to dry up completely. The flip side of this is that in cold weather, resin bound systems can take much longer to dry, sometimes up to 48 hours.

Ideally, our surfacing contractor will advise you on the duration of time it will take to dry taking into consideration the air and surface temperatures.

What is the Cost of Resin Driveway Installation?

The cost of the resin driveway installation is largely dependent on the size of the drive and the amount of groundwork required before the resin driveway can be installed. Usually your installer will need to assess whether installing your driveway over the preexisting surface is the best choice for you. For example a tarmac surface or asphalt surface is generally considered a good option for sub bases. For concrete on the other hand, you may need to ask an expert to confirm it is suitable or if you’ll need to excavate the area and remove the concrete before laying a new sub base.

Similarly, If you have a grassed or stoned area underneath, groundwork in this case is inevitable. Before your resin driveway installation can be done, the existing surface will be excavated. All of these are factored into the overall cost of installation.

Depending on the size of area to be installed, a resin driveway cost per square meters could be around £40-80. Usually the larger the surface area of installation, the lower the cost of installation per square meter.

Area size Cost per m2 Total Cost
10m2 £80 £800
20m2 £70 £1400
40m2 £60 £2400
100m2 £50 £10,000

How Can You Permanently Get Rid of Weeds If You Have Some in Your Driveway?

Prevention they say is always better than cure and so when laying a new imprinted concrete driveway, putting two sheets of weed control or landscape fabric underneath will prevent weeds from growing through the concrete. However, if you still find weeds growing on your driveway you can apply the following measures outlined below to remove weeds from walkways as well as cracks in your driveways;

  1. Using vinegar:

    If your goal is to control small weeds on patios or driveways vinegar can be used to achieve this because it is not only highly effective at controlling weeds in the driveways it also kill weeds permanently and can be very effective at keeping your vine yard weed-free, starting from the thistle to the horsetail. Malt, distilled, white vinegar and even apple cider can be used to stop the spread of weeds in your driveways. This can be applied by simply spraying it on the affected areas.
  2. Natural weed control method:

    It is important to note that weeds are basically just plants that we find undesirable. If you decide to use this method, it is necessary to apply these products with extreme care because natural herbicides kill plants indiscriminately, this means they will kill desirable plants right along with unwanted weeds.
  3. Using boiling water:

    This method is quite simple as you have everything you need in your kitchen to achieve this. Which includes; a stove, a pot, and some water from your tap. The first thing you need to do is to put some water on a stove and allow it to boil, thereafter, you pour the boiled water directly on the unwanted weeds. This may be done more than once if you have weeds with deep tap roots. Ensure you carefully pour the boiled water directly on the unwanted weeds alone.
  4. Using cornmeal to stop weed seeds from germinating:

    If you enjoy spending time in your kitchen then this method is the best option for you. This simply means that you can stop weed growth in your vine-yard with this natural weed killer. Since cornmeal has the ability to inhibit germination it is important that you use this weed control method only in areas where you are not going to try to grow desired plants from seeds. It can also be used on bare ground to keep weed seeds from germinating.
  5. Addition of salt:

    Table salt is an effective natural weed killer which is also inexpensive to achieve. It helps to dehydrate unwanted plants and render the soil barren; this makes salt incredibly effective at killing weeds. Although it may also kill any other plants in the area and nothing will grow in that soil for at least several months. A minimal amount of salt is required to kill weeds, and the area should be irrigated on a regular basis to dilute the salt if in the long run you decide to plant there again. However, it is safest to only use this method in areas where you have no future plans for growing anything at all.

For general enquiry about resin driveway products and our services please feel free to contact. If you need a quote, our resin driveway expert installers will be at your property to survey and give you a free quote

FAQs

Is a Resin driveway any good?

Say no more, we have good news for you, it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes not only is it decorative, resin bound paving is tenable, practical and versatile. It is also a long lasting durable surface. Ideally, guarantees vary between 10 – 21 years. When properly installed and maintained by our experts it can last for more than 25 years.

Can You Lay Resin Drive in Rain?

Weather conditions such as rain, humidity, dew, wet aggregate or any other ground moisture can pose a big threat to your resin bound system. When moisture is mixed with resin it reacts instantly producing gas bubbles which will appear as foam or clouding within the resin..

How Thick Can Resin be on Driveways

A resin bound system on driveway is applied between 15-25mm thick. However a resin bonded system is applied as a thin appearance of resin laid over the gravel which could be about 5mm thick depending on the size of the aggregate.

Can You Pressure Wash a Resin Driveway?

Extreme caution needs to be maintained when pressure washing a resin driveway. Resin surface such as a resin bound driveway or patio can be jet washed, this is because the surface upon which cars are parked by different individuals tends to accumulate oils and dirt from various destinations more rapidly than patios and other surfaces. However, you need to observe the necessary precautions so that you will not end up leaving the surface area in a bad shape.

Does Weeds Grow Through Resin Driveway?

Resin bound surfacing is completely bound, which means that it is weed resistant. Although if small seeds fall onto the driveway it can result in the growth of surface weeds as well as some changes in climates and weather conditions.

How Long Before You Can Walk on Resin Bound?

Usually, we advise our clients not to walk on our finished resin surfaces for a minimum of 24 hours after installation, although we recommend a minimum of 48 hours to fully dry, so this should be put into consideration when planning your scheme throughout the winter period.