Resin driveways add a lot of aesthetic value, class and elegance to your home. They are known to be very durable, slip resistant, crack resistant, able to withstand extreme temperatures, requiring minimal maintenance to keep in top shape and also cost effective. Additionally, when it is installed as a resin drive system, it is permeable allowing water to drain through the sub-base and into the ground making it SUDS compliant which is key in preventing flooding.

These advantages of resin drives and resin surfaces in general make them the perfect choice for commercial and residential settings. These include- patios, pathways, parks, driveways, golf courses, swimming pools, etc.

What Is A Resin Driveway?

A resin driveway is a flooring type that makes use of resin (mostly polyurethane resin) and carefully sourced aggregate stones to create a durable, flexible, permeable, smooth and visually aesthetic surface finish.

They are upgrade to other surface flooring options such as concrete, tarmac, asphalt, block paving and loose gravel.

Discover the Different Types of Resin Driveways

While the materials for making resin driveways are the same, all driveways made with resin are not technically the same. The difference comes in the method of application of the resin and aggregate stones. The two types are:-

  1. Resin Bonded Driveways:

    Resin bonded drives are a type of resin driveway that is made by first pouring a layer of resin on a suitable subbase and then scattering desired aggregate stones on its surface. The stones are then pressed into the resin layer to cover the resin.

    The drawback in these kinds of driveways installed with the resin bonded system is that the stones are exposed and so they are more likely to work loose and fall off with time.

    They are however cheaper to install than resin drives but will require an additional drainage system since the surface is not permeable. This may however add to the overall cost as well as increase the time required to complete the overall installation since you will have to obtain a planning permission before you install one.

  2. Resin Bound Driveways:

    Resin bound driveways on the other hand are driveways where the resin is bound to the aggregates.

    In the resin system, the aggregate stones are mixed with the resin and then troweled down/ compacted to achieve a smooth, permeable and flexible surface. In other words, the surface is porous and allows for the seamless draining of water through the surface to the water table.

    It is installed in this form is SUDS compliant and so you have no need for a secondary drainage channel. These driveways are more durable, visually appealing, crack resistant and have even lesser maintenance requirements.

    Resin Bond vs Resin Bound Driveways

    The image above is a graphical representation of the difference between the two resin driveway types discussed above.

Benefits Of Installing Resin Driveways

It come with a lot of benefits which is making it a favorite flooring type for most homeowners.

These include;

  • Quick And Easy Installation

    Resin driveways can be quickly installed and can be done quite easily too. You do not have to be an installation expert to do a proper installation although allowing a professional to carry out the installation helps you to get the best out of your driveway.

    It can be overlain on other existing surfaces such as concrete or tarmac as long as they are in good condition.

    Mixing and laying of the mix does not take a lot of time. An average sized driveway can be installed in a couple of hours and can be walked upon within 6-12 hours depending on the weather at the time of installation. For cars, the newly installed resin driveway can be used after 24hours.

  • Durability and Longevity

    Resin driveways can last for decades as a result of their durability and hardwearing property. When maintained adequately, they remain immaculate for more than 20years. One way to ensure that they remain in tip top shape is to use them for the purpose for which they were installed. For instance, if the resin drive was installed for foot and light traffic, then heavy duty vehicles should not be used on it.

    As long as the installation was done properly and the base solid, the driveway will not sink, cave in or swell.

    The Resin aggregate system is therefore a good choice for its durability and as long as they are installed correctly especially on a solid base, the driveway will not sink, cave in or swell.

  • Permeability and SUDS Compliant

    The surface of a resin driveway is porous and permeable allowing for water to drain through the sub base and into the ground. This is a very desirable quality as it makes the driveway SUDS compliant.

    SUDS stands for Sustainable Urban Drainage System.

    New urban planning rules favour installations that are SUDS compliant as this helps to prevent drainage issues. With a resin, you do not have to worry about constructing an additional drainage system which will need a UK planning permission because there will be no puddles of water on your driveway surface.

  • No Discolouration

    If a driveway resin is installed using a UV stable resin (aliphatic polyurethane resins, it will not fade over time like other surfaces such as concrete and block paving surfaces which also need extensive surface maintenance to keep them in good condition.

    UV stable resins are able to withstand UV rays from the sun and not discolour or fade with time. This adds to the durability of the resin driveway.

  • Resin Driveway Ideas & Design Options

    With resin driveway ideas, your limit is your creativity. Design is totally flexible and unlimited with driveway systems. No matter the driveway shape or colour of the existing structures in your home, there is always a design that will meet your needs.

    For resin, the stone aggregates used in installation come in a wide variety of colours, textures and shapes which can be blended expertly and creatively to create a stunning and elegant driveway.

    Additionally, unique designs, logos, patterns and symbols can be added into the resin drive surface to create personalized unique surface unique.

  • Ease Of Maintenance

    Maintenance requirement for resin driveways is low. This is one of the reasons why it is the ideal flooring type for most homeowners. The surface of resin surfaces are resistant to the growth of weeds and moss which saves you precious cleaning time and energy. They are also resistant to oil spills.

    However, weed seedlings can fall on the surface giving rise to some little weeds on the surface but this can be easily brushed off with a stiff brush.

    Additionally, you do not need periodic surface resealing unlike with concrete and block paving surfaces saving you energy and resources. Only an occasional pressure wash is enough to maintain the flawless finish of your driveway.

  • Crack-Resistant, Smooth, Flat, Flexible Surface

    The seamless, uniform, smooth and flat surface of the resin driveway makes it ideal for all applications and creates ease of access. There are no loose stones and you do not have to worry about cracks as the surface is flexible. The surface of a driveway for resin is safe for walking and suitable for use by bicycles, scooters, buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

  • Frost Resistant

    In addition to its crack resistant property, resin driveways are also frost resistant which make them able to withstand several freeze/thaw cycles without being damaged nor weak.

    Furthermore, they have an open matrix which makes the surface porous and promotes easy absorption of water and drainage thus avoiding flooding. This porous ability of resin surfaces also helps to greatly reduce the damaging action of freeze/thaw cycles.

  • Cost Effective

    While resin driveways may be more expensive than concrete or block paving driveways as at the time of installation, overtime, they prove to be economical and cost effective.

    With resin drives, you save resources you would have used for maintenance works such as surface resealing and clean as will be required by other flooring systems.

    Also, it gives you good value for money as it upgrades and complements your property. It is a good way to invest in your property as it increases the value of your home if you are looking to sell.

  • Visual Appeal

    Aesthetics and visual appeal is second to none with resin driveways. It is the ideal option to create a stunning and individualistic classy driveway to accentuate your property and make your home the envy of your neighbours. The driveways for resin are beautiful and as we have noted earlier, there is no limit to design options that can be explored.

Comparing Resin Drive Surfaces To Other Surface Flooring Alternatives

Category Tarmac Concrete Block Paving P.I.C
Colour Stable
Permeable
Slip Resistant
Weed Resistant
Frost Resistant
Seamless
Crack resistant
UV resistant
Minimal maintenance

Laying A Resin Driveway

  • Step 1. Mix The Resin

    It is important that this is done accurately as mixing the resin in the right proportion is key to a successful installation. Part A component of the resin should be mixed for 10-20 seconds using a high-torque, helical bladed mixer. Then add Part B component and mix thoroughly for about 60 seconds until it is uniform.

  • Step 2. Mix Resin, Dried Aggregates And Sand

    This should be done within 3-5 minutes. Endeavor not to overmix.

    • First pour your aggregates into your Forced Action Mixer.

    • Add the pre-mixed resin to the mix and start your stopwatch.

    • Slowly add the bag of C52 sand

  • Step 3. Transfer The Mix To The Work Area

    As you do this, it is important that you pour the mix in manageable quantities and ensure an even spread of the mix. Be careful to check for inconsistencies at this point and do well to correct them at this point. It is easier to do this at this stage before the mix cures.

  • Step 4. Trowelling The Material

    Prior to troweling, you can use a screed bar to further even out the mix. Ensure to clean your trowel with white spirit prior to troweling. We also advise that you clean the trowel after about 6 strokes during the trowel process as the trowel can become sticky and will drag aggregates out of place. Also ensure that the aggregates form a closely compacted level surface.

    Mark the area with cones and tapes and leave undisturbed for at least 24hours before using cars on it.

What Does Driveway Cost?

There are different factors that affect the cost of a resin driveway. These include-

  • The type of resin system – resin bonded or resin bound
  • Condition Of Existing Driveway
  • Choice Of Resin Driveway Aggregate And Design
  • Depth Of The Drive for Resin
  • Size Of The Driveway Area
  • Edging Requirements
  • Location Of The Resin Drive

The average resin driveway cost for selected driveway areas is given below.

Area (M2) Cost per M2 Total Cost
20 £60 £1,200
40 £60 £2,400
100 £50 £5,000
200 £50 £10,000

Finding a Resin Driveway Installer You Can Trust

If you are looking for trusted driveway companies near me, search no more as Yourresindriveway is a best driveway company near me with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Our resin surfaces are durable, permeable, colour stable and easy to maintain.

Our team of highly qualified installers use the best materials and employ modern technologies to bring a stunning, classy driveway of the highest quality to your home.

You can reach out to us for a free quote at various locations such as Liverpool, London & Glasgow for your next project by filling out our free online claims’ assessment form. Our expert professionals are always happy to help.

FAQs

Can I Install A Resin Drive On Top Of Tarmac?

The short answer is yes. Tarmac and concrete surfaces are the most suitable basis for a resin driveway installation. You can install a resin drive on top of a tarmac surface as long as it is in perfect condition. It is recommended that the tarmac must be laid on a suitable sub base. The MOT type 3 is a good example. This is so that it can support the expected weight of use.

How Do You Maintain A Resin Driveway?

Maintaining a resin driveway is quite easy. Regular sweeping using a stiff-bristled broom or brush to remove debris and leaves in addition to frequent hosing down will help to keep your driveway in top condition.

A Jet Wash can also be done periodically to avoid accumulation of dirt and marks on your driveway surface. We recommend using a jet wash with a flat spraying nozzle as this will help to improve accuracy when you are spraying your driveway. Ensure not to go above a water pressure of 150bar as using excessive water pressure could damage your driveway.

For weeds, you can pull out the root with the weed or use a mild weed killer. We advise against using strong chemicals which can damage your driveway.

For snow and ice removal, use a plastic snow shovel.

Are Resin Driveways Slippery?

Usually, resin driveways are not slippery. A huge advantage of a resin gravel driveway is slip resistance.

The reason why a it is slippery due to installation mistakes. This includes not mixing the right amount of resin into the initial mix or failing to apply an anti-slip coating to the finished driveway.

Are Resin Driveways Porous?

They are porous and as such allow for permeability of water through the surface. Resin bonded driveways on the other hand are not porous and so not SUDS compliant.

How Thick Is A Resin Driveway?

The thickness is usually dependent on the intended use.

For walking, the ideal thickness is 12mm. 15mm is ideal for a light traffic driveway while for heavy duty vehicle use, 18mm thickness is recommended.

Reach out to us today and let us transform your home with a classic resin driveway that benefits you.