What Is A Resin Patio?

A resin bound patio surface is a type of flooring system consisting of a natural or coloured rubber or aggregate mixture used to create a patio space for residential buildings or for commercial purposes.

Patios are usually paved in the UK and the implication of this is that they can only be used after some extensive cleaning and good amount of sunlight for hours. The space will need some weeding and the stones clean before having some recreation or relaxation.

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Resin patios are becoming very popular because of their smooth long-lasting surface and permeability. They are aesthetically appealing, require minimal maintenance and offer elegance making it a better alternative to our types of flooring such as gravel, tarmac, block paving and decking.

Resin patios come in a variety of colours, designs and textures which gives you the liberty to choose and create what you want that best fits your style. They eliminate the worries of flooding or stagnant water by their quality of being permeable thus allowing the passage of water or rain.

As a result of being UV resistant, you wouldn’t have to be afraid about the amount of sunlight that shines on them as they will neither fade nor change colour.

Benefits of Using the Resin Patios

  • Hardwearing: Resin bound patios are very durable and long lasting. Its hardwearing properties makes it able to last more than 20years.
  • Accessibility: As they are easy to access, it is ideal for ramps used by bicycles, scooters, buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs.
  • Smoothness: Resin patios are hand finished which give it its complete smooth and flat surface. This ensures that there are no loose stones or chippings while also making it safer to walk on even in wet and icy conditions as it offers great slip resistance; thanks to an additional anti-slip technology added in the resin bound patio.
  • Non-Fading: Resin patios guarantee no colour change or fading as they are UV stable making them highly durable.
  • Minimal maintenance: This flooring system is easy to maintain needing only a few cleanings every year. It has the toughness to withstand pressure washing as can easily be cleaned with a hard brush to maintain its flawless finish.
  • Preventing growth of weeds: They are also resistant to weeds, mosses and algae as roots are prevented from growing thus adding to its low maintenance requirement.
  • Permeability: Water is able to drain away, flowing freely through the surface of the resin patio thanks to its porous surface. This is an important requirement in the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) regulations.
  • Adaptability: A variety of unique designs can be incorporated into the resin bound patios. These include- logos, letterings, patterns, motifs, symbols and borders thus creating a unique aesthetically appealing design that best suits the client’s personality.
  • Variety of colours: Resin bound patios offer a range of colour blends and textures in both contemporary and traditional styles for ultimate creativity.
  • Quick installation: Resin patios are faster and easier to install than decking or paving. This means that the newly installed resin patio can be used with a day after it has been laid.
  • No installation permission: You do not need an additional planning permission to install a resin bound patio.
  • Compatibility: Resin patios are compatible and can be overlaid on a variety of existing surfaces as long as it is solid and flat example- tarmac and concrete.
  • Stability: As long as the base is well prepared before installation of the resin patios, the patios will not sink or cave in, swell or even crack. This helps to make them stable for many years.

Why Choose Resin Driveway

Your Resin driveway is one of the leading UK experts in resin bound patios, resin pathways, driveways and has had many years of experience working with clients of diverse tastes, styles and personality and still satisfying them with amazing and hugely impressive resin patios.

Our team of expertly trained and highly skilled technicians take the time to listen to you and understand your needs and requirements for your external decoration and will give you a unique design that fits exactly what you need.

Our resin bound patio solutions are installed quickly allowing you to use your patio after 24hrs and come with a 20-year guarantee. We use the highest quality materials to provide you premium designs with artistic finishing all at very affordable prices.

Our services cut across the whole of the UK, so distance isn’t a problem to acquiring that unique and expertly finished patio for your outdoor space. These patios come in various colours, designs, textures and styles giving you the liberty to make a choice from a large pool of varieties. Our resin bound surfaces can be installed to conform to any shape and fit to any size no matter how awkward it is.

Our floors are SUDS compliant and are specially produced not to compromise the client’s safety in any way. They can also be laid to adapt and complement existing surfaces such as ponds, tarmacs, gardens or raised beds. Our resin patios can also be produced to match the shade of your outdoor furniture as well as the interior of your home to create an artistic blend. At your choice, we can include into the patio your desired logo, crests, patterns, letterings or symbols to give a wonderful custom effect.

At Your Resin driveway, we are committed to ensuring that owners of houses, offices or buildings of any kind are able to give their homes that well-furnished, durable and unique outdoor space solution you have always desired. We will support you from the initial consultations, to the design, planning, production and finally installation of the resin patio by our highly skilled technicians.

Resin Patio Designs

There are various resin patio ideas which can be chosen by clients for their outdoor space. These include;

These resin patio ideas come in various designs, colours, textures and styles allowing you to choose from a wide range of options.

Resin Patio Cost

With the very many benefits of resin bound surfaces that make them the ideal flooring system, it is important to know how much they cost.

Resin patio cost is not easily determined as no two projects can be the same. There are several factors that come into play while determining how much a resin patio will cost. This is largely due to the fact that each job or project from a client has its own peculiar specifications which makes the exact cost of a resin patio difficult to say. On a general basis however, the cost of a resin driveway starts from £40 per square meter upwards and this is determined by factors like the type of aggregate, size of the area to be covered and the presence or absence of an existing floor.

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On a general basis however, the cost of a resin driveway starts from £40 per square meter upwards and this is determined by factors like the type of aggregate, size of the area to be covered and the presence or absence of an existing floor.

The table below shows the average costs for Installing a UV stable resin overlay laid at 15mm
Area (m2) Price (per m2)
0-40 £60
40-100 £50
100+ £45

Factors That Determine The Cost Of A Resin Patio

The following are determinants of the cost of a resin patio;

  • Size of the area
  • Size of aggregate and the required depth
  • Type of existing surface
  • Preference- a UV stable or Non-UV stable resin
  • Installing edging on the site
  • Layout of the installation area
  • SUDS (sustainable urban drainage) compliant resin bound patio
  • Installers Perspective (Break Down Of Your Quote)
    • Preparation work costs
    • The cost of the materials
    • Labour costs
    • Other logistics

Size Of The Area

The size of the area where the resin bound patio will be installed determines the cost per square metre of the project. The size of the square metre is inversely proportional to the size of the rate- this means that as the area increases, the rate per square metre will reduce and vice versa. This is because there are certain areas in installing a resin patio that have fixed costs irrespective of the size; for example, the costs of premium motor spirit to and from the site.

Size Of Aggregate And The Required Depth

The size of aggregate and the depth required also plays a major role in determining the cost of installing the resin patio. Aggregate sizes vary in the market ranging from 1-2mm up till 10mm aggregate. As a rule, the depth must be 3 times the largest aggregate size. This means that a 2-5mm aggregate will be installed at a depth of 15mm and an 8mm aggregate will be installed at a 24mm depth. Driveways however, are usually installed with a variation of 1-5mm in aggregate size and a 15mm depth.

Type Of Existing Surface

The type of surface you currently have is one of the most important factors that determine the cost of installing the resin patio. This is because before installing the new resin bound surface, preparation work has to be done on the existing surface. Your existing surfaces may be a tarmac driveway, block paving, concrete surface or grassed area and these surfaces will require some preparation work which may include- repairing, cleaning and levelling the surface.

Additionally, there may be need to do some excavation especially if there are cracks, weeds, potholes, etc., then install a compacted stone base before a porous asphalt is installed. Usually, these excavation works and other initial preparations are more expensive than the actual resin bound surface installation.

Preference- a UV stable or Non-UV stable resin

Although we recommend using the UV stable resin, you may also opt for the non-UV stable resin. The cost of the non-UV resin is about half the price of the UV resin while it also discolours and fades over time. The choice is therefore yours to make if you are looking for something functional, to save cost and not really concerned about colour change over time. Majority of our installations at your resin driveway are with a UV stable resin.

Installing edging on the site

Some form of edge restraint will need to be installed if you want to have a neat and high-quality finish. This can be done on bricks, walls, timber or slab. Installing the edge restraints can add additional cost to the project.

Layout of the installation area

The layout of the installation area can impact the cost of installation. For instance, if the layout is awkward or irregular, or incorporates portions that are difficult to apply a smooth finish of the highest quality, then this will incur more costs.

SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system) compliant resin bound patio

It is important to install resin patios that are SUDS compliant so as to allow water to permeate through it. Most surfaces in nature are either porous or permeable allowing water to drain through to the water table.

Artificial surfaces should also be made to mimic or behave in the same way; but surfaces like concrete do not actually SUDS compliant.

When a resin bound surface is laid upon a porous surface, rain water will permeate through the pores between the stones, through the sub-base and find its way back into the water table. Resins laid upon a concrete surface or an impermeable asphalt surface are not SUDS compliant. This is because when the water drains through the resin surface, it settles upon on the concrete surface or at best drains in the direction of the fall.

The way to go around this and ensure that the resin surface is SUDS compliant, a well compacted non-frost vulnerable stone is built up to about 150 – 200mm. Then a 60mm AC14 open surface asphalt max 100/150 is laid and finally a 15mm of resin bound stone is overlaid.

What this entails is that the original concrete has to be excavated before proper resin installation. Cases where resin bound surfaces are overlaid on a concrete or similar base is to save cost but this is not ideal as stipulated by SUDS regulations.

Installers Perspective (Break Down Of Your Quote)

Preparation Work Costs

The costs to charge for preparation is dependent on the amount of work to be done. For example, where the original surface is a grassed area, it requires extensive work to turn it into a resin bound surface. The preparation work costs will include the cost of excavating the area, installing a stone base, installing an asphalt structural base and edging installation. This has to be done before the actual resin installation.

Additionally, if the client already has a concrete driveway with cracks, uneven surfaces, portholes and grasses growing through it, this will need to be cleaned, dug up, cracks repaired and the surface evenly smoothened before installing a resin bound surface.

The Cost Of The Materials

The cost of the materials needed for the installation of the resin patio also determines the cost of the overall project. For example, the constituents of a resin bound surface are usually a mixture of two aggregate stone sizes, polyurethane resin, and sand or polymer. An epoxy primer may also be added to the surface of the sub base prior to the resin installation.

Aggregates come in different sizes, quality, special characteristics such as roughness, slip resistance and shapes (rounded or angular). They are usually bought in bags of 25kg and are dried thoroughly to get rid of moisture.

The resin itself can either be an aromatic polyurethane or an aliphatic polyurethane. The difference between the two is that the aliphatic type is UV stable and won't discolour while the aromatic will change when exposed to bright sunlight turning to golden yellow. Also, the aliphatic is three times more expensive than the aromatic, which is becoming less preferred as a result of its non-UV stability.

The sand that will be used for the project is usually about 6.25% of the entire mix; this is to provide the mixture with increased strength as it has the property of increasing the surface area of the mix. A fine polymer may also be added to the surface to give grit and improve slip resistance thus ensuring that the surface is not slippery.

Cost of Labour

It is obvious that the cost of labour will affect the cost of the entire project. For a resin driveway of average size, the installer might need about 4 members of staff to get the work done. There will be someone on the mixer, one who will be transporting the mix and those who will trowel the mixdown.

This will of course depend on the shape, size and amount of work needed to be done on the drive. Labour rates can range from £100 to £200 per day depending on how skilled the workers are.

Other logistics

Other logistical factors such as distance travelled by the delivery vans, the cost of delivering the materials, edging installation, waste disposal, costs of lodging and basic provisions for the installers and their staff.

If you are looking for a quote or need a quality resin bound patio or driveway, you can get in touch with us or fill out our online contact form and we will reach out to you with a no-obligation resin patio cost.

Do you want to do your resin patio or driveway yourself?

While we do advise strongly against self installation, if you feel you have all it takes to self-install your driveway, or you are simply a DIY enthusiast, there are DIY resin driveway kits available to help make the job easy. Each kit includes a complete set of components for easy application. On the other hand, in cases where large surface areas will be covered (for example where a forced action mixer will be needed), it is necessary to hire professional installers to ensure a job well done.

Resin Bound Surfaces VS Resin Bonded Surfaces

These two should not be confused with each other. A resin bound surface with the proper base will normally be SUDS compliant as opposed to a resin bonded surface.

A resin bonded surface describes a resin which is distributed across a sub-base and then the aggregate is dispersed into it. This layer of resin cannot be SUDS compliant as it will not allow water to permeate through it.

Resin Patio Pros and Cons

The Pros of Resin Patio are as follows:

They are cost effective: Usually, what will cost you more in the installation of the resin patio is not the actual installation but the cost of excavating the existing surfaces. Installation of the resin patio proper is of low cost allowing you to have a durable patio or driveway at an affordable price.

Resin Patio Are Quick To Install: Resins can be installed and used within a day or even shorter time depending on the size and the amount of work that needs to be done. They can be installed with concrete or asphalt which saves time in contrast to installing a tarmac.

They Are Easy To Maintain: Resins do not need special cleaning techniques. They can be cleaned with water and a stiff brush to get the surface rid of debris that may encourage the growth of weeds.

SUDS compliant: When installed properly, resin bound surfaces allow for the permeability of water through its surface which also adds to its durability and minimizes drainage issues.

Aesthetic: Resin bound surfaces are admirable and aesthetically pleasing. They have a wide variety of colors, textures, styles and designs while also permitting artistic drawings, logos, crests or letterings to be incorporated into the surface thus ensuring that each person has a style that suits his or her personality.

The Cons of Resin Patio are as follows:

Lack Of Official Regulations: There are no formal regulations when it comes to resin bound contractors and installers. This means that poorly trained or inexperienced installers and unlicensed firms can do a poor job for you. It is therefore important that you look out for licensed companies and authorized installers who can do a clean job for you.

Discoloration and Fading: There is a chance that your job may be done with an inferior material at the cost of a superior material without your knowing it. It has to be noted again that there are two types of polyurethanes used in making resins- the aromatic which fades with time on exposure to sunlight and aliphatic which is UV stable. This must be taken into account and efforts should be made to see that you get exactly the quality you pay for.

Growth Of Weeds And Moss: If properly laid, resin bound surfaces can prevent the growth of weeds, moss and algae a great deal, otherwise, there will be growth of weeds which is not aesthetically pleasing.

FAQs

How Durable Is A Resin Patio?

A resin patio is very durable and will last for many years (up to 25years) as long as it is well maintained. Most companies give a guarantee of between 10 -15years. Resin bound surfaces are also able to retain their appearance for a long time especially if they are produced with aliphatic polyurethane as against the aromatic type.

A good polyurethane will permit some surface flexural movement which makes it resistant to cracking. If cracking is observed, it may be due to the sub-base failure which is why good preparation is very necessary to improve the durability of the resin bound driveway.

A resin bound patio which fails after a few years may also be as a result of substandard resin used in the work.

Why Is Resin A Good Choice For My Outdoor Space?

Resin is an excellent choice for your outdoor space. They provide a wide range of design options to suit your taste while also being of high quality and durable unlike the traditional flooring systems. They are also much easier to maintain and can be made to match your interior or existing outdoor decoration or furniture.

Its adaptability to any kind of size and shape no matter how awkward as well as being SUDS compliant also makes it ideal for use. The complaints of cracks, weed growth and discoloration are also greatly minimized with resin.

What Are The Problems With Resin Patios?

There are only a few problems with resin but most of them are caused as a result of faulty installation. This may also be as a result of problems with the matrix; for example, poor resin-aggregate ratio, depth of application, weather conditions, poor installation from unskilled craftsmen among others.

Can You Lay Resin On Soil?

Inasmuch as resin can be laid on a variety of surfaces, it cannot be laid directly on soil or grass. Caution has to be taken also when laying them on block paving as block paving cannot provide adequate stability for a resin bound surface. Cracks may appear on the surface when there is a sub-base movement of the paving stones. To avoid this, the block paving is further consolidated before a resin bound surface is installed.

Are Resin Drives Better Than Block Paving?

Block paving has cracks and gaps which encourage the growth of weed and moss. This requires a lot of maintenance work which is greatly minimized by using a resin surface. Resin surfaces also provide people with better design options and allow for adaptation even in locations with awkward shapes unlike block paving.

Can You Lay A Resin Over A Patio?

Of course, we can lay a resin over a patio. We can also do that over a tarmac or a concrete as you may require but only after proper checks and inspections to determine if these existing surfaces are in ideal conditions to be used as a base. If this is not the case, we will carry out extensive repairs or excavate the existing surface and begin from scratch.

But one thing is certain; you will receive a high-quality finish which will stand the test of time.

How Can I Maintain A Resin Patio?

Maintaining a resin patio is much easier and time saving when compared to other flooring types. Use of a jet wash is the preferred way to clean the resin surface. Also, occasional pressure wash to rid the surface from dirt is enough. Additionally, a strong garden hose can be used in the absence of a jet wash. Furthermore, you can apply rock salt on the surface during winter to stop the buildup of snow. This is possible since the resin surface will not react negatively with salt.

It is also important not to drop objects with sharp edges that can scrape the surface.

How Long Does It Take For A Resin Driveway To Set?

A resin driveway doesn’t take long to set, it can even be used after 24hrs following installation. However, we recommended that the resin be allowed for 48hrs before smaller vehicles are ridden on it while 72hrs wait is ideal if a larger vehicle is to be used on the driveway.

It is important that the resin bound surface is subjected to use only after these recommended periods of time so that setting and binding is not disrupted which will jeopardize the longevity of the resin bound surface.