So…you’ve looked at the options, done the legwork, and now you can look forward to a driveway of distinction that stands the test of time. Or can you? We explore the question ‘how long does a resin bound driveway last’ in greater depth, and why opting for a professional installer saves you hassle, heartache, and your hard-earned cash in the long-term…
There’s no denying that resin is a refreshingly resilient material. Unlike resin bonded systems, resin bound driveways incorporate two or more aggregates of varying sizes, adding additional strength to the surface.
Resin is also fully SUDs compliant, enabling water to disperse and drain natural, without the requirement of an additional system.
Considering the fact that built up surface water can dramatically affect functionality over time, the permeability of a resin bound driveway means that it lasts far longer than other non-porous materials.
The quality of resin driveways is undeniable, and with the correct aftercare procedures in place, they can look the part, and act the part, for many years to come.
Unlike other materials, resin bound surfaces have been constructed with flexibility in mind-an essential requirement for withstanding all types of weather.
From torrential downpours, to dangerously icy conditions, resin takes fluctuations of temperature in its stride, coping with cold and heat without cracking.
In contrast, traditional materials, such as tarmac and concrete, crack under the slightest of pressure, resulting in a pitted appearance, that’s both time-consuming, and costly, to resolve.
Like most things in life, successful results depend on adequate preparation-and this is certainly the case for your driveway. Cowboy companies may offer cheaper prices-but there’s always a catch. Whether it be taking shortcuts with the substrate, to employing sub-standard products, problems will always ensue. Take a look at these sneaky tactics that some companies use to profit from your peril:
Achieving the correct ratio of resin to aggregate is something of an exacting science. In certain instances, companies may try and use less aggregate in order to cost-cut, which would not only degrade your driveway’s aesthetics, but also affect its long-term functionality as well.
In terms of driveways, it’s all about the base. Resin can be easily installed on top of existing tarmac and concrete-although dodgy firms may try and tell you otherwise, insisting that they need to excavate the entire base (and charging you for the ‘privilege’.) This is simply not the case.
Due to the high cost of resin, some contractors attempt to get away with using as little as 2% binder-despite the fact that most resins achieve their full potential at a minimum of 6% binder. Others may try and use poor quality resin to cut costs at the customer’s expense.
In some cases, cowboy companies will stop at nothing in their bid to maximise profit. Dusty, damp or oversized aggregates may be used in the installation, resulting in full system failure at a later date. You have been warned!
Companies may promise the world, but unless they’ve got the credentials to match, they’re unlikely to deliver the quality service you deserve.
In this respect, Trustpilot offers a good indicator of standards of service. Opt for a company with 5 star reviews. Your driveway will thank you for it in the long run.
One of the pleasing perks of a resin driveway is that they’re incredibly easy to maintain. Here’s a few pointers for keeping your brand new resin driveway in tip top condition, all year round:
Stronger may be better for coffee, but in terms of chemical cleaners for driveways, the inverse is actually true! A gentle wash will more than suffice.
For effective cleaning, a jet wash can prove beneficial. Use a mix of soap and water, as described in the pack.
You should always aim to clean spillages as soon as possible, to prevent them from penetrating the surface.
Although tempting, refrain from using sharp edged trowels to remove ice and snow from the surface. Salt and grit do the job just as well, without causing damage to the surface in the process.
To start with, avoid putting any heavy objects on the surface for the first few weeks. This enables your driveway to settle. Avoid dragging heavy objects across the surface during the initial stages as well.
Sick of spending your precious time tending your driveway? Resin offers a salient solution that achieves maximum effect, for minimal effort. Request your free site survey today by calling: 0800 1700 636.