A relative newcomer on the driveway scene, resin provides a highly durable surface that is successfully SuDS compliant, but what about problems with resin driveways?
Forewarned is forearmed, and with some handy Home Logic know-how, you can prevent potential problems from ruining your resin bound driveway…
Choose Your Contractor Carefully
In most cases, the problems with resin driveways stem from the standard of workmanship.
Whichever method of application is used, the resin sets relatively quickly-usually within 1 hour-and so needs to be worked efficiently to ensure the resin and the aggregates are spread, levelled and smoothed before it becomes too stiff.
Without the proper training to inform it, the application procedure falls flat, leading to unsightly, uneven surfaces.
In addition to this, the chemicals used in the driveway installation process (such as epoxy resins) require skilled training to handle correctly, as well as adequate protective measures, such as a suitable mask and protective clothing.
For this reason, this type of surfacing is best laid by experienced, expert contractors to avoid problems.
Planning Permission: A Postcode Lottery?
The great thing about resin is that in most cases, planning permission is not required to install it.
However, this is far from a generic rule; every council is unique in respect of regulatory rules meaning that in some cases, even a permeable material, such as resin, is still not deemed appropriate by the powers that be.
The most sensible solution is to contact your local council…and keep your fingers crossed for good luck!
When Weeds Attack…
In regards to problems with resin driveways, surface cracks can cause considerable concern.
In a resin bound driveway, resin and stone form a highly symbiotic partnership. This means that installers need to ensure that an accurate resin to stone ratio is achieved during mixing so that both work together effectively.
Disproportionate measures translate into disastrous results, such as cracking. From cracking comes rampant weed growth, which is not only unsightly, but time-consuming to correct.
Thankfully, this problem can be easily prevented by checking contractor credentials, and adhering to manufacturer’s guidelines from the outset.
Patches Prove Problematic
These unsightly white patches can drive down driveway decorum if left unchecked. The solution? Plenty of pre-planning…and working in tandem with temperature.
The setting times of resin bound surfaces are subject to temperature. Dry conditions are most conducive to installation, as moisture can prevent the resin from curing.
Consequently, the weather needs to stay dry for around 4 hours after the installation is complete to prevent white patches from forming.
Problems With Resin Driveways? Not When They Are Installed Correctly
As with most things in life, prevention is often better than cure, and in terms of problems with resin driveways, this saying really does speak volumes.
Always take the time to do your preliminary research and check out contractor credentials.
Trustmark accreditation ensures government endorsed standards, with five star reviews on Trustpilot also providing a good indicator of the reputability of a company.
Although all driveway materials have their drawbacks, problems with resin driveways are few and far between, and in terms of a driveway material where form matches function, resin definitely takes some beating.
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