What is a resin driveway? The envy of your neighbours, and a good deal more besides. Here’s the latest lowdown on how this multi-purpose material offers a stylish and sustainable solution, that stands the test of time…
A Resin Bound gravel driveway is a mix of natural aggregates, which have been placed into a resin compound. This is one of the most permeable driving surfaces on the market, as the gap between the aggregate materials remains open, enabling water to drain away with ease.
The benefits of installing a resin driveway are as manifold as the diversity of designs on offer. One obvious asset of using resin as your surface of choice is that their streamlined aesthetics retain their appearance for many years to come, requiring relatively little maintenance to do so.
In addition to this, our resin driveways are fully SUDs compliant, enabling them to take adverse weather in their stride.
A key difference between resin bond and resin bound surfaces is the thickness in which they are applied, as well as the appearance, application and materials used:
Resin bound driveways are at least 15-25mm thick. In contrast, the thickness of resin bonded driveways is determined by aggregate size.
With resin bond systems, the resin is applied, and the aggregate is dispersed on top of the wet resin, whereas resin bound is applied with a trowel.
Resin bound systems possess a more smoother, streamlined appearance. In contrast, resin bond systems are much coarser, taking on the appearance of the aggregate material.
The resin bound system uses two or more aggregates in different sizes (2-5mm and 1-3mm) together. Resin bond uses only one aggregate size, such as 1-3mm.
The amount of rain recently has led to government restrictions on homeowners, to prevent them changing the drainage pattern of their property if they are covering soil/grassy areas, which help the water drain naturally.
Our resin bound driveways prevent pooling and puddling, by enabling water to drain away effectively, without the requirement of additional drainage systems, such as filters and swales.
Resolutely Resistant To Weeds
Resin bound driveways are resistant weeds, due their sophisticated cellular composition. This is far more favourable than gravel, which lets wanton weed growth run amok.
Stands The Test Of Time
The quality of resin driveways is undeniable, and provided that they receive adequate aftercare, they will continue to function effectively for many years to come.
The materials used in every installation possess an adequate degree of flexibility, which allows for small heating and cooling movements. As time goes by, the driveway will respond and adapt to changes in temperature without cracking.
Planning Permission Not Required
A driveway that is compliant with SUDs offers a substitute for channelling rainwater into the drainage system. Water will flow under the ground as if there were no driveway surface on top. Consequently, planning permission is not required.
As with most things in life, it’s all in the preparation-and your resin bound driveway is no exception. This is especially important in cases where a new sub-base is being installed, or if the resin is being applied over an existing surface.
For new sub-base installations, we advise that edgings are fixed with cement and sharp sand which, when combined, provide a good, solid mix, that minimises the risk of subsidence.
Before installing the resin bound driveway on top of an existing surface, we ensure that the surface is dry and free of weeds and algae.
You will have two resin choices which are: UV stable resin, or standard resin. The only difference between the two types of resin is that the standard resin may gradually fade over time, due to UV sunlight exposure.
Colours like black, beige and silver are only installed with UV stable resin, to prevent the aggregate from yellowing.
Once we begin the installation procedure, the main equipment for this job will be a forced action mixer, which would hold up to a minimum of 100kg of aggregates. Other essential equipment includes: white spirit, a wheelbarrow, gloves, a bucket and a plasterer’s float.
We organise the aggregates for the resin bound driveway installation. For each resin, we use a mix of 4 x 25kg of aggregate.
Next, our installers mix the materials in the required amounts, ensuring that the correct ratios are prepped, and ready to be applied.
Finally, our team spread the material mix to the required depth, taking extra care to ensure that the installation is carried out with due diligence. Generally speaking, vehicles can drive across the surface after 24 hours, depending on weather.
One of the many advantages of using resin for driveways is that it’s an ultra-low maintenance material. And with just a little attention and aftercare, you can rest assured that your resin bound driveway will continue to turn your neighbours green with envy:
Contrary to popular belief, strong, chemical cleaners do more harm than good. Use natural alternatives where possible, such as a mix of soap and water.
To clean your new driveway, a gentle jet wash should be sufficient, as resin is far more resistant to stains than other driveway materials.
Spills And Oil:
Any spillages should be cleaned as soon as possible, to prevent deep level surface penetration.
Ice And Snow:
To increase friction in icy conditions, sprinkle salt and grit on the surface. Although tempting, avoid using sharped edged implements to cut through compacted ice-thawing may take longer, but it’s a far more preferable option.
Driveways are used for all manner of purposes. Despite the fact that they can withstand the weight of heavier vehicles, you should wait for several weeks to let your resin driveway settle before taking this action.