When considering a beautiful new resin driveway there are bound to be a huge list of questions you ask yourself before deciding to go forward with your plans; how much will it cost? how long will it take? can a resin driveway be laid over my grass? how long will my new resin driveway last? what colour will it be? will it stain?
Well here we have put a series of answers to the most popular questions we get about resin bonded driveways – if there is anything missing, please do not hesitate to get in touch and ask!
A resin-bound driveway, pathway or car-park is a top-layered surface where the top layer is a calculated mix of aggregates and polyurethane.
The resin compound is a polyurethane substance carefully sourced from manufacturers that can show their compliance with BS EN 9001 quality management standards. It is a long-wearing plastic mixture that binds the aggregates together to form a hard wearing top-layer once set.
Aggregates used include quartz (this can be coloured using the RAL colouring system), shingle, and granite. The rocks vary from 2 mm to 10 mm dependent on the final look as chosen by the client and vary from sharp to rounded in shape. They are kiln dried at manufacturing depots to ensure that moisture does not contaminate polyurethanes as this can cause discoloration and poor performance.
Once completed the surface is a non-slip surface that is permeable to water and is flexible in structure albeit not to the human touch, of course. These qualities allow for a crack-free lifetime of the finished product, remove the chance of standing water, and virtually eliminate surface water runoff.
There are two versions of resin bonding, both go by both names and it can all get quite confusing.
Version 1 is where a thin layer of resin polyurethane is laid onto a solid surface and then a scattering of aggregate is added.
The lifetime of this method is often much shorter owing to the fact that the top layer tends to flake away over time as it has nothing other than a sticky base-compound holding it in place. Other issues include the resin layer beneath stopping all water permeability therefore creating a water runoff situation that in some circumstances can damage surrounding areas.
Verson 2 is where the resin polyurethane and the aggregate are carefully mixed before application onto concrete or asphalt.
This method allows permeability and does not see pieces of aggregate coming away over time. Other benefits are that it does not suffer discoloration, does not suffer cracking, and will keep its beauty for many more years to come.
We like this question as the answer is that a resin bonded driveway can near enough be any colour you want it to be. The options are immense when it comes to choosing the right colour and design combinations to meet your tastes.
Blues to reds, yellows to greens, and washes of clusters of gravel quartz and shingle to make a mixture of colours are possible.
Dyed quartz allows for the bolder colour options too, and designs can be anything you can imagine.
At the end of the day when it comes to the colour of your new resin driveway, the choice really is yours.
Whilst they look smooth and almost glass-like to the eye, a resin driveway, pathway or car-park is not slippery. As a material the granite quartz and shingle rocks that are bonded together through a resin compound offer a non-slip surface.
Additional benefits of the resin-bonded surface is its high resistance to oils, fuel spills and water which means that these substances if spilled onto the surface can be cleaned away without causing damage or long-term negative effect to the overall look of the finished product.
The surface can be modified when laid to make sure that any additionally required grip can be added, to manage this we smooth the finished resin driveway a little less than we normally would thus leaving a rougher surface. Choosing a sharper rock material will also add towards improving the grip of the surface.
A resin bound driveway will last you many years, the reason being is that the materials used are incredibly durable. As well as this they do not fade in Ultra Violet light, in fact they have a longer life than any other type of driveway material.
Maintenance of a resin surface includes sweeping or power-washing twice per year to avoid the build up of decaying debris which can lead to the eventual growth of moss or algae.
Resin driveways appear cleaner for longer as they are resistant to weeds, fuel and oil spillages, any spillages can be quickly cleaned up and anything left on the surface will not damage it or soak into it due to the resin’s resistance to this happening.
All in all, resin bound driveway’s are relatively low maintenance and will maintain their appearance for many years to come.
Installing a resin surface is much the same as installing a tarmac surface albeit the final layer is resin-bound granite, quartz and/or shingle as oppose to tarmac.
We first prepare the ground with an adequate-for-purpose MOT base layer to support the weight of vehicles and/or volume of people, then after tampering this layer we add a porous asphalt which acts as the supporting layer for the resin-bound top layer.
The resin surface is added last, usually to a 15-18 mm thickness.
A typical driveway for two vehicles can be prepared, laid and brought to completion inside of 4 days.
Resin-bonded driveways vary in pricing due to the base that might already exist, laying onto an already existing asphalt or concrete is ideal (if the existing surface will support the weight of the purpose).
Laying onto soil, grass, or otherwise unprepared ground generally costs from £45 to £95 per square metre depending on the already existing surface.