Resin based surface systems have been around for some time. In many cases when colour is used on public walkways, or red bus lanes and green cycle paths are laid, this is very likely to be a resin bound or bonded system. Whilst this kind of surfacing is very common in public areas, resin bound driveways are currently less common. However, there are many benefits to choosing a resin bound system for your driveway.
For many years, gravel driveways have been extremely popular, with many households attempting to imitate the gravel paths leading to stately homes in the country. However, although gravel can look extremely effective, there are many downfalls to choosing a gravel based driveway. As gravel is loose, it goes without saying that gravel drives and paths take a lot of upkeep as gravel must constantly be raked or brushed back into position.
On a busy driveway, that is likely to be used by cars on a regular basis, or even a lot of pedestrians, areas of the drive can commonly start to look bare without someone regularly manipulating the gravel to ensure it remains in an even layer. If a driveway is flanked by a garden, it’s not uncommon for the lawn to quickly become covered in gravel.
How does a resin based surface work?
Whilst resin based products have very similar aesthetics to gravel, a resin based driveway requires much less maintenance. Resin effectively acts as a glue to hold gravel or a wide variety of other aggregates in place in a single layer, creating a finished surface that looks as grand as gravel, but without the associated maintenance and without the associate trip and slip hazards. A particular benefit of resin based surfacing is that it is well suited to sloped driveways as all aggregate is held in place. Gravel on the other hand, is not well suited at all to slopes, as the natural gravity leads gravel to slide downwards, especially when subjected to traffic.
The difference between resin bonded and resin bound?
- Resin bonded driveways – a layer of resin is pre-laid, before gravel or aggregate is scattered over it in a single layer and spread evenly before it sets. Resin bonded driveways are easier to lay and are usually cheaper as the layer of resin is thinner than in resin bound surfaces.
- Resin bound driveways – aggregate and resin are mixed together and then applied to the surface. The resin layer is thicker than with resin bonded surfaces and as a result, it is important to install an edging course around the driveway.
Both resin bonded and resin bound driveways must be applied to a hard surface, so an ugly concrete or tarmac drive can easily be covered, providing it is smooth, level and crack free.
If you are looking to convert your driveway to a resin bonded or resin bound surfacing system, call us today on 0121 766 8705 to arrange a free no obligation meeting with one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff.