Whilst block paving has been hugely popular for London driveways for many years, resin bound surfacing is quickly taking over as the top choice or residential surface paving. So what are the main reasons to choose resin bound surfacing over traditional block paving? :
Firstly, resin bound surfacing systems are a much cheaper option than block paving. On many occasions, this particular surface is as much as half the price of a professional block paving job, whilst still looking fantastic.
Whereas in many cases, the choice of different colours and finishes in block paving is somewhat limited, this isn’t the case with resin bound surfaces, which can be provided in a considerable number of colours and finishes. Due to the vast choice in different aggregate materials available, and the ability to mix different aggregates to create unique colour patterns, resin bound systems can create a highly decorative, yet natural looking appearance.
Whereas it is likely that any existing surface would need to be dug up to be able to lay block paving properly, resin bound surfaces can be laid on top of any stable base. Whereas extras costs may be incurred when contractors dig up your old surface to install block paving, this is not the case for resin bound driveways, paths and patios. Surfaces such as concrete or even timber or steel decking are ideal for resin bound surfaces. Should a concrete or tarmac surface be damaged, they can easily be repaired to be made suitable for a resin bonded surface.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing resin bound surfacing for your London home rather than block paving, is that it takes very little maintenance. It is highly unlikely that a resin bound system will require repairing during its lifespan, and it is very easy to keep clean and presentable. Resin surfaces can be cleaned simply by scrubbing with detergents, and using a pressure washer on a low setting. Resin bound surfacing also prevents weeds from growing through, whereas block paving is very prone to this and requires regular maintenance.
In many cases, resin bound surfacing systems can be expected to last from 8 to 15 years, depending on its usage. In many cases, this is much longer than the time that block paving is expected to last, especially on a busy driveway.
What is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems?
As well as resin bound surfacing, resin bonded surfacing systems are also an effective and popular alternative to block paving. Whilst both systems look very similar, the installation process is different. Whereas resin bound surfacing is made by mixing aggregate in with resin before applying to the base surface, the resin bonded process involves first applying resin bond to the base surface, before then scattering aggregate over this.
To find out more about resin bound and resin bonded surface systems in London, you can visit decorativesurfaces.co.uk.