Resin bound driveways offer a permeable, durable, smooth and easily maintained, surface that facilitates and helps drain water efficiently. These properties, in addition to its fantastic aesthetic appeal, make resin bound surfacing one of the most popular choices for driveways today. But how much do resin driveways cost?
It is difficult to quote a cost per square metre for resin driveways as each project has completely unique considerations and specifications. Generally speaking, though, projects would typically cost from around £40 per square metre upwards depending on the size of the area, existing floor and type of aggregate.
The cost of a resin bound driveway will depend on the answers to several questions including:
- What is the size of the area?
- The size of aggregate and the required depth
- What driveway surface do you currently have?
- Would you prefer a UV stable or Non UV stable resin?
- Do you need to install edging on the site?
- What is the layout of the installation area?
Resin Drive Cost Factors Explained
What is the Size of the area?
A certain amount of the cost for your drive is fixed, regardless of the size, such as fuel costs getting to and from the site. For this reason the square metre rate will reduce as the area increases and conversely the rate will increase as the area reduces.
What is the size of the aggregate and the depth?
There are a number of different size aggregates available on the market. These range from a 1-2mm aggregate, all the way to a 10mm aggregate. The rule of thumb is that the depth must be 3 times the largest aggregate size, so a 2-5mm aggregate would be installed at 15mm, while a 10mm aggregate would have to be installed at 30mm. Driveways are normally installed with a 1-5mm variation in aggregate size, and at a depth of 15mm.
What Driveway surface do you currently have?
Another cost factor will depend on your existing driveway surface. This is probably the single most important cost driver. We’ll need to take into account the amount of preparation, surface repair, cleaning and levelling required to the sub base of the drive. You may have a tarmac driveway, a concrete drive, block paving or even a grassed area, all these will take a certain amount of preparation work.
For a grassed or stoned area, the area itself would need to be excavated, a compacted stone based installed, before installing a porous asphalt. Quite often, this work can be more expensive than the resin bound surface work. See excavation example below:
Cost of installing resin over existing overlay
If you already have a tarmac, concrete drive/path/patio, the resin and aggregate mixture can be laid over the top, without having to remove the surface.
It’s important that the existing base is in good condition prior to overlay. This includes no major cracks, potholes, weeds etc. It’s recommended that you seek the advice of the installer regarding preparation, pre-cleaning, and so on, before you go ahead with the installation.
Approximate Costs for a UV stable resin overlay laid at 15mm:
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Cost of installing resin over block paving
If your driveway is block paved, you’ll need to speak to your resin drive installer to assess your options. The cost of the resin remains largely the same and dependant on the size of the drive, however, your installer will need to assess whether installing over the concrete is viable or if you’ll need to remove the concrete before and prepare a new sub base. If you have a grassed or stoned area underneath, then before resin bound can be installed, there would be a certain amount of ground works involved, such as excavation, installing compact stone before laying an asphalt base. All this would need to be done before resin bound could be installed and is most likely to be at least the same cost as the resin itself.
Do you need a UV stable or Non UV stable resin?
As you may have guessed, there are two resins available on the market. If you’re looking to save costs, but the Non UV resin is approximately half the price of UV resin, so the metre rate will be much reduced for this resin. Do you want to protect your aggregate from discolouration or are you just looking for something functional and not too concerned about colour change?
If you use a Non UV resin you must expect the surface to yellow over time. Not necessarily a problem if you use a yellow or golden stone, but you will notice it if you leave say a planter on the drive and then move it later, you will see where it has been.
About 95% of Flexflooring’s Stonex installations are with a UV resin.
Do you need to install edging on the site?
You’ll find that if you want to maintain a neat and high quality finish, you’ll need some form of edge restraint. This can be almost any type of existing edge, such as bricks, paving slabs, timber or a wall. However if there are no edges, these can be installed. See edging example below:
What is the Layout of the installation area?
Some driveways may have awkward layouts with some areas harder to access to apply a smooth even finish. The layout of the area will need to be inspected to make sure we can deliver an installation of the highest quality.
Interested in investing in a quality resin Drive? You can find out the cost of your resin drive by getting in touch with us for a no obligation quote. Give us a call on: 01622 747909 Or send us an enquiry online.
Check out an installation video below: