A resin driveway can easily last over 20 years with the right care and maintenance. Resin bound driveways are an excellent investment for anyone who wants a driveway that is durable, attractive, and low maintenance. This post will discuss the longevity of resin bound driveways and provide you with some tips to help your new driveway last as long as possible.

The following are some facts to consider:

  • The resin in the aggregate may be sensitive to certain chemicals, heavy vehicle traffic and/or turning circles can cause some strain to a resin bound driveway and may shorten its lifespan. If you notice a spill on the driveway, clean it up immediately before the chemicals cause permanent stains.
  • Trees and vegetation can be an issue as roots are a powerful force and over time may cause the surface to crack or rupture.
  • Are there any signs of ground movement in the current driveway, as even small ground movement can cause the surface to crack.

Avoid chemical exposure

Abstaining from chemical exposure means you should avoid using harsh chemicals near the driveway. Putting down sealant or other finishing products may also damage your new driveway, so make sure you do your research and know what cleaning products work with resin bound stone.

If you are uncertain about the safety of a product, always err on the side of caution; this way, you can ensure that your new driveway will last as long as possible.

Avoid heavy vehicle traffic or harsh turning circles

Resin bound stone is an ideal surface for most family sized vehicles to park. However if for any reason you have heavier more industrial type vehicles or a drive with a turning circle, then you might want to install the drive at greater than the normal depth 15 – 18mm.

Steer clear of hard objects

Steer clear of rigid objects, including anything that may cause the resin bound stone to chip or crack. Be especially careful with skips, which should be placed carefully on the drive and not dropped.

Routine general cleaning

You should also make sure to perform routine general cleaning. Therefore, sweep the surface of your driveway every day and pick up any debris that might accumulate, such as leaves or pine needles from nearby trees. This procedure will not only keep it clean but also avoid damage to the resin bound stone.

Weed removal

In addition to general cleaning, you’ll also want to weed your driveway occasionally to keep it from becoming overgrown which can hide any damage that might go unnoticed for a long time. If you observe any small weeds coming up, it is most likely that these are from airborne seeds and not from beneath and as such should be easy to remove.

Avoid vehicle fluid leaks

Try to prevent vehicle fluid leaks like oil or antifreeze spills. These chemicals can damage resin bound stone so make sure you clean spills immediately before they have a chance to leave any residue.

Avoid tyre marks

You’ll also want to avoid tyre marks and any high-pressure or sharp movements that may cause permanent defects to your new driveway, which will damage it over time and shorten its lifespan considerably.

Final thoughts

So, to avoid the high cost of repairing a resin bound driveway early on in it’s lifespan, make sure you consider all of these essential factors before installing to ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come. For more information, speak to one of our resin bound driveway advisors at Flexflooring. We provide resin driveways of all colours,  vheck out our popular grey resin driveways and black resin driveways. 

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