More people are opting for resin-bound surfacing to give their driveways a more finished appearance, rather than the bland, blocky feel of concrete and paving stones. This surfacing option builds on the strength of an existing concrete or tarmac driveway by overlaying it with a resin mixture and washed and dried natural aggregates, producing a beautiful stony appearance that will not scatter underfoot. Resin-bound surfacing is aesthetically pleasing and durable, striking the perfect balance between strength and style.
There are several hard-surfacing systems available to choose from, such as Bitmac, concrete to block paving, and imprinted concrete. Resin Bound surfacing, on the other hand, is one-of-a-kind. No other driveway surface can have the same combination of capabilities, resistances, aesthetic and functional advantages. If you’re interested to find out more about the cost for a resin bound gravel click here.
What are the key benefits of a resin bound driveway system?
- The colour remains stable
- It is resistant to UV rays from the sun
- It is permeable
- It is compliant with SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System)
- It does not get slippy
- It offers resistance against weeds
- It holds its own against frosts and harsh winter weather
- It has a long life span
- It is easy to keep clean
- You do not have to worry about complicated maintenance procedures
- It is completely seam-free
- It provides customers with a completely flat, smooth, and robust surface that can cope with heavy use
- There are countless design choices to choose from
Let’s take a look at some of these benefits in a little more detail.
It is ideal if you want complete control over the design of your driveway
When it comes to the way that your resin-bound driveway looks, you have almost unlimited choice and control. It can be shaped into pretty much any configuration, making it the ideal solution for unusual-shaped driveways or if you want to make a real feature. It is much more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional driveway materials of tarmac, concrete, and paving, which let’s face it, can be a little dull and uninspiring. With a resin bound driveway, you can choose all sorts of colours and designs so that your driveway stands out amongst the neighbours. Smaller aggregate sizes (such as 1-3mm) can be used to fill voids between stones in the 2-5mm range to increase the strength or improve its aesthetic appeal.
It provides you with a permeable and SUDS compliant surface
As well as looking great, you want your resin-bound driveway to be functional and safe. They are completely permeable, which means that water from rainfall or car washing can drain through to the sub-base of the driveway. It is also compliant with SUDS regulations. SUDS stands for Sustainable Urban Drainage System and is an integral part of making sure your driveway is fit for purpose.
It is ideal if you want something long-lasting and hard-wearing
Resin-bound driveways are extremely hard-wearing. They can cope magnificently with vehicles driving on and off them multiple times a day, people walking on them, children playing on them. It is not something that will start to show signs of wear and tear after a couple of years. It is also super simple to look after – no complicated maintenance routines and cleaning is really easy to keep your resin-bound driveway looking as great as it did the day it was laid for many years to come.
It is easy to maintain and keep clean
As we mentioned above, a resin bound driveway is very easy to keep on top of. Essentially, the resin bonds to the existing driveway surface, almost glueing it into place. If looked after properly, it will remain resistant to weeds and other organic materials. They are also resistant against liquid spills, such as petrol and oil – a common sight in driveways thanks to their very nature. You will also not have to worry about them fading or losing their colour – they are also resistant to UV rays from the sun. A resin-bound driveway is simple to maintain. The majority of the dirt, stains, and other cleaning jobs can be handled with a quick jet wash.
It provides you with a flat, smooth surface
A resin-bound driveway, as opposed to resin bonded aggregates or loose gravel, is sleek, flat, and without unsightly seams. This is due to how the resin and aggregates are combined and trowelled. It is an excellent surface for both foot traffic and vehicle usage.
It is resistant to UV
Depending on the type of resin you choose, it is resistant to UV, colour stable and fade resistant. However, as mentioned, this isn’t always the case. Your installer will discuss UV resistant options with you.
So to answer your question – yes resin driveways are good! If you’re interested in learning more about resin driveways, view the related reading below or view our resin driveway finishes available here.