Resin bound driveway
A resin bound driveway is a fantastic option for your home, whether your property is contemporary or built years ago. Resin bound driveways are made using aggregate (stones or gravel) and a thick resin that are mixed together and trowelled onto a bitmac or concrete base. The result is a shiny surface where all of the gravel is contained within the resin and won’t come loose, giving you a great-looking driveway that requires very little maintenance.
Why should I get a resin bound driveway?
If you’re fed up with sweeping the gravel back onto your driveway and filling in bald patches where the gravel gets carried away on tyres and people’s shoes, a resin bound driveway could be the answer for you. Since all the aggregate is set on the resin, it won’t get dislodged, so there’s no need to spend time every weekend trying to perfect your driveway. All a resin bound driveway needs is a quick wash down with a hose or pressure washer every now and again to keep it looking shiny and new.
Another benefit to resin bound driveways is that they’re permeable. They leave a porous surface, which means that there are lots of little holes in the driveway that allow water to seep through. As well as being good for the environment by allowing for drainage, it also means that you won’t end up with pooling or flooding on your driveway.
Resin bound or resin bonded?
You might have heard people talk about resin bound and resin bonded driveways, and assumed that they’re the same thing. But they’re not – while resin bound driveways are made from a resin and aggregate mix, a resin bonded driveway is made by spreading a layer of resin over the surface then scattering the aggregate over the top. It creates a non-permeable surface, so it’s not suitable if there are regulations in your area about adequate drainage around your property.
Resin bonded driveways can be useful when you need an extra-grippy surface or don’t want the look of a perfectly shiny and neat surface. Some homeowners find that resin bound driveways look too modern with period properties, but it’s usually down to personal preference.
Things to consider before getting a resin bound driveway
There are a few things to consider when you’re thinking about how your perfect resin bound driveway will look:
- Resin type: The resin that your contractor uses should be UV-resistant to help your driveway last as long as possible.
- Aggregate size: The best size of aggregate (stones) to use are between 6 and 10mm in diameter. Any bigger and they will stop rainwater from seeping through, causing pooling and flooding on your driveway.
- Aggregate colour: Darker colour stones are better to use because they’re more resistant to UV rays and won’t be bleached by the sun. However, if you would like lighter stones, just make sure you choose a top-of-the-range UV-resistant resin to protect them.
Will a resin bound driveway save me money?
In the long term, a resin bound driveway might save you money. If you look after it properly, it could last over 25 years, which is much longer than a typical gravel driveway.
Since they also offer good drainage around your property, a resin bound driveway might also save you money there since flooding around your home could cause damage to your belongings as well as cause structural problems like damp, which is very costly to fix.
As long as you wash your driveway occasionally with soapy water and sweep away debris, you shouldn’t need to carry out many repairs on your resin bound driveway, so you’ll save money there too.