If you've chosen to opt for a resin driveway, it's important that you know how to install it and what you need to do to ensure that it will be long lasting. Resin is the fairly new kid on the block when it comes to driveways, but once you have one you won't be disappointed.
Resin bound Vs Resin bonded
There are two types of driveway installations that you could opt for, one is porous and the other isn't – this means that one stands a much better chance of lasting longer if it's being driven on or has cars on it.
Resin bonded – this means that a layer of resin is spread onto the desired surface and the the aggregate is layered over the top. This creates a rough finish and it isn't porous
Resin bound – this means that the aggregate or stone is mixed thoroughly with the resin binder before being applied to the surface. This method results in a smooth and porous surface finish
What can a resin bound driveway be laid on?
Your new resin bound driveway can be laid on a concrete surface or an asphalt surface. If you have an existing driveway, it is recommended that this is removed and a new surface is laid to help ensure that the new resin driveway will have a longer lifespan. Resin driveways cannot be laid over block paving or concrete slabs – these will definitely have to be removed prior to application.
What depth of driveway is needed and what aggregate is used?
For a resin bound driveway it is recommended that the nominal depth is 18mm so that it can safely accommodate cars and other vehicles. The standard size for the aggregate stones is somewhere between 3-5mm. These tend to be natural stones, but you can also have decorative glass incorporated into your driveway mix to make it extra special.
What are the setting times?
Whilst the resin mix can dry relatively quickly, it is recommended that you don't walk or drive on it for at least 24 hours. This will give the resin enough time to set properly and for it to become solid in the setting process.
Having a new driveway laid can be a fairly mundane process. However, with the variety that a resin bound driveway allows – this can turn the boring into quite fun process to go through.
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