Having a resin bound driveway installed can look quite fantastic if done right. It's also an eco-friendly alternative for your car flooring needs. What's more, it's still a relatively new driveway installation method, so your driveway will stand out from the crowd of the others on your street.
What is resin driveway?
A resin bound driveway is one where aggregate is mixed completely with a resin binder. This mixture is then laid onto your driveway surface to create a smooth and porous finish. The porous finish means that the water can easily run off it without huge surface puddles collecting which can cause damage to a driveway.
What is it made from?
A resin driveway is made from aggregate. The stones need to be between 3-5mm in size to ensure that they are suitable for heavy vehicular traffic. In addition to this, you'll also have to ensure that the driveway depth is somewhere between 15-20mm, most recommended that 18mm is perfect but 2mm deeper won't hurt either.
Can I lay it myself?
It's not impossible to lay it yourself and there are plenty of DIY kits available. However, you'll need to be careful in terms of the speed you need to move in to mix the aggregate and resin, as well as laying it smoothly. It might be better to sit back and relax and let someone else do the hard work.
How long does it take to build?
Once the aggregate and resin mixture has been laid on the surface, it can take about 12-16 hours for you to be able to stand on it or even drive on it. However, to be on the safe side, it's recommended that you leave it for 24 hours before driving on your new driveway. This will give the resin mixture plenty of time to cure and set.
How long will it last?
The lifespan of a resin bound driveway is about 25 years. To achieve this length of time, you'll need to ensure that the resin and aggregate mixture is laid correctly and the driveway is well maintained.
How can it be maintained?
Maintaining your new Resin bound driveway is easy. All you need to do is to sweep it occasionally to prevent to build up of dirt and dust. Then give it a good old power wash at least twice a year. That's it. Simple
Having a resin driveway constructed is a relatively quick and straightforward process. The part that will take the longest time is preparing the surface area for your new driveway to be laid on. Once that's done and the mixture has been laid, it's just a matter of waiting for it to cure.
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