Oct 25, 2016

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Improving Your Property With a Resin Drive

As a multi skilled contractor I completed many groundwork projects throughout the UK bit and small, from re lays and edging to full excavations and re surfacing. With so many surface options available these days I thought it may be worthwhile explaining the pros and cons of the key options for re surfacing a driveway:

  • Block paving
  • Tarmac Surfacing
  • Resin Surfacing
  • Decorative Concrete

In this article i’ll be looking at Resin Surfacing for driveways covering the pros and cons when compared with other surfaces and how this relatively new surface works.

The following article was written in part by Titan Paving, a Check a Trade approved paving company in Newcastle with over 100 verified references available online. Titan paving still trade to this day and are key surfacing contractors in the North East with a wealth of experience.

Resin Surfacing For Your Property

Resin bound surfaces for driveways are a fairly recent product on the UK market. They’re not used domestically a great deal because they’re pretty expensive and not that well-known. But resin bound surfaces are very flexible, particular in relation to colour, and can be set on the top of an existing surface if it’s in adequate condition.

Typically where you see colour being used on the streets, that’ll be carried out with a resin bound or resin bonded surface. Red bus lanes, green cycle trails and other designs marked out on existing highways are likely to be resin based.

How Resin Based Products Work

The resin acts as a top surface layer to which Gravel, or any other aggregate, may be laid. Being essentially a glue, the aggregate will stick to that layer. There are two main types of resin drive systems, resin bonded and resin bound, and the distinction is in the procedure for applying the aggregate.

In resin bonded systems, the gravel is dispersed onto a pre-applied resin layer before it sets. In resin bound systems, the aggregate and resin are mixed together and then applied to the surface together. In either case, the drive or path will set quite quickly and be able to accept light traffic within an hour or so. Obviously, this also means that the job needs to be planned thoroughly in order that everything proceeds smoothly and the surface can be completed before the resin dries out.

Domestic Usage

The principal rationale why resin based driveways can be more expensive than other drive coverings is that it has to be laid on a solid base like Concrete, Tarmac or block paving. So you have got to lay a driveway and after that lay the resin product over it, which for lots of people is a waste of time. But if you want the looks, which can be very professional and smooth, then that’s what you have to do.

Of course, if you have an unsightly concrete or tarmac drive but it has no splits or other structural problems, then you can lay resin over it. This is where resin bonded or resin bound products really do score. Not only can you cover over the unwanted surface, but you can mix colours, make patterns and other designs. Application is a specialist job but can be carried out by someone who’s a dab hand at DIY, provided that health and safety cautions are heeded, as the fumes from the resins aren’t toxic. You can learn more about resin surfacing here.