It’s great to be able to display a faultlessly sculpted driveway that has some flair. Because, when it comes to houses, every detail counts! We’d all want a weed-free driveway, that is seemingly always ready for guests and friends, yes? A driveway that can achieve a pristine look without having to spend hours pressure washing and weeding.
Now, resin bonded driveways are such a solution. It will rejuvenate your property – outside and inside.
ABOUT RESIN BONDED DRIVEWAYS?
Resin bonded surfacing, also referred to as scatter coat, coat system or broad coat, is installed by scattering loose dried natural or synthetic aggregates onto a coating of polyurea resin epoxy that has been spread over a firm sub-surface – this could be a Tarmacadam or Concrete surfacing.
A thick screed of resin coat is first applied atop a firm base using a squeegee before the chosen fine aggregates are scattered over the tacky resin to create beautiful paths, heritage sites, regeneration projects, drives, carparks, driveways or other lightly trafficked environments. The excess aggregates are then brushed away leaving a more textured finish.
A resin bonded driveway will give your house or property all the appeal of a loose gravel drive, but without the obvious hassle of the movement from loose gravel. It’s hard-wearing and requires very little maintenance.
WHAT MAKES RESIN BONDING SUCH A GREAT SOLUTION AND HOW IS IT THAT IT CREATES SUCH STUNNING EFFECTS?
There is something about the wide range of colours and shades available for resin bonded paving finishes. This is perhaps the main reason why the demand for resin bonded driveways is increasing year on year. You can select colours that would blend in fully with the surrounding environment.
IS RESIN BONDED DRIVE PERMEABLE?
Resin bonded driveways are applied differently from resin bound driveways. The resin coat is applied directly onto a firm base such as concrete or tarmac. The result is a non-permeable surface that is not SUDS compliant. If you’re looking for a permeable driveway, then resin bonded surfacing may not be the best option for you. Instead, a resin bound system would be more suitable.
Despite that challenge, resin bonded driveways still offer unique and superior features over concrete, tarmac and block paving. These include:
• They are long-lasting and can endure harsh use
• Clean construction process
• Aesthetically appealing
• Minimum maintenance
• Resistant to mould, weed and discolouration
• Great anti-slip properties
• Can be customised to your liking
• They have the decent traction that is ideal for both pedestrians and vehicles.
Now, you must be asking yourself, why then should I consider having a resin bonded driveway installed instead of a resin bounded drive. Well, a resin bonded surfacing offers some unique advantages:
• Fast: the surface can be trafficked in as little as 2 hours.
• Easy to apply
• Cheaper: since the expensive resin is only used at the base, the amount of resin is lesser than when coating all the aggregates with the resin.
• Versatile: The resin can be applied to awkward areas such as building walls and steps.
RESIN BONDED OR RESIN BOUND?
If you’re looking for a hard-wearing, natural-looking and impervious surfacing, then resin bonded surfacing with an elastomeric waterproofing membrane would be more appropriate. Some of the environments needing a total waterproofed surfacing and where resin bonding is most appropriate include:
• Roof gardens
• Multi-deck car parks