Are resin driveways any good?
Has the time come to invest in a new driveway for your property? If so, you may be considering resin. Although there are many possible materials for driveways, including tarmac, concrete, block paving, and loose gravel, resin remains the most popular option. At Resin Mixed Stone, we install beautiful and durable resin driveways in Sheffield, Chesterfield, and Doncaster. Read on to find out more about our resin driveways and their benefits.
The benefits of resin driveways
Resin driveways became popular in the UK around the early 1990s. Strong, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing, they outperform many other surfacing types. Here are the key benefits of resin driveways that make them such a good choice for your property.
When you spend money on a new driveway, you want to know that it will last several years. The good news is that resin driveways are incredibly hardwearing, and you can rest assured that yours will last long into the future. Their strength is a result of combining various robust ingredients like natural aggregate, stones, and glass. Water doesn’t damage these driveways either since resin is permeable.
When properly maintained, a resin driveway can easily last 25 years. Driveways made from other materials, such as concrete, tend to diminish more quickly. Concrete often cracks under pressure, ruining the look of the driveway. At Resin Mixed Stone, our driveways are guaranteed to last for a decade, providing you with peace of mind that yours will stay looking its best for a long time to come. Of course, you can expect it to last a lot longer than this with the correct care.
Simple to maintain
Resin driveways are very easy to maintain, with only routine cleaning and occasional jet washing required to care for them over time. Sweeping the driveway with a stiff broom will remove leaves and help stop moss growth, whilst a jet wash will get rid of dirt, stains, and other elements which could cause damage. If chewing gum finds its way onto your resin surface, it can be usually be easily removed with freeze spray.
Since resin bound driveways are water permeable, surface water build-up is less likely to occur. Water is allowed to pass through the driveway and into the ground beneath to be absorbed into the earth. When you choose a resin driveway, puddles and flooding can be prevented in many cases. Major flooding events are becoming increasingly common in the UK and it’s crucial that we all take steps to prevent surface run-off, particularly in urban areas. Other surfacing solutions such as tarmac, concrete, and block paving are usually non-permeable, which means they’re more likely to become flooded.
There’s nothing worse than weeds growing up through your driveway and ruining its appearance. Fortunately, resin bound driveways are weed resistant due to their clever, cellular composition. Additionally, they’re often treated before being installed to make them even more resilient to weed growth. However, it’s important to recognise that they’re not completely impervious to weeds. Small seeds can sometimes fall onto driveways, causing surface weeds to grow. Regular sweeping of your driveway can help prevent this.
Since your driveway is the focal point of your home, it’s important that it’s attractive. A driveway that’s aesthetically pleasing can add value to your property and make it easier to sell in the future. At Resin Mixed Stone, we offer resin driveways in a range of exciting designs and finishes. With various colour combinations to choose from and options for patterns, curves, shapes, and numbers, it’s easy to ensure that your new driveway meets your needs and tastes. We’ve been helping people achieve their dream driveways for many years, so you can rest assured that we can turn your vision into reality. We can transform the exterior of your property with a high-quality resin driveway in Sheffield or Doncaster.
Smooth and flat
Resin bound is often a good choice for driveways since it gives is a flat and safe finish. After the aggregates are combined, the mixture is poured and then hand-trowelled to form a smooth, seamless surface with no loose stones. This makes resin bound ideal for driveways that may require access by bicycles, pushchairs, or wheelchairs. A wide range of applications can easily travel on resin bound driveways without the risk of skidding and accidents occurring. As such, resin driveways aren’t just popular for homes but also for settings like hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, and schools which require the surfacing to have sufficient grip.
Should I choose a resin bound or resin bonded driveway?
If you’re thinking of investing in a resin driveway, you may be wondering whether to opt for resin bound or resin bonded. Although the two types have similar names, they’re actually two very different systems. Both use a combination of resin and aggregates to form surfaces, however, there are key differences. With a resin bonded driveway, the resin is distributed across the surface with loose stones then scattered on top. In comparison, a resin bound driveway requires the resin and stone to be combined together before being trowelled into place.
One factor that sets the two apart is water permeability. Resin bound driveways are permeable whilst resin bonded driveways aren’t. At Resin Mixed Stone, we offer both resin bound and resin bonded surfacing. We can advise you on your options to help you choose the right type for your new driveway.
If you’re seeking a resin driveway in Chesterfield, Doncaster, or Sheffield, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re one of the leading resin driveway installers in the whole of the UK and have served both domestic and commercial customers. Call us on 0114 419 0236 to talk to one of our friendly team. Alternatively, send us a message via the contact form on the website.