The Difference Between Resin Bound Stone and Resin Bonded Stone

Posted on 16 December 2016

Are you seeking an attractive stone finish for your driveway, but still want to avoid the inconvenience of loose gravel? Resin stone surfaces are the solution. These surfacing options combine natural aggregates with resin, which is then laid over the top of an existing high-strength surface. This technique allows you to achieve the appealing look of a gravel driveway whilst preventing the scattering that results from loose stones. If this sounds like the right fit for you, there a couple of options to choose from, and in this article we will be focusing on the key features of both resin bound stone and resin bonded stone to help you choose between them.

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What is Resin Bound Stone? – Stoneblend

How is it laid?

Resin Bound Stone livens up your driveway by blending natural aggregates with a resin mixture until every stone is coated in the resin. This results in a smooth finish for your driveway, coating over any rough edges of the aggregates. Once the stone mixture is mixed thoroughly, it is laid over an existing surface and smoothed over with a trowel. The depths vary depending on your individual requirements, but generally resin bound surfaces can achieve depths of 12 – 26mm, which is much thicker than its resin bonded counterpart.

Aesthetics

Resin bound surfaces offer a rustic, homey aesthetic that gives a warm welcome to anyone visiting your property. Surfacing experts, such as Resin Mixed Stone, have the ability to combine different colours and sizes of stone aggregate, providing a bespoke finish to suit any exterior. The stones are held fast, meaning they will not scatter underfoot or under vehicles.

Permeability

The porous nature of resin bound stone allows water to filtrate through it, promoting easy absorption and runoff. These qualities help to prevent flooding and allow water to reach plant roots easily and without hindrance. This feature is especially beneficial in winter, cushioning the damage of freeze and thaw cycles.

Strength

Because the resin mixture is laid on top of an existing surface, such as concrete or tarmac, this grants the driveway a high level of functionality that cannot be achieved with loose gravel. Therefore, the durable nature of resin bound stone makes it ideal for driveways and walkways that experience high traffic.

 

What is Resin Bonded Stone? – Stonetop

How is it laid?

Unlike resin bound, where the aggregates and the resin are mixed together, resin bonded surfacing is layered as follows; an existing surface is coated with resin, and then the natural stone aggregates are laid on top. Once the stone has set into the resin, any loose particles are swept away to leave a smooth finish. The depth of resin bonded surfaces is between 2-5 mm, but can still offer great durability.

Aesthetics

Say goodbye to the dull, blocky appearance of concrete and tarmac and instead embrace the attractive, rustic look of a resin bonded driveway. Companies such as Resin Mixed Stone can offer great versatility in their supply of stone sizes and colours. They are also able to offer tinted resins to ensure that your driveway looks exactly the way you want it to.

Permeability

Due to its design, resin bonded stone is an impermeable sealed surface that allows no water to filter through.

Strength

Because the resin and aggregates are applied directly to a pre-existing surface, the strength and durability of the underlying surface is preserved. This means the driveway can withstand lots of foot traffic and motor traffic with minimal problems, and without the inconvenience of scattering gravel.

 

The team at Resin Mixed Stone can deliver high quality stone surfacing, offering both resin bound stone and resin bonded stone. Established in 1988, we have been proudly serving the North of England, providing personalised stone driveways to both domestic and commercial clients alike. For more information about any of our services, simply get in touch today – we’re happy to answer all enquiries.

Resin Mixed StoneExcellentResin Mixed Stone5.0 Based on 10 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onJanet Booth ★★★★★ I had my old concrete driveway covered with resin bound stone, there were loads of different colour mixes to choose from, the colour I chose really enhances my house and I am so pleased with the result. I can highly recommend this company.Response from the ownerHi Janet! I'm so glad to hear you are happy with the results. Thank you for your review!The Resin Mixed Stone Team G Christopher ★★★★★ Highly professional operation from start to finish. The work was started and completed on time with the minimum of hassle by a great bunch of peopleResponse from the ownerHi, thank you for taking the time to leave the kind words.The Resin Mixed Stone Team Sarah Stott ★★★★★ I am thrilled with my new resin driveway. Excellent service from Resin Mixed Stone. Thorough preparatory work resulting in a fabulous finish.The stone colour I chose matches my house stone and brightens my whole driveway up. I would definitely recommend this company.Response from the ownerHi Sarah thanks for the lovely comments and the 5 stars. We loved doing the job! Enjoy your driveway.The Resin Mixed Stone Team Molly Graham ★★★★★ Very professional, excellent result, resin driveway job completed earlier than expected and very neatly. Our drive has been transformed! Thankyou.Response from the ownerHi Molly we would just like to say thank you for taking the time to leave the nice comments. Enjoy your new driveway!The Resin Mixed Stone Team Kevin Goss ★★★★★ Many thanks to Richard and his team who did a fantastic work when resurfacing our drive and front of bay window with resin stone.Response from the ownerHi Kevin and thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you are happy with the work and will pass on your comments to the team.The Resin Mixed Stone Team John Walker ★★★★★ Resin Mixed Stone put down a resin driveway for my mother in October last year. The service and workmanship was excellent and the drive has been totally transformed from its previous old concrete look. My wife and I were so impressed that we used Resin Mixed Stone to wide our existing driveway and then cover the existing tarmac surface with a resin coat. The service and workmanship was again excellent and the new drive looks superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone who is considering a resin surface.Response from the ownerHi John thanks for taking the time to leave the nice review and the 5 stars. (We like these!). I will pass the comments over to the team.The Resin Mixed Stone Team Golf Lesson Sheffield ★★★★★ From start to finish the whole service and end product has been and is fantastic. Plenty of options to choose from with samples and practical advice to make that easier. Quote was clear and care taken to measure accurately. The team that completed the work were very professional and hard-working. The finished driveway has transformed the front of our property. Would highly recommend the team. Thank-you to all the Resin Mixed Stone team.Response from the ownerHi, thanks for the 5 stars and the great review we really appreciate it.The Resin Mixed Stone Team John P Frisby ★★★★★ "We are extremely pleased with the quality of the work and the outcome - a lovely driveway. Richard Lomas was very helpful at all stages and his staff were careful throughout. The preparation of the site before laying the resin was also impressive. I give this company a 5 stars recommendation."Response from the ownerHi, John thanks so much for the great review and the 5 stars. We are pleased that you love your new driveway!The Resin Mixed Stone Team robert smith ★★★★★ Great professional service. Good quality work. Competitive on price.Response from the ownerHi Robert and thanks for the nice words and of course the 5 stars. We appreciate your time in doing this.The Resin Mixed Stone Team margaret walker ★★★★★ Resurfacing patio in resinResponse from the ownerThanks for the 5 Stars Margaret.The Resin Mixed Stone Team js_loader