Resin drives have a whole host of great qualities. Not only do they look great but they’re durable and damage-resistant. They are also very easy to clean and maintain. However, you may be wondering “Do resin drives fade?” This is a concern that many people have when considering investing in a resin driveway. Read on to find out the answer to this common question.
One of the biggest reasons to choose a resin drive is that it’s unlikely to fade or discolour over time. Whilst some resin driveways will fade due to the effects of the sun, most are UV stable. This means they’ll retain their original colour for many years to come. If you don’t use a UV stable resin, the surface may turn a deep yellow or brown colour. Patches could also appear if items like plant pots are left out and in shaded areas. This can seriously impact the appearance of your driveway.
A resin driveway could also fade if it has been installed to a poor standard by a contractor. They might have tried to cut costs by mixing the resin and aggregates in incorrect amounts or didn’t seal the surfacing sufficiently during the construction stage. Both of these things can cause a resin driveway to fade. To ensure that your resin driveway is installed to the highest standards, make sure you choose a reputable contractor that has plenty of experience installing resin driveways. At Resin Mixed Stone, we’ve been laying resin drives for many years, building an exceptional reputation for our services. We can install a UV-resistant resin driveway that retains its colour long into the future.
If you have a south-facing resin driveway that doesn’t have UV protection, it’s more likely to fade due to the harsh glare of the sun. Lighter aggregate colours can appear to become darker due to the UV resin binder that’s applied to the stones. For this reason, it makes great sense to choose a UV-resistant resin driveway. It can prevent damaging UV light from penetrating through the driveway and causing its colour to fade over time. UV stable resin has a clear appearance and ensures a driveway’s good looks are retained throughout the years.
Resin drives are incredibly easy to maintain, which means it’s not hard to keep them looking their best throughout the years. Regular brushing with a stiff broom is required to remove debris such as leaves, sand and soil. You should also hose the resin driveway down with water to clean it from time to time. Often, brushing and cleaning is all that’s needed to maintain a resin bound driveway.
If staining occurs due to tannings from debris that’s been allowed to lay on the surface for too long, a pressure washer can be used. A pressure washer with a maximum 150 bar rating can successfully remove many stains. A fan-type lance should be used and spraying should be carried out at least 200mm above the resin-bound surface. Make sure you only use cold water on resin surfacing.
Whilst most stains can be removed with minimal effort, it’s important that you do so as soon as they arise. A solution of water and detergent should be adequate. For viscous stains such as oil, use a cloth and methylated spirit to achieve the desired effect. If chewing gum sticks to your resin drive, you may be able to remove it using a freeze spray. The freeze spray will harden the chewing gum, allowing you to scrape it off gently using a scraper.
Resin driveways are weed resistant, which means you don’t need to worry about lots of unsightly weeds sprouting up and ruining their appearance. However, it’s possible that some seeds will disperse onto it due to the weather or from animals. If seedlings do begin to grow on your resin drive, you can simply pull them out by hand. You’ll need to ensure that root is pulled up with the weed. If they take root, you can use a mild weed killer to get rid of them. Avoid using a strong weed killer if you can since it can cause some discolouration to the surface. If you do use a strong weed killer, make sure you water it down to make it weaker.
Now you know the answer to the question “Do resin drives fade?”, you may be looking for a local contractor to install one for you. At Resin Mixed Stone, we can offer various resin driveways for your home in Sheffield, with our experienced team possessing the skills needed to install them to the highest possible standards. We’ve been laying resin drives throughout the region since 1988, giving us a huge amount of skill, knowledge and expertise. When you hire us, you can rest assured that it will be us who completes the work, rather than subcontractors. We’ve installed resin drives of all shapes, sizes and designs over the years. This ensures that we can deliver a driveway that meets your specific needs and tastes.
If you’re looking for first-class domestic driveways for your home in Sheffield, get in touch with Resin Mixed Stone today. Call us on 0114 419 0236 to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly team. You can also contact us by completing the online form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Whether you’re still wondering “Do resin drives fade?” or you’re looking for a quote for your new driveway, we can assist.