A resin driveway isn’t just very attractive and incredibly durable – it’s also really easy to care for. Normally, all the maintenance that’s required is regular sweeping and jet washing to keep it looking its best over time. At the same time, it’s important to avoid improper use of the driveway, for example, allowing heavy goods vehicles or skips to be regularly placed on it. Read on to find out how to look after your resin driveway.
One of the biggest benefits of a resin driveway is that it’s so low maintenance. However, keep in mind that some level of maintenance is required. You’ll need to carry out some upkeep if you want to ensure it stays in great condition for as long as possible. If you don’t care for your driveway, it can quickly become unkempt and unsightly. Keep reading to learn how to look after your resin driveway.
You can do all the sweeping and cleaning you want, but if you’re not using your driveway as it was intended, there’s a good chance that it will lose its good looks pretty quickly. Whilst resin bound driveways are intended to be used for normal vehicular and pedestrian traffic, they are not designed to withstand abnormal loads. With this in mind, it’s best to prevent heavy goods vehicles from parking on your driveway. Avoid placing heavy skips on the driveway too, and try not to drag heavy objects across it either. Try to avoid solvent spillages as much as possible since this can soften and damage the resin binder.
You’ll need to invest in a good quality stiff broom when you have a resin driveway installed. Regular sweeping can help you to avoid many problems that can occur with resin surfacing. Sweeping will remove leaves as well as airborne seedlings that can land on the resin driveway and cause some weed growth. Any moss growth can also be removed using a stiff broom.
Jet washing should be carried out periodically to keep your resin driveway in optimal condition. The surface, especially if it has vehicles parked upon it, will accumulate dirt and oils over time, causing it to look worse for wear. Jet washing can make your resin driveway look cleaner, brighter and more attractive.
However, take note that when jet washing the driveway, you need to take care not to damage the area. The water should be cool but without being too cold. Maintaining a moderate temperature will help to prevent damage to the resin. When spraying the water, make sure the nozzle is at least 20cm from the surface. If a jet washer is sprayed too closely, it could cause damage the driveway.
You should try to avoid dropping chewing gum on your resin driveway, but if you do, it’s important to remove it as quickly as possible. Not only is it unsightly but once it hardens it can be very difficult to remove. Sweeping or jet washing can sometimes get rid of it, but often a freezing spray will need to be used. Spray it on the hardened gum and then use a wall scraper or a similar tool to carefully remove it. Try to avoid digging beneath the gum with a hard edge as this could cause damage to the resin surface.
During the winter months, you’ll need to take steps to prevent snow and ice build-up on your resin driveway. Whilst there’s no way to stop it from laying on the surface unless it’s covered, it can be cleared relatively easily. Use a shovel to clear the snow and spread salt to eliminate ice and frost. Keep in mind that once the weather warms up, you’ll need to wash off the salt thoroughly. The good news is that because resin bound driveways are permeable, moisture from melted snow and ice will simply be absorbed into the ground below.
If you’re interested in installing a resin driveway, look no further than Resin Mixed Stone. We have been laying resin driveways in Doncaster, Sheffield and the surrounding areas for many years, building a first-class reputation for our professional, affordable service.
We can offer both resin bound and resin bonded surfacing. The main difference between the two is whereas a resin bound surface involves resin and stone being mixed together first and then trowelled into place, a resin bonded surface involves the resin being laid first and then the loose stone scattered on top. If you’re not sure which system to opt for, talk to our team. We’ll be more than happy to advise you, helping to ensure you choose the right resin surfacing solution to suit your needs and budget.
At Resin Mixed Stone, we also offer a wide range of colours to suit various tastes. From soft yellows and rich golds to contemporary silvers and pretty pinks, there’s a colour for every project. All driveways installed by our team come with a full guarantee. Giving you the peace of mind that you need when making this big investment.
If you’re still not sure how to look after your resin driveway, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. As the leading installer of resin driveways in Doncaster and Sheffield, you can feel confident that we can provide the expert advice that you need. Call us on 0114 419 0236 or send us a message via the contact form on the website. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with the answers to your questions.