Driveways are important in both practical and aesthetic ways. It is important that the surface of a driveway be safe to walk and drive on, but also that it be attractive and durable so that your home looks good and it does not require replacing before you wish to. There is an essential distinction between two of the many types of possible driveways that may not be immediately obvious to homeowners, but is important.
Resin bonded and resin bound driveways sound like they should be the same thing. However, this is not actually the case. Both types of resin driveways do use the same materials, but they are applied in different ways that are important to functionality and cost.
In resin bound driveways, resin and gravel are mixed together before being applied. When the material is laid down, it is smoothed into a layer 15-20mm thick with the appearance of gravel. Because of the smoothing process, this type of resin driveway is limited in surface texture and can be slippery when icy or wet.
A resin bonded gravel driveway uses the same two types of material. However, instead of mixing them together, the resin is first applied in a thin layer on an appropriate surface, and the stone is then dropped on top of it. This produces a thinner finish of approximately 6-8mm, and a more textured surface.
The advantages of a resin bonded gravel driveway include slip resistance even when wet and a freeze/thaw impervious nature. It also does not allow weed and moss growth, since the solid resin surface eliminates permeability. Because the total amount of resin needed is less, it also costs less. When it comes to driveway paving, resin bonded is usually the better choice.
Typically, a resin bonded driveway is installed over a concrete or asphalt slab. The surface is cleaned and repaired as necessary. It needs to be sound, firm, and reasonably level. It is then marked with appropriate edges and a thin coat of resin is spread over the entire surface. Stone is cast over it and the surface is allowed to dry. When the resin is cured, the stone that has not bonded with it is swept away.
Resin bonded driveway paving has a domestic use lifespan of 20 years or more. It is easy to clean with just a broom or blowing device like most other hard outdoor surfaces. A pressure washer will get out any grime stuck between the pieces of gravel, and remove any stubborn stains. If there are oil or diesel stains from leaky vehicles, these can be removed with a standard degreaser.
After the application process, the driveway will be ready for use the next day. Resin bonded driveways themselves are SUDs compliant, and Transformed Driveways is aware of all the relevant regulations. We can ensure that the finished product is fully compliant. Call or email Transformed Driveways today to set up your free quotation.