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All About Resin Driveways, Maintenance and the Costs Involved

What is a resin driveway?

Resin Bound Driveway is made from a mixture of resin and aggregate stones. Aggregate is a term used for any particulate material. This can include stone, sand and gravel. These can be recycled or manufactured. Resin is a distinctive name that is given to a natural organic compound in liquid form, consisting of two-component parts.

When the resin is combined with the hardener a chemical reaction takes place binding the molecules of the resin forming a solid, durable plastic substance. It is highly resistant to cracking, as well as being flexible and permeable. With a wide range of stones available, there are many colour and design options to choose from. Here at first impressions Yorkshire ltd we have a high level of experience and expertise in Resin Bound Driveways.

Resin Driveway Price

The cost to install a resin driveway will depend on how much work is done, the size of your driveway and what company installs it for you.  The average cost per square metre is anywhere from £40-£150 per meter.  

The size of the driveway will definitely be one of the main factors that affect the price because more materials will need to be added to make sure it’s big enough for cars to drive on safely. Another factor that affects the price is the company you use. First impressions Yorkshire offer driveways all over Yorkshire including resin driveways in Sheffield.

As explained above there are many different quotes you could receive for your driveway. There are many factors that come into play when companies are giving you a quote. These factors include the size of the aggregate used, size of the project and also location.

Cost to lay resin over current surfaces

Some good news is if you already have a tarmac or concrete drive, the resin can be laid over the top. As well as this, the resin can also be laid over paths and patios.

The cost for this is measured in square metres and is anywhere from £40-£70 per square metre and averages at £60.

First impressions Yorkshire do not recommend laying resin over black paving.

What are the different sizes of aggregate available for resin driveways?

There are a few different sizes of aggregate available for driveways. These span from 1.2mm all way up to 10mm which is the largest type of aggregate available. Each different size of aggregate must be installed at a different depth.

The usual rule which is used by most businesses is that the depth is 3 times the size of the largest aggregate. For example, a driveway with an aggregate size of 2-5mm would be installed at the depth of 15mm.

A standard resin driveway is normally installed at a depth of 1-5mm with aggregate sized 1-5mm.

Resin Driveway Cost compared to asphalt

The cost of asphalt driveways varies depending on the size and location where the work is to be done. 

The price can range from £40 to £100 per square metre for labour charges, with an additional £5-£10 per square metre for materials. For instance, in London, prices can range from £70 to £200 per square metre. 

This is because there are different areas that have various costs associated with them. Some urban places, such as the capital city, have more expensive labour taxes for contractors.

An asphalt driveway can vary in life span depending on its quality and how it is maintained. Generally speaking, a single coat of asphalt should last anywhere between 5-10 years before you need another top coat of seal.

A resin driveway can last up to 25 years if proper maintenance is carried out regularly. They usually last around 15-20 years on average.

 As well as this they can be cheaper than asphalt drives but they may require more maintenance.

How long will a resin driveway last and how often should I maintain it?

Resin-bound driveways are extremely long-lasting, versatile with a durable surface. Guarantees can vary between 10-20 years. When properly installed and maintained it can last up to 25 years. A Resin Bound Driveway requires minimal maintenance. There are no cracks or loose stones, which helps to keep weeding and sweeping to a minimum.

To maintain your resin driveway, it is recommended that you clean off any dirt or debris with a heavy brush. Doing this every few months should prevent your resin drive from being damaged by the debris.

If you live in a cold area, it is important to clear any snow or ice off your resin driveway before it freezes. When the water freezes on your resin driveway it can become unsafe. However, it should rarely happen as the temperature only drops that low for around 3-4 months of the year. As well as this, water can seep through the resin into the surfaces underneath.

How to clean a resin driveway

There are a few maintenance tips advised to keep your resin driveway in top condition these include using a leaf blower to remove any debris this will also keep the pores of the stone clean to allow water to pass through the surface. Also, pressure washing your driveway regularly and change the location of your parked car to avoid algae and moss. It is also advised to always clean any spills or marks from your driveway as quickly as possible. Household cleaning appliances such as dish soap and a light pressure wash should do this.

Why you should have a resin driveway