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Aromatic Resins For Driveways: Are They Worth The Hype?

Aromatic Resins For Driveways

When you are thinking about improving or relaying your driveway, you probably think about concrete, asphalt, paving stones or gravel. But these days, you also have the option of resin based driveway surfaces.

These are generally considered to be highly durable, easy to lay, and very long lasting compared to other driveway types. One resin driveway option is aromatic resin, and there has been a huge debate about whether this is a worthwhile option for a surface that requires strength, such as a driveway.

Improving your driveway can hugely improve the appeal of your home. In fact, estate agents suggest that a usable and practical outdoor space can increase the value of your home by as much as 20%.

This makes improving the front garden very much worthwhile, and will encourage you to make the very best choices when it comes to materials. If you are looking into resin-based driveways and paths, you should read our guide to aromatic resin and see if this is a material that will suit your needs…

Resin Driveways: Bonded Or Bound?

There are two choices when it comes to your resin driveway: bonded or bound. You can choose from a bonded system where the resin is laid directly onto the driveway, and the aggregate stone is scattered over the surface.

This results in an attractive finish; however, it can be marred by loose stones, and issues with a lack of drainage.

In contrast, resin bound surfaces require the aggregate and resin to be mixed before it is laid, making it much more stable, as each piece of stone is surrounded by resin. It is also a porous surface, allowing the free drainage of water, and complying with the very latest SUDs regulations.

Aromatic Resins For Driveways

Aromatic resin will change in colour over time. While some people may be happy with this, it is possible that if light exposure is not even across the entire surface, it could result in a patchy change of colour. Those areas exposed to direct sunlight will discolour more quickly – possible ruining the look of the entire driveway

Types Of Resin For Driveways: 4 Main Options On Offer

When it comes to driveway and path surfaces there are four main types of resin that are used, although the top two are the most common and widely used:

  • Aliphatic resin is a UV stable product that will remain unchanged when it is exposed to light
  • Aromatic resin is not UV stable, and will therefore yellow after it has been laid. It is cheaper and less flexible.
  • Epoxy resin was used in the past for driveways, but has proved to be ineffective.
  • Aspartic resin is a high cost product that is still under investigation when it comes to driveway options.

Aromatic Resin: What Does It Offer My Driveway?

Many contractors will use aromatic resin because it is a lower cost option and allows them to provide a cheaper quote.

But does it really live up to the hype, and would you be better off choosing the more expensive aliphatic resin products? There are many reasons why a contractor will choose aromatic resin, including the following:

● Despite it being non-UV stable, aromatic resin still provides a beautiful looking surface when mixed with the right aggregate. As long as the customer is aware that their driveway will yellow and darken over time, it can provide a decent looking final product.
● Aromatic resin is still a strong product, despite not being as flexible as other resin types. It is therefore suitable for driveways and paths, but may not have the same levels of durability of some other products.
● Aromatic resins are often used for indoor surfaces and can make excellent kitchen and bathroom floors, due to their resistance to wear and spillages.
● It has been found in some studies that aromatic resin can become brittle and cracked after exposure to sunlight. This seems to occur after around 1000 hours of sunlight exposure, and can result in deep cracks and holes in the surface.
● Aromatic resin will change in colour over time. While some people may be happy with this, it is possible that if light exposure is not even across the entire surface, it could result in a patchy change of colour. Those areas exposed to direct sunlight will discolour more quickly – possible ruining the look of the entire driveway.

Aromatic Resins For Driveways

If you are investing in a new driveway and you want it to last and always look great, you should buy the very best you can afford. A resin bound driveway that uses aliphatic resin has to be the number one choice!

Why Aliphatic Resin Works Best

When it comes to a resin bound driveway that needs to be durable and long lasting, aliphatic resin takes the crown. While it may be more expensive in the short term, the fact that it can last so long means that you are getting better value for money in the long run.

There are so many reasons to choose a UV stable driveway surface product, such as resin bound material.

● Your resin bound driveway will be incredibly long-lasting. In fact, it will last as long as 30 years.
● Resin bound driveways that use aliphatic resin are UV stable, and will therefore not discolour over time-a pleasing perk for those with south facing homes. The choice of aggregate that you initially go for will remain the same in terms of how it looks throughout the life of the product.
● A UV resistant product is less likely to suffer with cracks; in fact, a resin bound surface is very flexible, and unlikely to be damaged in any way. This compares favourably to concrete and asphalt that are prone to cracks and crumbling – especially during cold weather.
● A resin bound driveway is porous, and allows water to pass through. This is a huge benefit, as it prevent standing water on your driveway. Standing water can cause moss patches and ice, which can be a hazard and will discolour your driveway.
● A resin bound driveway is incredibly easy to maintain. A simply brush of the surface or a jet wash will keep it looking spick and span. In the Winter, it is also easy to remove snow with a shovel, due to its smooth finish. This compares to resin bonded surfaces that can be damaged by snow removal.

If you are investing in a new driveway and you want it to last and always look great, you should buy the very best you can afford. A resin bound driveway that uses aliphatic resin has to be the number one choice.

Aromatic resin may offer a cheaper product, but you may become disappointed with the way it looks over time and you could even face cracks and holes in the surface – not ideal.

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