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Average Cost Of Resin Driveways: The Essential GuideBy admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
They say that first impressions count and when it comes to your home, the driveway is often the very first part that anyone sees. Keeping your driveway in good shape can immediately lift the look of your home and can result in a significantly improve house value too.
But, is the price of a resin driveway worth the good looks it will give your property – or should you try one of the cheaper driveways instead? We have the answers, and we’re here to share them with you in the following article…
What Is A Resin Driveway?
Also known as resin surfacing, this form of driveway improvement is a relatively new way to improve the look and performance of your driveway.
Due to huge improvements in polymer and epoxy resins, these substances are now strong enough to be used in these types of surfaces, and can even be coloured or shaped.
The result is a surface that very hardwearing, and is resistant to weeds, oil spills, UV light and will rarely crack even when exposed to harsh extremes of temperature.
These resin based surfaces are used in a variety of applications, including: internal flooring, roadways, footpaths, cycleways and of course, driveways. They can be laid with any choice of aggregate to achieve almost any colour, and can even have inlaid patterns built into the surface.
The price of the materials has been coming down in recent years, and this form of paving is now becoming more and more popular. It is still not a cheap option for a driveway, but as we will come to later, it is a product that offers excellent value for money.
The resin product needs to be applied to a surface that is cleaned and free from organic material that could prevent the resin from sticking. A concrete base is usually ideal, however, a flat and crack free tarmac can also be used.
A primer is applied to allow the resin to stick. In rare cases, resin bound surfaces can be installed directly onto a soil sub-base if it has been developed for that purpose. It is sometimes used around the base of a tree as an example, as it is porous and allows water to penetrate.
Creating a resin bound driveway involves the aggregate and the resin being mixed together in a concrete mixer before it is hand trowelled into place, and pressed down to ensure an even coat. This allows for a more even coat to be applied, and the resulting coating is more porous to allow for drainage.
Types Of Resin Surfacing
There are two main types of resin surfacing for driveways: Bonded and Bound. These refer to the method of laying the surface.
In this case, the resin and the aggregate are laid separately. The resin is applied to the prepared base, and the aggregate is scattered evenly over it while it is still wet.
This layer of stone is then covered by another layer of resin to keep it in place. In some cases, the aggregate is already coated in a thin layer of resin, before being scattered to avoid the last layer of resin.
This method involves the aggregate and the resin being mixed together in a concrete mixer before it is hand trowelled into place and pressed down to ensure an even coat. This allows for a more even coat to be applied, and the resulting coating is more porous to allow for drainage.
You should also take into account the cost of any base preparation work that might need to be done. The size of your intended driveway will also have a major bearing on the final price you pay
How Much Does A Resin Driveway Cost?
The price of your resin driveway will vary due to a number of factors. These include: the type of application your contractor uses, the choice of aggregate, if you want a particular colour, and if you would like any patterns incorporated into the design.
You should also take into account the cost of any base preparation work that might need to be done. The following will also influence the price:
● The size and layout of your driveway will influence cost; especially if it is an awkward shape, with strange angles that make laying the surface difficult.
● The depth of your surface can range from 3mm to 10mm (even up to 18mm for driveways that will get plenty of use) and you can choose natural stone, recycled material or even marble – each will greatly influence the price.
● The surface underneath may need to be laid from scratch, or could need improvement before the resin is applied. Cracks, dips and uneven sections will need to be fixed before any work is done.
● Edging work will also need to be done – especially for resin bound. It needs a stable edge, such as bricks or a wall, or even a special aluminium edging. If this isn’t done, the edges will start to crumble.
● The labour will vary depending on the job, but you can expect it to take a few days to do the preparation and the laying.
Once all of this is taken into account, you will expect to pay anywhere from £20 to £80 per square metre, depending on how thick the material needs to be. This does not include the base, if that needs to laid first.
You may expect to pay upwards of £2000 for a fully completed driveway that will have long lasting good looks and is high quality.
You will love the way that you can set your home apart with the choices of colours, and the price is entirely reasonable, given the longevity of this product, and the fact it is so durable!
Resin Driveways: Are You Getting Good Value For Money?
If you are pleasantly surprised by the cost of your resin driveway, you might want to consider that there are a number of “cowboys” out there who are offering this service without offering the professional finish you would expect.
In most cases, they skimp on the preparation of the base, or they use substandard aggregate materials. This can result in a surface that looks good to start with, but doesn’t stand the test of time. Sometimes it makes sense to pay a little more to get a finish that will last, and continue to look great.
Problems with cheaper resin driveway products can include:
● Cheaper resins and binders or resins that have been altered to make them stronger or weaker. The less resin that is used, the cheaper the driveway quote will be, but the less dense it will be, making it weaker, and prone to cracking or holes.
● Cheaper products may not have the technical resources behind them that more expensive products have. A proper understanding of how resin driveways and surfacing works is essential before embarking on this type of work. This includes good design, and a well constructed plan of how to tackle each individual job.
● Proper depth of the product is essential to get good value. This means understanding how the surface will be used.
● A cheaper quote may be due to less labour. Resin is a fast drying product, and therefore needs to be laid quickly and efficiently. Having too few staff will result in a poor job, and marks out the amateurs from the credible contractors.
Overall, resin bound or bonded driveways are an excellent option, and they are rightly gaining in popularity. You will love the way that you can set your home apart with the choices of colours, and the price is entirely reasonable, given the longevity of this product, and the fact it is so durable.
Set your surfacing up for long-term success, with the help of Home Logic! Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!Related Home Logic Living Articles
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