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Can You Put Bonded Gravel Onto An Existing Concrete Surface?

Can You Put Bonded Gravel Onto An Existing Concrete Surface

As soon as you start to think about laying a new driveway or even a path, you will need to answer many questions. Some of the most important are what material you will use and how expensive will the project be.

You will also need to consider the overall look of the finished result, the colours you want to use, the amount of time you have and how long you expect your new driveway to last. Choosing to add a resin bonded gravel material to an existing concrete driveway might seem like the perfect solution to all of these questions… but is it really? It's time to find out...

Bonded or Bound: What's the Difference?

There are two main types of resin-based driveway surfaces:

Resin Bonded:

This is a new layer that is added to your existing driveway or path (or sometimes used on a new asphalt or concrete surface).

It consists of a layer of sticky resin that is applied to the old surface. Gravel is then scattered over the resin and bonds with it to become a hardened surface in the colour that you choose.

Resin Bound: 

Once again this is a resin and gravel mixture, however the stones and the resin are mixed before being applied to the prepared surface.

In most cases a newly laid asphalt surface is used as the base as this adds the longevity needed. You can choose any colour of stone.

Can You Put Bonded Gravel Onto An Existing Concrete Surface

If your concrete driveway is well maintained, free from cracks or crumbling sections and is properly prepared by the contractor, you can add a resin bonded layer

Can I Use Resin Bonded Material For My New Driveway?

The short answer to this is yes. The long answer is shown below. There are a number of reasons why this is both a good idea and a bad one. However, if your concrete driveway is well maintained, free from cracks or crumbling sections and is properly prepared by the contractor, you can add a resin bonded layer.

You will certainly get a few years of a good looking and practical driveway by taking this approach.

Why Are Resin Bonded Driveways So Popular?

People choose a resin bonded surface onto an existing concrete driveway for a variety of reasons and many of them can seem very compelling. Here are just a few:

●    The process of applying the new surface is very simple. There is no need to lift the old driveway and lay a new one before adding the new smart driveway surface. It can be done quickly and with the minimum of contractor experience.
●    A resin bonded driveway is inexpensive due to the way it is applied - it can be done in just a few hours and therefore labour costs are kept to a minimum. The fact that no new base is required and there are no disposal costs simply reduce costs further.
●    A newly laid resin bonded driveway looks very smart. You can choose the colours you want and the stained and cracked concrete beneath is covered.
●    If your concrete driveway is in poor shape with cracks it may be improved (at least temporarily) by a new resin layer. The cracks will cause less of a problem.

Can You Put Bonded Gravel Onto An Existing Concrete Surface

Bonded driveway surfaces are known for being a short term solution to a long term problem. The resin will indeed cover up driveway cracks, but eventually the cracks will worsen and the entire driveway will need to be replaced

Are There Any Alternatives Available?

As with most things in life, we weigh up the pros and cons and make a decision based on what we would like versus what we can afford. When it comes to a resin bonded driveway surface, you may find that the savings you make don’t quite make up for the problems you might face.

Bonded driveway surfaces are known for being a short term solution to a long term problem. The resin will indeed cover up driveway cracks, but eventually the cracks will worsen and the entire driveway will need to be replaced.

You will also find that the scattered gravel may begin to come away with loose stones making their way into your home and onto the borders. This can leave the surface looking patchy and uneven.

One of the major issues with resin bonded driveway is the fact that it is not a porous surface. For one thing, this may cause an issue with planning permission as driveways over a certain size must have good drainage.

But also, water run off from your driveway must go somewhere. You might find your new driveway suffers with puddles, frozen sections, running water, mossy and slippery parts and general water damage from the freeze and thaw cycle.

Can You Put Bonded Gravel Onto An Existing Concrete Surface

Yes, a resin bound driveway is more expensive - but when it comes to value for money in the long term, this really is the Rolls Royce of surfacing solutions!

5 Key Reasons Why Resin Bound Material Does It Better

A resin bound driveway should not be applied to an existing concrete driveway and in fact, even an older asphalt driveway should be replaced for the very best results. This might seem like a lot of unnecessary work and expense for what looks very similar, but read on to discover why a resin bound driveway is far superior to resin bonded.

●    A resin bound driveway uses a mixture of resin and aggregate that is premixed. This means that each stone is coated completely in the resin and therefore bonds both to the driveway surface and to each other. This makes it very tough and you will not see stray stones coming away from the surface. At the same time these individual stones allow water to pass right through.
●    A resin bound driveway is laid on an asphalt base that is porous and free draining. All water passes through both the upper resin surface and the lower base with no pooling, puddles, water run-off or freezing and thawing damage. Additionally, this means that planning permission will not be needed for a resin bound driveway.
●    When it comes to good looks you have the chance to choose a stone in the colour you want and know that the driveway will stay even in colour. The mixture has the stones all the way through, not just scattered over the top. The driveway therefore has depth - even if there was a hole or a crack (which there won’t be) the colour will still run all the way through.
●    Your resin bound driveway is estimated to last in excess of 30 years. These are very hard wearing driveways and maintain their good looks throughout this period. Even the edges are strong and unlikely to crumble. Good edging work can ensure this is the case.
●    A resin bound driveway can be used within one day of being laid and is laid in one go, preventing any joins and giving it a clean look. The process is quick (even the asphalt layer) and this helps to keep the price down.
●    A resin bound driveway needs to be laid by professionals who know what they are doing. You know that your contractor is experienced. This compares to resin bonded which can be done by a contractor who may not understand the materials they are working with.

Yes, a resin bound driveway is more expensive - but when it comes to value for money in the long term, this really is the king of driveways.

Seeking a surfacing solution that stands the test of time-and remains resilient in all kinds of weather? Resin bound material offfers exactly that! Set your surfacing up for success today by calling: 0800 1700 636 to get the ball rolling today!