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How Long Does Resin Last?By admin
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Resin bound driveways are created by mixing resin with small stones, before being hand trowelled to create a stunningly smooth surface. The application process makes resin bound surfaces water permeable, and fully SUDs compliant. That means you do not need prior planning permission to install resin, and you can apply it to existing surfaces.
A relatively new product in the UK, resin bound driveways are popular in Australia because of their resistance to changes in weather. Resin is one of the more durable materials for a driveway.
But the question is, exactly how long does a resin bound driveway last? There are many factors that contribute to the longevity. For one, whether the resin driveway was installed by certified and professional contractors.
Another factor is maintenance. When properly maintained, resin can last up to 25 years. Usually, companies give a guarantee of between 12 and 18 years. Before we look deeper into the longevity issue, let’s see the benefits that a resin bound driveway provides…
Benefits Of Resin Bound Driveways
There are many reasons why you should choose resin over concrete, asphalt, gravel, or pavers for your driveway.
For one, resin is water permeable, and does not require prior planning permission. Resin allows water to penetrate directly into the earth. Because of this, there are no puddles left behind.
Resin does not crack, and you do not need to worry about loose stones. And unlike gravel, resin does not allow weeds to creep up.
Installation of resin lasts up to 48 hours, after which you can start using your new driveway. Versatility is a huge advantage of resin driveways. There is a variety of colours and textures you can choose from. Resin can fit any house, be it modern, contemporary, or more traditional. You can easily pair the landscape of your driveway with the style of your home. And considering the driveway is the first thing people encounter when they visit your home, you want an attractive and durable option.
Why Resin Stands The Test Of Time
Resin bound driveways are extremely aesthetically appealing, and their quality is undeniable. With a proper aftercare and maintenance program, you can expect your resin surface to last for many years to come.
The reason why resin driveways last as long as they do is because of the application process followed to install them. Resin surfaces are constructed with flexibility in mind, consequently enabling them to withstand all types of weather. Resin can survive heavy and harsh rainfall and downpours because of its impressive permeability.
In addition to this, resin can also survive dangerously icy conditions. Concrete, on the other hand, will crack under pressure, thereby ruining the visual appeal of your home, and will require heavy repair to resolve it.
Professional Product, Professional Service
Successful results are heavily dependent on good preparation, and that is certainly true for our installation of resin driveways.
We pride in achieving the correct ratio of resin to aggregate. It is a form of science, and many companies fail by trying to use less aggregate to cut their costs. But that will affect the long-term functionality of your driveway. We do not take such shortcuts.
We also do not try cheap tricks like charging you for excavating the entire base. Remember, resin can be installed on top of any existing tarmac and concrete surface.
Some companies offer as little as 2% binder; despite the fact that resin cannot achieve its full potential at that percentage. The minimum percentage is 6% of binder.
Being that we pride ourselves in professional installation, we use clean aggregates and machinery. No dusty, damp, or oversized aggregates that result in system failure, just a pleasingly professional product, installed to the highest standards.
Lets talk about your new resin driveway options
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Resin Driveway Maintenance: Top Tips And Tricks
As mentioned previously, resin driveways are refreshingly low-maintenance. When you install a resin driveway, you need to take care of it. Here are some top tips that will help you keep your resin driveway looking good long-term:
- Do not turn your steering wheel while the vehicle is stationary. This will prevent tyre marks from appearing on your driveway. If you notice tyre marks, you can clean them by tamping the surface with a white spirit soaked cloth, before power washing with a detergent.
- Regularly sweep the permeable paving with a stiff broom. At the same time, make sure to hose with clean water. You can also use a pressure washer for a power wash. Be careful not to use excessive pressure. Go as high as 150bar rating, and use cold water to keep the jet at least 200mm from the surface.
- Remind your contractors to remove weeds before installing a resin driveway. When weeds are removed, new ones will not grow.
- Do not worry about oil stains, as they are usually washed away with natural rainfall. Moss, however, needs to be removed using a stiff broom.
- If you notice chewing gum on your resin driveway, treat it with a freezing spray. Then carefully remove it with a paint scraper once the gum has hardened.
These simple and useful maintenance tricks will help you increase the lifespan of your driveway.
Why Resin Beats Traditional Materials
There is a reason why resin driveways are considered the gold standard in the UK. They offer far better functionality than other materials. Now, resin might be more expensive than other materials, but let’s stick to the longevity factor here. When you ask how long does a resin bound driveway last, you need to consider the lifespan of other materials.
Asphalt, for example, can last up to 20 years. The price of asphalt installation is between £2 and £5 per square foot. You can drive almost immediately on an asphalt driveway, but it requires more maintenance than other materials. Asphalt can shrink and expand with temperature changes. As for the maintenance, you need to clean asphalt at least two times per year.
Concrete, on the other hand, requires less maintenance. However, the maintenance costs are considerably more. You need to reseal, resurface, and repair cracks. Concrete costs between £3 and £10 per square foot. If you want special decorative details, the price goes higher. You need to wait seven days before you can drive on it. As for longevity, concrete can last up to 30 years.
Gravel is cheaper than concrete and more expensive than asphalt. In terms of longevity, gravel can last for a lifetime with proper maintenance. The downside is gravel requires constant relaying as the driveway can shift.
Paver driveways are the most expensive option on the list. They can vastly improve the kerb appeal of your home, but you will have to pay more. Maintenance is easier. When an individual stone cracks, you can replace just that stone, rather than having to resurface the entire driveway. In general, these driveways cost between £12 and £15 per square foot. You will have to wait at least 4 days for installation. When properly installed, a paver driveway can last up to 40 years.
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