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Resin Bonded Or Resin Bound Driveways: The Great Debate

resin bonded or resin bound

There is no doubt that resin material driveways are the most effective, durable and long-lasting available on the market; but there’s lots of jargon around that can make finding – and understanding – information on them difficult.

However, when it comes to choosing between resin bound or resin bonded surfaces, the decision ultimately depends on the best solution to blend in with your existing backdrop.

Installation: Resin Bonded Or Resin Bound?

Resin bound and resin bonded driveways are installed in slightly different ways.

Resin bound driveways are installed by mixing pieces of stone, natural aggregate and recycled glass that are coated in a clear resin, and then poured or laid on top of a solid and even surface.

They can be laid over an existing driveway, or poured into a specialist industrial grid directly onto the ground if an appropriate surface isn’t already in place.

Once poured in, the mixture is left to cure, dry and harden; and is ready within a couple of days. The end result is an impressively smooth surface, that will stand the test of time.

Resin bonded driveways take less time to install as the process is less comprehensive. In these instances, clear resin is poured over an existing solid surface, and the stone and aggregate is sprinkled over to settle in and cover the resin.

Once dried in place, any excess stones are swept up and removed. The end result is a single-stone surface with a rougher, more textured finish.

Appearance: Resin Bound or Resin Bonded?

Both resin bound and resin bonded driveways can be installed in line with your size and colour preferences, mixing relevant material to produce the look you’re after.

The appearance does vary slightly though. Resin bonded driveways are tougher to clean, as the finish is not smooth, and so dirt, dust and grime can settle more easily upon the surface. In contrast, the thorough coating of the resin on all sides of the aggregate on resin bound driveways provides a smooth and wipe-clean surface.

Whilst neither have loose stones or material, the one-side bonding of the resin to the aggregate in resin bonded driveways results in a much higher risk of stones becoming loose, and breaking away.

resin bonded or resin bound

Resin bound driveways typically last longer than resin bonded, due to the entirety of the resin coating. This allows for the surface to remain hard-wearing even under the heaviest of foot fall and vehicle usage and for the resin to resist scuffs, cracks and damage

Drainage: Resin Bonded Or Resin Bound?

The drainage capabilities of resin bound and resin bonded driveways are entirely different. Resin bound driveways are porous, allowing natural drainage of water and liquids through the surface and into the ground below.

This is in line with SUDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) standards, which encourage the drainage of water without offsetting it elsewhere with pipes or other drainage and does not allow the inadvertent flooding of the garden around it.

resin bound driveway soaks water through it and does not allow standing water on the surface. There’s no more getting out of the car straight into a puddle with a resin bound driveway installed!

Resin bonded driveways, however, are non-permeable and porous, not facilitating drainage through them. This results in water sitting on the surface and having to run off to the side or evaporating over time.

Longevity: Resin Bound or Resin Bonded?

Resin bound driveways typically last longer than resin bonded, due to the entirety of the resin coating. This allows for the surface to remain hard-wearing even under the heaviest of foot fall and vehicle usage and for the resin to resist scuffs, cracks and damage.

Resin bonded driveways are prone to loosing stones, and so can require frequent ‘top-ups’ of material to offset this.

Tradespeople: Resin Bound or Resin Bonded?

Resin bonded driveways can be installed by anyone with the materials to do so – but the quality varies heavily between tradespeople.

More experienced and knowledgeable tradespeople will recommend resin bound driveways over resin bonded, due to the benefits and longevity of the product.

The UK standard of excellence for the construction and home improvement industry is BBA (British Board of Agrement)accreditation, and this has been awarded to our talented team of resin bound driveway technicians.

Our team of specialist installers can advise, quote and lay resin bound driveways as appropriate for your particular property.

Need any further information to make your driveway decision? Contact out expert team directly today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or simply clicking the button below!