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Resin Bound Driveways Cost Compared To Cement

Resin Bound Driveways Cost Compared To Cement

When the time comes to improve or replace your driveway, you will have a number of questions to ask. The most important of these will be what material you want to use and how much the driveway will cost.

Controlling costs is extremely important as you need to weigh up the benefits or extra value added to your home, with the initial costs of installation-and even the ongoing maintenance costs you will face.

If you have narrowed down the material to either cement or resin bound surfacing, you will want to know which one offers the best value.

With the above in mind, let’s see how both choices compare…

What Is A Cement Driveway?

A cement driveway is more commonly known as a concrete driveway. In fact, it is a mixture of cement, sharp sand, aggregate and water.

The mixture used depends on the way it will be laid, the weather conditions during installation, and the overall size of each slab.

Concrete needs to be laid in sections with expansion gaps to ensure that it doesn’t crack.

The base is usually prepared with hard core to help with drainage.

You can choose to have your concrete driveway imprinted with patterns, and even dyed to a colour of your choice – this can make it look like block paving, but at a mere fraction of the cost.

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Your new driveway is not going to be a cheap addition to your home. It is an investment that requires careful thought and will take up a huge chunk of your savings

What Is A Resin Bound Driveway?

Resin bound driveways are made from a combination of stone aggregate in the colour of your choice and a hard wearing and flexible resin. This mixture is prepared in a special mixer and is then pressed into a base on asphalt.

The base is always prepared with a hard-core sub base to ensure good drainage.

A resin bound driveway is usually laid in one continuous section across the entire driveway.

Remember that resin bound is different to resin bonded, where a layer of resin is added to your driveway and the stone is scattered over it. This is much less durable.

Resin vs Concrete: Essential Cost Comparison

Your new driveway is not going to be a cheap addition to your home. It is an investment that requires careful thought and will take up a huge chunk of your savings.

But it can offer an improved look to your home, and, therefore, increase its value immeasurably.

In fact, real estate agents say that a new driveway can add as much as 10% to the value of your home, making a new driveway an excellent investment when it comes time to sell.

The cost of your driveway will be influenced by a number of factors, and for a concrete driveway compared to a resin bound driveway, the differences can be great.

This will mean that a resin bound driveway will cost more than a concrete one.

● A concrete/cement driveway will require the base to be carefully prepared using a digger, compactor and other equipment that can and will add to the cost-a resin bound driveway is no different.
● The material costs of cement and sand are substantially cheaper than those used for resin bound driveways and the choice of stone used in a resin bound driveway can influence the overall cost.
● A resin bound driveway will need a base of asphalt to be laid before the final resin coat. This will once again add to the cost.
● Your resin bound driveway will need to be professionally laid by an expert. Concrete meanwhile is a simpler product unless you have opted for a specialist concrete that needs to be imprinted or coloured.

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Your quote should include the cost of all materials, the ground works, the hiring of the equipment and skips, the removal of your old driveway, and the laying of a suitable sub base

What Should A Quote Include?

You can expect to pay around £18 per square foot for your concrete driveway if it is a basic job that requires little groundwork. If you choose an imprinted concrete driveway you can pay as much as £45 per square metre.

Your resin bound driveway will cost anywhere from £20 to £80 per square metre depending on the type of aggregate you choose, and the condition of your base.

Always check your quotes carefully to make sure you are comparing like for like and that you are getting all of the parts of the job you will expect.

Your quote should include the cost of all materials, the ground works, the hiring of the equipment and skips, the removal of your old driveway, and the laying of a suitable sub base.

In the case on a concrete driveway, you may also expect the surface to be sealed.

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Resin bound offers unrivalled aesthetics. You can use almost any type of stone and in any colour your choose. Some contractors will also allow you to add colouring to your mix to get the exact shade that you want

Resin Bound Material: A Cost-Effective Surfacing Solution

A resin bound driveway has so many positives, it is almost too hard to list them all. However, we will certainly give it a try and many of them will show how this type of driveway will save you money both in the short term and in the long run.

● Your resin bound driveway is designed to last. With hardwearing and flexible resin and stones, it offers a durable surface that will not crack or crumble over time.
● Resin bound offers unrivalled aesthetics. You can use almost any type of stone and in any colour your choose. Some contractors will also allow you to add colouring to your mix to get the exact shade that you want.
● Resin bound is a UV protected product and, therefore, will not fade or change colour in the sunlight. The colour that you choose is the same colour it will remain for its lifetime.
● Resin bound is incredibly easy to maintain. All you need to do is brush it or use a powerwash to get the dirt off.
● Because the driveway is built on a good base it will not crack or crumble, even when exposed to high or very low temperatures, rain and snow.
● The surface of your resin bound driveway is porous. This means that it complies with government regulations on drainage for driveways, but it will not be affected by puddles or frozen patches – which could make it dangerous.
● A resin bound driveway can be laid in around 2 days, including the sub base. It can be driven on within hours of being laid – compared to concrete which will take many times longer to cure properly.

As you can see, your resin bound driveway may be more expensive to lay initially, but with it lasting so long, and offering a great new look to your home, it actually offers excellent value for money, and is the perfect choice for your next driveway makeover. Simply call 0800 1700 636 to get the ball rolling today!

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