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Resin Stone Driveways Reviews: Choosing A ContractorBy admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
Creating a beautiful driveway is the perfect way to improve the look of your home. Not only that, but this first impression will also improve the value of your home by as much as 20% – something that is always worth the investment.
However, how do you find the very best contractors to complete the work on your driveway? Also, if you want specialised services such as a resin driveway, how can you know if the contractor you are choosing is right for your needs? It’s time to find out…
What Is A Resin Stone Driveway?
Resin driveways are relatively new in the UK, although they are becoming increasing popular. They are already being seen across our cities, as they appeal to councils who want to deliver attractive and colourful surfaces that are delightfully durable too.
But they are also becoming more popular for domestic homes as well, due to their ability to withstand all types of weather.
There are two main types of resin stone driveways:
Here, the resin mixture is painted or rolled onto the prepared surface, and then a gravel mix is scattered over the still tacky resin. Once this is done, another layer of resin is added over the top to lock the stones in place.
This forms a thin coating on the driveway that can sometimes peel or crack – therefore it is important it is laid by professionals who will ensure they use the best possible base or materials.
In this case, the resin and aggregate is mixed in a specialised cement mixer and is trowelled onto the driveway surface. The entire driveway has to be done in one go to prevent cracks, and the depth needs to be as much as 15mm to ensure it is suitable for heavy vehicles.
This is more labour intensive, and can be more expensive. Once again, finding the right contractor is important, as this is a tricky job to get right without prior knowledge of the processes involved.
Review sites are another great way to find out about the companies you are considering. Many will be listed under sites such as Trustpilot and Checkatrade. These usually have plenty of feedback on the company, and a star rating system for further clarification
Resin Bound Driveways: Finding The Right Contractor
With this being a relatively new driveway laying service, it can be difficult to find contractors who have enough experience. But there are a number of ways you can find the right resin driveway company for your needs.
Quite often homeowners will use word of mouth to find the right person for home improvement jobs, and this can work in this case as well. You can simply drive around until you see a driveway that you like the look of, and ask the homeowners about their experiences with the contractor.
This is a great opportunity to see the finished product, and to get a candid review of the contractor, and how they work. You can also get an idea of how much it might cost.
You can also try going online and ask questions on D.I.Y sites. While you may not get a direct company name, you will find out how much to expect to pay, the types of questions to ask, and how to work out if your quote meets all of your expectations.
Being informed about the process is important. Many will allow you to upload your quote to have it reviewed by experts.
Review sites are another great way to find out about the companies you are considering. Many will be listed under sites such as Trustpilot and Checkatrade. These usually have plenty of feedback on the company, and a star rating system for further clarification.
Bear in mind that sometimes these sites feature reviews that are not genuine – however you will be able to look at the negative reviews and judge the company on their responses.
If they are helpful, offer to put things right, or want to engage with the customer, you will feel more at ease. Lots of five star reviews might look great, but its the way they deal with the 1 star reviews that really counts.
Companies that are highly experienced will also know how to quote you correctly. This means they will have built possible delays and problems into their quote and you won’t have any surprises!
When You Choose A ‘Cowboy’ Contractor…
It happens to the best of us. You spend time looking for the right company to improve your driveway, and then think you have chosen someone who is trusted and has good reviews. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong.
We have compiled a list of things to look out for and to question if your contractor seems too good to be true:
● Is the quote too low?: You should always get at least 3 quotes, if not more. If the quote you went with is much lower, you need to start questioning why.
● Are they happy to lay your resin driveway over the existing base even though it is damaged or unsuitable?: If your current driveway has cracks, major undulations, is block paved or is brick it will need to either repaired or replaced. There is no getting out of this and any resin stone driveway that is laid over this type of surface will certainly not last.
● They haven’t offered you a guarantee, or it is full of exceptions: Many companies will promise your driveway will last for ten years or more but will say that they will not cover it for certain events. This might include things that you would have thought would be covered such as poor weather or excessive fading – so read the small print carefully.
● The quote is being increased: Companies that are highly experienced will also know how to quote you correctly. This means they will have built possible delays and problems into their quote and you won’t have any surprises. Contractors who are new to the industry may not be able to to quote you correctly and might charge you more at the end.
A resin bound driveway is also smoother, easier to walk on, and easier to keep clean. It is, however, harder to lay, and as a result, contractors who do this have to be experienced. If they have good resin driveway reviews, then you know that they have built up a good reputation over time
Additional Signs Of A ‘Cowboy Contractor’ In The Making
● Are there enough people on site?: Your driveway needs to be laid in one day and in one go. If not, there will be joint cracks and colour changes that can destroy the good looks of your driveway. The contractor should have enough people onsite to ensure your driveway is laid without delays.
● Are they mindful of the weather?: Your resin driveway will need to be laid on a fine day (especially a resin bonded driveway) and if it rains before it is dry, it could be ruined and this will result in colour leaching out and white patches left on the surface in weeks to come. Be prepared for your contractor to stop work for another day – this means they are reputable and know what they are doing.
● Are they using high quality aggregate?: This might be hard to judge, but ask for details of the stone used. Cheap stone can contain iron oxide that can lead to rust or the stones may not give you the expected colour once they are mixed with resin and exposed to sunlight. Stones must also be kiln dried so they are not at all damp which can lead to white patches.
Why Resin Bound Driveways Get Better Reviews
When doing your research you may find that resin bound driveways get better reviews than resin bonded. This is simply because customers have fewer problems with this type of driveway. This comes down to the way it is laid and the thickness of the product.
The thickness can be varied to create a smoother and more level driveway. Resin bound material is also perfectly porous, which means that any water on the surface will sink into the driveway, and be channelled away.
A resin bound driveway is also smoother, easier to walk on, and easier to keep clean. It is, however, harder to lay, and as a result, contractors who do this have to be experienced. If they have good resin driveway reviews, then you know that they have built up a good reputation over time.
Finding a good contractor takes tenacity, but it is worth it. Your home will end up with an improved value, whereas a poor driveway could lead to a reduced value.
It is well worth investing in a company with a great reputation when it comes to getting the driveway of your dreams. Don’t tackle the task yourself; enlist the help of the driveway experts instead, by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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