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SOLVED: How Will The Sub-Base Be Handled?

how will the sub base be handled

A sub base is one of the most important elements of driveway construction, but if the installation is going right you’ll probably only ever see it twice – when the driveway is installed and when the driveway is upgraded many years down the line. 

Often the sub base is not given as much thought as the top of a driveway, because in terms of aesthetics, it really doesn’t matter what the sub base looks like. However, it’s still vital that the sub base of a driveway is installed correctly. 

The strength of the sub base will determine how strong the overall driveway is, how prone it will be to problems and what kind of longevity you can expect from the drive.

Our guide is here to shine some light on the big question: how will the sub base be handled during driveway installation? We’ll be taking a look at the installation of a sub base for a resin bound driveway, as the process reveals a lot about what goes into strong sub base construction.

Installing a Sub Base for a Resin Bound Driveway

A resin bound driveway is a highly popular choice for it’s amazing finish. The top of the driveway is highly customisable, with an extensive range of stones to choose from to get the perfect finish. 

However, before the top is laid, a lot of work goes into creating the perfect base for the drive. Here is the four-step process of how a sub base for a resin driveway is laid:

Step One: Excavation 

Once the homeowners has decided what style of driveway they want and the general layout, excavation work takes place. Depending on the size of the driveway and the unique obstacles of the area, this can be relatively quick or a very long process. 

During the excavation, all the dirt, existing driveway materials, and any trees or large stones will be removed. Nearby trees may able have to be taken into consideration if their roots are likely to cause damage to the driveway.

how will the sub base be handled

For some driveways, stone or sand can be added and then compacted to form a strong base layer before the main sub base is installed

Step Two: Adding Edging

Once the area has been excavated, the edging for the driveway will be added. This will establish the driveway boundary and assist in the laying of the sub base.

There are many unique driveway edging options available to create a custom-finish, but two common choices are stone or brick. If no permanent edging is required, temporary edging can be used to contain the sub base until it has cured. 

Step Three: Ground Preparation

The next step is to prepare the ground, above and beyond what was done during the excavation stage. At this stage, the aim is to make sure the ground is as level as possible and compacted.

For some driveways, stone or sand can be added and then compacted to form a strong base layer before the main sub base is installed. 

how will the sub base be handled

Normally to finish the driveway, a layer of substrate and wearing course will be added before the resin and aggregate mixture is prepared and trowelled on

Step Four: Adding the sub base

The final stage of sub base installation is to install the sub base itself. For a resin bound driveway, two of the most popular choices for a sub base material are tarmac/ashpalt and concrete. 

The material chosen often depends on the use of the driveway – heavy traffic and large vehicles will need a stronger material.

During this stage, the material is poured into the excavated area to the desired depth. The sub base will then be left to cure until it has hardened suitably for the driveway to be finished. 

Normally to finish the driveway, a layer of substrate and wearing course will be added before the resin and aggregate mixture is prepared and trowelled on. 

how will the sub base be handled

If you’re considering having a new driveway installed and want a service that you can count on to take care of the full driveway installation, including the construction of a strong sub base, then Home Logic are the service for you!

Laying a sub base for Resin: DIY Job or Professional Job?

While it is possible to install a sub base for a resin bound driveway as a DIY project, leaving it to the professionals will make sure that the sub base is as strong and stable as it needs to be to last for many years. 

If problems occur during the sub base installation and they aren’t rectified before the layer of resin and aggregate mixture is added, then it could be very costly to repair at a later date. Problems with sub bases can cause the whole driveway to be unusable!

If you’re considering having a new driveway installed and want a service that you can count on to take care of the full driveway installation, including the construction of a strong sub base, then Home Logic are the service for you. 

To enquire further into resin driveway installation, talk to our team today by calling 0800 1700 636, or by clicking the button below!