What is Resin Driveway?
Resin driveways are paved by a mixture of aggregate stones and resins. It is flexible in nature, thus resistant to cracking. The aggregate is mixed on site and cold pressed by the use of a high-quality resin binder. This resin binder coats the aggregate particles prior to laying them.
Resin bound surface is fully permeable paving technique, allowing free draining of water through its surface. This helps to eliminate surface water runoff or standing waters. Resin driveways are thus more durable and need less maintenance as compared to other surfaces.
Materials used for Construction of Resin Driveways
The quality of the resin-bound surface depends on the materials used in the aggregate prepared. The aggregate mix is generally, a mixture of natural aggregates that are kiln dried in order to prevent moisture from coming in contact with the polyurethane material. The ratio of the resin to aggregate is required to be optimal depending on the environment and other factors. The stones used should be dried mixed aggregate with 5-8mm sizes so that the entire aggregates get properly coated.
The high-quality polyurethanes resin ensures that the flexural performance is best for external applications and the resin does not get discolored to yellow in an appearance on UV exposure. The polyurethanes which are not light-stable are suitable for internal usage where no direct sunlight comes.
Duration for Which Resin Driveways Last
Resin driveways when properly maintained can last for 20-25years. This duration completely depends on the quality of the resin, the skill with which it has been applied and the kind of use that is made. The resin manufacturers provide a guarantee of more than 15 years.
The quality of resin driveways from Bristol Driveways Pro is undeniable when they correctly took care of. They act their part for years to come. Resin is used essentially with flexibility in mind which is the most essential requirement to withstand all extremes of weather. Be it torrential downpours or icy conditions, resin takes in all the fluctuations of temperatures. It even comes up with heat and cold without cracking. However, it is seen that traditional materials such as concrete or tarmac, easily crack under the slightest pressure which results in a pitted appearance.
Benefits of Resin Bound Surfacing
With the passing on of time, more people have started preferring resin surfacing instead of the dull concrete. It is not only pleasing to the eye but it also able to withstand extremes of weather, heavy traffic and much more.
- Quick application
The application of resin surfacing is incredibly easy and quick. It has the ability to withstand, foot traffic just after 6 hours of application, thus allowing you to use your new driveway in no time.
- Low maintenance
The maintenance of the resin surface is very cheap. Simply a little of pressure wash can keep your driveway immaculate. This surface also does not allow the growth of weed keeping your driveway cleaner without the need of having a weed controller.
- Durable and hard-wearing
The extremely hard-wearing nature of the resin surface is primarily due to the fact that it is laid on an existing layer of concrete or tarmac. This makes the resin bound surface strong and durable without compromising on the look.
The nature of the surface provides very high porosity which prevents ponding and encourages easy absorption of water. The damage that can occur due to a long stand-off of rainwater is lessened because of quick absorption.
UV-stable and Non-UV Stable resins
Resins that are used to hold aggregates together is unusually UV Stable and is not damaged easily under the effect of sunlight. This UV, resistant nature prevents the breakdown of the surface and even from discoloration. As a result, the quality of the resin driveway is retained for years.
In comparison to UV-resistant resins, there are non-UV Stable resins available too which although turns light brown under sunlight within a couple of weeks is yet very strong and long-lasting.
The ease of low maintenance, porosity as well as UV resistance plays a major role in the long-lasting nature of the resin driveways. Due to the easy absorption of water and resistance to UV light, the durability of the paving increases many folds.