Resin bound driveways are exceedingly low maintenance. Good news if you’re tired of pulling weeds from your drive! To maintain your driveway, simply clean it with a pressure washer and brush with a stiff broom. Washing up liquid is all you need to keep the resin-bound stone bright and clean.
Although resin drives are easy to maintain, extra steps should be taken to ensure maximum longevity.
Heavy Objects and Machinery
Take extra care when handling heavy objects like lawnmowers, motorbikes, motorbike stands, car jacks and parts, and heavy garden machinery. Urns or a hefty plant pot should also be placed with care to avoid potential damage to your resin drive’s smooth surface. Point loading is also something to be aware – sometimes gravel trapped between your car’s tyres can be crushed into the drive by the car’s weight and leave marks on your driveway’s surface. For this reason, resin driveways aren’t suitable for heavy goods vehicles.
It’s best to use wooden planks if you plan to carry out vehicle maintenance in your drive. Planks will help spread the weight of your car evenly. Be careful not spill greasy substances like oil or petrol on your new resin bound driveway. Break fluid is particularly corrosive to resin-bound surfaces. However, spillages so happen, and in this case it’s best to wash the resin-bound surface immediately with warm water.
How to Clean Resin Bound Paving
As mentioned previously, the only tool you really need to maintain your new driveway is a stiff brush. Hosing your new resin driveway with warm water will also help it to look good as new.
Why is it important to remove debris like leaves and soil? Because plant matter releases tannins as it degrades which can stain your driveway. Prevention is the best cure and regular sweeping stops mulch building up on the driveway and staining its surface. If you do find stains on your resin bound driveway you can remove them with a pressure water. Use a fan-type lance and spray cold water 200mm from the drive’s surface.
Resin driveways are treated with weed killer prior to installation therefore are weed resistant. The resin bound gravel also makes it harder for plants to grow. However, air-borne seedlings can still land on your drive or be deposited from pets’ fur. Sometimes a seedling will find hole and grow. If this happens simply pull the weed out with the root by hand. You could use a mild weed killer but beware of using any strong chemicals that might discolour the driveway’s resin surface.
The last thing you want on your beautiful new resin driveway are unsightly tyre marks! That’s why you should never turn your car’s steering wheel while the car is stationary. The friction, known as ‘dry steering’, can crush and loosen the aggregate over time. Lighter quartz-based driveways are particularly at risk. Most often, tyre marks happen when backing out of a drive so try to get into the habit of reversing into your driveway to park. If you do find tyre marks on your drive clean them off with a simply solution of washing up liquid and warm water. Never use boiling water on a resin drive as the resin will dissolve and create a hole.
Generally, resin bound driveways are less likely to ice up and become slippy. You can still apply white rock salt to your driveway as a precaution against ice and frost, but remember to remove salt traces after a spell of wintry weather. The simpler methods of a shovel and some elbow grease are always effective against the likes of snow and sludge.