How to prepare your surface for resin bound surfacing

Whether your home is a contemporary new build or a stunning period property, a beautiful resin can add kerb appeal and boost the value of your home. The robust, durable nature of resin drives makes them a popular choice but to reap these benefits they need to be installed correctly to a professional standard. So you know what to expect we’ve outlined our installation process below.

Preparation of the Surface

Proper preparation is the key to a smooth, sustainable driveway. If shortcuts are taken over groundwork or installers lay an incorrect base, the overall look and durability of your resin drive will be affected. Often, the existing base of your drive isn’t permeable and will need to be replaced.

All resin driveways need to be SUDs compliant. Furthermore, the correct base will allow rainwater to drain through the resin’s porous surface to reach the ground soil below. The surface must be fully dry and free from contamination before the resin is laid.

SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliant refers to the adherence of a drainage system to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in urban areas. These systems aim to manage surface water runoff in a way that mimics natural drainage processes, reducing the risk of flooding and minimizing pollution. SUDS-compliant solutions may include permeable surfaces, green roofs, swales, and attenuation ponds, allowing rainwater to be absorbed, filtered, or temporarily stored rather than quickly draining into conventional sewers. Compliance with SUDS guidelines often involves careful planning and design to integrate these features, promoting water conservation, biodiversity, and overall environmental sustainability in urban development projects.

a picture of a spirit level on concrete illustrating the foundations of a resin bound driveway

Ground temperature also plays a critical role in preventing delamination. Delamination (where the resin-bound aggregates lift away from the drive) can occur the surface temperature falls 3°C below the dew point. The resulting condensation will create a bumpy surface over time and ruin the look of your drive.

A stable surface is key if your driveway is to bear the weight of your car and other traffic. Common bases for resin bound driveways are tarmac, asphalt, or concrete.

The choice of base for a resin-bound driveway depends on various factors, but among tarmac, asphalt, and concrete, a solid concrete base is often considered the best option. Concrete provides a durable and stable foundation for the resin-bound surface, ensuring longevity and minimising the risk of cracking or subsidence. It offers a smooth and level surface, which is crucial for achieving a flawless finish in resin-bound driveways. While asphalt and tarmac can also be suitable, they may require additional considerations, such as reinforcement or stabilisation, to ensure the resilience of the overall structure. Professional advice and proper preparation are essential to determine the most suitable base for the specific conditions and requirements of the project.

FAQs for Surface Preparation

Can resin bound driveways be laid on a slope?

Yes, resin-bound driveways can be laid on a slope, but careful consideration and proper preparation are essential for a successful installation. Adequate surface preparation, including grading, compacting the soil, and addressing drainage concerns, is crucial to ensure a stable foundation. Edge restraints are also necessary on sloped surfaces to prevent the resin and aggregate mixture from migrating, maintaining the driveway’s integrity. Professional installation is recommended to optimise performance and longevity on sloping terrains, ensuring the resin-bound surface functions effectively while providing the desired aesthetic appeal.

Can you DIY a Resin Bound Driveway?

It’s possible to lay a resin driveway yourself. However, the exact temperatures and base preparation required make it no mean feat. Unless you have prior experience, expert knowledge is required during this step to ensure you get the right finish and all the benefits of a resin bound driveway. Installing a resin drive yourself will also take longer than hiring an expert.

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PAVE Paving has years of experience in preparing and laying resin drives. Let us take the stress and hassle out of laying a new driveway. Our friendly team is always happy to help.

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