You’ll be pleased to hear that resin drives are weather resistant all year round. That’s a huge benefit when it comes to the unpredictable, and let’s face it, drizzly UK weather.
You might wonder how your driveway performs at different times of the year, so we’ve answered our customer’s most common questions by season below.
Will a resin drive melt in the summer?
The short answer is “no”; resin driveways don’t melt in the sun.
While we don’t often experience extreme heat in the UK, we can get the occasional scorcher of a summer. In England, a record-breaking 40°C was recorded by the Met Office last year. So, what do these sizzling temperatures mean for your resin driveway?
Most of our customers want their new driveway to be as low maintenance as possible. Knowing how temperature affects resin surfacing is one of their key concerns. Will it melt like tarmac? Does it need treatment against UV? Luckily, due to its robust composition, your new driveway will remain intact even during the hottest of UK summers.
If you’re deciding between a resin-bound drive or tarmac, it might help you to know that resin can withstand hotter temperatures.
Tarmac starts to soften at 50℃. You might recall playing with softened tarmac in the summer as a child (to your parents’ annoyance – it’s a nightmare to remove from skin and clothes!). While a UK heatwave has never exceeded 40℃ we do regularly experience temperatures in the high 20s. Because tarmac drives contain asphalt, heat is absorbed and stored throughout the day. Even one day of persistent 20℃ heat will cause the tarmac to soften and make your drive unbearable hot to walk on. Heat also causes the drive to warp, rendering it unusable.
By contrast, temperatures would have to soar over 200℃ to melt resin. Resin’s high melting point means that your new drive won’t crack or warp in extreme heat. It will need repaired less often and retain its smooth, glossy, ‘like new’ appearance for much longer than tarmac. Resin bound paving and drives are also more attractive than dull tarmac, coming in a variety of colours and patterns.
When it comes to choosing the right surface for your drive, resin will always be more durable, beautiful, and low maintenance than tarmac. Regardless of size, PAVE can replace your old tarmac drive with robust resin. We offer a wide variety colour options and are happy to advise which styles suit your property best.
Resin drives in the winter
Unlike summer temperatures, the UK is no stranger to record-breaking cold weather! So, how does a resin driveway stand up to wintry weather on the opposite end of the scale?
You’ll be pleased to know that resin beats tarmac and other types of driveway surfaces in the winter, too. One of the biggest reasons why resin is a safe surface for winter is because it’s permeable. This means that rainwater filters through the aggregate-bound materials of your drive and into the ground, which leaves little to no standing water. Standing water can become lethal in winter if left to freeze. Thankfully a resin bound drive will reduce the risk of slips and falls, which might be uppermost in your mind if you share a home with elderly relatives or children.
Furthermore, the resin-bound gravel in your new drive creates traction which means you can walk across it in winter without slipping. In the event of hard frost or ice, it’s completely safe to lay salt on resin paths and drives if you’re extra cautious. Handy if you have neighbours or guests visiting over Christmas and New Year.
It’s best to remove snow with a wooden shovel instead of a metal one to avoid scraping or scoring the resin bound surface.
We live in a climate with plenty of snow, ice, frost, and rain. That can make winters feel long and arduous, so you need to know that you’re driveway won’t become a deathtrap in winter. A resin bound surface is the least hazardous choice when it comes to preventing falls from ice and slippery snow. Its safe, durable surface means there’s one less thing to worry about this winter.
Resin drives in the spring and autumn
Spring and autumn are the two times of year when you can experience a build-up of plant matter on your drive.
Spring blossoms look pretty and trees like cherry or hawthorn make an attractive companion to sleek resin drives. However, as the trees complete their natural cycle they shed their blossom which can cause a drift of petals and pollen to accumulate on your new drive. While the confetti-like petals look pretty ots best to sweep them up with a stiff brush. Although resin drives are weed resistant, airborne seedlings are tenacious and will take root in the microscopic holes present on your driveway’s surface. Blossoms look beautiful at first but they will eventually break down and this mulch can leave stains on your drive.
Likewise in autumn, leaves drop from tree branches onto your drive. While this isn’t too much of a problem (apart from being unsightly) you should clear resin drives and paths of leaves as soon as possible. If given a chance to mulch down (a process quickened by wet autumnal weather), dead and slimy leaf litter can stain the beautiful surface of your driveway.
Clear away plant debris with a stiff broom or light-pressure wash. You can also use mild weed killer in the spring to prevent weeds from taking root in your immaculate drive.