Resin bound paving is a permeable paving solution used for driveways, patios, and footpaths. Apart from its popularity in residential property installations, resin paving is also an excellent paving option for commercial spaces and industrial facilities. What it is essentially is a mixture of aggregate stone and resin. The resin component makes this type of paving flexible; hence, it has high cracking resistance.
Application of resin bound paving
Whether for residential patio paving, driveways, or footpaths, installation begins by mixing aggregate and resin on site. This method of combining the aggregate stone and resin binder thoroughly before laying the paving ensures that every piece of aggregate stone gets coated with resin. A completely bound and coated surface enhances the durability of the surface and also makes it easier to maintain. To keep your resin bound paving looking great, all you need to do is to sweep and power wash the surface at least twice a year to prevent moss and weed from growing.
The permeability of resin bound paving helps prevent standing water from accumulating and also eliminates the common problem of water run-off in residential neighbourhoods. As such, resin bound surfaces meet the standards of SUDS or sustainable urban drainage systems.
How does resin bound paving react to frost?
The resin used for this application is polyurethane based which makes it highly durable and robust. The permeability feature of resin bound paving will allow surface expansion to accommodate frost forming between the aggregate stones. As the frost melts, it will immediately permeate into the surface leaving no impact on your paving.
How long will resin bound paving last?
The superior durability of resin bound paving means it will last for at least 15 years. It is essential to find a reputable installer to ensure that you receive the highest standard of service and that your resin paving lasts as long as its expected lifespan.
Do you need a permit to install it?
Planning permission depends on the existing state of your driveway. If your driveway is already paved with concrete or asphalt, you will not need planning permission to add resin bound paving over it. But if you are installing a new driveway or an extension, you may need to secure a planning permit.
Can you park heavy or large vehicles on it?
Homeowners with caravans or RVs will not need to worry about parking on resin bound paving because, with the right depth, resin bound paving can withstand up to approximately eight tonnes of weight. However, if you will be parking or putting objects on your resin paving for a long time, it may discolour. Hence, consider the option of adding UV protection to keep the colour uniform.
How safe is resin for health?
Resin bound paving is manufactured with the highest safety standard in mind. The resin will not emit toxic fumes after installation, and the surface remains inert once installed. During the installation, you may notice that it emits some odour, but once installed and completely dry, the resin will remain odourless throughout its life.