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  • Resin Driveway Costs

    Want to know how much a new resin bound driveway will cost to lay? Here we breakdown the costs of the driveway installation and the resin material prices depending on the size and condition of your current driveway.

    Average cost of installing a resin driveway:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 2 to 5 days.

    £2,300

    How Much Does a Resin Driveway Cost?

    The average cost of installing a resin driveway is approximately £40 per m² and tends to take between two and five days to complete, though both of these factors do depend on the complexity of the job. The time restraints will of course be affected by the size of the driveway, it's current condition, and whether UV protection is required or not. One of the most variable costs, however, is that of the labour you choose to use, which can vary between an average of £150 to £250 per day.

    If you already have a concrete driveway, it may be possible to lay the new resin straight on top. However, if not, or if their are significant cracks in the current driveway, then the resin driveway fitter will have to remove the old driveway first and prepare the base. As you can imagine this is time consuming, and will add significant cost to the job.

    Resin driveways need to have a completely flat and stable base before they are laid so it is important that they are not laid on to any surface which is cracked, crumbling or could move. This means that a previously gravelled driveway would need all of the gravel removing prior to the resin being laid as well, which would be another increase to your cost.

    Choosing a more expensive stone may seem like a high cost in the beginning, but there are many pros to this in the long run. Opting for stones which are bigger enables more efficient water drainage to occur naturally, stopping water from pooling, thus reducing the occurrence of puddles. Opting for a lighter colour stone will require the use of a special resin which has UV protection within it, but this will stop your newly resin laid driveway from changing colours in different places having been bleached by the sun and will also help to prevent cracking due to excessive heat.

    Resin Driveway Prices

    Below we breakdown the the costs of installing resin for different sized driveways.

    Driveway Size Average Material Cost per m² Labour Cost per day Total Estimated Cost
    Small driveway 20 m² £40 £150-£250 £950-£1,300
    Medium driveway 50m² £40 £150-£250 £2,150-£2,500
    Large driveway 100m² £40 £150-£250 £4,150-£4,500

    Choosing a smaller stone for your aggregate will keep your material costs down to the lower end of the scale because they do not require very much depth to install them which is the reason why resin gravel driveway costs can vary so much. This is unlike the larger aggregate stones which require, on average, three times their size in-depth to be dug out before they are installed.

    Not only are the stones themselves more expensive but the digging out of the driveway to install the larger stones is more labour-intensive which results in a higher final cost and usually a longer installation time. Aggregate stone sizes range from 1mm to 10mm, and though they can be purely an aesthetic choice, often specific sizes of stones are required when certain types of vehicles will be using the driveway.

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    Labour Costs and Timescales

    The time it takes for a resin driveway to be laid will, of course, alter depending on the size of the driveway too. Expected timescales can look like this:

    Size of Driveway Size of Aggregate Time Required for Labour
    Small driveway – 20m² Small – 1mm 1 day
    Small driveway – 20m² Medium – 5mm 1.5 days
    Small driveway – 20m² Large – 10mm 2 days
    Medium driveway – 50m² Small – 1mm 2 days
    Medium driveway – 50m² Medium – 5mm 2.5 days
    Medium driveway – 50m² Large – 10mm 3 days
    Large driveway – 100m² Small – 1mm 3 days
    Large driveway – 100m² Medium – 5mm 3.5 days
    Large driveway – 100m² Large – 10mm 4 days

    From this table, it is evident that the size of the driveway combined with the size of the aggregate chosen will have a direct effect upon the length of time it takes for the labour to complete the resin driveway. Both of these factors should be taken into consideration when pricing up having your driveway laid with resin because this may impact the labourer you choose to hire.

    Depending on the labourer you choose to install your resin driveway, the costs will differ in their day rates for labour. They tend to range from £150 per day to £250 per day, usually depending on experience levels. With an average of two days’ work necessary to lay an average driveway of 50m², the labour costs specifically will cost between £300 and £500.

    However, if larger the aggregate is favoured or structurally required, this will mean that more of the existing driveway will need to be dug out before the new resin driveway can be laid. This tends to increase the length of time it takes for the driveway to be laid with resin and completed, so must be taken into account. Adding a day or sometimes two days’ labour to the overall price of having a resin driveway laid, this can double the labour costs to anywhere between £600 and £1,000, depending on the labourer you choose.

    Additional Costs

    When a household decides to have its driveway laid with resin, there are often other jobs that happen at the same time to help spruce up the exterior appearance of the home. Not only can this be aesthetically pleasing for the homeowner, but it can be a real selling point for new buyers and can often increase the saleability and price if you are looking to sell your home.

    For these reasons, a new driveway often encourages people to tackle exterior house-based jobs as well as garden upkeep. Popular jobs on the list when a new resin driveway is laid can include:

    • Cleaning, jet washing or painting the exterior of a house or garage;
    • Replacing an old front door;
    • Increasing the security of the property by adding security lights, garden lights or lights up the drive and pathway to the front door;
    • Replacing or adding a new gate or even sprucing up an old one;
    • Repairing, rebuilding or creating a new garden wall;
    • Sorting out the garden, such as landscaping, adding new features, or tackling problem areas, like drainage;
    • Adding artificial grass to eradicate upkeep time of mowing.

    Supply Costs

    If you wanted to lay your own resin driveway and therefore could eradicate the labour costs, you could expect to see the breakdown of costings for each individual aspect of the job to look like this:

    Supplies Cost
    Aggregate £8-£20 per 25kg bag
    Bound Resin £40-£60 per 7.5kg tub
    Bonded Resin £140-£170 per 31kg kit
    Resin Primer £30-£40 per 7kg tin
    Anti-slip crushed glass £10-£15 per 5kg bag
    Sand £4-£8 per 25kg bag

    For people on a tighter budget, it can often be very cost-effective to buy one of the many resin driveway kits on offer which contain all of the above and more to enable you to gain the perfect resin driveway.

    Cost Factors of Installing a Resin Driveway

    There are multiple factors which can increase the overall cost of your new resin driveway. Some of these factors can be avoided, such as looking ahead to see what the weather is set to do before the driveway is set to be laid with resin. But there are many elements which cannot be altered and these costs must be endured for your resin driveway to be as effective as possible.

    Commonly, the size and shape of the driveway will always increase with the larger the size of the driveway, the higher the overall cost of the job. If the job is complex too, this will increase the cost. By complex, not only is the shape of the driveway taken into consideration but also the state that the existing driveway is in prior to the resin being laid. Resin requires a flat and complete surface for it to be laid upon, so if there is any cracked concrete, unstable ground or pebbled areas, these must first be cleared, adding to the labour costs of the job. Groundwork is common in these situations and would also be required if you were to opt for larger aggregate sizes which need to have at least three times their size of earth dug out before they can be laid.

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    The type of resin chosen for the resin driveway also impacts the price of this job. There are two main types: bonded and bound. Resin bonded is cheaper because the aggregate sticks to it, but it will never be able to stick all of the stones, thus leaving some stones loose, whereas resin bound resin is more expensive because the aggregate has to be mixed into this which means that no stones are loose. It also gives the driveway a completely smooth finish. Choosing the resin bonded solely due to its lower price may at first seem appealing, but once you learn that the maintenance costs are always higher, the resin bound suddenly increases in its appeal as it requires very little maintenance.

    However, if you are looking for a resin to cover patio areas or pathways, you would want to find an anti-slip resin which is always the bonded resin. As it does not have a smooth surface, this gives the feet something to grip to, which is ideal in wet and icy conditions.

    The type of edging you may choose to finish your resin driveway with will have a direct impact on the cost of the overall job, but you do have some choice here so you can align this more with a budget. Seemingly, the most common edging used to prevent the aggregate from coming apart and misshaping the driveway is that of brick, but you could also choose to add metal, stone or timber edging if you so desired.

    What's Involved in Installing a Resin Driveway?

    There are 10 steps in the process of installing a resin driveway. They are:

    • Get at least three different professional resin driveway labourers to come and assess your driveway and give you a quote for the specific job you want to be undertaken. Make a comparison between each of them, working out the pros and cons of each of the tradesmen as well as their completion timings, labour costs and probably their outlook, too.
    • You can choose the colour and size of aggregate, as well as the edging, resin type and quality all with the help of your chosen resin driveway professional.
    • Once you have chosen your specific professional, they will order all of the materials you need, including the primers, any pro crushed glass to increase the anti-slip feature if you require this, and they will order anything they need to help with the laying of the base works.
    • The driveway will be prepared. This will depend on what condition the pre-existing driveway is like but can entail tarmac being removed if it has cracks in it or gravel being removed so that there is a stable base for the resin to be laid on to. If you have opted for a larger aggregate, then earth will need to be removed of at least three times the size of your aggregate at this point.
    • Edging will be installed now if you have chosen this option. The aggregate and resin need to meet the edging directly, so the edging needs to be installed first. It is worth knowing that the edging must stand at least 15 to 20mm above your base so that it stands proud of the resin once it has been laid to assist with the structural shape of your driveway and prevents individual stones from becoming loose over time.
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    • You will now start to see some interesting tools appearing on your driveway and may hear some strange noises. This will be from the forced action mixer, a drill and the aggregate itself being spread. If you have chosen bonded resin, the resin will be laid first with the aggregate going down over the top with it then sticking to the resin. If you have chosen bound resin, this will need to be mixed in with the aggregate of your choice and laid in batches as it is mixed together.
    • The resin and aggregate are flattened to create a level surface whether you have chosen a resin bound or bonded finish. Your resin driveway labourer or labourers need to work quickly as they only have around 20 minutes after they put down each batch of aggregate before it starts to set. The hotter the temperature, the less time they have to create an even surface.
    • If you have opted for an anti-slip surface, the pro crushed glass needs to be added as the aggregate mix is starting to dry, as it needs to stick to the surface to provide grip. This is a really simple process and actually quite entertaining to watch as the pro crushed glass is simply thrown into the air over the newly laid area for it to fall at random and stick to the resin bound surface.
    • The driveway should now be completed but should not be walked on for between four hours and half a day, depending on the temperature. The warmer it is, the faster the resin will set. It is advised that cars and any other vehicle do not attempt access for at least 24 hours.
    • Your professional labourers will now clear away and remove any leftover materials or debris from your site. They commonly leave instructions with you as to when you will be safe to walk and drive on your newly laid driveway and pathways. Take notice of what they say – they are telling you for a reason! Your new resin driveway is now completed.

    Will I Need Planning Permission to Build a Resin Driveway?

    Choosing to have a resin driveway is a great way to avoid having to go through the planning permission process because no planning permission is necessary. This is due to the fact that the 2008 government legislation states that any area of less than 5m², which has a permeable surface does not require permission. As resin is permeable, this is an ideal solution for homeowners who may have been having issues with having planning permission accepted in the past.

    What Does 'SUDS Compliant' Mean?

    The acronym SUDS stands for Sustainable Urban Drainage System, and this refers to surface types where water is able to naturally drain away. The purpose of this is to prevent the already overworked drainage systems of the UK to be able to cope with any downfalls of rainwater of which they may encounter without becoming flooded, blocked or over capacity.

    Resin bound driveways are SUDS compliant because they enable water to pass directly through them naturally and assist the network of drainage systems hidden beneath.

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    However, if you live in an area which is known for having issues with drainage or surface water, then having a soak-away or a swale that your resin driveway can drain in to will also enable your resin driveway to be classified as being SUDS compliant. This means that there really are not many areas where resin driveways cannot be particularly effective at draining away large volumes of rainfall. But if you were to have any further concerns about the area you live in, there is always more information for you to access if you visit the Environment Agency site.

    Do I Need a UV Stable or Non-UV Stable Resin?

    Generally, if the whole of your driveway gets the same amount of sunlight during the day, then you do not need to have UV stable resin if you are opting for a resin bonded driveway. This is because the UV rays from the sun will not alter the appearance, strength or the overall finish of your resin driveway.

    But there are many different factors which need to be taken into consideration before you choose which type of resin is best suited to your driveway. Getting it right, though it may be more expensive in the initial costs, will save you money in the long run if you get it wrong! The differences between UV stable and non-UV stable resin are as follows:

    • Through UV exposure, Non-UV resin gets darker and does so quickly, often in patches. UV resin does not have anywhere near the colour changing effects occurring and any colour changes that do happen, occur in an even manner, so no patches will appear on your driveway.
    • If you have certain objects on your resin frequently, such as cars, wheelie bins, outdoor furniture, plant pots and many other things, non-UV resin will change colour around these objects, leaving them the original colour underneath. As and when these objects are moved, your resin will have large areas of patchwork on it where the outlines of the “missing” objects will be very noticeable.
    • Though it is tough, non-UV is more likely to crack. UV resin will not because it has more flexibility within its structure.
    • If you live in an area where extreme weather conditions occur regularly, this needs to be taken into consideration. UV resin is much more resistant to higher and lower temperatures with less risk of detrimental effects occurring.
    • Non-UV resin is cheaper initially, but there is the potential for many more issues to occur once your driveway or pathway have been laid with this resin. Repairing or amending these issues can be much more costly than simply paying for UV resin in the first place.
    • There is also a large price difference between the two resin types. UV Stable Resin works out at approximately £10 per kg, whereas Non-UV Resin is less than half the price at just £5 per kg on average. Though the price difference may not seem huge one a small scale, it soon mounts when you are requiring much larger quantities. For example:
    Number of kgs required UV Stable Resin Cost (avg.) Non-UV Stable Resin Cost (avg.)
    10kg £100 £50
    500kg £5,000 £2,500
    1 ton £10,000 £5,000

    Resin Driveway Edging Costs

    The majority of resin driveways and indeed, pathways have some form of edging. The reason for this is that it helps to keep the resin in place, stops any of the s from becoming loose and gives you the clean-cut finish you start with for the whole of its lifespan. This is one of the main reasons as to why so many people opt to have resin driveways and pathways laid because of the neat and precise finish which can be obtained, but to do so, edging is required so that the structure remains in place.

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    There are multiple different types of edging that are commonly used, with the most common being that of bricks because they are hard wearing and cost-effective. But resin can also be laid up to pre-existing walls, or metal, stone and timber can be used as an alternative. Metal and stone are more expensive to be laid initially but be aware that timber can rot over timber so many need to be replaced which can be an added cost to your resin driveway which you will encounter at a later date.

    Average edging costs can be compared by m² below:

    Edging Type Average Cost per m²
    Brick £11-£15
    Stone £12-£20
    Timber £15-£22
    Metal £25-£30

    Usually, the only time when edging is not used is when there are already walls in place to act as an edging for the resin. If you have a driveway that has walls at every side that the resin can be laid up to so that it is both structurally sound and so that the aggregate will remain in place, then there is no need for you to have additional edging as well. This is not an additional cost you need to incur if you already have walls to do the job of edging.

    What Are the Benefits of a Resin Driveway?

    Highly Durable

    Choosing to have a resin driveway laid has many benefits. Firstly, it is an incredibly hard-wearing surface type. It is resistant to high and lower temperatures, UV rays, and impact from large weights such as cars and other vehicle types. It is also able to withstand large volumes of footfall and all of the everyday wear which would be expected in a home with a family, such as balls, toys and lots of running around. It will not be disturbed by any of these actions and will remain looking good for long periods of time.

    Long-Lasting

    Resin driveways have an average lifespan of around 21 to 25 years. This means that it is very cost-effective as it requires very little upkeep over the decades of its life because it is so self-sufficient once it has been laid. This is then not an aspect of your home that you need to think about again for at least two decades which is great because we all have plenty of other things which occupy our minds on a daily basis.

    Low Maintenance

    Upkeep and maintenance are not something you need to worry about either because resin driveways require absolutely nothing from you. Assuming that you have opted for edging, your resin driveway will stay in place and intact for well over 20 years. No weeds or moss will be able to grow through your resin driveway and nor will it become one big puddle because it has a natural drainage system.

    Eco-friendly

    Resin is porous, so it drains away rainwater and surface water into the drainage systems hidden out of sight. Any water simply seeps away naturally through the resin without any need for human intervention. It also helps to take the pressure of the drainage systems in your area by preventing flooding. But if you did live in an area which is renowned for having issues with drainage, then resin driveways can be drained into a soak-away or a swale to eradicate any standing water from your driveway leaving you with no flood risk at all.

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    Highly Versatile

    Cleverly, resin can be used in many different ways and is not limited to solely being used as a driveway installation. It is also commonly used for pathways and patio areas too for all of the same pros as a driveway and means that you can have thorough continuity in appearance around the exterior of your home. It can be used anywhere, and there are different types of resins to suit different areas, such as UV resins and non-UV resins, and there are also ways to have anti-slip capabilities added to your resin to prevent accidents occur during the colder times of the year, like pro crushed glass.

    Aesthetically Pleasing

    Having a resin driveway completed is very visually pleasing and can have a large impact on your overall home. Not only can this change how you feel about your home and increase the safety aspects, but it can also be a real selling point for potential buyers if you are looking to move. It has been known for resin driveways to add a great deal of value on to house sales, so it would definitely earn you your money back if you chose to lay a resin driveway for this reason, too.

    Lots of Variety

    Available in many different colours, the aggregates you choose can be completely unique to you and your home. You can choose to have aggregate as small as 1mm in size up to 10mm in size, laid on your driveway, in any colour of stone you like. This means that you can really change the exterior look of your home and making it hugely aesthetically pleasing to yourself and all of your visitors. You can also choose many different edging types too, such as bricks, stone, aluminium and wood to give it the finish you love.

    Fast to Install

    With the average time to install a resin driveway being that of one to two days, it really does not take long to alter the appearance and increase the functionality of your driveway. Once the laying of the resin has been completed, the driveway will start to go tacky underfoot in just 20 minutes, depending on the temperature and weather, but can be walked on properly in just four hours. You only have to wait for approximately 24 hours before you can drive on it, too, so having a new resin driveway really isn’t much of an inconvenience.

    Alternative Driveways

    Though resin driveways are hugely popular, there are alternatives which can be opted for including those of block paving, gravel, concrete and tarmac.

    Block paving

    Block paving is an expensive alternative to resin and cost around £4,000-£6,000 for an average 50m² driveway, which is a lot higher than a resin driveways cost. But it’s considered the most aesthetically pleasing and has become very popular.

    Pros

    ✔ Aesthetically pleasing

    ✔ A variety of patterns and colours available

    ✔ Long-lasting

    ✔ Porous

    Cons

    ✖ Expensive

    ✖ Long installation time

    ✖ Extensive groundwork needed

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    Gravel

    Gravel is a cheaper than the cost of resin driveway and is great for a quick driveway installation. There’s an array of different stones, sizes and colours to choose from that makes it very versatile.

    Pros

    ✔ Fits easily on any driveway

    ✔ Quick & easy installation

    ✔ Cheap

    ✔ Wide range of stones, size and colours

    ✔ Can last for years if cared for

    ✔ Natural drainage

    Cons

    ✖ Difficult to clean

    ✖ Can be hard to walk on

    ✖ Gets caught in tyres

    ✖ Does require maintenance

    Concrete

    Concrete driveways are not as expensive as resin but can be coloured and patterned for a higher price. Imprinted concrete drives offer a more aesthetically pleasing look but are more expensive.

    Pros

    ✔ Long-lasting (30 years)

    ✔ No maintenance

    ✔ Can be patterned and coloured

    ✔ Easy installation

    Cons

    ✖ Not very aesthetically pleasing

    ✖ If coloured can fade over time

    ✖ Might not be permeable

    Tarmac

    Tarmac has been used for generations for driveways and pathways because of its durability and low cost.

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    Pros

    ✔ Cheap

    ✔ Hard-wearing (can last 12-20 years)

    ✔ Black or red colouring

    Cons

    ✖ Cracks in severe weather

    ✖ Retains heat

    ✖ Needs groundwork preparation

    ✖ No permeable, and may need drainage

    Can I Install a Resin Driveway Myself?

    It would not be advised that you installed a resin driveway as your next DIY project as it is a rather complex procedure if you don’t know what you are doing. Instead, it is always best to contact a resin driveway expert to assess and complete your driveway and/or pathways for you.

    There are certain aspects of laying a resin driveway which are particularly prone to being problematic, and these include:

    • Not undertaking the ground prep properly and digging out enough earth;
    • Not removing any cracked or damaged concrete prior to laying the resin which needs a flat and stable surface;
    • Not completing the edging prior to laying the resin or not using edging at all;
    • Ordering the wrong quantities of aggregate which can be a costly mistake;
    • Insufficient research into the differences between UV and non-UV resin;
    • Trying to mix aggregate into resin bond when aggregate can only be mixed directly into bound resin;
    • Getting the quantities wrong of aggregate to resin;
    • Not checking the drainage in and around your driveway which could lead to a breach in SUDS regulations.

    If you did choose to go ahead and complete the job yourself of laying a new resin driveway at your home, then you would save only the costs of the labour. This would be anywhere between £150 and £250 per day, totalling an average of £300 to £500 for a two-day job on a driveway of 50m². But as you would then incur extra costs, such as hiring tools and buying equipment, you wouldn’t end up saving much money.

    To undertake laying a DIY resin driveway, you would need to hire or purchase:

    • A resin drive screed sledge;
    • Resin forced action mixers;
    • Flooring trowels;
    • Gauging trowels;
    • Safety clothing and mask.

    Maintenance of a Resin Driveway

    Resin driveways do not need large amounts of maintenance but paying some attention to them will drastically increase their lifespan, often well past the two-decade mark. Here are the best ways as to how to keep your resin driveway surface clean and what the cleaning method assists with:

    Cleaning Method Assists With:
    Brushing with a stiff brush The removal of leaves, everyday build-up of rubbish and will stop moss from growing on and around the resin driveway. Any loose aggregate which has broken away from the resin can be removed via this method too.
    Washing Any spillages that may have occurred and an average household hosepipe can help to prevent staining or damage.
    Jet washing Stain removal and prevention, protection against the elements, and will remove any foreign bodies that may have accumulated on the surface of the resin.

    For a professional to come and clean your driveway, you can expect to pay anywhere between £1 and £2 per m². With the larger driveways taking a longer period of time, they are actually often better value for money. This is evident from the table of average prices below for a professional resin driveway cleaner below:

    Size of Resin driveway Average Cost for a Clean
    20m² £40-£60
    50m² £80-£100
    100m² £100-£130

    Removing Weeds

    Removing weeds and algae from a resin driveway is an important part of the maintenance that it requires and this should be done whenever you start to see either problem evolving. Though the whole idea of a resin driveway is to prevent the growth of weeds, there are always a couple of really determined seeds that will grow anywhere. Ideally, you should try and remove this by hand if you can, making sure to remove the whole root, not just snapping off the visible weed. But if you have a more serious weed problem, you are able to use a domestic style of week killer or specialised herbicide. This will not do any damage to your resin driveway but will remove those pesky weeds.

    Removing Algae

    The professional labourer who laid your new resin driveway should give you instructions as to what you are able to treat any algae or moss issue with so as to not cause damage to your resin driveway. Generally, most well-known brands of moss and algae killers, such as “Algon” for example, will be safe to use, but you must always check prior to doing so. You should always remember to wash the surface of your resin driveway thoroughly after you have applied any algae and/or moss killer so that it does not stain or bleach the surface of the resin.

    Removing Oil Spills

    Trying to avoid the occurrence of oil being spilt on to your resin driveway is the ideal here, but we know that accidents can happen no matter how careful we try to be. If an accident involving oil or grease does happen, don’t despair! But you will need to treat them as quickly as possible. The longer you leave oil or grease on the resin surface, the more damage it will do.

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    The rain normally does a great job at removing any spillages, but it’s not always raining. So, it’s best to be on the safe side and mix some detergent in warm water to wash down the affected areas. Leave this on the resin surface for around 10 minutes and then be sure to remove the detergent from your resin driveway. You can do this really quickly and easily by simply jet washing your resin driveway until all traces of the detergent are gone.

    How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Resin Driveway

    To increase the number of years wear you will be able to get out of your resin driveway and therefore get more value for money out of it, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind.

    • If a larger than average vehicle is going to be driving on to your resin driveway, clad your resin with wooden planks to protect the surface and spread the weight more evenly.
    • If you have a spillage of oil or grease, the faster you clear it up, the less time it has to take hold of your resin surface and begin causing damage.
    • Sharp edges are the biggest enemy to a resin driveway, and they aren’t always the first thing you think about when you are trying to get other jobs done around your home. Skips, machinery, large planting containers, motorbike stands, and stiletto heels, are not enjoyed by resin driveways and can do an impressive amount of damage by digging into the resin surface.

    Cost of Removing a Resin Driveway

    The most common reason for people to choose to want to remove part of a resin driveway is when they want to make alterations to a garage or for an extension to occur. Though a resin driveway can be removed as part of a DIY resin driveway project, it would be advised to hire a professional to undertake this task. This would ensure that the resin was removed effectively and disposed of safely.

    The average cost to hire a professional to remove a resin driveway is £30 per hour for their labour, as well as an extra £30 for them to dispose of the resin itself. It can be this pricey because it is hard, physical labour as the resin needs to be smashed to pieces, and therefore, this is demanding work. Unlike block paving driveways, each individual slab does not come away as it is one solid block. Drilling can be used as a removal method for resin driveways so the price your professional charges you will also include their fee for renting or the use of their drill.

    Hiring a Resin Driveway Installer Checklist

    • Is your chosen professional resin driveway installer fully certified and licensed?
    • Do they understand what you want the final outcome to be?
    • Have they given you a reasonable quote that you have compared to other professional resin driveway installer? The best installer and the best resin driveway are not always the cheapest!
    • How long have they been laying resin driveways?
    • Do they have examples of their previous work for you to look at? Pictures are fine!
    • Where is their work visible?
    • If you found this professional from a website, have they been well rated by trustworthy sources?
    • Are their labour costs, waste removal costs and timings for completing the job satisfactory to you?
    • Have you agreed on an overall figure? Is this a fixed budget or an estimated price?

    FAQs

    How long before you can drive on a Resin Driveway?
    Though you can walk on a resin driveway after just four short hours on average, it is advised that you wait for a minimum of 24 hours until you drive on a newly laid resin driveway. By this time, it will have had sufficient time to set and become stable enough to withstand the pressure of multiple tonnes of car rolling along it without causing any harm.
    How to repair a Resin Bound Driveway?
    This, although worrying for many people, is not actually too big a job. The affected area must be chiselled out, and any dust and debris from the original resin bound driveway must be removed. The new resin needs a clean surface to stick to.

    The appropriate resin and the same aggregate as used everywhere else on the driveway should then be mixed together. Once ready to pour, the clean area should be varnished prior to being refilled, and then the new mixture of aggregate and resin can be poured into the chiselled-out hole. This should be feather at the sides so that it adheres to the original resin and has a flawless finish. Once it has had enough time to dry and set, you will never be able to tell that this area of your resin bound driveway has been repaired.
    How deep is a Resin Driveway?
    The rule of thumb with the depth of resin driveways is that they are around three times the depth of the size of the aggregate you have chosen to use. The average driveway is 15 to 20mm deep.
    How long does a Resin Driveway last for?
    With the correct care and maintenance, as well as a high-quality professional to lay it in the first place, your resin driveway should last for 21 to 25 years. Many professional resin driveway laying companies offer a considerable guarantee when they install the resin driveway, so you can have peace of mind knowing that this is available too, should you need any assistance in the future.
    Do UV Stable and Non-UV Stable Resins go by different names?
    Yes, UV stable and non-UV stable resins do have different names used normally by the professionals, but they are also more helpful in differentiating the different resin types. UV stable resin goes by the name of Aliphatic resin, and non-UV resin is referred to as Aromatic resin.

    Aliphatic refers to the chains within the carbon atoms in the resin, which help stick the resin and aggregate together and hold them in place. Aromatic resin refers to the non-UV stable resin due to its smell.

    Sources

    https://decorativeaggregates.com/category/resin-bound-products

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7728/pavingfrontgardens.pdf

    https://www.resincoat.co.uk/

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 29th April 2020.

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