One of the first things we usually get asked when we speak with a new customer is ‘are resin-bound driveways any good?’.
After all, a new driveway is a big investment, so you’ll want to be sure you’re getting outstanding value for money.
With so many options on the market – from traditional paving or brick pavers to gravel, concrete or cobbles – making the right choice is crucial.
You’ll want something that not only looks great but is hard-wearing, weatherproof and won’t deteriorate with age. This is where a resin-bound driveway has the edge on all the other options.
A resin-bound driveway provides a smooth, low-maintenance and robust surface that is porous and durable.
Because resin-bound driveways are highly permeable, they provide excellent drainage so meet all relevant drainage and flood regulations.
So, if you want to find out if resin-bound driveways are any good, read on…
Why choose a resin-bound driveway?
There are many reasons why you should choose a resin-bound driveway.
They are visually appealing. They are available in a wide range of colours, textures and finishes, which will allow you to be more creative in the way your driveway is designed. More traditional surfaces, such as block paving or concrete, are limited by the colours, shapes and sizes of the materials used. Resin allows you to be far more flexible and imaginative.
Another significant benefit of a resin-bound driveway is the cost.
Compared to other paving solutions, resin-bound driveways are relatively cheap. They are also incredibly hard-wearing, durable and weatherproof, and represent excellent value for money over a long and low-maintenance service life. With the proper cleaning and care, we’ve seen resin-bound driveways that are more than ten years old but still look as good as new.
Resin-bound driveways are extremely quick to install. Depending on the size and shape, most can be installed in a day and used within 24 hours.
Concrete, traditional block paving and other driveway surfaces can take longer to prepare, install and finish.
Finally, one of the best things about resin-bound driveways is how durable they are. The method used creates a tough, robust and durable surface that won’t crack, scuff or damage with heavy use.
If you look after it properly, it will last for many years to come.
Avoiding common resin-bound driveway problems
There are a few problems that can occur with a resin-bound driveway, but if you choose an expert, trusted installer like Buffalo Driveways, these can be kept to a minimum.
One of the main issues is cracks appearing after the driveway has been installed.
This usually happens if the mix of resin and aggregates is out of proportion, creating an uneven finish where some areas have more resin than others, which leads to an uneven seal.
Over time, moisture, weather and wear can cause cracks to appear in the surface, which will gradually get worse unless addressed.
Slumping, meanwhile, can occur if the base on which your resin-bound driveway is uneven. A good installer will ensure your resin-bound driveway is laid over a solid base and make sure the correct depth of aggregate and resin mix is used to create a driveway that doesn’t slump over time.
Another issue is the discolouration of aggregates while they are curing. To avoid this, it’s best to have your driveway installed on a clear, dry day so that it can cure properly without getting discoloured by rain or the other elements.
How to look after your resin-bound driveway
One of the significant benefits of resin-bound driveways is how easy they are to maintain and keep clean.
With the right amount of care, they can look good for many years to come and givemany years of service, even with heavy use.
But there are a few simple steps you should take throughout the year to keep your resin-bound driveway looking and working as it should.
The most important if to give it an annual power clean. If you have a pressure washer or jet wash, give all its surfaces a blast with a gentle detergent to clear off any surface debris. This will help maintain its smooth finish and the traction it provides and bring out the original colours and patterns.
Although an annual deep clean is essential, it’s also vital to regularly hose the surface down to keep it free from dust and dirt. Because resin-bound driveways are highly permeable, you can do this without having to worry about surface water or puddles forming, as they will drain away.
An in addition to a regular hose-down, you should sweep it with a stiff broom when dry to get rid of any surface debris such as litter or leaves.
This is important, as it helps prevent discolouration or staining, as well as the formation of moss which can, over time, loosen the resin, leading to cracks and weed formation.
Find out more about our resin-bound driveways today
At Buffalo Driveways, we are passionate about helping homeowners to improve their properties with long-lasting and affordable solutions.
Whether you’re looking for a new driveway or pathway, or a patio area that transforms your garden, we can help.
From design and planning to supply and installation by expert craftsmen, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
All our resin-bound driveways are backed by a full technical survey and either a 10-year guarantee on driveways with sub-base completed by us or a five-year warranty on overlay projects.
Investing in a resin-bound driveway from Buffalo Driveways will add value to your home for years to come. To find out more and book a free consultation and quote, give us a call on 08000 319050 or email email@example.com.