One of the first things to consider before you invest in a new resin pathway is how to maintain it, to keep it in tip top condition.
Pathways are often a main feature of any garden or open space, so you’ll want to keep it clean, tidy and looking as good as new.
As with all significant investments, you’ll want to be sure you have considered all the possible solutions and weighed them up against each other. A resin-bound pathway will come out on top for many reasons.
They are virtually maintenance-free, anti-slip and porous to let water drain through, but are also resistant to weeds.
Rain, sunshine or harsh weather won’t cause them to fade or discolour, helping them to retain their premium-quality finish for many years.
There is a wide range of colours and aggregates available and they won’t sink or crack.
Perhaps best of all, resin-bound pathways make a good choice because they create a smooth, low-maintenance and robust surface.
To keep yours looking its best, here are our top tips for looking after your resin pathway…
How to lay a resin path
Resin-bound pathways are made from a blend of natural aggregates and clear resin that creates a smooth, flat, permeable surface that is stable in all weathers.
The major benefit is that because the surface created is porous, it allows water to drain through to the ground beneath, virtually eliminating flooding, drainage and surface water problems.
Resin-bound surfacing creates a beautiful and durable finish which is solid, enduring and easily maintained.
We mix the resin and your choice of aggregates on-site before cold applying it to the pathway area. A high-quality clear resin binder coats the aggregate particles before they are laid. This method ensures all the aggregates are coated to create a fully bound surface that’s more hard-wearing and requires less maintenance.
Other resin-based solutions, such as resin-bonded paving, are less permeable and hardwearing, simply because they are instead covered with a thin layer of resin before the aggregates are scattered on top. Over time, the finish can scuff and become loose and uneven.
What are the benefits of a resin pathway?
There are many benefits to a resin pathway, including:
No flooding or surface water
Resin-bound pathways are a fully permeable paving solution. Water can drain through freely, meaning your surface will serve to prevent puddling and eradicate surface water.
No more slipping
Resin-bound surfacing is required to comply with BS 8204-6:2008+A1:2010 Appendix B for slip resistance. This means it has an anti-slip finish, even in cold, wet or icy conditions.
Keeps weeds at bay
Resin-bound systems are so weed-free that they are increasingly used in public areas. If you are sick and tired of getting a sore back while bending over to pull weeds from the cracks in your pathway, then resin-bound is the way to go.
Looks as good as new
Polyurethane resin is UV-resistant and kiln-dried, which prevents any moisture coming between the aggregates and the resin. This would otherwise cause discolouration and poor wearability. Because each aggregate stone is washed and dried and then coated, there is no possibility of water or sunshine causing any change to its colour or finish.
The latest premium looks
At Buffalo, we pride ourselves on being able to give you an individual design service, providing your home with a look that exceeds your expectations. We have a network of designers who will take the time to ask you precisely what you require and quote a price specifically for the work you want doing.
Wide choice of colours
Our resin-bound system allows us to offer you a wide range of colours and aggregate mixtures to create the exact shade and style and look you want to achieve for your pathway.
No sinking or cracking
Resin-bound is a flexible surfacing material. Therefore, you can know with confidence that it will not crack. It is also consistent across the whole area covered, so will not sink either.
How to look after your resin pathway
One of the significant benefits of resin-bound pathways 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 give many years of use without fading, scuffing or discolouring.
Ideally, it should be swept, or power washed twice a year, to avoid any accumulation of debris and stop any growth of moss or algae.
There are a few other simple steps you should take to keep your resin pathway looking as it should.
Aside from its annual power clean, it’s also advisable to gently hose down the surface regularly to keep it free from dust and dirt.
You can do this without having to worry about surface water forming, because resin-bound surfacing is highly porous.
You should also give it a regular sweep with a stiff broom when dry to get rid of any surface debris such as litter or leaves, which can stain the surface over time if they are not removed.
Other than that, though, you should be good to go. With just a few simple maintenance tasks, you should be able to enjoy your pathway, hassle free, for the rest of the year.
Find out more about our resin pathways today
At Buffalo Driveways, we’re passionate about helping homeowners to improve their properties with long-lasting and affordable solutions.
If you’re looking for a new pathway to create a feature or transform your open space, 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 pathways are backed by a full technical survey and either a 10-year guarantee on those with a sub-base completed by us or a five-year warranty on overlay projects.
Investing in a resin pathway from Buffalo Driveways will give you a garden you can enjoy for years to come while adding value to your home should you choose to sell.
To find out more and book a free consultation and quote, give us a call on 08000 319050 or email email@example.com.