A Guide to Resin Driveways for Homeowners

Resin driveways have become increasingly popular over the last decade, thanks to their unbeatable combination of durability and low maintenance.  Whether you’re considering a complete overhaul of your driveway or simply curious about this increasingly popular choice, this guide will answer all your questions and help you decide if a resin driveway is the perfect fit for your home.

What Is a Resin Driveway?

Apart from being tough enough for everyday vehicles, resin driveways also add a style of touch to your home. Made from a blend of aggregate and special resin that hardens, they create a durable surface suitable for cars and vans. Plus, with a variety of resin colors to choose from, you can find the perfect shade to complement your property.

There are two main types of resin driveways.

Resin-bonded driveways involve applying resin directly to the existing driveway surface. Then, loose stones are scattered on top. This offers customization, but due to the method of application, it might not hide any imperfections in the base. You cannot also expect the water to drain naturally, requiring you to consider installing other drainage solutions.

Resin-bound driveways are relatively more popular than resin-bonded driveways. Resin and aggregates are mixed well and applied together. This creates a smooth and seamless surface. You also won’t need to worry about drainage as resin-bound driveways are naturally permeable.

What Method Is Better for Driveways?

Deciding between a resin-bonded or resin-bound driveway depends on your priorities and how you’ll use it. If budget is a major concern, the resin-bonded option might be suitable for you as it is easier to install and won’t require professional help. However, the issue of extra drainage requirements cannot be overlooked.

If you own a medium or large vehicle, the resin-bound option might be a better option for you despite the upfront installation charges.

We’ve put together a comparison table below for you, that goes into more detail about the key features of each type.

Resin-Bound Driveways

Able to withstand most of the cars and vansRequires a specialist installer
Permeable Costs more than alternatives
DurableNeeds to cure for up to 72 hours 
Hides minor imperfections in the original driveway surface
Low maintenance

Resin-Bonded Driveways

Slip-resistantRequires additional training to be fitted as it’s non-permeable
Looks like gravel on the topStones can loosen up much easier than those in a resin-bound system
Low maintenance and unlikely to attract weedsThere is a thinner layer of protection on your driveway
Cheaper than resin-bound systemsRequires a proper sub base and preparation 
Can be fitted on your own (although this is not advised)

How Much Does a Resin Driveway Cost?

The cost for a resin driveway is estimated by including two main factors, materials and installation costs.  According to Check a Trade the average cost can range from £70 to 180 per square meter. The costs can vary depending on the prep work needed for your specific driveway.

For example, if your existing subbase is in good condition, you wouldn’t need to replace it with a new one, saving you over £100 per square meter. However, if a subbase needs to be installed, the price could climb to £180 per square meter.

To get the most accurate quote for your project, it’s recommended to contact a few reputable installers. This allows you to compare estimates and ensure you get a price tailored to your driveway requirements.

How Long Does It Take To Install a Resin Driveway?

The wait time for your new resin driveway depends on a few factors. The first is the amount of prep work required. If your current subbase needs replacement, it can add a couple of days to the project. Though this might seem like a drag, remember that a solid foundation is key to a long-lasting driveway. Skipping this step could lead to cracks and damage down the road.

The actual resin application is relatively quick. Professionals typically spread the resin at a rate of 20 meters per hour to ensure proper curing.

Freshly laid resin needs around 72 hours to completely harden. Don’t be tempted to use the driveway before it’s cured as the weight of your car could damage it. 

Installation Considerations

Only proper installation will result in a long-lasting resin driveway and the groundwork is vital. Since the resin rests directly on an existing surface, contractors usually assess its stability and level to determine whether a surface replacement is necessary.

Weather conditions also play an important role as rain disrupts the curing process by creating gas bubbles. These will show up as white patches and are an indicator of failed installation. So, schedule your installation for a dry day with no rain forecast.

Finally, if you have any concerns about the curing process, do not hesitate to contact your installer as quickly as possible. They can advise you on how to minimize any potential damage.

Do Resin Driveways Need Any Maintenance?

While resin driveways are popular due to their low maintenance, a few simple steps can maximize their lifespan and keep them looking sharp.

During winters, salt and grit might be necessary to combat snow and ice. But remember to remove any residue once the weather warms up to prevent corrosion. When autumn is around the corner, regular sweeping to remove fallen leaves is necessary to discourage moss growth.

You should also regularly power wash your driveway to clean up moss, stains, and marks. This can keep your driveway looking as good as new for many years to come.

If you do any type of car maintenance on your driveway, look out for any brake fluid or oil spills. These can be corrosive and will damage your resin driveway. If you notice spills, a quick clean-up with warm water and soap will fix it. A little care goes a long way in preserving your driveway’s aesthetics.

If you have any concerns or questions related to your driveway, you should get in touch with your contractor. They can provide expert advice according to the condition of your resin driveway.