Resin driveway repairs – what you need to know

Resin driveways, if laid professionally, can last up to 25 years. If installed by rogue builders or con-men, expect problems. These usually arise within a short space of time after work is carried out by unprofessional or inexperienced builders. To give you an idea of what to look out for, here are the five most common resin drive problems:

  1. Wrong depth – if the depth of the drive is not right, patches of resin or cracks may appear under the surface.
  2. Cracks on the resin drive – when the incorrect mixture is used when making the resin, cracking may also appear on the surface.
  3. Movement of sub-base – it’s essential to get expansion joints cut correctly when a resin drive is laid on top of tarmac or concrete. Due to temperature change, concrete moves and the resin with it. If expansion joints are cut incorrectly, again cracks may appear.
  4. Streaking – the mixing of resin with aggregate should be carried out properly, around three minutes. If mixed any longer, stones may absorb the resin resulting in a streaking appearance or stripes.
  5. White patches – professionals should always lay a resin driveway on a dry day. It can be risky laying on a wet day due to setting times, too long and the stones will become damp. Tell-tale signs of this are white patches on the driveway itself.
  6. Get in touch with the professionals such as Resintop

If you have experienced problems with your drive, get in touch with us here at Resintop. We can carry out the necessary work needed to repair bad resin driveways without delay. Whether a residential or commercial driveway, our dedicated professionals will get on with the task in hand. This could be the repairing of resin-bound patios, courtyards, interiors or commercial space driveways.

Only the best materials are used with an extensive selection of resin stone to choose from. All of our work is guaranteed UV resistant and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. We offer a 15 year guarantee on all driveways as well as a quick installation with minimum mess. With all of our resin driveway repair work, benefit from high-quality workmanship and an efficient service. No resin driveway repair job is too big or too small for our team, so give us a call or contact one of our advisers online.

Can you put a resin over concrete?

There usually comes a time, in every home owner’s life, when the urge to replace the traditional concrete drive with something better, like a resin driveway, finally kicks in. But, can it be done?

Okay, layering a resin driveway on concrete is a possibility and it might look like a fun DIY project to the untrained eye. However, it’s also hard work, and there are many things that could possibly go wrong. So you might want to stick to professional services.

There are two main options. The first one is getting rid of the concrete driveway entirely and replacing it with a resin-based one. The second one is layering a resin driveway over concrete. Of course, the first option requires more time and money, while the second one is relatively cheaper and seems to be the most sensible option.

But, there are some things to consider before layering your concrete with resin-based materials.

Check the condition of the concrete

Check for wide cracks and any other damages on the pavement. If it’s nothing serious, a resin-based filler could be used to fix it. But if the fractures are thick and long, you will need professional help.

Keep in mind that these repairs take quite a bit of time, as the concrete needs a few weeks to cure before layering it with resin. Not only that, but it will also require a more substantial investment.

Drainage

Is the current driveway draining as it should? If not, you need to let the professionals know this before it’s too late, as the resin happens to be porous and stagnant water makes it crack and crumble.

A quick solution to this problem would be to drill holes in the concrete. While this trick works in most cases, those holes create weak points which might end up becoming potholes in the future. So if you have any heavy vehicles coming to this space, you are better off ripping off the old concrete.

SUDS requirements

The increasing demand for public sewer systems, not to mention the flooding risks, means that any new driveway installation should meet SUDS requirements. This regulation has been a hot debate for many local authorities across the country. The good news is, resin driveways meet this requirement fully, without the need to incur any extra costs.

How much does a resin driveway cost?

Resin driveways are known for their durable, permeable, easily maintained and smooth surface which facilitates water drainage with ease. These properties, plus its aesthetic appeal, makes resin the most popular choice for driveways today.

But how much will resin driveways cost you?

It is challenging to quote the exact cost per square metre of resin driveways, since each project has unique specifications and considerations. Generally estimating, the cost per project may be around the £40 per square metre mark, depending on various factors. Whether a project requires non-UV stable or UV stable resin also matters as they have different costs.

Other cost determinants of a resin driveway project include:

The type of your current driveway surface

Your existing driveway surface is one of the most critical factors that will influence the overall cost. Your current driveway may be made of tarmac, block paving, grass or concrete; all these require different levels of preparation. Therefore, the amount of preparation, sub-base levelling, cleaning and surface repairs required has to be taken into consideration. For a stoned or grass area, the area itself will require excavation, followed by the installation of a compacted stone base and porous asphalt. Most of the time, these tasks are more expensive than the resin itself, but they are mandatory.

Size of the area

In resin installation, some costs remain fixed regardless of project size. For example, the cost of fuel for transportation to and from the site. Therefore, cost per square metre is likely to increase as the size reduces and vice versa.

The required depth and aggregates size

The various aggregates in the market differ in size ranging from 1-2mm up to 10mm. Each size is has a specific rate and price point. Depth also determines the quantity needed. The most common rule when it comes to installation is that depth should be at least three times the size of the largest aggregate. Basically, a 2-5mm aggregate will be fitted at 6-15mm, while the 10mm aggregate is fitted at 30mm.

Existing overlay

Unlike grass or stoned surfaces, concrete and tarmac make it possible for the resin mixture to be laid without excavation. However, the base has to be in good condition before the overlay. “Good condition”, in this case, is defined by the absence of significant cracks, potholes or weeds.

The approximate cost for laying a UV stable resin overlay at 15mm is £60 for an area of 0 – 40 mm2, £50 for an area of 40-100 mm2 and £45 for 100+ mm2.

If edging is needed

Maintaining a high-quality and neat finish will require an edge which will also act as a restraint. Edging can be done using various materials which have different cost estimates. These may be paving slabs, bricks, walls or timber.

Installation area layout

Some driveways may have irregular or awkward layouts making it hard for a smooth and even finish. The layout of such an area will require extra efforts for a high-quality finish, which may make the project slightly more expensive.

The cost of installing resin driveways is always worth it. Your driveway is given an appealing, friendly, easy to maintain new surface. Always seek the advice of a reputable company to help estimate resin installation costs.

How long does it take for a resin drive to set?

Resin driveways are becoming increasingly popular for both residential and commercial properties. When you factor in the tremendous features a resin driveway offers, it is easy to see why. Not only do they look amazing, but they last for a long time and give a reduced risk of flooding.

If you are thinking about having one installed yourself, you may be wondering exactly how long it will take to set once laid.

Resin driveways offer quick results

One big question that people always have with new driveways is how long do they take to set. Choosing a resin driveway is a superb choice here as it will usually be ready for pedestrian use in around 8 hours. When it comes to vehicles, this period is a bit longer as you would expect.

The usual guidelines advise a 48 hour setting period before using smaller vehicles on it. Larger vehicles or commercial ones should wait 72 hours before trying to use it.

Pay attention to the weather when installing

Although the above gives standard guidelines over when your new driveway should be set, the weather can affect this. If it rains during installation or up to 4 hours after the resin drive is laid then this could be a problem. Not only could it take longer to cure but the water could damage the newly laid surface. This could mean it has to be re-laid and take longer to be ready to use.

On the other hand, if it is hot then the resin mixture will set faster when applied. This is due to the sun drying it out quicker and the ground temperature being higher. While it will still need to be left to cure for a good period of time, hot weather could well see it set quicker.

Does the resin used make a difference?

When it comes to this type of driveway installed, there are two main types of resin used. One is a cheaper alternative called Aromatic resin which is not recommended as it can crack or discolour over time. The other main type, that is regarded as much better, is Aliphatic resin. This not only gives a much better performance and UV resistance but is also generally faster to cure. The nature of Aliphatic resin used in the best driveways ensures it is ready to use quicker than other kinds of resin.

Call today to find out more

If you like the sound of what a resin driveway can offer then get in touch today. Our expert team have completed many jobs over the years using this fabulous method. Many prefer not only the attractive look it brings but also the range of materials there is. We have a wide choice of colours and types so you can create the driveway of your dreams. Call us today on 0800 0699 646 to see how we can help.