Avoiding Frequent Issues While Laying Your Resin Driveway: Unexpected Rain Or Too High Temperatures

We already explained that resin driveways come with lots of advantages regarding both looks and functionality.

If you’ve decided to install a resin driveway, you may believe that there’s nothing that can go wrong and ruin it all.

But, unfortunately, more things can go wrong, and these can happen during the installation process.

Here’s what you need to know, even if the expert team that will take care of laying your resin driveway will definitely know what to do.

Unexpected problems can pop up

Resin bound surfaces are durable, attractive, and require very little maintenance. It’s vital to know that the bond between resin and the base it’s laid on is extremely for getting the job done successfully.

This is why it’s essential to hire an approved contractor for the job, someone who is experienced with resin bounded surfaces.

Sudden rain 

Unexpected rain is one issue that might pop up, even though if you use a good weather app before choosing the day when to install the new resin driveway you should not have to deal with such an issue. But still, here’s what you need to know.

Rain and resin laying are not BFFs. If it starts raining during the first 4 hours after the resin driveway has been installed, it’s more than likely that your surface will be damaged.

Here are some steps that can be taken in order to prevent permanent damage: make sure that the resins and the hardener are mixed in the dry, cover all the stone with tarpaulins, erect a 3-meter gazebo and make sure that the forced action mixer takes place under the gazebo.

Too hot temperatures

During the summer, surfaces can get twice as hot as the ambient air and this is especially the case for Asphalt.

This means that resin can cure in just 10 minutes. It’s recommended that the job is started before the temperature reaches its height during the day and resins must be kept in the shade.

The aggregates also have to be kept out of the sun as well in order to prevent stone heating up too much and increase the overall temperature of the mix.

In the next articles, we’ll discuss more potential problems that might appear during the installation process.

FAQ Before Resin Driveway Installation – Most Common Inquiries Before Choosing Your Driveway

Permeable resin driveways come with a lot of advantages, and everyone who chooses this solution falls in love, especially with the aesthetic point of the whole idea.

As we’ve already said, resin surfaces can become an eye candy, and it can stand out a lot in your area compared to other surfaces that you can find on the market.

The fact that this surface is also porous is catchy because a lot of people have grown sick and tired of puddles and flooding in both commercial and residential areas as well.

Anyway, only after deciding that they want a resin driveway people to start wondering about the installation process and what exactly it involves.

It’s essential to set things straight before you grab the final deal, just so that you will know what exactly to expect.

So, here are the most frequently asked questions regarding the installation process of a resin driveway.

FAQ before installation

Do I require planning permission to alter my driveway or to install a brand new one?

Fortunately, the answer to this question is that in most cases, you will not need any kind of permission in order to be able to install a permeable resin driveway.

On the other hand, it’s important to know that different councils have different rules and it’s best to contact yours in order to find out for sure.

Does a resin bound surface comply with SuDS regulations?

We’ve already said various times that it does, but we cannot highlight this enough.

It’s important to choose a company which offers resin surfacing that’s SuDS (sustainable drainage system) compliant in order to be able to enjoy all the benefits that come from this. Such a surface allows water to go back into the ground and it will prevent flooding.

What features should I look for in a resin bound surface?

You will have to make sure that the resin surface that you’re choosing prevents stone migration, cracking, color change, UV degradation and that the team you’re choosing to work with will offer great workmanship.

Don’t forget the importance of your pre-installed base.

Permeable Resin Bound Surfacing – Why Is It The Best Choice For Your Driveway, Pool Area And More?

Resin bound surfaces are one of the most popular modern choices for your outdoor and also indoor surfaces these days.

The reasons are multiple, just like we’ve already detailed and one important advantage that everyone loves is the fact that this modern choice is also eye candy, making your surface stand out more, compared to other surfaces that you can find on the market these days.

But, let’s address functionality once more and this time, let’s focus on the permeability aspect of the resin bound surfaces.

Permeability is important

Permeable resin bound surfaces are perfect for both residential and commercial areas. Extreme flooding can turn out a huge issue, and it must definitely be prevented.

Permeable resin bound paving allows the natural filtering of water. The water will go through the sub-base, and then it will head back into the ground.

It’s also worth noting that the paving option is compliant with SuDS, and this means that it will actively contribute to flooding prevention.

Bound surfacing vs. bonded surfacing

If you’re wondering which option is better for your resin driveway, the answer is resin bound surfacing and here are the reasons for this.

Resin bound surfacing is a smooth permeable surface that’s compliant with SuDS. It’s made from a blend of aggregates that are coated with UV-stable resin.

It’s also recommended that the resin bound surface is laid to a depth of about 15 mm for a pool surround, for instance, terrace and footpath and 18 mm for a driveway and car park.

Resin bonded surfacing, on the other hand, is a non-permeable, rough surface. This must be laid on a non-porous fine wearing course asphalt or concrete base, according to experts.

Channel drains have to be installed in this case in order to prevent flooding. This is not as easy to clean and as durable as the first option mentioned above, and the depth is generally 3mm.

What Are The Best Bases To Lay Your Resin Driveway On?

We’ve already addressed the various reasons for which resin might be the best solution for your driveways, playgrounds, patios and more.

A solid base is the key 

It’s important to understand that you cannot lay resin straight on other surfaces for various reasons. These surfaces include the following, according to resin experts: flags, MOT type 1, block paving and brick paving as well.

The main reason is the fact that these don’t provide a solid base. In other words, if there’s any movement in the base, the resin system will not last, and it will crack.

So, we’re presenting the most appropriate surfaces that resin can be laid on for your driveway or any other element that you’re considering.

Tarmac

Tarmac is probably the best suitable base to lay a resin surface on, just like concrete. Resin can be laid directly onto an existing tarmac surface but only if this is in a suitable condition.

Also, it’s important to know that resin can only be laid after a sufficient time since a newly installed tarmac surface.

Concrete

Concrete is also a great choice to lay your resin surface on, but it has to be extremely well cleaned and also primed with a polymer before the permeable paving is installed.

The thing is that if a primer is not laid, the two surfaces will not adhere and the resin materials will be wasted.

The primer creates a barrier between the two surfaces and this will prevent concrete from absorbing the resin.

Eco grid systems

These can also be used in order to support resin bound surfaces.

On the other hand, it’s essential to learn that there will be needed a double quantity of resin bound supplies and this can turn out to be a bit costly for some customers.

As a conclusion, make sure to discuss with experts the subject regarding the surface that you want to set a resin driveway on.