When it’s time to replace an old driveway with something modish, durable and easy to maintain, there is really only one option – a resin driveway.
Also known as resin surfacing, this relatively new way of revamping your driveway adds tons of value to your property. And it is an alternative to the somewhat old-school tarmac and block paving methods.
So how much does a resin driveway cost?
Well, there is no clear-cut answer to this question, as it depends on several factors. Even so, be prepared to spend anywhere between £45/m2 and £65/m2.
Size of the driveway matters – a lot
As you would imagine, the overall cost boils down to the size of the drive. The bigger it is, the higher the price tag. However, some companies charge a minimum rate that shields them from losses, considering that everything is bundled in the price, while others offer discounts on the cost per meter on big projects.
So you might want to think carefully before signing that dotted line.
Existing surface conditions
The overall cost of laying a resin driveway depends on the amount of surface preparation, repair, and levelling required on the subsurface.
The idea here is to have a professional assess the existing driveway for cracks, dips and uneven sections that may need repairs – as the beauty and longevity of the resin depend on it.
Concrete restorations, for example, may take a couple of weeks to cure, which may push your project further down the timeline than anticipated.
Depth of aggregate
People often fail to ask the depth question when looking to lay a resin driveway, probably because they don’t know how weighty the issue is or they trust the contractor way too much. But as it turns out, the thickness of the aggregate determines the durability of the project.
Aggregates come in different sizes ranging from 1mm to 10mm, and the depth should be three times that size. For example, if you settle for a 2-5mm aggregate, the ideal thickness should be 15mm. That way, the drive will remain crack- and hole-free for many years to come.
Is it going to be UV or non-UV resin?
When it comes to cosmetics, you have to options – UV stable resin and non-UV resin. The UV stable resin retains the original colour longer than the latter.
Still, the area where the wheelie bin sits might maintain the original colour, while the remaining part darkens slightly over time. But it is generally more robust compared to the non-UV option.
The non-UV resin, on the other hand, darkens in as little as a couple of weeks after layering. But it comes at a slenderly lower price compared to the UV resistant resin. That said, this lesser version of resin is best suited for interior decor, while the UV resistant one is cut out for driveways.
Resintop only use UV resistant as it’s the ultimate choice.
Which type of edging do you prefer?
Edging serves several purposes, ranging from protecting your driveway to giving it the perfect look. It also serves as a border between the drive and the landscape.
Depending on how much you are willing to spend, you’ve got numerous edging options that blend perfectly with resin driveways. For example, you may choose to go with flat edging, which is basically laying bricks flash with the resin.
Another option would be to install block edging that sits a few inches above the resin surface. This option could be combined with a flat edge to create a gorgeous pattern.
Concrete slabs are yet another alternative that comes with plenty of design options. They can fit beautifully in curves and corners, and they arrive on site prebuilt so installation is relatively easy and fast.