How much does a resin driveway cost

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.

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.