Resin Bound Paving – Does Permeability mean Weeds?

August 17th, 2012

Resin Bound Paving – Does Permeability mean Weeds

Resin Bound Paving is currently at the forefront of Resin Resurfacing and Surfacing.  But should you be considering Resin Bonded Resurfacing?    There is a difference!

Resin Bound Paving – What about weeds?

I  have recently been asked by a client what is the difference with Resin Bonded Gravel and Resin Bound Gravel?

Can I elaborate?

Resin Bonded Stone

We work with Resin Bonded Stone  – it BONDS to a surface – perfect for  driveways for a number of reasons.  – It uses the existing surface – concrete or tarmac, it is only 5mm deep – so it doesn’t affect existing levels – drainage and damp proof levels that sort of thing, it is anti slip, non porous and therefore prevents the ingress of water and weeds.  It is maintenance free as well.

An ideal surface for a driveway is concrete or tarmac – a solid monolithic surface.  Our Resin Bonded Resurfacing continues to use the current surface of concrete or tarmac  as the weight bearing surface,  because it is only about  5mm max depth.  We are not replacing  the actual  weight bearing surface – it is still the concrete or tarmac.

Resin Bound Paving

or  surfacing which it is also known as  is aggregate and resin  which is  BOUND together and trowelled on. We do work with this but  for paths and patios as it is suitable  for  foot traffic.    NOT FOR DRIVES. 

It is laid to a depth of between 15mm and 20mm,  it does affect existing levels  and drainage at this depth, is NOT anti slip (as the resin coats the aggregate and makes it shiny and slippy) and is porous  and therefore allows weed growth.

This  image  shows an  area we did in Resin Bound Paving  for our local Council  (paths laid on hardcore).  You can see where moss and weeds have grown.


Resin Bonded Stone  is sometimes called a scatter coat – it has actually been referred to as  chicken feed by a competitor of ours!

This is not a true or fair description.   A dense application of  aggregate is applied to the Resin which weighs down and embeds in the Resin and covers the surface thus producing Resin Bonded resurfacing.

Nothing is perfect for exterior surfaces.

  • Concrete is not very attractive and can get damaged by frost
  • Tarmac is partly porous, is subject to moss and can be damaged by chemicals/oils.
  • Block paving is subject to movement of blocks  and needs maintenance and gets weed growth.
  • Loose gravel migrates and can be slippy.
  • Resin Bonded surfacing for drives  (what we do) needs a surface to work from (concrete or tarmac).

If you are currently under attack from weeds  this information site may be able to help.  Banish them with Resin Bonded Stone ring us now for a free quote


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