Resin drives can – you lay on a clay sub base?
To put simplistically the answer should be no however, as with most matters to do with homes and gardens there is never a normal, usual, or straight forward. Each project is an individual and needs to be requirement specific.
Clay soils are:
- Heavy to dig and cultivate
- Drain slowly after rain
- Warm up slowly as summer approaches, leading to delayed plant growth and ‘workability’
- However, against this, they hold water well
- Are usually rich in plant nutrients
Courtesy of the RHS
So 2 key things to note here when considering installing any hard surface including a Resin Driveway on a clay base
Clay drains slowly after rain
Clay holds water.
This can result in an unstable sub base. Building Regulations stipulate for clay based constructions that deeper foundations are required due to the instability of the clay.
Resin Drives using Bound surfacing needs specialists attention to the sub base preparation so that the slow drainage and the retention of water does not affect the stability, integrity an efficacy of the surface laid.
Resin Drives using Bonded resurfacing needs an existing base such as tarmac or concrete. The same specialist attention as above, is required to the installation of the concrete or tarmac prior to the Resin Bonded application.
This information is by no means exhaustive but it is indicative of the need to ensure that the right attention is given to clay based projects. We have just been to view a potential project and this client has a very water retentive surface.
There is plenty of information available free of charge to most of us, just a little basic research can save a lot of problems. An excellent information site for most garden projects are available from www.pavingexpert.com A long standing informative website.
Drive-Cote Ltd is an independent company. We are not a franchise nor are we affiliated to any other company completing Resin Drives, paths or patios.
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