Resin Bonded Gravel What is it?

May 6th, 2013

Resin Bonded Gravel What is it?


Found this on the Internet Wise Geek and whilst there is a lot of merit in the information it is not strictly true.

It says

Resin-bonded gravel is a gravel option used for driveways, walking paths, and other landscaping purposes.

  • TRUE

It is made of stone pieces available in various sizes that are coated in a natural or synthetic resin layer designed to hold the stones together in a water permeable sheet once installed.

  • WRONG  –  Resin Bonded gravel is not.  Resin Bound Gravel is.

This type of gravel product allows for water and moisture to pass through the material while retaining its shape and location, unlike the traditional gravel applications that can shift and move when driven over, walked on, or subjected to strong water currents.  Standard resin-bonded gravel products contain crushed stone and an epoxy layer to provide stabilization.

  • TRUE and WRONG Resin Bonded gravel does not allow permeation of the water but it does retain its shape and location and it is not using crushed stone.

This product is offered in a variety of colors and can be used for outdoor applications as well as in garages and sheds for waterproof flooring options

  • TRUE

There are two ways that resin-bonded gravel can be installed; on a impermeable water base such as concrete, or on a permeable substance such as turf or rock.

  • WRONG Resin Bonded Gravel needs a solid monolithic surface such as tarmac, concrete and imprinted concrete.

The difference is simply a matter of the client’s preference and the specific needs of the installation location.  For uses like patio flooring and walking paths, it is often recommended to use the permeable application technique. In parking lots, driveways, or other locations where water run off has been taken into account, an impermeable application is suggested.  An experienced landscape professional usually offers suggestions to the clients to best suit their needs.

  • WRONG – the choice of permeable or impermeable (resin bonded gravel or resin bound gravel) is down to the specific needs and purpose for the surface.
 Choosing resin-bonded gravel has several advantages than the more traditional gravel options don’t, including no problems with loose or lost stones, weeds and other plant life are unable to grow through the resin layer, and the product does not discolor over time.  
  • TRUE

Water erosion and standing water are not a concern as with other gravel applications.  In addition to its anti-slip properties, the surface of the bonded gravel is also resistant to oil and other chemical spills. A resin-bonded gravel driveway, properly installed, rarely needs any maintenance and many people choose to pay the higher price for this type of landscaping for the convenience it offers.

  • TRUE – it does have anti slip properties
  • TRUE – it rarely needs maintenance
  • WRONG- it is not more expensive.

Since these products are used so commonly in landscaping, the consumer will find there are many colors and stone choices offered in the resin-bonded gravel products.  For paths, floors, and walkways, most home improvement experts suggest using the smaller crushed stone. In larger projects, like a driveway, it may be more economical to install larger stones.  There are many colors offered including gray, tan, black, and reddish brown varieties available in both large and small stone.  Most people choose colors that compliment their homes and gardens when choosing resin-bonded gravel.”

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There are lots of points to consider whether installing a new driveway or resurfacing an existing and it is always important to get the right answer to the question  Resin Bonded Gravel  what is it?  It is

  • Anti slip
  • Impermeable
  • A resurfacing option for  concrete, tarmac and imprinted concrete, and in some cases slabs.
  • An attractive and durable option to enhance your garden and home
  • Virtually weed free

Driveways, paths, patios and gardens we can help.  chose an alternative to the usual concrete, imprinted concrete, block paving options.  Call us now we have easy access to Chesterfield, Sheffield and  Nottingham, Derby and can work within a 60 mile radius of our base in Mansfield.

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