Resin bound driveway installer – How good are they?

July 8th, 2013

Resin bound driveway installer – How good are they?

A Resin Bound driveway installer is only as good as his worst workman or his product!

Resin bound driveway installer - How good are they?

Found this conversation on mumsnet
Now we have finished re-building our 1970’s splendor and bringing it into the modern world we are now starting on the garden.
In particular the driveway.  At the moment it is a tarmac disaster.  DH is really keen to have a resin driveway, last house we had brick paviers and he couldn’t stand the weeds moss etc, hence his thinking of resin being maintenance free (or perhaps not).
Has anyone had one of these done and are they happy with the results?  Or if not then why?
Thanks in advance…

We have (old) concrete. The guy across the road has resin. It is extremely slippery, to the extent that his ladder slipped base slipped back with him up the ladder and he rome his leg, really badly. He still has a limp five years later. They also struggle to get the cars on/off it in the cold weather (black ice I think).
If I ever save up enough/have the inclination to sort our it will be proper bricks or maybe tarmac, wouldn’t touch the resin after seeing this experience across the road.

I think they look great, but am in the process of having contractors round to give quotes for our drive at the moment.  The one for resin came in at over £11,000 which is way more than I’m prepared to pay.
You may want to think about Tarmac Mastertint, which comes in a good range of colours.  I’m thinking about a buff colour, but waiting for the estimate so not sure whether it’s much cheaper than resin.
You gotta love Mumsnet!!!
Thanks for your useful comments.
– wow your poor neighbour, but good to know.. bloody nora that is expensive.  DH has given me a budget of £5K and we have quite a large driveway…   The other option sounds interesting and I will look into it.
Hmm this requires more research me thinks. What does a resin driveway look like?
Tarmac is pretty free of cracks and weeds unless it is very old (20 years+) or has been laid over an inadequate base.  This is quite common with itinerant installers who have no local address and landline you can check.  It also needs a strong hard brick edge or curb or it will spread sideways when sunny.
Like a road, it needs a base about of foot thick base of crushed stone or similar, rollered down hard, or the weight of a car will push it down.
I really like the bonded gravel, which is basically small stones mixed with glue that sets hard but looks like gravel.  It does need a firm base though or it will sink.  I suspect a ladder could slip on it as the stones are rounded”
Investigation of options available are always useful.  General information sites can provide you with a starting point.
It does  annoy me when I see the difference between bound and bonded not being evident. Resin Bound driveway installations are different to Resin Bonded driveway installations.  Anti slip resurfacing requirements are not the same for a driveway as for a  path. The installation of resin bound resurfacing has the potential for a slippy surface.  Because  an anti slip resin bonded surface has the aggregate exposed,  the aggressive surface virtually eliminates the potential to slip.

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