diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface

November 24th, 2018

diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface

Customer based informative discussion about the options for a garden project with diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface being the initial point in August 2018.

The starting point for the discussion for the diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface  discussion  is as follows

“We have been redesigning our garden 82ft by 45ft we done most of the work but i’m finding it hard to get information on the best offer or price for diy resin bound gravel or diy rapid set concrete – I need to get this finished so I can enjoy my garden and so my parents can relax in the garden with me they are disabled so it needs to be level as much as it can be i’m on a tight budget so any advice ideas or anything of help would be appreciated”

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Cost and effectiveness for this project being important considerations.

One of the contributors to this discussion about diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface says

“Resin bound gravel is porous, however not a diy project. I suggest asking for a quote from someone who has done a lot of installations, and inspect their previous work first.  Concrete will need a runoff slight slope, and will be slippy in icy conditions

How confusing are the options available?  This  Gardeners world forum shows the wide ranging potential for the original thread enquiry.  As a resin bonded installer with over 18years experience we will try to provide honest and clear information to help clients choose the right option for the right surface and purpose.  Resin bonded aggregate is not always the right product.

Resin bonded stone or gravel or aggregate lots of variances but the same product

This particular contributor  to the Gardeners World Forum seems to be really helpful

“You can DIY either resin bonded or resin bound. In one you need to form the right sort of base, buy the right type of resin and then throw gravel over it so it sticks as the resin goes off. The right type of resin is expensive. In the other you need to buy/hire a paddle mixer and all the resin and aggregate – even more expensive. So although you’re doing it yourself, it’s not cheap and as has been said, the opportunities for making a pigs ear of it and not being able to undo it are significant. Personally, therefore, I’d not go that way.

Grid-paves are an easy DIY job, but the grids are relatively dear and need a lot of pre prep – hardcore, terram, tamping, sand base, etc. If you lay them over a bumpy surface they bend and you get sticky up bits (technical term) which eventually break off. If you have the machinery already to do the ground work and get a really good base, they look really good and last well. 

Paving is easy to do but again, needs a good base if it’s to go down nice and flat and not creep. Paving that isn’t slippery in wet weather is fairly costly but you can buy it and lay it in stages as funds allow.

diy paving slabs vs diy gravel bound resin surface

Concrete is cheapest and quickest. You can pour onto a roughly level surface and get it smooth. You can brush finish it to make it less slippy or let it go off just a bit and then jet-wash it to expose the top layer of aggregate, which gives you a similar – though less glamorous – effect to resin bonded gravel at a much lower cost (check on Youtube for vids on how to do it). I’d recommend using a permanent shuttering if you go this route – make large (one mixer load) squares using 4×2 timber, say, and effectively form really big in situ paving slabs. Pour, dress and finish each section one at a time if you’re working solo or you’ll cream-cracker yourself. I’ve done quite a lot of DIY concrete pouring and it’s hard to get it looking the business if you’re trying to do too much at once. But if you pace yourself to match your mixer, you can make a neat job of it for a lot less cash.

There’s nothing stopping you getting someone to put resin bonded gravel onto your concrete in a few years’ time if you win the lottery.

One other option for quick and non slippy would be composite decking. Looks smart (much more so than wooden decking) but costs a fair bit. It is good in the wet though – and again, very easy to put down DIY”

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It should be remembered that not all information will be correct and DIY is not always an option but can be point to consider.  We at Drive-Cote Ltd,  believe  knowledge provides the ability for our customers to make more informed decisions.

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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