resin driveway substrate strength

February 28th, 2022

resin driveway substrate strength

resin driveway substrate strength

The key to all good resin driveway resurfacing!   Costs for basic materials are escalating due to the current climate.  Improve don’t remove!

Our resin bonded stone uses the  existing surface –  concrete and tarmac being the most enduring.







A Report in the Science Daily   reports

“A nanomaterials-engineered penetrating sealer is able to better protect concrete from moisture and salt — the two most damaging factors in crumbling concrete infrastructure in northern states. The novel sealer showed a 75% improvement in repelling water and a 44% improvement in reducing salt damage in laboratory studies compared to a commercial sealer”

Have you ever thought why concrete is used in footings?  If its good enough for a house then a driveway is no problem

Back in 2014 we reported on the required durability for a driveway and the construction and science research strives to improve concrete.

If you want a free no obligation quote then give us a call on 01623 623986










weather resistant anti slip resin surfacing

January 31st, 2022

weather resistant anti slip resin surfacing

Winter is upon us and slip trips and falls are to be expected.  Why not minimise the risks?  Weather resistant anti slip resin surfacing can help with this. Available to be completed in a day.  Minimal mess and disruption.  Choices of colours and finishes.

Concrete driveway with anti slip resin bonded stone weather resistant anti slip resin surfacing

So what makes a good weather resistant anti slip resin surfacing product? 

Why not call for a free no obligation quote?  Mansfield Ashfield,  Bolsover  we

are a local company providing a local service.

Resurfacing with anti slip resin provides an attractive and durable finish.  Even steel can be a surfacing option 

Driveway paths and patios.  Concrete tarmac and imprinted concrete.

antslip stone resin garden shaded area






Resin Bonded  Gravel and Resin Bonded  Aggregate providing an alternative to the usual options  for your driveway path or patio. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. 

We are based in Nottinghamshire but accessible to Yorkshire and Derbyshire areas.  We have completed anti slip surfacing  in Skegby,  Aspley,  Bilsthorpe, Bulwell,   Clay cross, Cotgrave Huthwaite, Leamington Spa, Mansfield Woodhouse, New Houghton, Northampton, Pentrich, Peterborough, Ravenshead, Sellers Wood, Shirebrook, Toton, Warsop, Worksop

Resin bonded stone works hiatus

November 30th, 2021

Resin bonded stone works hiatus

Recently completed examples of resin bonded stone works from the local area. Together with some older previous works

Covid and a recent incident at our suppliers head office has created a slight hiatus for Drive-Cote as a business.


We have endeavoured and will endeavour to complete where possible.  However our requirement as a business is to make sure we use the right product for the right purpose.  We have used out existing resin supplier for at least a decade.

We wish them a speedy return to business.  Until such time we have used our existing stock carefully and aim to put this resin bonded stone works hiatus  to bed soon.                                                                                                                           

Resin bonded stone works hiatus






Call us now  01623 623986. We are based in Mansfield .  No sales men. Contact Simon or Faith and have a chat.

From where we are based in the East Midlands (the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border) we can resurface your driveway path or patio. Providing you with a weed free alternative to the usual block paving, imprinted concrete, tarmac, and concrete options. Beeston, Bolsover, Clowne, Daventry ,Edwinstowe, Gedling, Kirkby in Ashfield, Loughborough Matlock, Newthorpe, Old Whittington, Radcliffe on Trent, Sheffield, Walesby or Wollaton.

resin bound and resin bonded options

October 31st, 2021

resin bound and resin bound options

We had an interesting discussion recently with a potential client wanting  to discuss the  resin bound and resin bonded options for a leafy patio area.

Our response to  the question which is the best resin bound or resin bonded ? was as follows –

“Good morning and apologies for the delay in reaffirming our chat a few days ago.
You were quite correct in there being 2 types of resin and you were right to try and clarify  the differences in purpose, installation and requirements etc.

resin bound and resin bonded options
The two types  (we will list as it is easier for clarity and to be aware of the strengths, purposes and differences between the 2 resins).

Resin bonded (Bonds to a surface below) 

Applied to an existing surface – concrete or tarmac (non porous surface)  for vehicles, possibly slabbs/paving if foot traffic only.
NOT porous
Less expensive
Does not affect existing levels
Anti slip and weed resilient
Can be completed in a day

Resin bound (bound in a mixer and trowelled on)

Applied to a prepared compacted hardcore type surface (porous) existing surfaces should be removed unless already porous
Is porous
More expensive
Will affect existing levels if applied to existing surfaces (which we don’t advocate)
Requires more preparation work and will probably require (skips)  waste /rubble removal

For your particular purpose – in our opinion it would be difficult to advocate either of these resin applications. As you explained you do have an ongoing fight with weeds and growth in the non slabbed areas in between the slabs/garden/path areas.

We  would suggest a keener management of the area (s) that are causing you the concern  – perhaps ask your gardener to look at a resin based jointing compound sometimes known as a patio mortar.

There are also patio (which covers quite a wide field of surfaces – blocks and paving slabbs for eg)  maintenance companies a local one is CDS –  We  would suggest trying them and seeing if they can help to try and seal the area more?

However one important aspect to consider is that if an area is fully sealed and becomes non porous where does the water go? By the same token if you leave it as it is,  it will always require management weed control as you aware aware weeds don’t only grow up but they embed and flourish!

Weed growth

What we all need to realise (and we have been guilty of this) is that nothing is perfect!  Its a case of trying to work out the best for you and the area causing you concern which is what you are doing.

You live in a beautiful part of Nottinghamshire but that has a price!  Weeds and growth on your patio/path garden area will be more occurring because of the very nature of the area you live in. We always say to clients and enquirers one shoe does not fit all.

I hope we have given you a little more information to make a more informed decision.  Sometimes it is better to stick with what you have and continue to work with it.
Good luck”

You will see we have not suggested either as an option.  Resin is an amazing and resilient product but  it is not always the right product.

resin garden shaded area

September 29th, 2021

resin garden shaded area

A recent enquiry  came to us as follows

” I am having the solid resin but part of my back garden is in shade an awful lot.  My son in law says it will go green?  Is this right and if so can I clean that off or is it permanent damage please?

Many thanks for any help.  I  had the garden landscaped 6 years ago but they made a mess.  They did not remove a pond that I paid for just filled it in with soil  plus other problems.   So I want this installation to go ok as now I do not work its a lot to spend out again. Many thanks indeed for any help.”

Our response  with regard to this resin garden shaded area query was to suggest clarification with installer but the enquirer went on to say 

“I think they are just putting the glued type resin down not the gravel type.  Things are a little vague I am afraid but there are reasons I had to have them”
We believe reassurance was the reason so as always we aimed to provide an honest and fair  response.  We went on to say:-  
“It  depends on whether it is  resin bonded or  resin bound they are laying and the relevant effect of shady areas to the different installs.

Resin Bound is porous  so moss, algae and weeds can grow up (weeds)  or down (seeds) embed. Moss is a type of  small flowerless green plant that lacks true roots.  It grows in damp habitats and reproducing by means of spores released from stalked capsules. Algae is a simple, non-flowering, and typically aquatic plant of a large group that includes the seaweeds and many single-celled forms. Algae contain chlorophyll but lacks true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue.

As resin bound is porous,  weeds and seeds can be an issue as roots embed this makes it harder to remove and potentially more damaging. Moss and algae causing a green/brown potentially slippy  area are a potential as well.  With regular cleanings and stiff brushing this  should be more manageable and removable.

Resin Bonded is NOT porous

Weeds and seeds are less of an issue as it does not allow the ingress of water. Therefore weeds growing up are virtually nil.  The same with seeds embedding the resin does not allow the root to go through the resin. Moss and algae as they are rootless can still develop but are easily removable with a stiff brush and as resin bonded is more anti slip and aggressive in texture than bound moss cannot adhere to the surface as well.

resin bonded stone demand resin garden shaded area

Once again to reiterate these aspects should be dealt with by your installer“.



resin bonded stone demand Nottingham

August 31st, 2021

resin bonded stone demand popularity 

Over the past 15 to 20 years  resin bonded stone demand has increased massively.  The reasons for this are varied. Suppliers and installers would say –

speed of install   durablity    attractiveness   permeability    versality  anti slip properties

and these are just a few of the benefits!

Perhaps the best marketing position every business is vying for is helping its rise in popularity  according to Google? 

If we compare the previous standards 

Block paving      concrete    tarmac  imprinted concrete   slabbs

resin bonded stone demand

you could ask what do they have that resin doesn’t – or vice versa!

We have always said one shoe does not fit all!  The more alternatives we have available means consumers have choice.

The ability to use what is the best fit or most suitable is always a bonus.

Grass where concrete was is not necessarily the right choice for you (eg if you  want to park cars on your drive) .  However it may well be totally fit for purpose for your neighbour for eg  who wants less of a hardstanding  garden area.

Resin bonded stone demand is not as high as resin bound.  Do you know the difference?  Be sure to make sure you are aware of the difference. 

Can it go on concrete? Does it go on hardcore? How durable is the bonded as opposed to the bound? Is it weed free? Does it require maintenance?

Resin bonded stone demand is going from strength to strength.  Landfill concerns  mean that if the existing surface is suitable it can be resurfaced.

From where we are based in the East Midlands (the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border) we can resurface your driveway path or patio. Providing you with a weed free alternative to the usual block paving, imprinted concrete, tarmac, and concrete options. Beeston, Bolsover, Clowne,Edwinstowe, Gedling, Kirkby in Ashfield, Matlock, Newthorpe, Old Whittington, Radcliffe on Trent, Sheffield,  Walesby,  or Wollaton.

Towns local to us in Mansfield for example  Arnold, Bilborough, Bramcote, Caunton, Church Warsop,  Forest Town, Hucknall, Langwith Junction, Mansfield, North Wingfield, Oxton, Ratcliffe on Trent, Sherwood, South Normanton, Stretton, Tollerton,Walton and  Woodthorpe


Resin bonded stone recent images

July 30th, 2021

resin bonded stone stability

May 31st, 2021

Resin bonded stone stability

Resin Bonded stone stability is a key benefit in providing a durable anti-skid surfacing system.  The purpose of which was created originally for road use.  However we have been providing  resin bonded stone driveways paths and patios for the last 18 years.  Our resin bonded installs  ensure the bonding of our aggregates to solid monolithic bases resulting in non migrating aggregates. Resin bonded stone stability. Attractive and decorative.  Relying on the existing surface which  is unlike resin bound surfacing. Our install can be completed in a day without the need for skips.  Speed of cure is important in our works.  Minimal mess and disruption all round. No need for waste removal and disposal.

Our specialist aggregate is sourced from tried and tested suppliers.  Suppliers who have rigorous processes in place to ensure the suitability, strength and durability of this specialist media.

Our resin resurfacing is designed not to affect existing levels.  The resin bonded stone  is applied to the substrate.  Concrete and tarmac are the ideals.  Structurally sound being key.  Very often the visual concerns which our clients raise are exactly that meaning visual.

Concrete will have been used for the base for a clients property.  Therefore if it is good enough for the weight and structure of the property in the form of footings our  resin resurfacing will be well supported.

Based in Nottinghamshire we can provide free no obligation quotes.  Mansfield, Shirebrook, Heanor, Ripley, Alfreton, Kirkby in Ashfield, Sutton in Ashfield, Stonebroom, Shirland, Higham, Clay Cross, Tibshelf.

Call now for a free no obligation quote. 01623 623986 or email us at

resin bonded stone pricing

April 30th, 2021

resin bonded stone pricing

resin bonded stone pricing is a popular subject now the  fairweather gardening time has arrived.

As with most building materials an estimate ( an approximate)  is just what it says.  A quote ( a fixed charge) is a price for doing the job.

It is not always possible for certain trades and businesses to provide a quote,  only an estimate.  Why?  Because until the job is started  for example there could be unforseen works costs that will need to adjust the price of the service.

How much is the job?  Can it be based on a standard for resin bonded stone pricing?

Prices for resin have recently increased.  The pandemic, delays in supplies and raw materials costs. Then there is the demand.  Raw materials make up 50-90 percent of the resin cost. 

The simplicity of our installs (simplicity in our case meaning uncomplicated)  is one of the benefits.  Unlike installing a brand new surface when it is necessary to remove the existing.

Our resin bonded stone pricing is based on a few basic principals

The size of the area to be resurfaced

The condition of the surface to be resin bonded

The type of specialist media required



There are other factors involved but the above are the main criteria.



Resin Bonded  Gravel and Resin Bonded  Aggregate providing an alternative to the usual options  for your driveway path or patio. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. 

We are based in Nottinghamshire . We have completed anti slip surfacing  in Skegby,  Aspley,  Bilsthorpe, Bulwell,  Clay cross, Cotgrave  Huthwaite,  Mansfield Woodhouse, New Houghton,  Pentrich, Ravenshead, Sellers Wood, Shirebrook,  Toton, Warsop, Worksop

resin bonded stone install history

March 31st, 2021

resin bonded stone install history

Over the years we at Drive-Cote have installed a varied selection of paths patios and driveways providing our customers with the opportunity to peruse our resin bonded stone install history.

For example in March of 2013 we talked about  Suds compliance and gave examples of working with resin on concrete and tarmac for paths patios and driveways.

Resin bonded driveway edging


Feel free to view our resin bonded stone install history  and to see examples of our work.

We are an independent Mansfield company and pride ourselves on providing bespoke solutions.  However it should always be remembered that one shoe does not fit all.  We will only work on surfaces that suitable


Resin Bonded  Gravel and Resin Bonded  Aggregate provide an alternative to the usual options  for your driveway path or patio. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. 






We are based in Nottinghamshire .  We have completed anti slip surfacing  in Skegby,  Aspley,  Bilsthorpe, Bulwell,  Clay cross, Cotgrave,Doncaster, Huthwaite, Mansfield Woodhouse, New Houghton, Pentrich,  Ravenshead, Sellers Wood, Shirebrook,  Sutton Bonnington, Toton, Warsop, Worksop