Resin driveways have many benefits. Resin is stain resistant, easy to maintain, and SUDS compliant. If you are planning to lay a resin driveway, you should know that you should prime it first. Read on to learn more about this flooring option. Here is a quick primer video to get you started. SUDS is an acronym for Sustainable Urban Drainage System. It is a way to prevent the overflow of water from your roof into your basement.
Resin driveways are durable and stain resistant
Although resin driveways are stain and fade resistant, they are not ideal for heavily trafficked areas, as they can lift with too much activity. One example of such a place is a carpark, where the weight of a HGV can lift the surface. Therefore, it is important to assess how your driveway will be used, and consult a professional before making a final decision. However, the benefits of resin driveways should make you want to opt for this material.
Resin driveways are easy to install, and you can lay it yourself with minimal skills and equipment. However, it is important to check the availability of the necessary materials and equipment. In addition to lowering the installation costs, resin driveways can be used the same day or within six to ten hours after installation. Depending on the size of the area and the design of the driveway, you can even install it on an existing driveway, which will save on cost and time. And because the process is quick, you can use your driveway right away, which means you don’t have to worry about the damage to the existing surface.
They are easy to maintain
Compared to natural stone slabs, resin bound surfaces are relatively easy to maintain. Resin bound surfaces are made of a combination of natural aggregate and resin to produce a resilient and durable surface that requires minimal maintenance. As a result, you won’t need to worry about weeds, surface puddles, or weeds growing on the surface. It also looks and feels great, and requires minimal effort on your part.
The best way to maintain resin bound surfacing is to get it professionally installed. It’s not an easy job, but it’s well worth the price tag. Resin bound surfacing is durable, and the aggregate used to make it is of higher quality. Resin-bound driveways are one of the most popular curb appeal options on the market, but you’ll have to be vigilant about maintaining them to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.
They are SUDS compliant
Resin over slabs is a great option for environmentally conscious homeowners. As a permeable surface, it complies with UK Government’s Sustainable Drainage Standards. These regulations encourage the use of non-slip and water-permeable surfaces in construction. Resin over slabs can be laid on existing concrete, asphalt, flexipath, or type 3 stone. They are available in a variety of colours and patterns and can be installed on any surface.
Depending on the sub base used, MOT type 3 gravel is the ideal choice for installing resin bound gravel. This material has fewer fines than other sub-base materials, making it less likely to shift or sink. The exact thickness of this sub-base should be calculated based on a survey. It should be 100mm to 250mm thick. To ensure compliance with the rules of SUDS, the sub-base material must be a non-frost-prone MOT type 3.
They need to be properly primed
During installation of a resin driveway, it is essential to prime the existing concrete with a polymer primer before installing the new one. If the concrete slab is not primed properly, it will not adhere to the resin and therefore, must be removed. The new slab can then be laid next to the old one. The existing concrete slab must also be cleaned thoroughly. Primer is also important when using different types of resin.
The base surface should be primed and dry. If the slabs are not primed properly, the resin may stain them. If the slabs have been properly primed, the resin can be laid over them and left for about twelve to twenty-four hours before completing the installation. The final step is to level the surface with an edging tape to prevent resin staining.
They need to be allowed to dry properly
Once the slabs are complete, the installation can begin. To prepare a resin slab for installation, it should be clean and dry. The slab should also be prepared for resin before application. It should be left to dry for up to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the slab. The installation process can take several hours, but is worth the effort. The steps listed below will make it easier for you to achieve a high-quality finish for your concrete.
After installation, the slabs should be checked for moisture using the calcium chloride moisture test. To conduct this test, place a pre-weighed petri dish on the slab. Seal it, and then re-weigh the petri dish after a predetermined amount of time. The results of the test are recorded on a manufacturer’s website or included in the pamphlet. You can purchase a moisture testing kit from Amazon. To perform the test, you will need a digital gram scale.
They need to be installed on a well-drained sub-surface
The foundation of a building is often more complicated than the concrete subsurface that supports it. Larger buildings may have a buried utility tunnel, crawl spaces, frostwalls, or internal continuous footings, which may hinder air flow. Therefore, a well-drained sub-surface is critical to the durability of the concrete slab. A negative pressure field diagnostic test will determine the type and number of extraction points needed.
To determine if the sub-surface is suitable for the slab, test it first. A 6-inch slab weighs approximately 75 pounds per square foot. The live load of a slab varies from 20-60 pounds per square foot, although only 50 pounds should be considered a garage load. A well-drained sub-surface must support a minimum 125 pounds per square foot, which is approximately half of the slab’s weight. If the slabs are installed on a poorly-drained sub-surface, the sub-surface must be properly compacted and allow time to dry.