Can you pressure wash a resin drive? That is the question on everyone’s lips. This low-maintenance surface has many benefits. It is SUDS compliant, cheaper to install than block paving, and it resists weed growth. The first step to pressure-washing a resin drive is to identify the source of the stain. If the stain is from tannings, these should be removed with a freeze spray. If the stain is from gum, you can gently scrape it off using an appropriate scraper.
It’s a low maintenance surface
Installing a resin drive is relatively inexpensive compared to other driveway surfaces. Generally, the cost of a resin drive is fixed, irrespective of its area or type. This price is based on the materials, including the aggregate stone mix, polyurethane resin, sand and primer. In some cases, the installers may also apply a primer before pouring the concrete.
When choosing a resin drive, you should choose a surface that is resistant to weed growth. Resin surfacing has been treated before it is laid. However, there is no guarantee that it will be weed-free, as weeds may grow due to seed dispersal from animals and weather. You can remove weeds by hand, but be careful not to pull the weeds by the root. Weeds can be killed by using a weed killer, but it is best to dilute it significantly. The strong weed killers can damage the resin surface, so you should keep this in mind.
It’s SUDS compliant
Resin drives are made of aggregate stones and a durable resin. The combination of the stones and resin makes for a smooth surface with gaps between the aggregates. The resin is a SuDS-compliant surface. SUDS-compliant resin drives do not require planning permission. Before the resin driveway is installed, a site survey must be carried out to determine the total area, edging requirements, and base conditions.
Resin surfaces are created by laying natural aggregates on top of a solid surface. The resulting surface is smooth and bonded, which reduces maintenance. Resin surfaces are also permeable. The open matrix of the resin allows rainwater to flow away without letting weeds take root. In addition to this, they comply with SuDs regulations. Despite their advantages, pressure washing can be an effective way to remove surface grime.
It’s cheaper than block paving
When it comes to sealing a driveway, there are many reasons to choose a resin drive. Resins are UV stable, and they also last longer. The cost of the resin drive installation includes the van mileage and delivery of materials to the site, the edging, the hire of plant, and any waste disposal. The amount you pay for this service is fixed, and does not change as the size of the area increases.
There are two main types of resin – UV and non-UV. The UV resin is more expensive, but the cost per metre is significantly lower than the non-UV version. It is also more durable than non-UV resin, which is used for non-absorbent surfaces. The cost per metre for the UV resin is approximately half of the non-UV version. The non-UV resin is designed to protect aggregate from discolouration and is cheaper per square metre than the UV version.
It’s resistant to weeds
The residuum in resin-bound surfaces is weed-resistant. Nonetheless, small patches of weed growth may occasionally appear. If you notice a weed growing on your resin drive, use a freeze-spray to remove it. Do not dig beneath the weeds as this could cause damage to the resin surface. To eliminate moss and algae growth, you can apply moss and algae killer. However, make sure to apply the weed killer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Unlike tarmac, resin-bound surfaces are resistant to weeds. While they are more attractive than asphalt, they also require less maintenance. Because of their weed resistance, these surfaces are also compliant with UK government’s SuDS planning regulations. You can park a car on a resin drive with no worries of it getting damaged. And because they are weed-resistant, you can avoid paying for the repairs.
It’s easy to clean
Resin-bound driveways require regular cleaning to maintain their good appearance. You can jet-wash your driveway to remove stains and debris, and this can help prevent future problems such as moss and algae growth. Use moderate water pressure and temperature, as too much pressure or heat may damage the resin. If you’re unsure how to clean your resin drive, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines. For best results, use the same cleaning method as you would for a concrete driveway.
Power washing won’t remove oil stains. Instead, use a degreasing product and scrub for fifteen minutes before rinsing with clean water. In addition to the power-washing method, you can use acetone or rubbing alcohol for quick clean-ups. These substances can damage the resin surface, so always test them out first. You can also use heat guns to break up the stubborn stains.