Can You Put Resin Over Tarmac?

Posted on: July 23, 2022

If you’re considering putting a driveway on your property, you’re probably wondering whether or not it’s possible to put Resin over tarmac. While both products are comparable, the main difference between them is that resin is installed on solid surfaces. This makes it possible to save on the costs of groundworks and construction materials, while tarmac needs further works after installation to repair cracks and weathering. Unlike tarmac, resin requires very little maintenance, and many varieties have warranties of up to 20 years.

Resin bonded

The process of laying Resin Bonded Over Tarmac is relatively straightforward, with a tarmac sub-base laid on top of the resin-bound mixture. This process is most effective when a surface with fewer joints, and large slab areas is chosen. The surface temperature should not exceed 3degC above the dew point. A suitable sub-base for resin-bound over tarmac can be laid within a few days.

Resin bound

Resin bound tarmac is a type of surfacing that is applied over an existing tarmac surface. The choice of base layer depends on the application site. Depending on the location and expected use, EcoGrid or tarmac may be more cost-effective. The resin is laid at an appropriate depth to ensure it will withstand heavy traffic. The advice is based on best practice for resin bound surfacing.

Resin bonded stone

Resin bonded stone for tarmac is a versatile product that can be used to cover existing surfaces. The resin bonds the aggregates together, creating a durable, anti-slip surface. Because it is not a concrete product, the resin won’t affect the existing levels, so you can install it over an existing surface with edgings. The finished surface can have natural or coloured edging.

Resin bound driveways

If you’re in the market for a new driveway, consider resin bound driveways. They’re an easy to install, maintenance-free material, and come with a 30-year warranty. However, not all resin bound driveways are created equal. There are pros and cons to resin bound driveways, depending on the type of resin you use. You can choose from polyester or epoxy resin. You can also purchase a driveway that’s made from both polyester and epoxy resin.

Resin bound surfacing

Resin bound surfacing is made from kiln-dried aggregate which is combined with a polyurethane resin. It is laid at a thickness of 15mm to 20mm and may be laid on a solid base of concrete, asphalt or hot rolled tarmac. Some types are laid at a thicker depth on compacted aggregate bases, while others should be used only for footways.

Permeable base

The choice of base is important in the installation of resin bound gravel. This paving type requires a base and a smooth surface to provide a strong, but flexible, tarmac surface. Tarmac is available in a variety of grades depending on the size of the stone used and the hardness of the bitumen. Bitumen hardness is measured using a ‘pen’ rating; the lower the number, the harder the bitumen, while a higher number, the softer the stone. Similarly, size is measured in mm and represented after the asphalt content.


One popular surface on which to lay resin is tarmac. You can use the same type of resin paving material on a previously laid tarmac surface or a newly laid one. However, you must ensure that the depth of the new slab is sufficient before applying the resin. Alternatively, you can lay a new slab over the old one. Just make sure to leave sufficient space between the layers of resin and tarmac.