While choosing between a concrete driveway and a resin-bound one may be a difficult task, both have their advantages. Concrete driveways are durable and efficient, but the wrong subsurface can cause problems. Creative paving has certified and experienced professionals who can help you determine the subsurface and install a resin driveway that is both durable and efficient. You can read about the benefits of each material below. But remember, the more you know about concrete, the better.
Resin-bonded stone surfaces
Resin-bonded stone is a low-maintenance surface which provides the look of loose gravel while eliminating the maintenance concerns associated with a natural surface. It is available in various colours and textures and can be installed on driveways, walkways, and stamped crosswalks. This type of surface is aesthetically pleasing, and is a popular choice for pedestrian areas, car parks, and heritage sites. It is easy to maintain as the surface has a low risk of weeds and other unpleasant odours.
Resin-bonded stone surfaces are incredibly durable and low-maintenance, lasting more than 20 years. However, some clients are looking to repair or refurbish their existing installation. As a result, there are a number of different solutions available, and you’ll need to find the right one for your application. For example, if you want a bespoke solution, resin-bonded stone surfaces can be made for custom sizes.
Pattern imprinted concrete
When installing imprinted concrete, colour consistency is key. Patterned concrete is made up of two main components – colour surface hardener and antique release agent. If the surface hardener is not applied properly, the final appearance of the imprinted concrete may be less than appealing. This is especially true on larger commercial projects where several concrete deliveries will be needed. However, this is not necessarily a problem, as the best resin will match the colours to each other.
Another benefit of imprinted concrete is its ease of installation. It is far simpler than blocked pavement and can be done in greater mass. Pattern imprinted concrete is also less likely to harbor weeds because the silicone fillers prevent them from penetrating the surface. The concrete will also be less likely to sink or shift when it is wet, and will be less expensive to repair over time. But what about maintenance? There are a few things to consider before making the final decision on the best resin for pattern imprinted concrete.
Epoxy resin for concrete
The main benefit of epoxy resin for concrete is its ability to bond the hardened surfaces of two different substances. This material will fix surface defects in portland cement concrete pavements and even bond new concrete to existing concrete. It has outstanding flexural strength, a 6790 PSI rating, and can be used on indoor and outdoor surfaces. This product is very easy to apply and dries quickly, making it an excellent choice for many projects.
A wide range of colors and finishes are available for epoxy, allowing you to find the perfect match for any space. It is highly durable and can even conceal cracks. Because of its heavy-duty formula, epoxy can be used to fill small potholes or level uneven floors. It can also conceal cracks in flooring surfaces, making them safe for use by reducing slip hazards. It is an inexpensive way to restore concrete that has seen better days.
Cost of resin-bound surfacing
The cost of resin-bound surfacing is usually around PS45-65 per square metre, but this can increase if additional work is required. The main factor to consider is the condition of the existing surface. Resin-bound surfacing needs a durable, hard-wearing surface. In some cases, the upgrade of a driveway will require minor tinkering, while for others, more extensive groundworks are needed.
The initial cost of resin-bound surfacing will depend on the quality of the base material used and the amount of remedial work necessary. Ideally, the resin-bound surfacing should be installed on a monolithic base for optimum performance. Otherwise, the project will cost more than the price of the resin itself. The cost of a resin-bound overlay depends on the region of the UK where the work is being carried out.
Preparing the base
There are two primary methods for preparing the base for a resin or concrete surface. Block paving or grass will not provide the required level of stability for a resin bound surface, and will likely cause cracks in the final coating. Therefore, a suitable base should be prepared before applying the resin-bound system. In addition to the basic steps described below, the project specifier should also consider the amount of traffic that the surface will be exposed to.
Firstly, a well-compacted bed of non-frost-prone MOT type 3 is the best sub base for a resin-bound gravel surface. It is also SuDS compliant and will contain less fines than other sub-base materials. It is also less likely to shift or cause sinking than other base types. A sub-base should be at least 100mm thick, although this can vary depending on the type of sub-surface.