Resin Driveway Maintenance & Care Guide
Getting a new resin bound driveway is a low-maintenance driveway solution which provides a host of great benefits and advantages. However, being low-maintenance does not mean there is no maintenance involved.
Even though maintenance is still required for a resin bound driveway, it can be straightforward and simple to care for. The guide we have provided will help you to look after your resin driveway with as less hassle as possible, to keep it in a great condition for a long period of time.
General Misuse and Wear
Even if your resin driveway isn’t used as frequently as others, you should still take careful consideration of any hard objects which may come into contact with the surface. These objects may be additional car parts, garden and car machinery, garden items such as plant pots & seating etc.
In addition to this, gravel or other materials may get lodged and trapped between tyre treads in your vehicle’s tyres. These can also cause markings and scratches overtime if your vehicle/s are in use frequently.
Tyres can also leave marks on resin bound surfaces. This can happen even when your vehicle is stationary on your driveway, due to the steering wheel being turned but the vehicle isn’t moving anywhere. See in the cleaning section below how to fix tyre marks.
Your resin driveway is made and designed for light vehicle traffic, and frequent pedestrian use. This is why the resin bound material is also used for other purposes such as car parks and pedestrian paving.
Once your resin bound driveway has been fitted, ensure that you are taking the necessary care by not allowing heavy goods and vehicles, as well as hard objects such as large skips to access the surface on a frequent basis.
During different seasons, your resin bound driveway will need to be monitored and treated with care to make sure that it remains in an adequate condition all year round.
Throughout the Winter months, you will need to consider weather conditions such as snow and ice. Even if your surface is sheltered from these conditions or not, snow and ice can be cleared without a lot of maintenance.
To prevent snow and ice building up on your resin driveway, salt and grit can be laid over the surface. However, once the weather starts to change and the temperature gets warmer, it is important to clear the surface by washing away the salt and grit so that it does not leave traces.
One of the benefits of having a resin bound driveway in comparison to a loose gravel driveway is that when clearing snow or ice, you will not pick up any loose aggregates and damage the surface even more. We recommend using a non-metal shovel however, as this can cause damage to the surface if there is rough vigorous movement.
Another benefit of having a resin driveway in comparison to other driveway surfaces is that due to its permeability, when the snow melts overtime there isn’t any leftover liquid or puddles to turn into ice, as the water can be absorbed below to make it a safer surface.
To maintain your resin bound driveway and keep it in a good condition, there is general routine cleaning that you should bear in mind. For example, regular sweeping with a clean and hard broom as well as keeping an eye on leaves building up to prevent moss growth will be important, especially during Autumn months.
General cleaning for tyre marks can easily be removed with a pressure washer, white spirit and emulsifier. Regular pressure washing is also extremely important and a cost-effective way to keep your resin bound driveway clean and clear.
Most harsh stains can also be removed and cleaned away with a pressure washer which is set at a high pressure. Only use cold/warm water when cleaning your resin bound driveway, as this will still be an effective cleaning method without damaging the surface.
In addition to stains and marks, if you were to get chewing gum stuck on your resin bound driveway, the best and most effective way to remove this without damaging the surface is by using freeze spray and then a suitable scraper.
Spillages such as brake fluid are extremely corrosive and can damage your resin bound driveway more so than a lot of other spillages from fluids and oils. Therefore, it is extremely important to remove it as soon as this is noticed before causing any further damage to the surface. Brake fluid can be removed simply with warm water.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a resin bound driveway and a resin bonded driveway?
Resin bound is an eco-friendly, highly porous paving solution for ground surfacing. It is a choice of decorative aggregates mixed with specialist resins then hand trowelled to give a flat smooth surface suitable for driveways, paths and patios.
Resin bond is laid in a different manner to resin bound materials. It involves applying a layer of resin to the existing surface, which aggregates are then scattered in to the top of. This gives a non-porous surface, which has a coarser finish and leaves a certain amount of loose stone on the final surface.
How long will a resin bound driveway last?
A resin bound driveway is a strong and durable surface, that is resistant to weather conditions. Comparable products like Tarmac or Asphalt can soften in the summer heat and freeze in cold of winter, they will also be damaged by UV light. Resin is much more stable than these alternatives performing well year round in some of the UK’s worst weather. Our driveways come with a 10 year guarantee and can last to a good standard for 25+ years.
Can I lay a resin driveway over my existing driveway?
This depends on the type and condition of your existing driveway. However, it should be laid on an appropriate sub-base of either asphalt or concrete.
Do I need planning permission for a resin driveway?
If you have an existing driveway then planning permission will not be required. For any newly installed driveways or extensions planning permission is required for surfaces such as traditional block paving, flags and tarmac.