Will Resin Bound Driveways Melt in the Summer?

We have reached the middle of August; a prime time for British Summer weather. So far in 2020, we have seen extremely high temperatures and glorious sunshine. The question is however, can our resin-bound driveway enjoy the sunshine as much as we can?

One of the biggest decisions that a lot of customers make when purchasing a new driveway, is that they want as little maintenance and hassle as possible. Choosing the right surfacing for your driveway is an important decision to make, as temperatures can have different effects on different surface materials.  

Choosing a resin-bound surface in comparison to tarmac surfacing, may be the best option for you when it comes to your next choice of driveway material.


Resin Driveway Vs Tarmac Driveway


One of the main differences between tarmac surfacing and resin-bound surfacing is that tarmac cannot stand the heat as much as resin can. Moreover, most tarmac surfaces will not begin to soften until they reach a temperature of 50℃. However, after a long day of 20℃ heat, the asphalt used in the tarmac can absorb this heat over the course of the day, and this heat can build up to make the tarmac soft and extremely hot to walk on.

On the other hand, resin has a melting point of over 200℃, so therefore can withstand a lot more heat than what tarmac surfacing can. In addition to this, not only can tarmac driveways heat up and soften on hot and sunny days, but it also isn’t the most durable material to use for your driveway. There are higher chances of the tarmac becoming damaged, not only in the summer months but also all year round. 

In addition to this, resin-bound driveways also look more aesthetically pleasing than tarmac, which can sometimes look worn and cracked overtime.


In summary, heat will not affect the life-span of resin-bound surfacing for your driveway. The resin has an extremely high melting point, which is far-higher than the temperatures that can be reached in the summer months in the UK.

Depending on the size of your driveway, or whether you would like to add an extension on, Ace Resin can provide you with the exact resin-bound driveway that you are looking for. We provide over 15 different colours of choice, giving you plenty of varieties to choose from. 

We can replace your old, cracked and worn tarmac driveway, with a low-maintenance, durable and aesthetically pleasing resin-bound driveway


Want to find out more about our pricing? If you would like a free no obligation quote for your new driveway, please call us on 0207 856 0295 or email us at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a resin bound driveway and a resin bonded driveway?

Resin Bound
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 Bonded
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. 

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