Driveway Resin – A Quick Guide
A Quick Guide to Driveway Resin.
Many people contact us regarding resin driveways and ask which driveway resin is best.
We can all see this popular driveway surfacing product is taking the UK by storm…is this surprising when you look at some of the amazing installations out there!
A lighter stone resin bound driveway
But is all driveway resin equal?
Do you know your Aliphatic from your Aromatic…your Epoxy from Polyurethane?
First of all lets just be clear about some terminology regarding resin driveway installations in general.
Resin Bound – This type of driveway installation is where resin and aggregate (stone) are mixed together.
For a contemporary modern look, a resin bound driveway is an excellent choice
Resin Bonded – This is where aggregate (stone) is ‘scattered’ onto a resin surface.
Choosing Driveway Resin
There are differing opinions regarding whether one type of resin is suitable for both types of resin driveway installation.
This is something you need to discuss with your chosen installer/contractor (before installation!)
Now we’re no chemistry experts but we do appreciate that there is a whole load of molecular bonding involved with using a resin that binds stone together.
This must offer excellent load bearing capacity….and of course leave an installation that looks great.
To us, it seems that resin is all about the bonding.
There are two main driveway resin types on the market.
- Epoxy resin
- Polyurethane resin
Epoxy is rarely used in the driveway installation market now.
In comparison to Polyurethane it does not offer the same load bearing and resistance.
Polyurethane resin specifications for the driveway market include the use of polymers to increase strength.
Other advantages of using Polyurethane include:
- Excellent bonding properties and high load bearing
capacity. This is important for both tension and compression resistance.
- Excellent abrasion and impact resistance mean resistance to scuffing and damage.
Chemical resistance ensures that oil and petrol spills do not cause lasting damage;
However, it’s always advisable to clean up any spills on any driveway surfacing product as quickly as possible.
Strong resistance to extreme temperatures means that whether it’s shivering down to -10 or the sun is making temperatures boil up off the scale Polyurethane will be resilient.
Following on with the sun…..UV protection.
Without UV protection some lighter aggregate colours will appear to darken. Aggregate doesn’t darken of course…but resin that is not formulated to be UV resistant can.
If an area is always shaded UV protection is of little importance.
But most driveway areas get exposure to the sun so polyurethane resin offering UV protection is best.
Due to the differing opinions of which difficulties arise for customers to be able to check out technical specifications to be able to make an informed decision.
To compound matters there is some disagreement within between those active with commercial installations (shopping precincts, parks and seaside promenades) as to the suitability whatsoever of resin for domestic use!
Putting all that aside.
Other resins that may be suitable include Aliphatic and Aromatic.
On the basis that resin bound driveways are the surface of choice in the UK, getting the right resin that offers the strength, durability, longevity and of course all important look is the number 1 priority.
Driveway resin guide.
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