The Difference Between Resin Bound Driveways and Resin Bonded Driveways
If you’re looking to update your driveway, applying a resin based surface could be a cost effective way of giving the front of your home an attractive new look. There are two main types of resin based driveway to be aware of, resin bound and resin bonded. Although the two options share very similar names, it’s important not to confuse them. The processes used have some differences and each technique creates a different effect. Let’s take a look at the key distinctions between the two options:

Resin Bound Driveways

Resin bound driveways are created by mixing natural aggregate with resin to create a permeable, durable, smooth surface. This is an ideal option for those looking for a fixed driveway without any loose stones.

The resin bounding process involves:

  • Thoroughly mixing natural aggregate, marble or stones with clear resin
  • To be most effective, each stone needs to be fully covered in resin
  • The mix is immediately laid on a stable surface, usually with a trowel
Resin bound driveways are extremely tough and made up of several layers. The surface is crack resistant and can withstand all types of weather. As a result, this is a long lasting option that’s sure to keep your driveway looking its best for many years.

Resin Bonded Driveways

Unlike resin bound driveways, the aggregate used on resin bonded driveways is not fixed or smooth. The process is similar but rather than mixing the aggregate with the resin before applying it to the surface, the resin is applied to the driveway first and the aggregate is scattered over the top.

The resin bonding process involves:

  • Applying a film of resin to the surface of the drive
  • Scattering clean, dry aggregate over the driveway to completely cover the resin
  • Allowing the driveway to cure
  • Sweeping up excess stones to create an even finish
Resin bonded driveways can be a really cost effective way of updating your driveway. There’s no need to remove existing tarmac as you can simply lay the aggregate over the top for an updated look. Whether you opt for a resin bound or resin bonded driveway, both surfaces are fully porous, meaning you won’t have to worry about puddles forming on the ground. Both options are also anti-slip making them safer for the whole family. If you’ve been thinking of updating your driveway but you’d like help deciding which surfaces would be most suitable for you, please get in touch with the team at Premier Surfacing.  
Published: April 2017

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