What Is A Resin Bound Gravel Driveway?
Resin Bound Gravel Driveways have become increasingly popular in the UK over the past 5 years. With more emphasis on the use of SuDS complaint flooring in urban areas after the environmental agency began calling for managed water runoff to reduce the risk of flooding which has become far too commonplace over the past few years. With this in mind, many home and commercial property owners have decided turned from hard surfacing to resin bound gravel surfacing to correct the drainage issue most of us are facing.
Not only is using resin bound gravel great for draining water away naturally, but it also looks beautiful. With so many different coloured gravels to compliment the area of installation, you have a full range of decorative aggregates to choose from to create your perfect driveway. As well as giving a good first impression of your home and enhancing the appearance of your house, resin bound driveways also gives you a hard wearing and minimal maintenance driveway which can be used all year round. Regardless of the size or shape of your required driveway, resin bound gravel can be used to create even the most unusual shaped driveways (recommended to use a skilled and experienced surfacer for difficult installations).
Is Resin Bound Gravel Better Than Concrete, Brick and Loose Gravel?
Many people may be happy with their current driveway, but could they be happier? Yes they could. Compared to alternative driveways such as loose gravel or concrete, resin bound is the superior surfacing by far:
Resin Bound is a better driveway than concrete and brick:
- It allows water to drain away & reduces the risk of puddling and flooding where as concrete and brick and impermeable and hold surface water,
- It is just as strong of a material as concrete and brick,
- It requires little to no maintenance where as brick bond driveways can need cleaning more than once or twice a year,
- Is ready for use less than 24 hours later unlike concrete which needs around a week.
Resin Bound is greater than loose gravel too:
- Gravel can and usually do migrate to areas all around your driveway where as resin bound does not,
- Resin bound is much stronger unless your gravel driveway includes the use of gravel grids such as X-Grid®.
- Gravel driveways require constant maintenance due to migration and resin bound driveways do not.
To help you purchase the correct amount of gravel and binder for your resin bound gravel driveway we have 3.5m² Resin Bound Gravel Kits available in a number of colours for you to purchase. By measuring out your required area you can then buy the correct amount of kits to complete your project. Each kit contains one tub of UV stable resin, three bags of 2-5mm Gravel and one bag of 1-3mm gravel. Please note, our kits are estimated to cover 3.5m² at 18mm depth which is the recommended depth for use on areas where cars will be driven.
Resin Bound Gravel Driveway Conclusion
To recap, Resin Bound Gravel Driveways are:
- Environmentally friendly – porous paving that allows water to drain through to a sub-base
- Low maintenance option – reduces weeds, moss and puddles
- Highly durable – guaranteed to not crack
- Using UV stable resin means there will be no colour fade over time.
- Smooth – there are no loose stones to migrate to other areas at the front of your home
- Accessible – resin bound is ideal for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and bicycles as well as cars
- Fully SuDS compliant – Water is able to flow through this surface to drain away naturally unlike conventional solid surfaces which are impermeable and can lead to puddling and flooding.
For more information on resin bound gravel surfacing read our Resin Bound Gravel Installation Guide which contains all of the information you will need to know before laying or having your own resin bound gravel driveway laid for you.