New World Resin Driveways
Frequently Asked Questions
What are resin driveways made of?
They are a combination of small stones combined with a high-tech resin. The stones can be a mixture of crushed stone, marble and recycled coloured glass. The aggregate is available in a broad range of colours, sizes and textures meaning you are guaranteed to find an option you like.
The aggregate is combined with the resin to bind it together to become resin bound. This is done in a purpose-built mixer. The resin and aggregate are mixed prior to laying ensuring the aggregate is thoroughly coated and creating a completely bound surface.
What size of stone is used?
This would normally be a 3-5mm sized aggregate. The size is important because it ensures that the internal make up of the surfacing is tight and well bound but also has the right amount of cavitation to allow water to run through.
Why are resin bound driveways more durable than other types of driveway? This is mainly because of the way the aggregate and resin are thoroughly mixed prior to laying. Because the aggregate is completed covered with the resin this creates a totally bound surface. This make it more durable and also means it requires less maintenance.
What is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded?
Resin bonded is where a thin layer of resin is spread over the required area and the aggregate is scattered on top, rather than the two components being mixed together first and then spread over the area as with resin bound. Resin bonded creates a rough surface that is not porous.
What bases can be used for resin bound driveways?
The most appropriate base can either be tarmac, asphalt or concrete. They base must be able to carry the weight of the resin once applied. This can also vary depending on how many vehicles will be parked on it and how regularly.
Are resin driveways permeable?
Unlike some types of driveways which need to have a drain installed in order to give water somewhere to flow away, resin driveways are permeable. The resin bound gravel has small gaps that allow water to drain through into the ground. This makes it SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) compliant. This means that it prevents standing water on the surface, therefore creating fewer puddles.
How are resin driveways installed?
Once the resin bound has been made it is then spread over a suitable base and to the required depth. The system is mixed on site and the cold applied. The mixture is then spread over the prepared based with hand floats and screeding bars. To ensure the new driveway has a completely smooth finish, the surface is trowelled on by hand.
Can a resin driveway be laid in any space?
Resin driveways are design flexible, meaning that they resin bound mixture can be laid to fit any shape or space. The edging can be curved or straight lined. It is fully customizable.
Do I need planning permission?
No. This is because the driveway is permeable and will not allow rain water to run off your driveway on to the road and into a main drain.