Resin based surfacing is still a relative newcomer on the DIY and building market. Significant advances in epoxy resins and polymers have been made over the past few decades and now, the price is right too. However, despite this, many people are still not aware that resin-based surfacing is an option for them.
The surfacing is made from decorative gravel being ‘glued’ with a clear resin driveways cost to an existing solid surface. The solid surface needs to be properly prepared and clean. The base also needs to be what is known as monolithic, which means that it should have few, if any, joints. There are then two methods of laying the resin and aggregate – resin bound and resin bonded. Both methods will set in less than an hour so need to be laid by competent workmen or DIY enthusiasts.
The resin bound method involves the aggregate and resin being thoroughly mixed together and then spread over the base by hand using trowels and screeding bars. The correct thickness of the mixture can be laid this way.
The resin bonded method involves laying the resin over the base and then scattering the aggregate over the tacky resin.
Resin based surfacing has applications in both the domestic and commercial markets. Commercially it is great for bus and cycle lanes and for brightening up municipal areas. Companies can set their logo into the surfacing and complete their identity of their office or factory space.
For residential use, the surfacing can be used on driveways, pathways and outdoor play areas. It can even be used indoors in conservatories or kitchens.
There are many benefits for both residential and commercial customers to using a resin based surfacing. It is quick drying so can be used very soon after laying, there are no loose chippings, the finished surface is UV stable and resistant to oil spills, unique designs are possible, there are hundreds of colours to choose from, it is quick to lay, and the surface has a long life span.
With so many benefits and such flexibility, consider resin based surfacing for your next surfacing project.