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What’s the difference between a resin bound and resin bonded surface?

It has to be one of the most popular questions asked about resin surfaces. So to help your customers make the right choice for their property, we take look at the differences between a resin bound and resin bonded surface.

A resin bound surface is water permeable

Great for the UK’s ever changing weather conditions, an attractive resin bound surface is water permeable and reduces the risk of flooding. As a result, rainfall does not collect into large puddles or pools, but simply runs into the ground or nearest storm drain. Plus on bright and sunny days, the decorative surface won’t fade or discolour in UV sunlight. Making it a great solution for not only driveways, but also outside entertainment spaces and swimming pool surrounds.

A resin bonded surface is non-permeable

For customers who don’t require a water permeable solution, a resin bonded surface is a cost effective way to transform a property’s outside space. From creating modern landscaping to smart vehicle parking, a resin bonded surface provides an attractive, non-permeable, non-slip solution that won’t fade or discolour in UV sunlight.

Will a customer require planning permission for a resin bound drive?

Due to the increased risk of flooding caused by non-permeable materials such as tarmac and traditional block paving, the UK government amended the development right which allowed a homeowner to surface over their garden. Therefore unless the new surface material is water permeable, such as a resin bound surface, the local council will require planning permission to be obtained before any works can take place.
That being said, if the property is located within a conservation area, the homeowner will still be required to seek formal planning permission before making any changes to their property. Plus it’s also worth noting there is a charge for planning applications, and the process usually takes around eight weeks to complete.

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How long does it take to install a resin bonded or resin bound surface?

With no need for excavation works, the installation process does not require any commercial digging equipment. As a result noise pollution is reduced and disruption to the homeowner is kept to a minimum.
Once the area has been prepared and cleared of any debris, the new resin bound surface will be laid against a secure stable edge, such as a lawn border, wooden fence or sturdy wall. So provided the weather stays dry and the temperature does not fall below zero, a resin specialist should have no problem finishing the work in only a few days.
When fully installed, the new resin bound or resin bonded area should be able to take foot traffic within three to five hours, and vehicle traffic after around thirty-six hours.

How easy is it to take care of a resin bonded or resin bound surface?

Unlike traditional tarmac which can quickly become tired and weathered, a resin bound surface is easy to maintain and resistant to unsightly weeds. However in order to keep the surface in tip top condition, the homeowner should regularly brush their resin bound or resin bonded surface clear of any dirt, pick up any fallen leaves, and remove any growing weeds gently by hand. Of course if maintained in line with a professional resin drive supplier’s recommendations, a resin drive will last for up to twenty-five years.
So whether a homeowner is looking for a water permeable resin driveway or decorative resin bound outside space, by understanding the difference between the two surface types, a customer can decide on the best solution for their property.


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