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Resin Bound Surfacing and Resin Bonded Surfacing – The differences

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 the two aggregates.

The main differences are the thickness that the systems is applied, the application method, its appearance and the aggregates used.

Thickness – A resin bound system is applied between 12-25mm thick. The bonded system is applied as a thin veneer of resin and then aggregate on top approximately 5mm thick depending on aggregate size.

Application– Resin Bound is trowel applied. The Bonded systems is where the resin is applied and then the aggregate is scattered on top of the wet resin.

Appearance – Resin Bound Systems are fairly flat and even. The Bonded Systems are rough in texture taking on the texture and appearance of the aggregate as this sits on top of the resin.

Aggregates– Resin Bound systems use a combination of 2 or more grades of aggregates that are different sizes (2-5mm and 1-3mm). The Bonded systems normally use one size grade of aggregate such as a 1-3mm.

Resin bound surfacing is water permeable

Great for the UK’s ever-changing weather conditions, this attractive 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 days where the temperature is high, this product won’t fade or discolour in UV sunlight. Making the aggregate a great solution for not only driveways, but also outside entertainment spaces and swimming pool surrounds.

Resin bonded surfacing is non-permeable

For customers who don’t require a water permeable solution, the 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 coloured solution that won’t fade or discolour in high temperatures.

Will a customer require planning permission for resin bound surfacing?

Due to the increased risk of flooding caused by non-permeable materials such as tarmac and traditional block paving, the UK government system amended the development right which allowed a homeowner to surface over their garden. Therefore unless the new surface material is water permeable, 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 can take anything ranging from 6 to 10 weeks to complete.

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How long does it take to install?

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 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 surfacing 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 the 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 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 bonded driveway or a coloured 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.

Interested in either surface? Get in touch with us today.


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