Cost of a Resin Bound Driveway

Resin bound paving is a highly durable mixture of aggregate and resin, bonded to create a smooth, permeable surface. Compared to other paving solutions such as gravel and block paving, resin bound paving is a favourite amongst homeowners to create driveways and paths.

Duration:
1-2 Days
Avg price:
£2000-£3000

Introduction to Resin Bound Driveways

With little to no maintenance required, resin bound driveways offer a great decorative appeal and are perfect for areas where loose stone may be an issue.

The permeable surface allows water and other liquids to easily penetrate and drain through the layers, making it a great option for flood-risk areas. It is also claimed that when installed professionally, a resin bound surface can last upwards of 25-30 years.



How Much Does a Resin Bound Driveway Cost?

The average cost of installing a resin bound driveway will vary depending on a few factors. Typically, you can expect the cost to range between £40-£100 per square meter of coverage. However, this will fluctuate for each project’s individual specifications.

Other factors that will contribute to the total cost of your project will include things such as the structural condition of the base upon which your new driveway will be installed. When installing a resin bound surface on top of an existing patio or paved area, this is what is commonly referred to as overlaying. In order to overlay an area, the structural surface needs to be in good condition.

If the base is not suitable for a resin bound driveway, you will likely require groundworks and hard landscaping before the installation can take place. In this case, the average cost of installing your new resin bound driveway can increase to around £150 per square meter.



Resin bound surfaces are available in a variety of styles, finishes and textures to choose from, which is what makes it most desirable amongst homeowners. In recent years, more and more people are opting for resin bound driveways and paths, due to its sleek and modern appearance that compliments any style of home.

Pea gravel is particularly popular as it is a tighter mix of aggregate within the resin, offering a smaller and softer texture. Most options are UV resistant, which protects the colour and finish of your surface from discolouring and deteriorating with time.

This is particularly important for exterior surfaces that are exposed to high traffic and intense sunlight. Compared to alternative methods such as gravel driveways and block paving, resin bound surfaces require little to no maintenance and preserves the aggregate within its layers, keeping it like new all year round.

The table below demonstrates the difference in cost between various driveway solutions. Please note, the prices in this table are estimates and should be used as a guide only.

Project Description Cost Per M2 Install Time Labour Cost Total Cost
5m2 Resin Bound Driveway £60 2-3 Hours £150 £450
5m2 Gravel Driveway £30 1-2 Hours £100 £250
5m2 Block Paving Driveway £45 4-6 Hours £350 £575
5m2 Tarmac Driveway £50 2-4 Hours £250 £500

What does Resin Bound Driveway Installation Involve?

Resin bound installation is often a fairly straightforward and effective process. Many professional installers will be able to complete the installation for you within a few hours, achieving a smooth and even surface.

The first step in any resin bound installation is to measure the area upon where your intended surface will lay. Once you have determined the quantity of materials you will need you can begin examining the structural condition of the base. An expert tradesperson will be able to assess the sub-base and determine whether it is suitable for your new resin surface to be installed on top.

The base should be strong enough to hold the weight and traffic of the resin bound layer, free from any cracks and debris. If this is not the case, you may require hard landscaping or the installation of an appropriate subbase before you can lay the resin bound surface.

The installer will begin by dividing the area into 1-meter sections. Each of these sections will require a specific quantity of the resin mixture. Once mixed, the material will begin to set within 10-15 minutes, so working quickly in small sections is essential.



The surface must be completely dry and dust free before the application can begin. The mixture can then be prepared in a bucket or a large tub, ensuring that your chosen gravel or aggregate is evenly coated in the resin and wet in appearance.

The resin mixture will then be applied to the area in small sections, ensuring that there is no dry areas or loose stone visible. The material can be smoothed evenly using a shovel or trowel to eliminate any high spots. As stated, the mixture will begin to set within 10 minutes, so working quickly is essential to achieve a smooth finish.

This process is repeated until the desired space is complete. The installer will carry out a final inspection to ensure that your new resin driveway is smooth and free of any imperfections. The surface will be safe to walk on after 4-5 hours and can be driven on after a few days.

DIY Resin Bound Driveway Installation

As with any DIY home improvement project, there are potential problems and pitfalls that you should be aware of before attempting to carry out the work yourself. Many people believe they will save money by attempting the installation of a resin bound driveway without hiring a professional.



Straightforward projects that require no hardscaping may be easier for a confident DIY-er to complete, providing that your subbase is in sound condition. As we mentioned, resin bound materials tend to set within a few minutes, so speed is of the essence during any installation.

This can make it trickier for an inexperienced installer to successfully achieve a smooth and even appearance. For best results, we always recommend seeking the assistance of a professional installer to complete the work for you.


Potential Problems and Pitfalls

As with any DIY home improvement project, there are potential problems and pitfalls that you should be aware of before attempting to carry out the work yourself. Many people believe they will save money by attempting the installation of a resin bound driveway without hiring a professional.



While you may save on labour costs, you also face the risk of an unsuccessful installation that often needs removing and re-installing. Consider that this will double the cost of your materials and time. It is very difficult for an inexperienced person to achieve a professionally, smooth finish when working with resin materials, due to its rapid curing time.


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