How Long Does a Resin Bound Driveway last?
In our age of instant gratification and consumption we’re used to disposing of one thing and replacing it with another.
Why would driveways be any different?
Lets start by looking at driveway surfacing options through time…..(but keep in mind this isn’t a guide to the Galaxy!)
Once upon a time a fella noticed that sticky tar mixed with bit of stone made a good surface for horses and carts to go over, as opposed to dust and mud. “I have an idea”…he thought….lets patent it and the rest is history.
In America this type of surface is called Asphalt and here in the UK it’s simply known as Tarmac (but Tarmac is actually a big company and they prefer it to be known as Tarmacadam – to avoid confusion).
These have been around a long time….back…way back…probably to when the Flintstones were around and parking their cars.
In rural locations gravel is still the best option for very large areas and easy drainage.
In terms of longevity? Occasional topping up may be necessary and heavy use may cause sinking and ruts, but these problems are easy to sort out.
A better modern gravel installation will use grid systems which retain gravel and provide great support.
Then Concrete. Yes, the Egyptians used it. So we guess, it can last a long time. But remember, it’s not so much the concrete, itself.
When we talk about concrete these days for driveways, patios and pathways we’re usually talking about decorative concrete (imprinted concrete).
So, it’s the colour that’s mixed into the surface of the concrete that counts.
Unfortunately, this can vary in quality can be penetrated (and broken down) by Ultra Violet (UV) from that big yellow thing in the sky.
Ever wondered why you see tired looking and faded pattern imprinted concrete surfaces?
It’s usually because people fail to maintain the surfaces by periodic resealing. Even if concrete colour has been totally taken off by applying a tint mixed with seal the surface can be made to look ‘new again’.
In terms of longevity; decorative concrete lasts and lasts and lasts.
Just remember to reseal (LINK) every few years (prices from as little as £10 a sq m).
While stocks last!
Block Paving Driveways
Most block paving is also made from concrete.
The wider and thicker the block the better.
The range of blocks available is wide…pardon the pun.
Whilst some block paving can last a very long time it’s impossible to revive a faded block paving driveway (unlike pattern imprinted concrete). Of course we may be wrong so if you know of a block paving installation that has stood the test of time let us know!
So, in a round about way we move along the timeline of history to Resin. A modern creation using technology similar to polyester being mixed with cotton socks!
At the technical level it’s all about bonding.
Specifically, molecular bonds. Even though we’re not chemists we do understand chemical bonds. It’s amazing that resin is permeable and it’s equally awesome that the chemical bonds at the molecular level are so strong.
But there are some substances that can break these bonds which is why any spills need to be cleaned up immediately.
How Long does a Resin Bound Driveway last?
Well, how long have they been around for? 10-20 years? Anything looks good when it’s put down new but what about after a few years, or more?
- In a perfect scenario a resin bound driveway will be laid on a strong and stable sub base that in turn sits on a substrate of soil that will not move.
- In a perfect scenario the preparation and laying of a resin bound driveway will in an ambient temperature with just the right amount of catalyst used.
- In a perfect scenario the resin bound driveway will have been laid by professional and experienced installers.
- In a perfect scenario a UV resistant resin will be used that does not change.
- In a perfect scenario the driveway will not often endure the turning of the wheels of vehicles.
- In a perfect world a consumer will not opt for the cheapest price provided by a non-driveway specialist (I.E. A general builder, window cleaner or other type of generalist).
Get the picture….
Watch this video for a brief guide to resin.
It’s rare to find a driveway that has been laid perfectly. If this were possible they would last forever. Please note, however, that some stone roads have been around for many, many thousands of years.
Just think of the stone roads in Jerusalem.
But resin – who knows.
Anybody can say, ‘yeah, sure it’ll last for 20 years plus and on top of that we’ll give you a ‘cast iron’ guarantee for 10 years.’
But this is based on nothing more than a salesman’s pursuit of a sale and the possibility that they may still be in business in 10 years or so.
Think again – How Long Does Resin Bound Driveway Last?
The question itself suggests doubt that resin will last.
Whatever driveway product is chosen, be that block paving (may fade and cannot be brought back to life), pattern imprinted concrete (may fade and/or crack), tarmacadam (may melt or crack) or gravel (may sink) unless everything is perfect – there may be problems.
So the short answer to…………….How long does resin bound driveway last –
Who knows? Your guess is as good as ours!
If you’re looking for the eternal look opt for Natural Stone.
But this is both heavy in weight and price. So dig deep and blow some dust off that wallet.
If you’re looking for a quick fix up to sustain your property value or even in need of improving the chances of selling read this.
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