Weighing up whether resin-bound or resin-bonded stone is the best solution for enhancing your driveway or pathway? To help you choose the right surfacing option to suit your needs, our expert team of driveway installers here at Impress Construction explain the difference between resin-bound and resin-bonded aggregate resin driveways.
What is resin-bound stone?
Put simply, resin-bound driveway involves mixing resin with aggregate, ensuring the aggregate is fully encapsulated within the resin. These two materials are combined using a forced action mixer and are then trowelled onto a suitable base – such as asphalt, tarmac, or cement – to create a modern, smooth, and exceptionally seamless finish.
What is resin-bonded stone?
While similar to resin-bound stone, a resin-bonded stone driveway involves scattering loose aggregate over a layer of resin which creates a rough surface finish. Laid on top of either tarmac or concrete, this surfacing solution is durable, long-lasting, and well-suited to areas of light traffic that require a degree of friction – such as a disability ramp.
What is the difference between resin-bonded stone and resin-bound stone?
The main (most noticeable) difference between resin-bonded stone and resin-bound stone for anyone that uses your driveway is the finish. Resin-bound stone creates a smooth, ‘stone carpet’ effect, whereas resin-bonded stone gives the impression and surface texture of loose gravel.
The only difference between loose gravel and resin-bonded stone is that the aggregate is affixed to the resin base, whereas loose gravel can be kicked around even under light traffic. However, some stones will still be loose on a resin-bonded stone driveway as the resin base cannot stick to all the aggregate poured on top.
Furthermore, resin-bonded stone isn’t permeable, whereas resin-bound stone is porous and therefore helps to prevent water pooling on the surface of your driveway. As a result, it’s important to weigh up these factors before deciding which driveway solution will work best for your property and requirements.
Is resin-bonded stone more expensive than resin-bound stone?
In general, resin-bonded driveways are typically more affordable to install than resin-bound driveways. According to Home How, a 1-car resin bonded driveway (20 m2) in the UK can cost anywhere in the region of £670-£1020, depending on the size of the aggregate. A resin-bound driveway of the same size, on the other hand, has a slightly higher price tag of between £950-£1300.
However, the benefits of these two surfacing solutions should be compared before you automatically opt for the more affordable driveway material. For example, if you want to avoid loose stones being kicked around your driveway and prefer a seamless finish to a rough one, you may want to consider spending a little more on a resin-bound driveway.
For a more accurate quote, it’s well worth getting in touch with a professional driveway and paving company and asking them to survey your driveway. They will also being able to advise whether a new base is required, or any repairs need to be carried out to the existing concrete, tarmac, or asphalt base to ensure it’s suitable for a resin aggregate driveway.
Discover your resin-bound driveway at Impress Construction
For a robust driveway that withstands the test of time and looks fantastic doing it, choose a resin-bound stone resin driveway. Ideal for creating a sweeping and seamless entrance to your home, business, or industrial property, aggregate resin driveways boast a wide variety of benefits.
Some of these notable advantages include durability, low-maintenance, and an extensive array of colour options. Here at Impress Construction, you can choose between an impressive selection of multi-coloured aggregate mixtures – including those with a reddish hue, grey base, and many more shades to suit contemporary and traditional properties alike.
Despite being based in Huddersfield, our experienced team of resin-bound driveway installers can travel across the North West to help homeowners transform their driveways. We’ve helped countless customers in Greater Manchester to update their driveway with a touch of practical and stylish resin.
To learn more about the benefits of installing aggregate resin driveways or to receive a free, no-obligation quote for your driveway revamp, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our helpful team today. To speak to a member of our team, please feel free to call us on 0800 783 7958.
Alternatively, we also welcome email enquiries sent to email@example.com as well as queries submitted using our convenient online contact form. Once we’ve received your enquiry, you can rest assured we’ll be in touch soon to find out more about your stone resin driveway requirements.