About Resin Driveways

Resin surfacing is a relatively new type of paving system in the UK. The basic explanation of how the Resin system works is that small stones are fixed together with a high-tech resin to form an extremely strong and attractive surface.

Resin Driveway finished in Golden Pea. Specialist coloured gravel is "bound" to an existing solid surface using a clear or coloured resin.

The surface is extremely hard-wearing, non-slip and can be installed both indoor as well as outdoor with pretty much no maintenance. Also because the surface has many small gaps it allows water to drain through into the ground.

The choices are huge when it comes to colours and patterns and a good installed resin system will be resistant to weeds and oil.

Resin based surfacing is really versatile. It used on lots of different projects including -

Domestic

  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Internal Flooring
  • Pool Surrounds
  • Pavements

Commercial

  • Car Park
  • Tree Pits
  • Playgrounds
  • Pool Surrounds
  • Commercial Properties

Listed Properties

Both English Heritage and the National Trust have approved resin bound paving systems for use in historic sites.

No matter what your project and whether it’s a basic overlay on an existing suitable surface you need or a full site excavation and install, we have the professional knowledge and skills to get the job done to the highest standard.

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Why Use Resin Bound?

Resin bound surfacing is the ideal choice for tired looking driveways as it offers an extremely hard-wearing, permeable surface that requires virtually no maintenance and looks superb.

When rainwater falls onto a paved surface, it needs somewhere to drain away or you run the risk of flooding. This is why for many years gravel has been a popular choice for driveways as it allows water to flow between the small stones straight into the ground below.

This is great for making sure you dont have to worry about pools of water or flooding but gravel can be messy and isnt the easiest of surfaces to walk on especially with things like pushchairs or wheelchairs.

 

Resin bound paving combines the best of both worlds

Listed below are some of the many benefits of using resin bound surfacing over block paving, loose gravel, imprinted concrete and tarmac.

 

Some of the benefits of Using Resin Bound

Permeable-SUDS Compliant -
Resin bound surfacing is porous, allowing water to naturally soak away helping reduce flooding.

Anti-Slip -
because the surface of the aggregate is textured this provides a good anti skid surface.

Life expectancy of 20+ Years

Minimal Maintenance

No weeds

Extremely Hard Wearing

Quick to Install

Adds Value To Your Property

Looks Great With a Massive Choice of Colours

Easy to clean and stain resistant

You Don't Need Planning Permission

No Ugly Drains -
We can install new drain covers with inset lids filled with the resin bound mixture like shown below

Camouflaged Resin Drain Cover
Camouflaged Resin Drain Cover

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How Does a Resin Installation Work?


Why aren't Resin driveways seen as often block paving?

Resin Example in M&S Car Park
Resin Example in M&S Car Park

 

The main reason you probably don't see many Resin driveways in Peterborough is simple customer awareness. Although designers and contractors in the construction trade have been using resin based surfacing, it has only recently started to become familar to the residential market in the last couple of years.

 

"If you know Peterborough and ever visit Marks and Spencers in Brotherhood retail park you can see our Resin Based surfacing used in parts of their car park."

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There are two basic methods of applying a resin-based surface: In the trade, they are referred to as Resin Bound and Resin Bonded, but I feel this is totally confusing for the customers, both those in the trade itself and those from the residential market. I've discussed it with leading manufacturers, but they seem to want to remain firmly bonded (or bound) to the existing terminology.

Nick trailing the Resin
Nick trailing the Resin

The Resin system is appied to an existing base such as a pavement, tarmac or concrete as an overlay or to a newly laid base if required.

It is extremely important that if installing to an existing base that the base is in good condition with no major cracking, weeds or potholes and that the area is cleaned to remove loose marterial and dust before install.

If installing onto a new base this is best to contructed with concerete or asphalt. These are best constructed from mass or reinforced concrete, or from bitmac, asphalt etc, as suits the planned end use and local conditions.

Edging strips made of aluminium can be fixed to the edges to prevent any edges of the install area from crumbling or we also offer a wide range block edging options to compliment your new resin bound aggregate surface.

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Resin Bonded Colours and Styles

 

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Resin bound aggregates come in a range of different sizes and colours.

Take a look at some of the resin mixtures we offer by clicking on the images shown for a close up of the mixture. If you can’t find quite the one you’re looking for, give us a call as we can usually match up any sample you might have come across.

All our mixes are set in strong durable resin and are suitable for driveways, car parks and paving areas.

Resin Bonded Colour Examples

Obviously its difficult to appreciate the finished product on a computer screen that's why when arranging an appointment for a quotation, your surveyor will be able to show you actual examples from our product sample case. 

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FAQ

Click Any Of The Questions Below To View Answers

Of course, Resin Bound surfacing is designed to take even the heaviest of traffic such as buses and lorries.
Possibly. If the area is currently concrete or tarmac there is a good chance we can clean-up/repaired the area and install on top. This obviously keeps costs down as a full dig out and base install will not be required. One of our team will be able to advise if your current install area is suitable for an overlay upon viewing. For your base to have the same lifespan as one of our full resin bound installs, a new base is preferable.
As with any driveway unfortunately it simply wont last forever. We offer a 10 Year Guarantee on all our full installs where we have installed the base and the resin manufacturers, who do vigorous testing on the product, give an average lifetime expectancy of 20 years before minor problems may start to occur. The great thing with a Resin Bound install is that if in twenty years time there were any issues with the Resin, the top surface can simply be replaced for a fraction of the cost of a full install.
The Resin install area will be suitable for use after 4-6 hours for pedestrian traffic installs, and 12-16 hours for vehicular traffic. For heavy use, 24 hours would be ideal where possible to ensure a fully bonded surface.
The depth of install will vary for each project, this depends on the type of application and the size of the aggregate that is used. Typically the depth of a driveway install for normal vehicle traffic is approximately 16mm.
Installs use enough resin to ensure each particle is coated allowing the aggregate to bond securely whilst leaving gaps between the stone for water to permeate through the resin. This is one of the biggest reasons customers opt for Resin driveway installs over say block paving as it allows water to dissipate better,
Resin Bound systems use aggregate mixed in a mixer with Resin and then hand-trowelled into place. This produces a surface that is both smooth, porous and SuDS compliant when used with the appropriate base build up. With a Resin Bonded install a layer of Resin is screeded onto the install surface and then a fine aggregate is scattered over the top and rolled in. The final result is a rough surface that is not porous.
Definitely the question we get asked the most – but the one that is the most dificult to answer in a FAQ. Rather than totally ignore the question, we’d like to try and explain why. So here goes… A Resin bound installation should cost no more than an equivalent high quality paved driveway and when you bring next to no maintenance, possibility of increase in property value and the fact it looks stunning into the equation a Resin bound installation is a no-brainer. But here are some reasons we need to view the install location before giving you a price. No installation is ever quite the same. The costs involved in each individual installation change due to a number of factors:
  • The total square meterage of the install area the base upon which it is to be laid (if existing or new install) the preparation work needed to get the base to a level where it is compliant with the resin manufacturer’s specifications in order to validate their guarantee any additional work that needs to be undertaken such as installing edging blocks, excavation or manhole covers
  • This is why we come out and give you a free quote. If you aren't quite ready for a firm quote yet visit How much does a resin drive cost? - for a rough idea of what to expect when it comes to price.

    Some Of Our Recent Resin Projects Being Completed

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    What Some of our Clients have had to say

    Resin Driveway Whittlesey

    Shaun and his team did a fantastic job on our beautifully renovated drive

    Shaun and his team did a fantastic job on our beautifully renovated drive. The workmanship and professionalism can be really...

    Pam Shipman

    Driveway Install
    5.0
    2018-03-02T15:04:34+00:00

    Pam Shipman

    Resin Driveway Whittlesey
    Shaun and his team did a fantastic job on our beautifully renovated drive. The workmanship and professionalism can be really recommended. The work was completed in the time specified and we were kept informed on each process of the job in hand. All materials and equipment were to a high standard making the finished job stunning.. Well done Peterborough Improvements and Thank-you
    Resin Driveway Whittlesey

    The neighbours all around love it. Can’t recommend Peterborough Improvements enough. Wish we’d done it years ago.

    The front of our house has been transformed from a very tired looking part grass, part gravel drive to a...

    Glen Crossland, Whittlesey

    Driveway Install
    5.0
    2017-11-06T21:00:10+00:00

    Glen Crossland, Whittlesey

    Resin Driveway Whittlesey
    The front of our house has been transformed from a very tired looking part grass, part gravel drive to a truly perfect looking resin driveway. The installers are very professional and polite explaining the process as the go along. The neighbours all around love it. Can't recommend Peterborough Improvements enough. Wish we'd done it years ago.
    Resin Bound Driveway Stamford

    We’ve just had our old sloped gravel driveway replaced by the Peterborough Improvements team and we’re delighted with the outcome.

    We've just had our old sloped gravel driveway replaced by the Peterborough Improvements team and we're delighted with the outcome....

    Alex Stanley, Stamford

    Driveway Install
    5.0
    2017-11-06T21:04:01+00:00

    Alex Stanley, Stamford

    Resin Bound Driveway Stamford
    We've just had our old sloped gravel driveway replaced by the Peterborough Improvements team and we're delighted with the outcome. We had problems with water drainage and difficulty pulling on and off the drive due to the gravel on a slope. Those problems are all now resolved with our new resin surface. The new surface looks great! Thanks again!!
    Resin Bound Driveway Deeping Gate

    The lads were helpful, friendly and professional and nothing was too much trouble.

    My driveway has been completely transformed thanks to Shaun's team. The lads were helpful, friendly and professional and nothing was...

    Paula Roberts, Deeping Gate

    Driveway Install
    5.0
    2017-11-06T20:57:51+00:00

    Paula Roberts, Deeping Gate

    Resin Bound Driveway Deeping Gate
    My driveway has been completely transformed thanks to Shaun's team. The lads were helpful, friendly and professional and nothing was too much trouble. I will be recommending them to family and friends.
    Resin Bound Driveway in Woodhall Rise Peterborough

    I would not hesitate to recommend them: thier quality of work is exceptional.

    So pleased with the transformation of drive and garden area. Darren and the team are extremely professional and I would...

    Barbara Conlon, Werrington

    Driveway Install
    5.0
    2017-11-06T20:52:57+00:00

    Barbara Conlon, Werrington

    Resin Bound Driveway in Woodhall Rise Peterborough
    So pleased with the transformation of drive and garden area. Darren and the team are extremely professional and I would not hesitate to recommend them: thier quality of work is exceptional. Felt in very safe hands. The team were very polite and kept me informed at every step of the way. Thank you all.
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