FAQs Resin Bound Stone
FAQs Resin Bound Stone
What is Resin Bound Stone?
Resin Bound Stone is mixed gravel aggregate bonded with a clear resin binder. This process basically sticks the stones together to form a slightly flexible, but solid layer of luscious surfacing in a variety of colour options.
Is it expensive?
No not compared to other alternatives. If your existing driveway has a stable base, a Resin Bound overlay is actually cheaper than almost all other surfacing options like tarmac, concrete, block paving and stone slabs.
If you need some ground work done in order to secure the Resin Bound Overlay, it does add a little bit extra on, but in the long run of financial wears and repairs with the alternatives – it still works out cheaper.
Why should I choose it over other options?
There are an endless list of reasons; it is simply stunning and sleek to begin with. It allows rain water to naturally drain through it – so there are no puddles, it doesn’t allow weeds to penetrate it, it doesn’t need raked, it is UV stabilised, it comes with a 10 year guarantee and works out cheaper than other surfacing options.
Alternatives need repaired and maintained a lot more frequently, plus they depreciate in value as soon as they are installed.
Resin Bound Driveways add value to your home!
Will it form puddles?
No, Resin Bound Stone is porous, so it allows rain and surface water to dissipate through it – just as it would through soil!
What should I beware of when sourcing an installer?
Unfortunately there are a lot of Cowboy installers looking to make a quick buck out there. Actually gathering the correct materials is pretty easy, but we’ve been called in to repair and reinstall some horror stories before.
We’ve seen Resin Bound Stone which has been laid right over dirt, covering man holes which later need to be chipped away, watered down to make the resin bond too weak and allows stones to chip away, layers which are too thin and erode in to the base layer within weeks; these are to name a few.
Make sure you go with a long standing, trusted company which puts their face to their company.
How long does it take until I can drive on top of it?
Ideally, it’s best to let it set over night. But it can be walked on after 4 hours, and driven on after 8 hours when tested.
Can I lay it myself?
I mean, we wouldn’t recommend it.
But, if you’re a dab hand at DIY to the extent that building your own house is within the realms of possibility; go for it! You can always give us a call to come fix it after 😉
What sort of upkeep does it take?
Hardly any at all! From time to time, it will require a power wash to bring it back up sparkling new, but apart from that – nothing. The Resin Bound layer stops weeds from penetrating through it, the resin holds the aggregate in place and rain water dissipates. That’s it!
How do I know if I’m being ripped off?
Always do your research. Make sure you choose a creditable company who have been doing it for a good while. If you can see examples of their previous clients, or they put their names and faces to the business – that’s a good sign.
Will it fade in the sunlight?
Not if you select a respectable company who has UV tested their products. You should be able to view your samples both before and after they have been exposed to sunlight so that you can pick what colour will look best for you down the line.
Can it be laid over my existing drive?
Yes if the base is stable enough already, the Resin Bound Stone can just be laid right over the top. So you could have a brand new driveway in a day!
How long will the driveway last?
Unfortunately nothing lasts forever, but Cheshire Bound Stone guarantee their driveways for at least 10 years and tests have proven that they can last in excess of 15 years!
Way more than any alternate surfacing options.
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