Do up’ your driveway with SureSet

Category: "How to" Guides, Driveway, Product Information and Technical, Sureset Blog

Posted 16th March 2015 by Y Holloway

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A neat and tidy driveway that’s in good condition and paved with the right material can add curb appeal to your property and increase its value. SureSet is a convenient way to upgrade your driveway because it can be laid over many existing surfaces like Tarmac or concrete (in reasonable condition). This means a quicker installation with less mess for you.

Discover some of the benefits of a SureSet permeable resin bound driveway and find helpful tips for your DIY paving project below.

Benefits Of SureSet Resin Bound Paving

The benefits of using our paving for driveways, as well as pathways, patios, and other residential paving projects, are many. A SureSet permeable resin bound driveway:

  • Is fully permeable

The minute voids created during the laying process imitate natural drainage which allows water to pass straight through, making it permeable and compliant with SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems). SuDS surfaces of any size do not need planning permission, thanks to the government’s attempts to combat urban flooding.

  • Has a 21 year guarantee

When installed by one of SureSet’s Approved Installers, your driveway comes with a 21-year guarantee against loose stone, cracking, oil damage, UV degradation, colour change, and frost damage.

  • Has no loose stone

A SureSet surface has a beautifully smooth finish, making it ideal for pushchairs, bicycles, and wheelchairs. There is no loose stone to migrate to other areas, making it foot friendly and ideal for adjoining lawned areas.

  • Is low maintenance

A SureSet driveway only needs periodic sweeping and occasional power washing to keep it looking as good as new. The technology of SureSet minimises the number of voids through which weeds can grow.

  • Offers creativity

Made in the UK from natural aggregate, marble or recycled glass SureSet is available in a wide range of colours to either complement or contrast adjacent surfaces. The many options even offer you the possibility of creating a unique design in the paved surface.

Tips For Installing A SureSet Driveway

Use the following tips to achieve the best results when using SureSet permeable resin bound paving to do up your driveway:

  • Work on a dry day

You should lay SureSet paving on a dry day. Postpone your project if the day on which you planned to do it is wet or threatens to rain or snow. The resin bound paving will cure faster on days that are warm and sunny.

  • Prepare the surface first

If you’re installing SureSet over an existing driveway paved with tarmac or concrete, prepare the surface by cleaning it with a broom or brush. Sweep away all debris, such as stones, twigs, leaves, and bits of paper, plastic, or other matter that drifted into the driveway. Don’t lay your new paving on a surface that hasn’t been prepared.

  • Position edging if necessary

Edging prevents the resin bound paving from spreading out of shape before it sets, and it minimises the risk of various types of damage long after the paving has cured. You can lay SureSet against almost any type of secure edging, such as aluminium or stainless-steel edging, timber edging, walls, and brick pavers. If you’re also installing edging, position it before you start paving.

  • Protect the edging where possible

Some types of edging may be stained by the SureSet resin. Mask any exposed areas of the edging in a way that will make it easy to remove the masking once the new paving has dried and cured.

  • Mix the resins you received in the kit

Mix the resins that were included in your SureSet paving kit in a container. Ensure they’re mixed thoroughly.

  • Add the resin mix to the container of aggregate

Add the mixed resins to the container of aggregate and mix thoroughly. Ensure the particles of aggregate are fully coated, or you risk causing blisters in the surface once it has cured and/or compromising your driveway paving’s life expectancy.

  • Pour the mix onto the surface and level

When the resin and aggregate are mixed properly, pour it onto the prepared driveway and, using the appropriate tool, spread the mix around and level it to create a flat surface. You have between 10 and 20 minutes to work with the resin-aggregate mix after mixing them, so you may need to work in sections, depending on the size of the driveway. If you cannot complete the project in one day, use a piece of timber to create a day joint (temporary edging) that you can remove to continue paving the following day.

  • Leave to cure for 24 hours

Leave your newly paved driveway to cure for 24 hours before using it. If it has not dried and cured within 48 hours, contact us for advice.

SureSet’s The Way To Go

With a SureSet driveway you will be as pleased as Bob from Sherborne:

Thank you for the great job resurfacing our drive. It was only five weeks ago we were in your office discussing a new surface for our drive. Now thanks to you arranging it, and the team of three who put it down, we have a drive to be proud of. I am sure it will look good and last longer than the last surface did. Thanks again for all your help.”

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about using SureSet permeable resin-bound paving to do up your driveway.

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