How to Install a Resin Bound Pathway on a MOT Type 1 Stone Base

Resin-bound pathways are an increasingly popular choice for homes, public walkways, and other outdoor surfaces due to their durability, low maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal. When it comes to creating a lasting resin-bound surface, the foundation is key. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of installing a resin-bound pathway on a well-compacted MOT Type 1 stone base. Additionally, we'll explore the differences between MOT Type 1 and Type 3 aggregates and their respective uses in resin-bound paving.

Understanding the Basics: MOT Type 1 vs. Type 3 Aggregate

Before diving into the installation process, it's essential to grasp the differences between MOT Type 1 and Type 3 aggregates and their applications in resin-bound paving.

MOT Type 1 Aggregate

MOT Type 1 is a high-quality, well-graded granular material, but it contains a higher proportion of fines (smaller particles) compared to MOT Type 3.
It typically consists of crushed limestone, granite, or other hard rocks. MOT Type 1 is known for its excellent load-bearing capacity. Commonly used as a sub-base material for roads, driveways, and pathways, MOT Type 1 provides stability and prevents settlement.

MOT Type 3 Aggregate

MOT Type 3 is also a well-graded granular material, with less fines it is known for its drainage properties. This makes MOT Type 3 suitable for lighter load-bearing applications and more appropriate for providing a smooth surface finish. It is often used as a bedding layer for block paving or as a base for decorative surfaces like resin-bound tree pits.

Materials and Tools You'll Need

Before beginning the installation process, gather the following materials and tools:

  • MOT Type 1 aggregate
  • A UV Resin binder (ProResin)
  • Decorative aggregates (e.g., gravel, stone, or glass)
  • Shovel and rake
  • Compactor (whacker plate or roller)
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Protective gear (gloves, goggles, mask)
  • Trowel
  • Edge restraints
  • CRM (crack reduction membrane)

Step-by-Step Installation Process

Now, let's walk through the step-by-step process of installing a resin-bound pathway on a well-compacted MOT Type 1 stone base:

Prepare the Sub-base:

Excavate the area to the required depth, ensuring proper drainage if necessary. Lay a geotextile membrane to prevent weed growth. Spread and compact the MOT Type 1 aggregate to create a firm and level base.

Install Edge Restraints:

Place edge restraints along the sides of the pathway to contain the resin and decorative aggregates. Mark out your batches using spray paint, and this will ensure an even coverage of materials.

Mix Resin and Aggregates:

In a forced action mixer, add the UV resin binder with your chosen decorative aggregates, following the manufacturer's instructions. Ensure a thorough and even mix.

Apply the Resin Bound Mixture:

Empty the mixed materials into a wheelbarrow, pour the resin-bound mixture onto the MOT Type 1 base and spread it evenly using a trowel or squeegee.

Rake and Trowel:

Rake the material to the depth needed. For an MOT Type 1 base, a 30mm depth of resin-bound materials will be required. Trowel the surface to achieve the desired texture and finish.

Curing Time:

Allow the resin-bound surface to cure for the recommended time, typically 4-6 hours.

Final Checks:

Inspect the surface for any imperfections and make any necessary repairs.

In conclusion, a well-prepared MOT Type 1 stone base is crucial for successfully installing a resin-bound pathway. Understanding the differences between MOT Type 1 and Type 3 aggregates helps you make the right choice for your project. By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and long-lasting resin-bound pathway that enhances the aesthetics and functionality of your outdoor space.

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