If you’re looking to lay a resin driveway yourself, you’ll want to ensure you’ve brushed up on all the techniques needed, as well as purchased all the necessary tools and equipment too. You can actually find our list of key tools on our website, if you’re looking for some guidance in that area too.
What is resin bound paving?
Resin bound paving will transform your driveway, it’s a beautiful way to update your driveway surface and it looks incredible too. Resin can vastly improve the curb appeal of your home, and it also helps with making the drive more attractive, and accessible too.
Our permeable resin bound driveways combine this amazing appearance with a fully permeable and hardwearing end result – and that’s what makes SureSet such a unique and special product.
Whilst we always recommend having one of our SureSet professionals install your driveway (which in turn means you’re covered with our 21 year guarantee) we understand that many people want to take on the installation themselves – which is why our DIY kits are available. You can find these in the product section of our store.
This blog post will talk you through the installation, and help you get your head around how to do it, and what to expect from the process.
What material should my resin bound surfacing base be?
If you’re opting for a fully permeable surface, you’ll want to ensure a new porous base is available. This should replace any existing concrete or tarmac on your driveway.
If instead, you are choosing a new non-permeable surface, the existing tarmac or concrete already on your driveway will be fine as base materials (so long as they’re in good condition, we’ll talk more about this later).
What surfaces don’t work?
Of course, some surface won’t work for this specific kind of flooring.
Block paving is one thing you’ll want to avoid laying resin over. It lacks the stability that resin bound paving requires to work because there is often too much movement in the stones underneath.
Another surface that doesn’t work is soil or grass. These surfaces will require groundwork preparation first.
Check for cracks and damage
The next thing you’ll want to do before jumping in at the deep end, is to ensure the quality of your existing surface is workable. Checking for cracks and damage is key at this stage, because not checking properly will affect your end result greatly.
You’ll need to be brutal about this, because even a small area of cracking can expand and grow over time – beneath the new surface you’re laying (which can go onto cause problems down the line).
Here’s a quick guide:
- If tarmac is crumbling it will need to be replaced with a new base.
- If concrete is cracked, it’ll need to be dug up and replaced.
- Any slabs of stone or paving stones will need to be taken up before applying resin.
- Loose gravel will also need to be replaced with a resin-friendly base.
Look for trees and roots
Next on your preparation list is to look around for roots and trees. Most driveways have trees – and that’s totally fine – as long as the roots aren’t obstructing or interfering with the surface of the base. For larger trees, roots can often lift, which cracks and disturbs the paving above. As long as the trees are at a distance, you should be fine, but it’s always worth considering this as a potential issue – is it can then be solved.
Mix your resin with your chosen stone
Once you know your surface is satisfactory and will work with the resin bound paving, you’ll need to start mixing you resin and stones together. This is the easy part, and you’ll find the instructions on your DIY kit. Be sure to mix the mixture bit by bit, and ensure you have a container (usually a bucket) that is big enough and can easily be picked up too.
When mixing, ensure the stones are consistent in colour (this means the resin is mixing through properly).
Laying the surface
When it comes to laying the resin and stones, you want to take your time. Slowly pour your mix over the desired area, and as your pour keep an eye out for any dry stones that may not have touched the resin yet.
If you pour and notice too many dry stones – the chances are you need to keep mixing – so you’ll need to shovel it back into your bucket and keep mixing for a while longer.
When you’re happy the stones are covered in resin, and you’ve poured them out, it’s time to level the mixture out to create the beautiful smooth finish that resin bound paving is famous for. You can level out using a squeegee or shovel, or the trowels in our tool section of the website.