Having a resin bound driveway means you have an effective and inexpensive addition to your home and its value. As well as it being a lovely feature, however, it can also turn into a labour of love, when you consider how to keep it in shape for as long as possible. A large part of the resin driveway's charm lies in its fairly low regime.
Having said that, it does require some looking after and it is wise to do some research before embarking on your project, such as how long does a resin bound driveway last, as well as how to maintain a resin bound driveway.
As far as the surface's lifespan is concerned, if properly preserved, you could have a resin bound driveway for up to twenty-five years. In order to achieve this, here are some tips for resin bound driveway maintenance:
1. Hosing down your driveway
Let's start with the basics. By keeping your driveway clean, you're already taking care of it. Moderate in both your water's pressure and temperature (as water that is too hot or too cold can damage the resin) your hosing should pass through the layers, ensuring you are not left with any puddles and freeing the voids from dust and debris.
2. Brushing away any leaves
Keeping the theme of 'prevention before cure' going, regular sweeping of your driveway can help maintain its perfect condition. By brushing away leaves or any other organic debris, you are stopping weeds from sprouting and, consequently, the loosening of the resin. A clear increase in the amount of weeds can ultimately make the driveway uneven and bumpy.
If, however, weed growth does become a problem, a simple weed killer is advised to be used, so long as it does not contain oil, as this would be detrimental to the surface of your driveway.
3. Pressure washes
Should you not find the time to hose your driveways or if your regular hosing does not pass muster, you could consider jet washing as an alternative. More and more people are turning to professionals to pressure clean their surfaces, with some deliberately leaving their driveways to be power washed on an annual basis. If you were to have this process take place regularly, however, your drive would maintain not only its surface traction, but also any colour, pattern or design that may be present.
4. Evening out the gravel
If your surface does not develop a pothole at some point in its existence, you certainly know how to maintain a resin driveway. But, chances are, it will happen. When it does, there is an option to make an almost seamless repair to the pothole, knocking it down and making it more compact in its new position. However, this obviously leaves a weak spot in your surface, making the resin more likely to loosen and for it to become a pothole of its own.
5. Clearing away snow and ice
As picturesque as your driveway may appear during the winter months - complete with a sheet of fresh snow - the liquid that lays there may be doing some damage. Not to mention the chance that ice may also be involved. However, the way to maintain a resin bound driveway during winter is by simply using a snow shovel. With the resin being carefully compacted into solid layers, there is no danger of any loose pieces being scraped up when you clear the snow and/or ice.
6. Installing a geotextile fabric
When laying your resin bound driveway it is important to place a geotextile fabric on top of the hard rock surface underneath the gravel. This will help correct any uneven resin patches that develop.
7. Worries over water
Unfortunately, you cannot stop Mother Nature and the rain from falling on your driveway. The best approach is to lay your resin bound driveway completely flat without a fall or after a slight fall and level with the surrounding area, such as a nearby pathway or adjacent lawn or garden.
You will have identified that rainwater seems to puddle on a surface. To avoid puddles and to allow the water to run off your driveway and into the drains or act as more refreshment for any gardens or greenery you may have nearby. Furthermore, good drainage points will stop any common issues encountered such as ruts and washouts.
Once you have tried all of the above and feel you are still struggling to see how to maintain a resin driveway, you may feel that to dig up your efforts and start again is the only answer. It could be argued that, if you find yourself with an unstable surface or weed-infested resin, you do not have any other option but to restart the project, rather than waste time, money and effort on trying to repair it.