Why choose resin bound paving?

Category: Sureset Blog

Posted 10th November 2016 by Jim Newton


Why choose resin bound paving? Here are 10 good reasons…

In recent years, due to an increase in flooding and public awareness of flood prevention, the permeable resin bound paving market has grown considerably.  

Unfortunately, as the demand for resin bound paving has grown so has the number of companies completing sub-standard installations. Frustratingly, this creates a bad reputation for a premium paving product that when installed correctly will last more than 25 years.  

As it is a relatively new product, it’s one of only a few trades within the construction industry without a governing body or Trade Association of its own; and, apart from the Paving Expert website, there isn’t anywhere to go for independent advice about resin bound paving.  

Nearly 22 years ago we revolutionised the concept of clear resin bound paving for external use, and our staff are still as passionate and excited about the product and its potential as Peter, Kevin and Michael were when they set up SureSet in 1997.

So here they are – 10 really good reasons to choose resin bound paving…  

  1. It’s permeable: cold mixed on site using a process that ensures every particle of stone is completely covered in resin; forming a structurally stable 3D matrix. During the laying process, minute voids are created that allows water to drain through.
  2. It’s aesthetically pleasing: not only is it decorative, resin bound paving is sustainable, practical and versatile.
  3. It’s resistant to weather conditions: doesn’t soften in summer, freeze in winter or fade in sunlight.
  4. Its longevity: resin bound paving is a long lasting durable surface. While guarantees vary between 10 – 21 years, when properly installed and maintained, can last for more than 25 years.
  5. It requires minimal maintenance: there are no weeds to ‘weed’ or loose stone to sweep. A regular brush and occasional power wash will keep it looking as good as new.
  6. It provides natural filtration: as surface or rain water seeps through the sub-base a natural filtration takes place – reducing or removing impurities and pollutants caused by oils and metals.
  7. It reduces standing water (puddles): which in turn reduces surface water run-off and flash flooding.
  8. It’s SuDS compliant (Sustainable urban Drainage Systems): a water management system introduced by the Environment Agency to help manage flood risk and water quality.
  9. It reduces the ‘heat island’ effect: heat islands happen because hard surfaces, like asphalt and concrete, absorb and store heat. Permeable paving allows the soil underneath to breathe, which reduces surface temperatures and thereby the ‘heat island’ effect.
  10. No planning permission required: Since government legislation in 2008, planning permission is not required for areas less than 5m² or if the new surface is permeable.

In comparison to traditional paving options that…       

  • Are impermeable     
  • Have a more ‘industrial’ look
  • Are not weather resistant     
  • Have a relatively short functional life     
  • Require more maintenance     
  • Create puddles and contribute to flash flooding     
  • Are not SuDS compliant (a water management system introduced by the Environment Agency to help manage flood risk and water quality) and therefore require planning permission.     
  • Retain heat and contribute to the ‘heat island’ effect.  

You will find more useful information about resin bound paving on these Blogs:  

What resin bound paving can look like after 18 years.  

Why you should purchase on quality not cost.  

Top Tips for choosing a resin bound paving company.

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