1 What is resin bound?

Resin bound paving combines natural aggregate, marbled or recycled material (stone) and a high-quality clear resin binder. A thorough mixing ensures the stone is fully coated in resin and ‘bound’ together, producing a 3D matrix. During the laying process, minute voids mimic natural drainage by allowing water to pass through. SureSet permeable paving delivers a smooth, durable surface that needs very little maintenance, sweeping and occasional power washing to avoid debris build-up and prevent moss or algae growth. Our resin bound gravel is fully permeable, meeting the requirements of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDs). Even when applied to a non-permeable base, the permeability of SureSet allows water to be harvested or discharged into drains or soak-aways. Resin bound differs from resin bonded, whereby a thin resin layer is applied to the surface, and aggregate is scattered on top.

2 How is SureSet permeable?

During the mixing process, we ensure that each piece of stone is completely coated in resin, allowing the stones to bond securely whilst leaving minute voids for water to drain through to the sub-base.

3 Can I drive on SureSet?

Yes, you can count on SureSet. Our resin bound paving can even be designed for heavy traffic, such as buses and lorries.

4 Is SureSet easy to clean?

Yes, it is. There’s no loose stone with SureSet resin bound gravel making it easy to look after. Regular sweeping and occasional power washing will keep it looking fresh. Watch our video maintenance guide.

5 What specification is the resin and groundwork’s laid to?

The depth of SureSet resin bound gravel varies for each project, depending on the application and size of the stone, but the approximate ‘typical’ depth is 18mm. There are various base options for SureSet, including asphalt, concrete, and SureCell.

6 How long does SureSet take to cure?

SureSet resin bound paving is suitable for use after six to eight hours for pedestrians and 12-16 hours for vehicles. For heavy vehicle use, we recommend 24 hours to ensure the surface is fully cured.

7 How long does SureSet last?

SureSet permeable paving comes with a 21-year guarantee. However, the resin technology suggests it will last in excess of 25 years.

8 What groundworks and base preparation do we need to undertake?

The groundwork and preparation laid before installing resin bound are essential. If you plan to have a new sub-base, please use our handy specifications for the best results. All SureSet Approved Installers can carry out any groundwork and preparations for you. For your nearest approved installer contact us.

9 Can I lay SureSet myself?

Yes, you can lay SureSet yourself. We have a range of Supply Only products such as a DIY Kit®, TradePack® and resin-only, ProResin. We would always recommend using a SureSet Installation Team for the best result for larger areas.

10 Is the resin toxic?

No. Once installed, SureSet is an inert material. Part of our resin blend is derived from natural plant extract.

11 What depth is SureSet normally laid at?

The depth of SureSet resin bound gravel varies for each project depending on the application and size of the stone. The approximate ‘typical’ depth of SureSet is 18mm.

12 How much does SureSet cost?

Each project is individually priced and dependent on the location, area size, application type and stone choice. Please get in touch with us with this information, and we will be happy to provide you with a free quotation.

13 Can I use SureSet resin with aggregate I already have?

In principle, any aggregate would need to satisfy our minimum quality standard. If you would like to discuss this further, please get in touch with us.

14 How can I find your specifications?

All technical specifications and other useful documents can be found on our downloads page here.

15 What is a BBA Certification?

The BBA is a UKAS-accredited Product Certification Body responsible for determining, in the public interest, an organisation’s technical competence and integrity. SureSet resin bound paving is approved by BBA (British Board of Agrément). More information and a copy of our certification can be found here.

16 What is a CPD?

Continued Professional Development. CPD is a way for professionals to keep up to date with industry and product developments. SureSet provides high-quality resin bound related RIBA assessed and approved CPD content, available to architects and specifiers through the RIBA CPD Providers Network. Visit here for more details.

17 What is ProResin?

ProResin is a SureSet resin-only product used by the industry’s trade. We have two types;
  • ProResin UVR is our high-quality UV stable formula designed in-house using crystal clear polyurethane and chemically curing; you can learn more about ProResin by reading our FAQs.
  • ProResin Non-UVR is an MDI-based resin prone to yellowing and has a separate curing element; you can learn more about ProResin Non-UVR by reading our FAQs.

18 What is a DIYPack?

DIYPack is a self-install option for use without a force action mixer. Suitable for all Hard Landscapes such as footpaths, cycleways, and driveways. More information on DIYPack is here.

19 Can you lay over an existing base?

Absolutely! When it comes to enhancing your space with resin bound paving, you may wonder if it’s feasible to lay it over an existing asphalt or concrete base. Well, the answer is yes, it can be done, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Several key factors come into play, such as how you plan to use the area, the current condition and strength of the base, and whether it’s compatible with your chosen resin bound system. Additionally, factors like thickness, preparation, and drainage need to be considered. We highly recommend seeking professional advice if you’re thinking about utilising an existing base. Proper surface preparation is crucial to ensure a successful installation that stands the test of time. Since every project is unique, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for more personalised information and guidance. We’re here to help make your project a success!

20 Can’t find the answer you are looking for?

These are just some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you have a question that we still need to answer here, please get in touch.
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