Introduction: When it comes to upgrading your driveway, the world of resin-based solutions offers a wide array of options. Two popular choices are resin bound and resin bonded driveways. While these terms may sound similar, they represent two distinct methods of creating stunning and durable driveway surfaces. In this blog post, we will explore the key differences between resin bound and resin bonded driveways to help you make an informed choice for your property.

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Resin Bound Driveways: Seamless Elegance

Materials: Resin bound driveways blend aggregates (such as natural stone or gravel) mixed with a clear resin. The mixture is meticulously combined to create a smooth, seamless surface.

Appearance: Resin bound driveways offer a visually appealing, consistent, and permeable surface. They have a beautiful, smooth finish resembling natural stone and are available in various colours and aggregate sizes to suit your aesthetic preferences.

Permeability: One of the key advantages of resin bound driveways is their permeability. They allow water to pass through, reducing the risk of surface water runoff and aiding in natural groundwater recharge. This eco-friendly feature can help prevent flooding and supports sustainable drainage.

Durability: Resin bound driveways are highly durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic and vehicle use. They are resistant to cracks and potholes, making them a long-lasting choice.

Maintenance: These driveways are relatively low-maintenance, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them looking pristine. Weeds are unlikely to grow through the surface due to their seamless nature.


Resin Bonded Driveways: Texture and Grip

Materials: Resin bonded driveways, on the other hand, involve spreading a layer of resin onto an existing surface, like asphalt or concrete, and then broadcasting loose aggregate onto the resin. The result is a textured, bonded surface.

Appearance: Resin bonded driveways offer a textured finish that provides excellent grip. They are available in various aggregate colours and sizes, allowing for customisation.

Permeability: While they are not fully permeable like resin bound driveways, resin bonded driveways still allow some water penetration due to the gaps between the aggregates. However, they do not provide the same level of sustainable drainage as resin bound driveways.

Durability: Resin bonded driveways are durable and resistant to wear and tear. The textured surface provides excellent traction, ideal for areas prone to slipping hazards.

Maintenance: These driveways are also relatively low-maintenance, with occasional cleaning required. Over time, there may be some aggregate loss, but repairs can be made by re-bonding additional aggregate.


Conclusion: The choice between resin bound and resin bonded driveways ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Resin bound driveways offer a seamless, visually appealing, and highly permeable surface, making them an excellent choice for eco-conscious homeowners. Resin bonded driveways, with their textured finish and excellent grip, are well-suited for durable and slip-resistant surfaces.

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