Before we start, let’s get clear on terminology. A lot of companies are offering ‘resin-bound’, ‘resin-bonded’ or just ‘resin drives’, without being clear on exactly what that means. We find that clients are often confused, as many people use the terms interchangeably. However, there are important differences. Here’s our quick guide to what the terms ‘resin bound’ and ‘resin-bonded’ actually mean, so you can be sure you’re getting the best product at the best price.
Resin Drive, or Resin Driveway, is a term that simply describes the method of surfacing, where gravel is mixed with a special permeable resin to form an attractive, smooth surface that looks like a gravel drive but acts more like a tarmac driveway.
Why you should avoid Resin-Bonded Driveways
A Resin-Bonded drive is where the resin and gravel surface is simply laid on top of the existing surface – usually an old concrete drive, tarmac drive or even a block-paved driveway.
This process is relatively cheap and quick to do, as there’s little or no preparation. However, there are some VERY serious downsides to resin-bonded drives, when laid on top of an old drive:
It’s only as good as the base it’s on
A resin bonded drive is literally bonded to the surface below it. That means any dips and problems with the angle of the existing drive will still be there afterwards.
It can crack and shift
If the original base is not fully stable, your beautiful new surface can soon develop cracks and dips.
It won’t be permeable
Most resin/gravel surfaces – if they’re done properly – will be permeable. However, if it’s laid on an old tarmac drive, water won’t pass through the base, so your resin-bonded drive won’t comply with SuDs regulations.
So if you’re looking for a stable, long-lasting, SuDs-compliant permeable resin drive, this is NOT the process you want. You should be looking at a resin-bound driveway.
Our Resin-Bound Gravel Driveways are engineered to last and totally maintenance free
When you want the look of gravel but need a firm surface that’s wheelchair (or skateboard) friendly and totally maintenance free, a resin-bound gravel driveway is the answer.
Resin-Bound gravel driveways are suitable for all homes and public spaces.
And because they’re engineered from the ground up, they’re solid, fully permeable and guaranteed for 10 years.
The gravel itself comes in a wide variety of sizes shapes and colours, so you can be sure to find one that compliments your home beautifully. We offer twenty different colours – hover over the gravel images below to check the name of your favourite.
Why use Resin-Bound Gravel Driveways?
“We approached New Driveway Company in at the end of a long and exhausting build. We were at a point where we were really fed up of people over promising and under delivering.
They did the (big) job incredibly quickly yet with an excellent finish and eye for detail. They were creative with ideas on quite a tricky layout (lots of slopes in different directions) and the result is really beautiful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as professionals who care a lot about their work and their reputation.”
– Ella and Sam, Wantage
“New Driveway Company worked quickly and efficiently. What used to be the ugliest part of the garden is now one of its nicest features – it’s perfect for parking and skateboarding, and it makes a fantastic stage too.”
Simon wanted to replace his dull-looking tarmac and create a stunning, low maintenance approach to his beautiful home, and we did just that with a resin bound gravel driveway.
Jean came to us to replace her tired old gravel driveway and patio for something that required less maintenance. We suggested a luxurious resin-bound gravel driveway. Check it out here.
For this project we created a lovely driveway incorporating different materials to make it really stand out!
We completely refurbished Mr & Mrs Allison’s driveway in Prestwood, Great Missenden. We created a design incorporating several different surface types, including block paving, tarmac and resin.