Information about Resin surfacing

Resin bound surfacing produces the appearance of a natural aggregate of stone but is firmly bonded using quality assured resin to create a strong, durable surface with excellent traction whilst both wet and dry therefore ensuring a non-slip surface.

Besides durability, Resin Bound surfacing provides a functional, seamless decorative surfacing for both residential and commercial use.

It is an excellent low-maintenance option in paving and will not fade or stain due to our high-tech UV stable polyurethane resin. A Resin Bound driveway prevents weeds, has no loose stones and can be easily cleaned. This innovative form of surfacing is available in a wide range of finishes, and decorative patterns can be easily created through combining various colours.  (Please take a look at the choice of colours and textures available below)

Resin stone has fast become the Number 1 choice surface for domestic driveways, patios, paths, pool surrounds, disabled access and many other uses.

It has been used in many commercial projects and by local authorities for a few years now, due to it's robustness, it's low maintenance and appearance. Increasingly it is being used in schools, universities, hospitals, and public places such as urban pathways, pedestrian areas, tourist attractions, parks, and many other places used by the general public.

Due to its versatility, Resin Bound surfacing gives an attractive alternative to conventional paving such as tarmac, block paving or plain concrete. Following our 20 years’ experience in the paving trade we do have the skills and expertise to be able to offer a combination of surfacing, including Resin Bound and pattern imprinted concrete which will ensure that your new driveway or patio is unique and will have other envious for years to come!

Contact us and we will give a free survey and quotation, show you samples of our colours and edgings and photos of our recent projects and discuss the most attractive, practical option for your drive or patio. WE DO NOT USE SALESMEN, YOU SPEAK DIRECTLY TO ONE OF OUR TEAM.

  Environmentally friendly

  Reduced risk of flooding

  Water permeable when laid on open surface

  Strong, durable surface

  Resistance to cracking due to its flexibility

  Easy Maintenance

  Choice of colours

We at Resin Expression Ltd have the equipment and expertise to form the modern technology of resin bound materials on site using our forced action mixer. Decorative stone is mixed together with high-tech UV stable polyurethane resin. The resin-bound material is then hand trowelled and levelled to a smooth seamless finish. This type of surfacing will not discolour because the resin stones are protected by the resin that coats them, making it UV protective.

What is resin bound surfacing?

Resin bound paving fixes together small stones with high-tech resin to form a firm, attractive surface. It creates many small gaps that allow water to drain through into the ground.

This technology combines the best of other surfaces:

 The drainage and appearance of loose gravel

 The durability and convenience of block paving

Resin bound surfacing - The premium option

The modern technology involved in resin bound paving calls for careful selection of the best materials, and skilful installation by experts. This means superior resin bound surfaces can cost more than other options, but the results make this investment worthwhile.

Cheaper options may involve non-expert installation, with a risk of later problems. Non-specialist installers may use substandard materials that degrade or discolour in sunlight over time.

Some contractors may offer resin-bonded surfaces – cheaper than true resin bound paving. Despite the name, resin-bonded surfaces are very different to resin bound – they lack the permeability that allows rainwater to drain freely into the ground and have a very rough texture.

What is the difference between resin ‘bound’ and resin ‘bonded’ surfacing?

Resin bound surfacing provides a water-permeable surface when laid on an open grade binder asphalt. The resin bound mixture has open voids across the surface, allowing air to flow freely and surface water to filter through the structure, making it an ideal permeable system for driveways, paths, tree pits and areas prone to standing water. The smooth surface, with no loose stones, is suitable for wheelchair access and tough enough to withstand pressure washing. By contrast, resin bonded surfacing is non-permeable and must be laid on a non-porous fine wearing course asphalt or concrete base. With resin bonded surfacing, soakaways and ACO drains must be installed to prevent run-off which could lead to flooding. 

‘Resin bonded’ is sometimes also used as a generic term for both systems. This can be misleading, since the systems produce different results. 

* * * Paul Martin Paving Ltd Specialise in Resin Bound Surfacing only * * *

Resin Bound: Permeable smooth surface compliant with SuDs regulations bound surfacing, or ‘trowelled’ paving is made from a blend of aggregates coated with a clear UV-stable polyurethane resin. To ensure that each aggregate particle is completely coated in resin, the two elements are combined in a force-action mix process to form a cold-pour mixture. The mixture is then poured and hand-trowelled to form a smooth, colour-constant, accurate surface with no loose stones.

It is recommended that a resin bound surface should be laid to a depth of 15mm for a pool surround, footpath or terrace and 18mm for a driveway and car park.

Resin bound surfacing is water-permeable when laid on open surface asphalt. 

Bonded: Non-permeable and rough surface

By contrast, resin bonded surfacing, or ‘scattercoat’ paving is non-permeable and must be laid on a non-porous fine wearing course asphalt or concrete base. With resin bonded paving, soak-aways and channel drains must be installed to prevent run-off which could lead to flooding.

Resin bonded surfacing is made by sprinkling loose aggregate onto resin. However, it’s not as durable as resin bound paving: the bonded aggregate particles may loosen over time, due to car tyres turning on the surface and it is not as easy to clean. Depending on the aggregate size [1-3mm], the depth is generally 3mm

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