Resin bound paving is still very new to the UK, but this product is already becoming popular due to it’s aesthetic qualities and permeable nature.
What Is Resin Bound Paving?
Resin bound paving is a system where aggregate is bound together with glue to create the look of natural gravel without any of the loose stone. The resin is used to coat the aggregate so that points of contact will fuse together without blocking the voids through which rainwater can flow, thus ensuring the paving is totally porous.
What Is Resin Bound Paving Used For?
The most popular uses for resin bound paving are for driveways, car parks, pathways and tree pits. Although resin bound paving is designed to withstand pedestrian and light vehicular traffic it would not be suitable for use as part of a main road.
What Are The Benefits Of Resin Bound Paving?
One of the key benefits of resin bound paving is that it’s a porous product. This means that any rainwater will penetrate the surface and be returned directly to the ground. Porous paving products are hugely beneficial to water sensitive urban design and assist with storm water run off, flooding and water harvesting.
Resin bound paving is generally very attractive and offers consumers the natural gravel look without the hassle of loose stone. This is practical from both a maintenance point of view and day-to-day use if you need a paved area that will be suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Resin bound paving is both flexible and strong, which means the material is less likely to crack should there be any movement from the base or sub base. This product is becoming increasingly popular for tree pits as it’s flexibility supports the tree’s roots and won’t restrict any growth.
Are There Downsides To Using Resin Bound Paving?
Resin bound paving is not cheap at the moment and won’t suit those on a tight budget. You also need to be wary of which companies you use. This is still a new product and whilst some have perfected the technology, others haven’t got it right. Choosing the wrong supplier could lead to yellowing of the resin, cracking and poor workmanship. Be sure to do your research first to ensure you’re working with a reputable company.
Is There A Difference Between Bound And Bonded?
Resin bound paving and resin bonded paving are often confused and although similar they are different products. Resin bonded paving is a separate system where a thin layer of resin is spread on the surface before having aggregate sprinkled over the top. Resin bonded paving is not permeable and the aggregate is likely to become loose through use.
Where Can I Find Resin Bound Paving?
This type of paving needs to be installed by a professional company like ours, in the same way that concrete or asphalt would be, so you can’t simply pop into your local DIY store. The best thing to do is get online and start searching for companies who specialise in resin bound paving. In the UK the most notable suppliers are StoneSet® and Resin Bonded Surfaces®, though an internet search will undoubtedly offer further information for companies local to your area.
Is Resin Bound Paving Here To Stay?
In a world where rain is a precious resource, porous paving products are becoming more and more important as part of sustainable living. Resin bound paving offers another option for consumers who are searching for a more eco-friendly solution to their hard landscaping needs.