Laying Resin Bound Paving

6 easy steps for upgrading your driveway, patio, or garden!

Starting the process of a new driveway, patio, or garden can seem a little daunting at first, but we’re here to help.

We’ve put together 6 easy steps to show you it’s actually really quite simple and straightforward, especially if you’re looking for resin paving, a sleek and modern alternative to traditional paving.

#1. Check the condition of the existing surface

First things first; assess the current condition and type of your existing surface. Make sure it’s in good condition prior to laying resin paving. If it’s resin bound paving and you don’t want to install additional drainage, ensure the base is constructed with MOT Type 1 or Open Coarse Tarmac, so water can seep into the ground once the paving is laid. Also, ensure there is a hard edge to the surface area. This can be existing or newly laid edging.

Not sure where to start, contact us or visit our showroom where Danny, our Sales Manager, will be happy to help. Situated in Leicestershire, just 10 minutes from J20 from the M1, it’s easy to find!

#2. Choosing your paving

Measure the project area by taking the length and width measurements and then use our measurement calculator to work out the number of kits you need. This also means understanding the depth of aggregate required and this depends on your project:

  • 18mm for driveways
  • 15mm for patios, paths, or landscaped gardens

We also recommend adding a 10% contingency to your order to ensure you have enough material, that way, you know you won’t risk falling short and causing unnecessary joins in your paving.

The next step is to choose your paving type; either resin bound or bonded. We personally feel that resin bound is the superior surfacing due to its exclusive features. Having said that, it does completely depend on your project.

Both have a wide range of colours available and take on the appearance of loose stone, but resin bonded more closely matches loose stone as the aggregate isn’t encapsulated with the resin, but sticks to a layer of resin applied directly to the existing surface.

If your project needs to comply with the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) or needs to let water drain then resin bonded surfacing is not for you. The resin completely covers the surface making it impossible for water to drain through to the ground below. Whereas, resin bound surfacing is a mix of resin and aggregate before it is applied. The resin completely covers the stone, and once cured, is bound together. Because of this, small holes are left in the surface which allows water to drain through to the sub-base, and as long as the sub-base is also permeable, you get yourself a SUDS-compliant surfacing solution.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a high friction surfacing that looks good, then this is where you would choose resin bonded surfacing. Because it isn’t mixed with resin before it’s laid, the stone naturally provides additional friction.

Resin BoundResin Bonded
SUDS compliant
Little/no stone migration
High friction
Looks great
Frost resistant
Environmentally friendly


#3. Choosing your paving colour

This can be a difficult decision as you want to choose the colour that is going to complement your project most. Scroll through our colour options and choose the five that most appeal to you and then order these in samples … what’s more, our samples are free! The only thing you pay for is the £4.95 shipping fee.

Once you’ve found your colour, simply head over to our resin bound or bonded trade kits, select your colour choice, type in your measurements, and then add to your basket! Once purchased your order will be delivered directly to your project, your work, or your home address within a couple of days.

#4. Preparing your surface

  • Double-check the length, width, and depth of the working area to make sure you have enough material to complete your project.
  • Check your work equipment and materials are clean, accessible, and ready to start
  • Ensure your working area is free from moisture, leaves, weeds or other contaminates before starting work
  • Protect the ground you’re mixing on to protect it from spillages
  • Do not lay resin materials in wet weather, or to wet surfacing. Also check the air temperature, as you can’t lay resin paving between 5°C and 35°C.

For more in-depth instructions, download our full application guides.

#5. Laying your surface

There are different guidelines for laying resin bound or bonded surfacing. Whilst the surface preparation is similar the actual application is very different. Watch our training videos or download our application guides for more information.

Alternatively, attend one of our comprehensive training courses, where you will learn about the resin bound and bonded application process and also get a chance to put theory into practice. Delivered by industry experts, this training course is a full day where lunch is provided, and at the end of it, you will become a fully trained expert at laying resin bound and bonded paving.

#6. Stand back and admire your work!

Now all that’s left to be done, is to stand back and admire your handy work! Why not take a few photos and send them to us? We’ll share your project on our social media channels, which will expose you to a pot of potential new clients!

RSD has more than 30 years’ unrivalled trading history in providing high quality resin based surfacing materials to contractors and the avid DIYer.

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