Resin Bound Driveway

How much is a resin driveway?

Exploring the costs of resin driveways: Factors, estimates, and considerations

A resin driveway is a stylish and durable choice for enhancing the curb appeal of your home. However, determining the cost of a resin driveway involves various factors that can influence the overall price.

In this article, we’ll explore the key elements that contribute to the cost of a resin driveway and provide estimates to help you make an informed decision.

#1. Resin Bound or Bonded Driveway

Resin bound and resin bonded driveways are two distinct methods of installing driveways using resin and aggregates. While they share some similarities, they have key differences in terms of their application and therefore, costs are significantly different.

With a resin bound driveway, the resin and aggregates are thoroughly mixed before being applied and laid using a trowel. The result is a seamless, smooth finish. Whereas, with a resin bonded driveway, the resin is applied directly to the surface and then the aggregate is scattered over the top while the resin is still wet. When the resin starts to cure (or dry), it bonds the aggregate to the surface, creating a textured and anti-slip finish that takes on the appearance of loose gravel or stone.

In terms of price, a resin bonded driveway tends to be more cost-effective compared to a resin bound driveway. The key factors influencing the price difference are the amount of resin and aggregate used in each method and the fact that the installation process is quicker and requires less labour.


#2. Installation

Whether you decide to hire a contractor or choose to embark on a DIY project, the cost of installing your resin driveway will vary significantly. By choosing a contractor like HMS, you pay for the experience, expertise and efficiency that come with over 30 years of experience and ensure a high-quality and durable installation. However, this all comes with a price.

By installing your resin driveway yourself using our DIY Trade Kits, all you pay for is the cost of the materials, the hire or purchase of a Forced Action Mixer (in the case of resin bound), and some specialist tools such as a Helical Spiral Mixing Drill Bit and Floor Trowels.

#3. Surface Preparation Before Installation

Surface preparation is a critical aspect of a resin driveway installation, irrespective of surface type, and plays a significant role in both the success of the project and the overall cost. Suitable preparation ensures a stable foundation that helps with the longevity and durability of the surface.

Before installing resin bound, ensure the existing surface is porous. In 99% of cases, a new MOT Type 1 subbase and an open-graded binder course are required, significantly impacting the overall cost of a resin bound driveway.

With a resin bonded driveway, check the surface for any cracks, unevenness, or damage that may need to be addressed and repair any damage or level out the surface before installation. This is essential to create a smooth and stable base for the resin system. Whilst there may be some labour costs incurred if using a contractor, assuming the existing surface is reasonable, it will add very little cost to the project.

#4. Other Factors Influencing the Cost of a Resin Driveway

  • The size of the driveway. Larger driveways will naturally require more materials, resulting in higher costs.
  • The type of resin. UV-resistant resin, for example, tends to be more expensive but offers better longevity by resisting colour fade over time.
  • Aggregate type. High-quality aggregates may cost more, but they can enhance the aesthetics and durability of your driveway.
  • Edging and borders. Adding decorative edging or borders can contribute to the visual appeal of the driveway but will also increase costs.

Let’s look at the costs …

In summary, when pricing your new resin driveway, you need to consider the type of material, surface preparation, installation, and other factors such as boarders or edging and resin type. If you have the skills and the tools to embark on a DIY project, then this is the more cost-efficient approach. Alternatively, choosing a reputable contractor, like HMS Decorative Surfacing, ensures the job is completed to a high standard and will stand the test of time!

* Please note, that HMS do not install the subbase for the binder course, however, we can recommend reputable companies whom we have worked with in the past.

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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