Avoiding Common Problems with Resin Bound

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What is Resin Bound?

It is also referred to as “stone carpet”. Resin-bound surfacing is a mixture of resin and aggregates thoroughly mixed in a forced action mixer. This creates a mixture which is then laid onto a surface to achieve a smooth and flat finish. Besides this, its seamless finish provides a durable, practical, and attractive surface.

Though it gives a long-lasting finish, several things could go wrong in installing its surface. The most dominant problems are listed below,  and suggestions about how to avoid them are also listed.

Unexpected Rain

Water and resin do not get along. The process will fail if the mixture becomes wet during installation, such as from heavy rain.

Here are some precautions to take if it appears the rain is on its way:

  • Increase the quality 3-metre gazebo over the site.
  • Ensure that the mixture is made and hardened in dry conditions.
  • Ensure that you keep the mixture underneath the gazebo and that all the stone is covered with tarpaulin.
  • If rainfall is heavier and the installation process is not near competition, neatly finish the edge of the last laid mix.
  • Because resin bound must be laid out at a precise depth.

Resin Bound Curing Too Swiftly

The curing time of resin bound varies by the surrounding air temperature. Surfaces usually cure a lot faster in the summer. This is true for surfaces like asphalt, tarmac, and black surfaces; this allows the resin to dry in a minimum of 10 minutes. Therefore, it is important to check the temperature in order to avoid problems and issues.

The process should be halted if:

  • There is 30%-85% humidity outside.
  • The considered air temperature and relative humidity dew point are less than 3°C above the surface temperature.
  • The road surface, operating, and air temperature range from 10°C to 30°

Additional Tips to Avoid Issues Regarding Temperature:

  • Start as early as possible before the temperature gets warmer.
  • Keep resins in the shade, keeping them away from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid keeping the resin in your van

Shortage of Resin Bound Gravel or Resin

Running out in the middle of resin-bound surfacing can be chaotic and catastrophic. Not only will it delay the process, but it will also cause numerous problems with the final finishing.

Check that you have enough resin for resin installation:

  • Keep in mind that aggregate accuracy and type can influence coverage rates.
  • Always store 10-15% more in stock.
  • Every 10 square metres, mark out the surface with line marker paint. This provides a simple reference point for checking your usage and makes overuse easier to detect early on.
  • This may also allow you to obtain more product before it is required or correct the overuse.
  • You can use our Resin Bound Calculator to check the quantities you need for a given area and how much thickness is required.
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Resin Bound Surface Detachment

Surfaces detachment happens when the top layering detaches itself from the sub-base. Though there can be several reasons, the most common ones are frost and moisture. Another one could be the usage of an unsuitable base.

Repairs for this issue are easy and straightforward. However, it leaves a surface mark where the resin-bound surface was cut out and replaced. The colour discrepancies between new and old surfaces could be tough to hide.

Not Fully Drying the Resin-bound Driveway

Problems may arise if people or animals accidentally walk on the newly installed surface before it is fully dried. But the damaged and broken area should be re-troweled if it’s easily accessible.

If an area is damaged but finally heals, you can do the following:

  • Carefully re-patch the affected area.
  • Mix only a small amount of resin and stone.
  • You can use syringes to calculate the right and correct quantity of resin or a scale to weigh the exact amount of stone.
  • Carefully lay the new mix onto the damaged area.

How Could You Stop People From Walking on a Resin-bound Surface Before It’s Even Completely Cured

  • The resin driveway area should be prominently marked with cones and caution tape.
  • Photographing the area with the cones and tape in place is an excellent idea.
  • Be cautious around domestic pets, especially cats.
  • This happens when the base shifts over time and causes a crack to appear on the surface.
  • You will need to repair the base if it moves after installation.
  • You should clarify to the consumer that you will not be held liable for any subsequent cracking if the base is not installed.

How to Ensure your Resin Bound Mixes are Reliable

  • If the material is not mixed correctly, the complete material will fail. You must monitor the efficiency of resin by keeping an eye on empty tubs.
  • After about 30 minutes, they should use a sharp object to peel the skin of the curdled resin from several tubs. The base or sides of the tub should not have any liquid left between them and the resin skin. At least once every hour, perform this check again.
  • Ensure all the mixes are equal
  • All products are kept in pre-weighed bags

Tree Root Problems Resin Bound

This problem should be addressed before installation.

  • Deal with the issue by discussing the client’s needs and requirements.
  • If they decide to lay resin-bound.
  • The consumer should be informed that tree roots will eventually damage the surface if it is decided to work over them since they always win.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Resin-Bound

Q. What is the Average Life Span of a Resin-bound Driveway?

Undoubtedly, resin-bound is a durable and robust surface. And if it’s properly installed and maintained, it can last between 5-20 years or even more than 20 years.

Q. Are Resin Driveways Slippery?

Resin and gravel are carefully mixed together before being applied. The material is laid at a layer of 15-20mm thickness. After that, extra anti-slip sand or glass mixture is laid. This makes the surface non-slippery.

Q. Can I Jet Wash My Resin Driveway?

Yes, your resin driveway or patio can be jet washed. However, you should always follow the manufacturer’s aftercare guidance before jet washing the surface.