What Are Resin Driveways? How to Choose the Right Colour for Them?

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What are The Resin Bound Driveways

What are The Resin Bound Driveways?

Resin Driveways are relatively new, yet they have become highly popular in the UK because they are very strong and easy to install. They offer a vast range of colours and effects for selection. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. You can choose a colour that goes best with your house.

Resin-bound driveways, also known as resin carpets, are a good alternative to gravel driveways. They are constructed by mixing small aggregates of size 3-5mm with a highly strong resin. They are mixed and trowelled on the ground to give a smooth and beautiful look.

Where Can the Resin Bound Driveways be Used?

Resin-bound driveways can be used in almost all kinds of places, for example:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways & Paths
  • Patios
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Car Parks
  • Picnic areas
  • Towpaths
  • Schools and hospitals
  • Terraces

Advantages and Disadvantages of Resin Bound Driveways:

Advantages:

  • Resin-bound driveways are highly economical and affordable.
  • They are very strong and enduring and can last very long with minimal maintenance.
  • They offer a very easy and fast method of installation.
  • They have a vast variety of colours and shapes.
  • They are water permeable and don’t let the water accumulate on the surface.
  • They are aesthetically pleasing and can add to the beauty of the house.
  • They need very little maintenance to stay intact.

 Disadvantages:

  • Resin-bound driveways tend to fade when exposed to sunlight for a long time
  • Moss can appear on resin-bound surfaces. Although it can be removed, it is still unpleasant and requires regular cleaning.
  • They are not a suitable choice for heavy traffics.
  • They need to be maintained properly and regularly.

How to Choose the aggregates of the right colour?

In general, natural aggregates are used for resin-bound driveways. Since the market has grown, you can find aggregates of all shapes and colours available. You can also customise your driveway by using aggregates of different colours and sizes and mixing them.

However, before choosing an aggregate, make sure that they are properly cleaned and dried. The presence of dust can weaken the bond between resin and the aggregates. It is also important to know that a resin-bound material is supposed to remain anti-skidding even in wet conditions, so make sure that you consider polished stone value (PSV) as well when choosing the aggregate.

Create Your Colours for a Resin-Based Driveway:

For resin-based driveways, you have a wide range of colours and shapes that you can choose from. Both natural and artificial aggregates offer more than fifty colours and shades. Moreover, you can choose different effects for the resin as well, like shine and even glittery effects.

You can also make a mixture of different coloured aggregates to create a multicolour design and pattern for your driveway. However, keep in mind that whatever colour you choose for your driveway should go beautifully with your house and increase the aesthetics of your house positively.

Here are some general choices that you can consider for your driveway:

Amalfi:

If you are looking for a lighter shade for your driveway, Amalfi can be a good choice. It gives away sandy looks. Moreover, lighter colours can go work with most of the properties.

Anthracite:

If you want a darker look, you can go for Anthracite. It provides a dark, tarmac-like look. Anthracite also includes amber, brown and white stones, which make it look more attractive.

Ireland Green:

An Ireland Green driveway includes a combination of dark, tan, white and green stones, giving your driveway a perfectly unique look. The addition of green stones can combine with any landscaping at your property and increase the beauty of your property.

Porto Fino:

Porto Fino resin can provide an eye-catching look with its red and green aggregates. They, with their brilliant rich colours, can be a perfect choice for modern homes.

Slate Grey:

This is a combination of different shades of grey that provides a beautiful amalgamation of smoky and silvery looks at your driveway.

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Does Colour Difference change the strength too?

Yes, aggregates of different colours are made up of different compounds which have different strengths. Make sure you choose a balanced combination of colour and strength that can serve its purpose at your house.

Does Ultra-Violet Radiations Affect the Colours?

Two main materials are most commonly used for resin-based driveways:

  • Aliphatic Polyurethane
  • Aromatic Polyurethane

The aliphatic polyurethane is the best material to go for if you want to lay a resin-bound driveway because it offers high UV resistance and hence can sustain the colours for a much longer period as compared to the other materials.

On the other hand, aromatic polyurethane can suffer discolouration when exposed longer to ultraviolet radiations from the sun. That is why it is more suitable for indoor spaces.