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What is the Difference Between Resin Bonded and Resin Bound Gravel?

There are two main types of fixed gravel surfacing which are installed for decorative paths, driveways, car parks and other outdoor spaces. These options are resin bonded and resin bound stone systems. Each paving type can be applied in a range of colour choices to suit the client’s design preference, but what is the difference between the two specifications?

Resin Bonded Gravel

The resin bonded gravel is created from a scatter system where glue is applied to the base surface. The chosen stone aggregate will then be scattered across the base, leaving a textured finish. With the scattered stone effect, this system gives the appearance of loose gravel without the hassle of losing stones and having to carry out regular upkeep. Many homeowners choose to have the bonded gravel design installed for driveways where the surface is on a slope. This is because the textured finish provide more grip and anti slip qualities, making it a safe option for vehicles and pedestrians. However, because the stones are scattered onto a layer of glue on top of the base surface, this specification is non porous.

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Resin Bonded Stone Surface

A range of natural stone design choices are available for this type of flooring so you can create a customised look for your project. We will help you choose a design which suits your budget and fits in with any other outdoor surfaces in the surrounding space. Popular uses for this type of paving include domestic driveways, gardens, walkways and public attractions. The resin bonded stone design is not ideal for schools or any areas which are predominantly used by children due to the abrasive qualities of the surface which could cause an injury if a child fell over.

Key Features

  • The bonded design is scattered to provide a textured, anti slip finish.
  • This is a perfect option for sloped driveways or paths as it can be safely used by both vehicles and pedestrians.
  • A range of natural coloured stones can be used to create a unique design.
  • The scatter system installation gives the appearance of loose gravel, but with my fewer maintenance requirements.
  • The bonded gravel surface type is a non-porous specification.
  • Typically installed to a depth of 4mm.

If you are thinking of having a resin bonded paving surface applied at your home or public facility, please contact our team through the enquiry box on this page. We’d be happy to offer you some advice about costs for this work along with some product sheets and more information.

Resin Bound Gravel

Our resin bound gravel specification is a permeable outdoor floor system which is created by mixing the chosen stone with a specialised glue and applying it to create a smooth surface. This is a decorative surface type which can be supplied in a wide range of natural stones. Generally this sort of paving installation would be done using a macadam sub-base as this provides the best durable, permeable qualities. This gravel flooring may be used for several different areas, like drives and swimming pool surrounds. As a result of its smooth textured finish, the resin bound gravel floor is ideal for use with wheelchairs, and the permeable qualities help reduce water build up. This also makes the bound specification compliant with SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) as it helps to reduce flooring in built up urban areas.

Resin Bound Specification Costs

Resin Bound Patio Flooring

Stone Paving Maintenance

Some regular cleaning and maintenance will be needed since this allows the paving to stay in perfect shape and will keep it looking brand new. With frequent maintenance you are able to lengthen the lifetime expectancy of your decorative outdoor paving and make certain it’s safe to use. It’s advised to carry out routine cleaning so leaves, contaminants and debris don’t remain on your stone paving surface. Any type of debris that gets stuck will affect the porosity making the surface no longer SuDS compliant. A contamination killer can be applied for the surface area if weeds appear, but make certain not to use oil substances because this could damage the area.

Because the bound stone system creates a smooth finish, it is fine to use on school pathways or any other areas where children might be walking or running. The design could be placed in just about any shape and measurement with resin bound stone being combined with polyurethane binder on site. It can be designed to accommodate any existing outdoor features or manholes, and will often be installed around small decorative trees. The natural stone gravel is generally installed to a tarmac or solid sub base for maximum stability and toughness.

Key Features

  • The resin bound stone specification provides a smooth and seamless finish.
  • This paving type is porous due to the gaps in between the stones, making it SuDS compliant.
  • Can be installed at a range of depths varying from 12mm-24mm.
  • Comes in a variety of natural and decorative colour choices with unique colour blends.
  • Leaves an attractive appearance which requires little maintenance and upkeep.
  • Hand applied by specialist installers using a trowel to ensure a good quality end result.

As you can see there are a few significant differences between these two flooring types. Each one has its own advantages depending on the nature of your project so it’s a good idea to research the different specifications. If you would like some more detailed product sheets we can send these over for you to have a look at and decide which surface would be best for you.

Get in Touch

We have completed a number of projects to install both of these outdoor surface types throughout the UK. Our team of specialists have worked at plenty of domestic homes and public facilities to create unique designs. Please feel free to get in touch with us through the contact form if you would like some more information on prices for resin bound and bonded paving systems. We would be happy to discuss a quote which suits your budget and requirements with regards to designs and safety.


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