When looking at the different surfacing options to install for your driveway, you will more than likely come across resin bound gravel and block-paving. Both of these options are a decorative surfacing type, however each have their own qualities. The great thing about both of these flooring types is that you will not need planning permission, since both of these are permeable surfaces meaning that rainwater can drain naturally.
These paving types are also available in a number of different colours allowing you to create a bespoke design. So, which is better for your drive? We can help you choose the best paving for your home or office driveway and can offer great value for money for the installation of the decorative flooring.
You will need to make certain that the surface you choose is right for you. Our team can help you decide whether resin bound or block paving would be best for you. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Resin Bound Driveways
Resin-bound driveways are becoming more and more popular across the United Kingdom, as homeowners can get the resin-bound gravel installed in the colours and designs they want. It’s not just driveways which resin-bound can be used for – this surfacing type is also great for pool surrounds, patios, tree pits and various other areas. See a case study for this product at Jaguar Land Rover in Preston here.
You usually don’t need much resin bound gravel maintenance. This means that you can install the surface without worrying about the costs of maintenance services and repairs. You won’t need to carry out much maintenance yourself either. This is because the surface is SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliant which means water can drain straight through.
Another great thing about resin-bound surfacing is that there are a number of different types, which means that costs can be lowered depending on your existing flooring. In the event you already have a tarmac or concrete drive, resin-bound gravel can usually be installed straight over this without the need for preparation work – this can cut costs down significantly when compared to other flooring options like block-paving.
Similarly, we can install resin bound specifications straight over stone surfaces to lower costs, rather than carrying out groundworks. In some cases block paving may be cheaper, however you will not get the same appearance of properties that you will with resin-bound.
If you would like to find out more about the resin-bound driveway surfacing installation process, please make sure to have a look at the video below of a job we carried out in Childwall:
Block Paving Bricks
Despite being available in a number of colours and being a porous surface type, block paving bricks have some flaws. Since the block paving isn’t one smooth surface, it has gaps in where weeds can grow through. Although these weeds and contaminants can be removed with a simple jet wash, overtime the sand between the blocks, which hold the bricks in place, will wear away.
This can then result in the surface becoming subject to more weed growth or becoming uneven. This is where the resin bound specification is a much preferred option. There are no joints or gaps within resin-bound surfacing. This means weeds cannot grow through and jet washing the floor will not cause any damage.
Block paving also tends to need more maintenance than resin-bound surfacing. This is because not only will the floor require cleaning and treatment more often due to weeds growing through, but the gaps between the block-paving may need resealing over time.
This is one of the reasons why many people are turning towards resin-bound now instead. Although you may be able to get block-paving cheaper in some cases, resin-bound may be a more cost-effective option in the long run.
Resin Vs Block-Paving
Overall there are a variety of positives for both surface types; both are permeable and decorative surfaces with their own unique qualities. Although resin bound can be expensive in some cases (depending on your existing surface and the area size) it generally requires less maintenance than block-paving, as weeds cannot grow through the surface.
Both these surface types are a lot more appealing than other surfaces like tarmac. If you would like to find out more regarding these surfacing types, please do not hesitate to contact our team. You can find out about our enquiry process here. We can also offer you more information on the benefits of these surfaces if you require it. We’ll also provide you with a free quotation for resin-bound surfacing if required.
Driveway Design Options
It’s good to consider different options when thinking about what surface to install for driveways. Block paving and resin bound are two very popular surface types which we can install for drives. Both are permeable surfacing types with different advantages.
It really depends on your personal preferences and how much maintenance you are willing to complete. Our team can offer you advice when it comes to driveway design options and provide you with a quote for the surfacing we can install. Check out our case study from a driveway in Chorley which we recently installed.
You may choose from various colours for these surface types also. This means you can make a more unique driveway and alter the design to suit your needs. We are more than happy to modify designs and specifications to suit your requirements. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by filling in the contact form provided on this page. We will get back to you as soon as possible with additional details on the surfacing and options for your drive.
Contact Us Now
If you would like more information on resin bound or block paving, please contact us now. Just use the enquiry form provided on this page to speak to one of our experts. We will get back to you at the earliest opportunity with details on the various surfacing designs. We’ll also offer details on the cost of the installation.