Resin Bound Stone

What is Resin Bound?

Resin Bound Stone is a resin surfacing system created through a mixture of dry aggregates mixed thoroughly with quality polyurethane resin. It is often referred to as a stone carpet, and it’s easy to see why. The sleek and highly attractive aesthetic it achieves is hard to ignore. For good reason, it’s one of the fastest-growing forms of surfacing in the UK. Its clean finish, environmentally friendly aspects, and easy maintenance have all led to more and more people considering a resin bound surfacing system.

Giving a close resemblance to the appearance of loose gravel, this hard wearing resin mixture provides the same effect without the untidy nature of loose stones being kicked around.

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What is SuDS Compliance?

One of the major benefits of this system is its ability to be SuDS (sustainable urban drainage) compliant. The permeable and complex system of the aggregate used for resin bound allows for water to simply soakaway through the surface.

This is great news for the surrounding flora & fauna, and the environment as a whole due to the lack of build-up of any stagnant bodies of water that can contribute to flooding and pollution. This ability to allow the free flow of water means that any plant life in the area, that is desired, can be kept healthy by allowing water to pass through to the surroundings. Without the SuDS compliance your project could need planning permission, this costly expense could potentially be avoided with the use of a surface that is permeable. This means that rainwater can pass through the surface rather than it creating large pools or running off into other areas to do the same.

When achieving SuDS compliance, it is also necessary to choose the correct base for your installation, as this also needs to be permeable. Tarmac is perfect for this as it comes in open grades, which are perfect for drainage for resin driveways and landscaping projects. Please feel free to contact our customer service team for any advice or questions that you have on this; we’re always happy to help.

Benefits of Resin Bound Stone

With the constant innovation and development of newer systems, more and more demands are placed on the performance of all surfacing options, these can all be met by our resin bound system. Resin Bound can attribute many of its advantages to its robust yet porous constitution, this carefully designed structure has led to some of its most impressive abilities, some of these include:

  • Compatible with SuDS compliant drainage systems
  • UV Resistant – Two-part UV Stable Resin allows for longer-lasting vibrancy
  • Frost resistant
  • Weed resistant
  • Anti-slip qualities
  • Easy to maintain – Basic sweeping and keeps it looking like new
  • Broad range of design options – Can always make it fit seamlessly
  • Can be installed on a number of bases – Typically concrete and tarmac
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Another of the key benefits of resin bound stone flooring is its frost resistance, during harsh and icy conditions this can mean much safer conditions. This resistance means that the chance of slipping is greatly reduced during these icy conditions, not a feature that most types of surfaces can boast. Whether or not this and any other feature is required for your projects, DC Flooring always ensures that all your desired performance features are met.

Applications of Resin Bound

This highly adaptable material can be used in a large number of scenarios. Our resin bound is suitable for use in many domestic and commercial areas, such as:

  • Swimming pool – or any leisure areas
  • Landscaping projects
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Decking
  • Tree pits
  • School playgrounds
  • Car parking areas
  • Garages
  • Public pathways
  • Cycle routes
  • Indoor flooring

The versatility of this material means these bullet points could continue for some time. So, get in touch and see if this option suits your needs!

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

With resin bound, a forced action mixer is used to mix the aggregate and resin binder together, creating a mixture with an almost mortar-like consistency. Depending on the application, this system can be applied between 15mm to 30mm thick on a concrete or tarmac sub-base with a sledge or trowel.

Unlike resin bound, resin bonded stone is a much thinner system installed at approximately 4mm to 5mm thick. This is done in the form of a two-layered system where a layer of resin is applied to the required area then the aggregates are scattered on to the wet resin. A sympathetic coloured resin is used to blend in with the stone colour choice, a grey resin would be used with a grey stone mix for example.

Once these aggregates have essentially carpeted the resin layer and the resin has cured, excess and loose material is brushed away. This finish means that resin bonded surfaces differ from resin bound surfaces in many ways, for example the bonded option does not allow for SuDS compliancy. The thick layer of resin required at the bottom means that water is not able to pass through.

How Would we Make a Resin Bound System Fit Seamlessly Into the Surrounding Area?

You may be wondering how we ensure the aesthetics of the final resin bound finish are tailored to your desires as well as conforming to the landscape. For example, we would always advise on how to best tackle issues such as certain trees in the area that need to be kept, for any number of reasons, or perhaps there are utility and/or sewer holes.

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Our operators are some of the most experienced around. In fact, some of them have never done anything else, so DC Flooring would be able to work around all potential design options with ease.

With the help of finishing tools such as brick sets or aluminium edging, we love to create a smooth finish that looks good day after day. Another method of fitting seamlessly into the desired area is through the huge range of colour schemes and design options that resin-bound surfacing affords you. We offer standard washed and dried aggregate blends including Ocean Grey, Golden Haze, Rustic Harvest, and many, many more. On top of this, we can also offer bespoke colours to match any background or colour scheme.

When contemplating a resin bound system, the above listed questions are just a few of those that must be considered. So, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Our polite and experienced team will make sure you get what you need.

At DC Flooring, we consider all our work as an artform, and it’s an artform we continually try to improve our skills in. We have spent our entire working lives following the trends and innovations of resin flooring. During this time, we have accumulated vast experience applying every type of resin. Encountering every issue imaginable has allowed us to comfortably deal with any problems that may rear their heads. For any info on our other services, please contact us and find out more about all the expertise in our team and how we could help and advise you.

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Why Should you Consider DC Flooring for Your Resin Bound Installation?

The process of laying a resin bound project has to be a carefully considered one, it can go wrong in many ways at pretty much every stage. Poor workmanship has led to plenty of examples of bad resin bound installations.

Unfortunately this product has unfairly had some bad press. Many companies, diy customers and “one man bands” have used substandard suppliers to buy resin bound kits and install this system with little to no training.

An inexperienced or diy resin bound installer may choose an unsuitable base for example, leading to surface detachment. Perhaps they miscalculate the amount of resin and materials needed for a project and be left needing to source more during the laying process, this could be the cause of a dreadful final finish.

At DC Flooring we will only install quality resin bound aggregates, processes and materials which ensure the highest quality and consistency. We will never compromise on our standards. This means that you will always be able to find a cheaper quotation than ourselves. We only know one way to install these products, the right way. There are many good companies out there, but in this particular sector there are more that are looking to cut corners to win the work. 

We are improved installers and only work with the best manufacturers, including – Addagrip, Ronacrete and Daltex resin bound materials.

We have premises where you can come and find us five days a week, we have been trusted by thousands of customers, have been trading for over twenty years, long time members of FeRFA, and we give guarantees for all of our work. Please do your due diligence on companies, as picking the incorrect one can be a costly and heart-breaking experience for customers. Unfortunately, we have seen it too often.

Where does DC Flooring operate?

The majority of our works are in and around the M25 and in the home counties, however, we consistently work further afield on projects around the UK.

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All subfloor preparation is done in-house using our specialised equipment – shotblasting, scabbling, and concrete grinding
You’re only a phone call away from investing in leading-class flooring systems, all approved by FeRFA.

FAQs

How long does resin bound last?

We can provide a guarantee of up to 25 years on resin bound projects. The length of the guarantees are dependant on the application that our resin bound products are used in and the system that is chosen. A 25 year guarantee can be issued on our BBA approved system for pedestrian areas and footpaths. For domestic resin gravel driveway installations and areas of heavy pedestrian foot traffic like concourses, we can offer 20 years of peace of mind. Lastly for areas that are used for vehicle traffic, limited HGV use and car parks, we will provide you with a 15 year guarantee.

The fact that we can offer these warranties shows that with high grade resin and aggregates and correct installation, these resin stone surfaces should have an even longer life expectancy than the guarantees that are being provided.

What are the maintenance requirements for Resin Bound Stone?

Resin-bound stone surfaces are known for their low maintenance requirements compared to traditional paving options. However, they require some care to ensure they remain in good condition and retain their appearance over time. Here are the typical maintenance requirements for resin-bound stone:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Periodically sweep the surface to remove loose debris, leaves, and dirt. You can also use a pressure washer or hose to clean the surface and remove stubborn dirt or stains. Avoid harsh chemicals or high-pressure settings that could damage the resin or dislodge the stones.
  2. Avoid Sharp Objects: Avoid dragging or scraping sharp objects or heavy machinery across the surface, as it could damage the resin and the stones.
  3. Prevent Oil and Chemical Spills: Try to avoid spills of oil, gasoline, or harsh chemicals on the surface, as these substances may cause damage to the resin and can be challenging to clean.
  4. Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect the surface for any signs of wear, loose stones, or other issues. Early detection of problems can help prevent more significant repairs down the line.

You should always follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer or the installer and seek professional advice if you’re unsure about any maintenance tasks.

All of our installations come with an operations and maintenance guide to keep your surface looking great and performing as it should.

Is Resin Bound Stone a slip-resistant surface?

All resin bound installations can be installed as slip-resistant surfaces. The slip resistance of the finished product is dependant on the shape of the decorative aggregates that are used in the resin bound blend. Some natural aggregates are rounded, while others are more angular. The more angular stones have higher slip-resistant properties compared to the rounded ones.

However, if the coloured aggregate blend that you have picked is the rounded version and you require more slip resistance, we simply add a fine additive within the resin surfacing and the problem is solved. The appearance stays the same, and the area is completely safe for vehicles or foot traffic. Making this product ideal for driveways

Is resin bound gravel cheaper than paving?

Resin-bound gravel is generally considered to be more cost-effective than some high-end paving options per metre, such as natural stone or intricate designs. However, the cost comparison between resin-bound gravel and traditional paving materials can vary depending on several factors.

For years block paving and natural stone paving were the go-to products when choosing a new driveway. Today, Resin bound driveways are becoming increasingly popular.

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