How Much Does a Resin Driveway Cost?

Resin driveways are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and homeowners for their durability, low maintenance, and aesthetic appeal. If you’re considering getting a resin driveway for your property, one of the first questions that may come to mind is “How much do resin driveways cost?” The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as there are various factors that can affect the cost of a new resin driveway. In this article, we will discuss these factors and give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay for a resin driveway.

Although there are a couple of other options on the market such as resin bonded driveways, we will be focusing on a new resin bound driveway cost.

 Resin Driveway House What are the Different Resin Driveway Cost Factors?

Size of the Area Covered

The cost of a resin driveway can vary greatly depending on several factors. One of the main factors that can affect the cost is the size of the driveway to be covered. The larger the area, the more materials and labour will be required, leading to a higher overall cost. However, the cost per m2 of a larger area will normally be considerably reduced when compared to a smaller area. This is due to the setup costs being spread out over a larger area.

Size of the Aggregate and the Depth

The depth of the resin bound surface used will play a crucial role in determining the overall cost, the thinner the system, the lower the cost per square metre. Basically, you will be using less resin and aggregate installing resin bound at a thinner depth. Usually, the average resin driveway installation is 18mm thick, this is the minimum for driving normal sized vehicles over. If it is just foot traffic, the resin can be laid at 15mm and if there is heavy duty vehicles operating over the new driveway the system can be laid considerably thicker.

Size of aggregate has a relatively small impact on the resin drive cost factors.

Existing Driveway Surface

Any system will only be as good as the base it is applied to. Out of all of the varying factors, this one will have the biggest effect on what it would cost to install a resin driveway. If you already have a concrete driveway, or asphalt or paved for that matter, that is solid and is not moving or cracking; then you are in luck. You can lay a resin-bound system directly over these bases.

The groundwork required to install the correct solid base for your newly laid resin driveway can sometimes be greater than the cost of a resin bound installation on its own. However, this is not the area to cut corners, a resin driveway will last only as long as the base it is sitting on. Always choose a reputable company to complete your installation, we have seen too many horror stories of customers choosing a very cheap contractor and us having to remove a resin driveway that the customer has already paid for due to the subfloor failing and the contractor in question is nowhere to be found.

Additional Services & Preparation Required

There are other factors to consider when budgeting for a your project. Features such as drains, edging details, extra anti slip for sloped areas all need to be thought about.

The cost of resin driveways isn’t cheap; always consider all of the options with an expert before making decisions you may regret,

Do You Need UV Stable or Non UV Stable Resin?

The price difference between stable and non-uv stable resin can be significant. This is why its good to know whether you actually need to go for the more expensive UV resin.

On lighter mixes of stone, the bleaching of the sun can have a large effect on these driveway materials, turning them a yellow colour and losing the vibrance of the natural stone. The darker stone mixes of resin gravel, such as browns and blacks are not affected so much by this problem and so there are some instances where the non-uv resins can be used.

The other thing to consider is whether all of the driveway gets sunlight. If the non-uv version is installed and a plant pot, for instance is left on the resin surface, over time there will be a colour difference where this has been left. Therefore, any overhanging bushes or areas that don’t get any sun will stand out over time.

Don’t worry; we will guide you on the type of resin to use for your driveway project.

Are Resin Bound Systems SUDS Compliant?

One of the benefits of a resin driveway is that they are porous. When professional resin driveway installers couple this with a porous subfloor such as asphalt, the whole system turns into an area that doesn’t puddle with rainfall and drains efficiently without the use of surface drainage. This is what is known as being SUDS compliant.

Resin Driveway Social HousingAdditional Costs That May Affect Your Resin Driveway Price

Labour Cost

Is the area you are looking to complete difficult to access or only accessible by foot? If so, extra labour may be required to move all of the materials necessary to lay your resin driveway.

Cost of the Materials

The cost of resin and the aggregates required can fluctuate and vary greatly from one manufacturer to another. We would always recommend using a professional manufacturer; we only use a couple of tried and tested manufacturers who we have the confidence in to produce top-quality products. A lot of the time, there is a reason why some products or services are cheap.

Shape and Layout of the Installation Area

The shape and layout of an area shouldn’t majorly affect how much a resin installation of this type should cost. The only thing that will have an influence is setting the area out. This can take time if you are asking your contractor to do this, which in turn will increase the cost of your new project. But who wants a boring area to look at every day? Get creative; you are only limited by your imagination with this product.

Resin Driveway GardenDo you Need to Install Edging on the Site?

Resin bound driveway installers need an edge to finish this system up to. If you have an existing fence board, wall, or street paving to finish up to then fine. But if you don’t you will require some edging, this can be in the form of a discreet metal trim, coping stones, wooden sleepers or any other solid material that you desire to finish of your design.

Conclusion

The resin driveway cost per m2 is determined by a number of factors as discussed above. There are many pitfalls in installing this product and unfortunately a lot of them will not come to light until a few months after installation. Try to pick a company that is easy to contact, that has a premises that you can visit and has a track record of quality installations. Always take a keen interest in the build up and groundworks that the maufacturer recommends, and make sure that this is being followed. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team.

FAQs

How Long Does Resin Bound Driveway Last?

This depends on the quality of the product and the quality of the professionals installing the product. We install products that can offer up to 25 years of warranty.

Can Resin Driveway Crack?

Yes, many resin installations crack. Cracking is the sign of an incorrectly laid topping, or more commonly the sign of base movement where the subfloor build up has been incorrectly installed.

Is Resin Driveway Slippery When Wet?

Some rounded stone can be slippery when wet, however anti slip aggregate should be installed to adhere to the resin making the driveway safe and not slippery. Otherwise most angular stone is not slippery when wet.

Can Salt Damage Resin Driveways?

The answer to this question is no, salt is constantly used to dissolve snow and frost on resin bound without causing any damage at all.

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