What is resin bound paving?

SureSet clears up the confusion with choosing resin bound paving.

There is often huge confusion as to the difference between resin bound and resin bonded surfacing, which although similar in name are very different in principle. Both systems do however require a structurally sound substrate such as concrete or tarmac in order to perform their best. Resin bound is by far the more sophisticated system of the two.

The resin bound system is mixed on-site and cold applied, using a high quality clear resin binder to coat the aggregate particles prior to laying. Unlike other methods of resin based surfacing (resin bonded), where a thin layer of resin is applied to the surface and then the aggregate scattered on top (which can then become loose over time and is impermeable), resin and aggregates are thoroughly mixed together prior to laying – ensuring that the aggregate is completely coated and so providing a totally bound surface. Resin bound is then hand laid to a smooth and compact finish offering a number of performance and operational benefits.

Being a flexible surfacing material, resin bound paving is highly resistant to cracking, making it an ideal solution for both new and refurbishment projects. As a result, a resin bound surface is more durable and requires less maintenance – it only needs to be swept or power washed at least twice a year, to avoid the build up of detritus and prevent the growth of moss or algae.

Resin bound paving is a fully permeable paving solution which allows water to freely drain through the surface. Meeting the requirements of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) standards, this helps to prevent standing water and largely eliminates surface water runoff.

Resin bound paving is a hand trowelled, UV stable and permeable surfacing material. With great design flexibility and an almost unlimited range of colours and materials including natural aggregates, crushed stone, marble and recycled materials, the product is ideal for areas requiring low maintenance and innovative surfaces which will deliver a wide range of benefits:

  • Speed of installation – up to one third faster than other materials
  • Design flexibility – to create colours, curves, emblems and patterns
  • Smooth hardwearing finish – ideal for disabled access, pushchairs and bicycles
  • Permeable paving – allows water to permeate through the surface
  • Low maintenance – no weeds, standing water, or loose stones
  • Environmentally friendly – laying method is a low energy cold applied process
  • Durable – typically has a design life of 20-25 years.

Fast and easy to install, quality resin bound surfacing delivers a wide range of aesthetic and performance benefits for a multitude of applications including driveways, pathways, patios, pool surrounds, tree pits, and large commercial areas. Resin bound paving is not only suitable for external use, it can be used internally and look stunning in showrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, shops and offices. With a quality resin bound paving provider, you will be guaranteed:

Beautiful, long-lasting appearance
With a quality resin bound surface, you are guaranteed a beautiful, durable and virtually maintenance free surface that can withstand traffic loads from light pedestrian to vehicular access roads and can easily cope with the stresses of power steering and heavy axle loads. With a large choice of colour and texture options available, it provides great design freedom and flexibility to create stunning surfaces. Resin Bound paving may be used in combination to complement or contrast with most materials, including grass, wooden decking, bricks and pavers.

Permeable solution
The permeable nature of resin bound paving is that it significantly reduces the problem of standing water and puddling – the resin bound surfacing simply allows water to drain through.

Low maintenance
When installed by skilled craftsmen, a quality resin bound surface will provide many years of high quality performance. Resistant to cracks, oil, UV-light and frost, the integrity of the resin bound surface will remain intact, preventing stones from becoming loose and weeds from growing through. The surface can be kept clean simply by brushing or power washing.

Sustainable solution
Providing a permeable solution, quality Resin Bound surfaces can contribute significantly to Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDS).

Flexible design capability
With the endless option of colours and materials that no other paving can match, resin bound surfacing can create stunning visual effects using stencils or metal edging to compliment your project. The results can be sensational as well as hard-wearing.