In this day and age, it’s fair to say that people are accustomed to disposing of things once they don’t work anymore. This modern life of instant gratification means we’re quite used to replacing items, perhaps more quickly than we should.
While this blog isn’t meant to be too philosophical, our point is that when you consider replacements for things we rely on, driveways aren’t that different.
Driveway surfacing options are replaceable thanks to the timely and efficient help of professional driveway paving experts like DPM Design & Build. It’s only with expert help from accredited contractors where your new driveway will be properly installed, fitted and maintained, therefore lasting even longer.
Tackling the task of replacing a driveway yourself would require extraordinary effort, time, materials and tools. This is why we recommend contacting a professional if you want your driveway to last a long time.
Here at DPM Design & Build, we don’t just fit any old driveway. We like to think we’re more creative and can offer you a driveway that complements your property (as well as the surrounding ones in your neighbourhood). We look beyond merely fitting tarmac or concrete driveways that only add a certain level of substance, other than being sturdy and practical.
We can fit block paving driveways, which provide houses with colourful and intricately-designed patterns, while being resilient and strong all year round. However, our primary speciality is resin bound driveways.
What is a Resin Bound Driveway?
Resin driveways are permeable driveways made from a mixture of stones, aggregates and resin. These ingredients are mixed to create a smooth, permeable surface that is consistent in colour and design.
Resin-bound driveways are resistant to all types of weather conditions and are fully SUDs compliant, which means you do not need planning permission to fit one. These are just some of the benefits of resin driveways.
But one of the questions we’re often asked is, “how long should I expect my resin driveway to last?”
How Long does a Resin Driveway Last?
Many factors contribute to a resin driveway’s long lifespan. When properly maintained and professionally fitted by experienced contractors, who use the highest quality materials, you can expect your resin driveway to last several years. The average lifespan for a resin bound driveway is approximately 20-25 years. However, if the driveway is not appropriately maintained and looked after, this timescale may vary.
When a new driveway is laid, it will look fresh and probably will for a good few years thereafter. But over time, general wear and tear will take its toll, and you may need to tend to your driveway after a few years. Luckily, resin driveways require very little maintenance. If they are correctly laid, you shouldn’t need to worry about anything significant except giving it a clean every once in a while.
What’s the secret to a resin driveway lifespan?
Why Resin Driveways Last so Long
In an ideal scenario, these driveways:
- Will be laid on a stable, robust sub-base that will not move.
- Should withstand the turning of vehicle wheels, but ideally not heavy duty ones as otherwise, this may damage the top layer of resin.
- Will contain UV-resistant resin, which means it will not be damaged by excessive sunlight.
- Should be prepared and installed during ambient temperatures.
- Would not be quoted for a cheap price that ultimately leaves the customer feeling underwhelmed by the finished product.
- Will be installed by professional, experienced, accredited installers, as opposed to a general non-driveway specialist.
So the answer to the question, “how long do resin driveways last?” is very difficult to say for sure. But it goes without saying; if you get one done by a professional, you can expect it to last longer than usual.
Driveway Contractors in Surrey
Driveways are built to last, but some of them last far longer than others, and if you want yours to be one that does, don’t merely opt for the lowest price. Look beyond the bottom line.
Consider your options carefully, take your time to decide what you want to do with your driveway, and consider speaking to an expert for a free estimate.
Here at DPM Design & Build, we are accredited by the Resin Mill, meaning we are recognised as a contractor that uses the recommended materials and supplies for any job we undertake. Our ethos is to do each job professionally, to a high standard, and not take unnecessary shortcuts. We take customer satisfaction very seriously, always strive to deliver exceptional service, and back it up with results that leave our customers happy.
If you’ve been inspired by what you’ve read about resin bound driveways, get a free, no-obligation estimate from DPM Design & Build today.
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We can also help with other low-maintenance options such as composite decking, fencing panels and SUDs-compliant resin driveways.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation today