When it comes to owning a property and adjusting it to best fit your needs, individuality is key. Almost every element of your home or building can be customised to work well for you and become a space that you’ll love for years to come, but that hard work can be derailed if our properties don’t function as required. That’s why taking the time to consider any necessary steps in order to assure quality in your property is vitally important, and it’s no different with driveways.
Resin bound driveways are a great choice for homeowners as they are incredibly reliable in numerous different ways. However, there are several issues that can occur during installation which, if not handled by a professional driveway contractor, can undermine the quality of your new driveway. Thankfully, the team here at DPM Design & Build have spent years understanding how to avoid these common pitfalls and our resin driveway specialists have collated the steps to ensure a perfect driveway installation.
How to Avoid Resin-Bound Driveway Problems
Resin driveways are becoming increasingly popular due to the advantages that they can bring to almost any property type. They’re made by combining aggregate stones and resin, creating a flat surface that can be turned into eye-catching and attractive designs, that also offer advanced reliability and durability in comparison to tarmac. However, a variety of issues can occur if the installation of a resin driveway isn’t managed correctly, and knowledge of these problems can ensure that your new driveway impresses you for years to come.
Avoid adverse weather during installation
Resin driveways are reliable, flexible and hold up well during all types of weather conditions. However, you need to ensure that your resin driveway installation is carried out during calm and dry weather; only once the material is fully dry will you start noticing its benefits. Whilst it’s being applied the resin is more susceptible to weather conditions, meaning that precautions are necessary during installation.
Can you lay resin in the rain?
Rain is an inescapable part of living in the United Kingdom and unfortunately, that can cause issues with the installation of resin driveways. So planning the work around the weather as much as possible is key. Cover the site and all equipment during rain using a high-quality gazebo (or something similar) and cover any surrounding stone with tarpaulin to keep the resin safe. If necessary, delay the installation until better weather appears in order to avoid issues.
How does hot weather affect resin application?
In hot weather resin cures at a quicker rate causing issues if the driveway installation isn’t complete before the surface dries. If the surface reaches around 35 degrees celsius or higher, issues can occur. Therefore, it makes sense to start early in the day and keep the resin and aggregates under shade and somewhere with good air circulation in order to avoid any problems.
Ensure resin has fully dried before walking on the surface
One of the most irritating issues with creating aggregate resin driveways is when people (or pets) stand on the material before it’s dry, disrupting the surface and ruining the smooth finish. To try and avoid this, use warning tape and do your best to ensure that any pets are kept away from the resin whilst wet.
Accidents happen though, and if this does happen whilst your resin driveway is being installed there are ways of correcting the issue. The area can normally be re-troweled or the mixture can be reapplied to the small area, saving any unnecessary additional costs.
Avoid tree roots
If the area where the resin driveways will be applied is interrupted by tree roots, a discussion between business and customer is necessary. It’s important to understand that if the location of the driveway can’t be moved to avoid the roots, then they’ll eventually damage the resin finish, ruining the long-term reliability of resin driveways.
Make sure there are no loose stones
Resin Driveway Installers
You can avoid these common issues and elongate your resin driveways lifespan by choosing our experts here at DPM Design & Build, who’ll ensure that your resin-bound driveway lives up to expectations for years to come.
If you’re interested, please ask one of the team for more information and examples of our resin driveway designs, and we’ll be happy to help!