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Deciding Between a Tarmac or Resin Driveway

Over the last year, a lot of us have had to spend much more time at home. This has given us all the opportunity to improve our homes. If this desire for home improvement has extended to your driveway, have you considered resin driveways?

Here at DPM Design & Build, our team has years of experience in designing and installing resin bound driveways, so to try and help you find the best option for you we’ve outlined the comparisons to the ever-popular tarmac driveway below.

Why Choose a Resin Driveway over Concrete and Tarmac?

For years tarmac and concrete driveways have been a popular choice for many due to their reliable reputation and low cost, but resin-based driveways are now becoming more popular with customers looking for a high-quality alternative that comes with the opportunity to create unique designs. 

No matter what type of property that you own, resin driveway installers – such as DPM Design & Build – can help you create an entrance that will be a stunning first impression for your guests. Not only that, but the long-term benefits of choosing resin over tarmac will keep you happy with your new driveway for years to come, as the practicalities of resin driveways exceed the short-term positives of tarmac driveways.

Resin Driveways Advantages


Resin bound driveways are made by combining aggregate stones and resin, a mixture that is then spread over a porous base, creating a durable surface that is more resistant to cracking than tarmac. The strong bonds created in the process of making resin driveways ensure that your driveway can withstand varying weather conditions, which is something we’ll all have to be more aware of in coming years. Rising temperatures can result in cracked tarmac driveways, but as an alternative, resin is a more durable material that remains in excellent condition no matter the weather.


Unlike tarmac, which has limited colour options, resin-bound driveways give you the opportunity to personalise your driveway and make it completely individual to you. There are multiple resin driveway colours available depending on your needs, and patterns can be introduced into the material to create a bespoke design that adds individuality and value to your property.


Resin-bound driveways are far more practical for your needs than tarmac driveways. During summer months, heat can make tarmac hot to the touch, which may eventually cause problems for you, your family and any pets that you may have. However, resin driveways don’t have this issue as the material stays cool no matter the weather, ensuring that you never have to worry about injuries.

Resin is also more oil resistant than tarmac, meaning that any unfortunate issues with your vehicles won’t affect the quality of a resin driveway, saving you money and precious time. The properties that resin possesses also provide natural drainage, which removes the annoying issues caused by puddles and surface water. Resin is also anti-slip which provides added safety to your driveway, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about any potential accidents.


Tarmac has long been a popular surfacing option for driveways due to its cheap price point, but the added qualities of resin driveways are making them more competitive. So, how much does a resin driveway cost? The price depends on the design that you choose, but any added costs that are incurred from choosing resin over tarmac are earned back in other ways. Resin-bound driveways are easier to install than the tarmac equivalent, as they can often be installed straight onto solid surfaces, eliminating the need for groundworks or any other preparatory work. Thanks to the increased durability and practicalities mentioned above, a lot of money can be saved by choosing resin and reducing the possibility of necessary repairs.

Resin Driveway Specialists

When looking for a new driveway that will add extra value to your home and be reliable for years to come, resin-bound driveways can be a great choice. At DPM Design & Build, we provide unique, high-quality resin driveways, driveway design, and installation to suit every style and budget. We are proud to be one of the few driveway contractors in the South of England that are fully qualified and certified to install resin-bound driveways, with a team that has done years of training to ensure complete safety and consistent quality. So if you’re considering investing in a high-quality, reliable and expertly installed driveway, get in contact with us today and book your free, no-obligation consultation.



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