Longevity Of Resin Bound
The Longevity of Resin Bound depends on a number of factors. These include:
- The chosen contractor
- The type of Resin being used
- What base is being used
- What the weather conditions are like during the installation phase
The easiest way to ensure that all the factors that will effect the lifespan of the resin are properly addressed is to hire a reputable contractor to carry out the work. It can be hard to find a contractor to trust. If all factors are considered and addressed then a resin bound driveway can last upwards of 30 years.
Don’t let bad reviews put you off
If you have done research on resin bound paving you will have no doubt come across some bad reviews aimed at the product.
People who have had a bad experience will say things like“….the colour fades within a month….” “….cracks start to form after 6 months….” “…weeds started growing through the surface after a year….”
It’s Not All Bad News
It’s important to know that these issues are not common when the job is done properly. Issues like this occur when contractors try to cut corners or are in-experienced and forget to include things like weed proof membrane (if the contractor chooses to use a grid system as a base). The overall success of a resin bound project is dependent on the contractors methods and choices.
What To Look Out For
It is common practise for a contractor and a customer to liaise and try to come up with cost saving solutions to keep both sides happy. There are some options which can be beneficial to both parties without damaging the overall quality of the installation. However, there can also be some cost cutting options which are not recommended when choosing resin.
Does Using UV/Non UV Glue Affect The Longevity Of Resin Bound Paving?
Some contractors will try and save money through offering a cheaper variant to the recommended UV stable resin. This counterpart resin is called Non-UV. Although it is still very strong it does lack integral qualities that help ensure a long lasting product. If you choose and pay for a UV resistant resin then make sure that is what you are getting (it will say on the tubs). However, if you are concerned about the price and would like to go with the cheaper option of Non-UV then make sure you know what you’re getting in to.
UVR (UV Stable Aliphatic Resin)
- Recommended by the industry
- Much easier to work with during installation, meaning less chance of trowel marks or rough areas.
- Once laid it can withstand medium to heavy rainfall in under 5 hours
- The effects of direct sunlight on colour fading are reduced greatly as it is UV resistant
- Chances of cracking is reduced due to flexibility
Non-UV (non-UV Stable Aromatic Resin)
- Colour has been known to start fading in under one month
- If moisture is present at all during or within a short period after installation, clouding will appear on the surface
- Inconsistent shading can appear over the driveway depending on amount of light
- More chance of cracking in a shorter period of time
- Slightly cheaper than UV stable Resin