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Last updated on August 8th, 2023

How much does a resin bound driveway cost?

Resin bound driveways are resilient and durable and look fantastic when finished. This hard-wearing surface is also highly versatile and requires very little maintenance.

Resin bound paving is created from a mixture of natural aggregate, marble or recycled materials and resin. It has a pleasing natural appearance while offering many more benefits than other driveway materials such as loose gravel, tarmac or flagstones.

Resin bound driveway cost

Cost provided itemAverage cost
New sub-base£70 per m²
Resin bound driveway£110 per m²
New sub-base and resin bound driveway£180 per m²

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The cost of your new driveway varies depending on the size and shape of the space to be paved. The larger and more complex the area, the more expensive the job will be.

Labour for installing a resin bound driveway varies too, depending on location and the contractor you choose. Many contractors will quote for labour and materials together.

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How long does it take to lay a resin bound driveway?

As with the cost, the time it takes to install resin bound paving depends on how large your driveway is and whether you’re using small or large aggregate.

But it does need to be done quickly and without interruptions.

Resin has to be spread at 20 meters per hour to make sure it goes down properly. This is because of the curing time for resin. If it’s done any slower or done in stages, it goes off.

Resin driveway cost per m2

The two main costs to consider are aggregate and labour, but you should also consider other expenses. For example, if any other materials or tools are needed for installation, plus additional services such as cleaning.

What is the difference between UV stable and non-UV stable resin?

As their names suggest, UV stable resin can resist the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays while non-UV stable resin can’t. But, what does that mean for your driveway? Here are some of the differences between a UV stable and non-UV stable resin bound driveway:

Colour change

Non-UV stable resin can discolour when exposed to sunlight. The discolouration can be quite stark and may take as little as two weeks to show up. UV stable resin, on the other hand, does not change colour to the same degree.

The colour change may not be a huge deal if it’s even. But, if you place a wheelie bin, a plant pot, or even a box of rubbish outside for a while on your non-UV stable resin bound driveway, you’ll find that spot marked as the area around the items gets discoloured.

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Durability

Non-UV stable resins are quite hard and strong. However, the hardness means they can be brittle and crack. On the other hand, UV stable resins are not as hard, but their flexibility means you won’t get cracks on your driveway.

The key to a good finish lies in using a good sub-base material, so make sure to use a professional tradesperson who can properly assess your existing ground and cater to your requirements.

Price

UV stable resins are more expensive than non-UV resins – almost twice as expensive. If you aren’t concerned about the colour change and have to stick to a budget, a non-UV stable resin driveway might be the best choice for you. However, UV-stable resin bound driveways often give better results and look like new for longer.

Resin bound driveway cost calculator

To calculate the cost of your resin bound driveway, here are some of the things you need to consider:

  • The size and shape of your driveway: The larger and more complex the shape, the more expensive the job
  • Whether you want UV stable resin or non-UV stable resin: Non-UV stable resin will cost you much less than UV-stable
  • Labour cost

Resin bound driveway quotes

Sold on the idea of a resin bound driveway and want one for your home? We recommend getting quotes from at least three reputable installers near you. To get accurate estimates, we suggest you provide as much detail as possible, like the size and shape of your driveway, the condition of the current driveway and if it will need to be removed.

To make it easier for you, we also have a request a quote tool. Just fill all of those details in it, and we’ll send it to resin bound driveway installers in your area. Then, you can sit back and relax as they contact you with quotes. You can take your time comparing prices and seeing what others in your area think of their service!

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FAQs

Are resin bound driveways slippery?

A resin bound driveway may look very smooth and even shiny, but it shouldn’t be slippery once the initial film of resin has worn from the top. The aggregate used should contain materials such as glass or translucent sand, which have anti-slip properties.

Is resin bound gravel permeable?

Resin bound gravel surfaces are permeable, which means that it allows water to drain through. When laid, minuscule voids are created between the resin-coated aggregate materials, which makes the surface porous. One of the key benefits of a resin bound surface is that it is Sustainable Drainage System (SUDS) compliant.

How long will a resin bound driveway last?

Resin has only been in use in the UK for the past ten years, so it’s hard to say.

How long does a resin bound driveway take to cure?

When working with resin, the surface must not be exposed to rain or water until it has set. If the surface does come into contact with water it can make the final finish appear cloudy or foamy, so it is best to plan your resin bound driveway for the summer months.

Resin bound driveways can be walked on after around 24 hours and driven on by smaller vehicles after allowing 72 hours for it to cure and harden fully. Driving on a freshly laid resin driveway after less than 72 hours, especially in winter, can pull up the aggregate and ruin the driveway.

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