Is Resin Paving Right for You?


Your driveway is an important element of your house, it is the first thing someone will notice when they visit you, and resin-bound driveways are the trending home improvement projects in the UK. Whether you are looking to make a parking space out of it, walk on it, or make a stunning feature for your home, it all adds to the visual appeal of your home and of course, creates a great first impression.


Why is it unique?

There are many reasons why people prefer resin-bound paving to other techniques of paving. Here are a few of the most common ones that we have heard people reference in the past:

  • It requires minimal care and maintenance.
  • It’s a level surface with no loose stones – this is particularly good for disabled access and heavily used driveways.
  • It looks great: Resin bound paving can be tailored aesthetically to your home/business or driveway both in size and style.
  • It is sustainable, practical and versatile: Resin bound paving suits a variety of surfaces and purposes.
  • It’s resistant to different weather conditions. An example of this is it won’t freeze during the colder months, and it won’t fade under the summer sun.
  • It’s permeable: which means it’s fantastic in wet weather and doesn’t generate many puddles.
  • It can last for more than 25 years – which means it’s long-lasting and great value for money.


How is resin-bound paving made?

The process is complex, and it’s one we have perfected here at Hertfordshire Drives over the past 20+ years.

One of the key parts to ensuring the strength and longevity of resin-bound paving comes down to how tightly the stones are packed together, whilst also ensuring that the surface has minute voids for water to flow through (something that is key to making the surface permeable).

We coat each one of the minute stones used in resin and once complete the particles are laid immediately on the base and smoothed into the flat, smooth surface that resin-bound paving is known for.

Once the surface has been laid, the finished depth could vary between 12mm and 24mm, depending on the size and type of stone used and the function of the surface too. For example, driveways and public spaces (such as playgrounds) will require a slightly different depth of stones to areas like your back garden.


Questions to ask yourself, before hiring someone?

If you’re considering investing in resin paving, and you’re looking for more information to see if it is the right choice for you and your property. 

Hopefully this article will help you ask the right questions and get a better understanding of what you are looking for. 

Let’s start by saying, resin paving is a great option for many types of surfaces and situations. It’s long-lasting, looks attractive and is available in different styles too. But is it right for you…


Question 1: What is your budget?

One of the first things most people have to consider when planning a project such as resurfacing a driveway is budget. Budget is probably the first question you want to ask in any situation and it is no different here.

Resin paving isn’t the cheapest option available, but for good reason. Resin paving is a long-lasting, attractive, personalisable option, that offers many benefits above other paving types and can last over 25 years.

The best way to see if resin paving is in your budget is to call us for a quote. We provide free quotes, and there’s no obligation involved, so please feel free to get in contact via 0800 112 39 20 and we will help as much as we can.


Question 2: Are you having problems with planning permission?

Since the new government legislation in 2008, planning permission is not required for areas less than 5m² or if the new surface is permeable. And because resin paving is permeable, no planning permission is required for resin paving. Therefore if you’re having problems with planning permissions for other types of paving you will be happy to hear resin driveways are a hassle-free option.


Question 3: Have you been having problems with flooding?

In the UK, the weather tends to be wet a lot of the year, we know many properties and driveways struggle with flooding and water damage. Resin paving is permeable though, which considerably reduces flooding and water collection on surfaces. During the laying process, minute voids are created that allows water to drain through.


Question 4: Do you want to make a long-term investment?

If you’re looking to make a long-term investment on your property or driveway, resin paving is a sensible choice. Resin paving can last for more than 25 years, which means it’s incredibly long-lasting and great value for money too.


Question 5: Do you have time for maintenance?

If you’re short on time, and you want a flooring/surface with minimal maintenance, resin paving is the ideal choice. For many people, they want to choose something with minimal maintenance that doesn’t require constant upkeep or care. If this sounds like you, then resin paving is an ideal choice.

If you have any questions or would like some technical advice please contact us on 0800 112 39 20.