When installed professionally, resin driveways offer a stunning aesthetic that is long-lasting, providing a functional surface that requires little or no maintenance. However, if you choose an inexperienced driveway installer, things can go wrong, leading to problems such as cracking, rain damage, streaking, and surface detachment.
Getting A Resin Bound Driveway Installed By Professionals
Here we take a look at the common issue with resin driveways and how they can be avoided.
Resin and water do not mix together, so it is vital that resin bound driveways do not get wet during any step of their installation. If light rain unexpectedly arrives, it may be possible to cover the surface with a gazebo. The stone that will be used should also be kept dry, and this can be covered using a tarp. It is important to note that wet stone can cause white patches, so keeping the stone dry should not be overlooked. Any mixing, such as combining the hardener with the resin, should take place undercover.
If rain is heavy or looks to continue for an extended period, installation of resin driveways should be halted, with a neat line, and resumed the next day. A joint may be visible if this action is taken, so it is best to get a reliable weather forecast and avoid laying when rain is likely.
The surface of resin driveways can detach from the sub-base for various reasons. Moisture or frost on the surface, an unstable sub-base, and incorrect sealing can all cause surface detachment. The surface is repairable, and while the work is straightforward, there may be a minor difference in colour between the new and old surfaces.
Cracking And Streaking
Cracking of resin driveways can occur if the correct mixture of stone, resin, and hardener is not achieved. The resin manufacturer denotes the mixing proportions, and problems can be avoided by using a professional and highly experienced driveway installer. Like cracking, streaking can occur if the proportions of the resin and aggregate are not consistent, from one mix to the next.
Curing Too Fast
The active curing of resin driveways is affected by the ambient air temperature. It is essential to avoid quick curing to get the best results and longevity. It is best to postpone installation if the foundation or air temperature falls out of the range of 10 C to 35 C or if the relative humidity is not between 30% to 85%.
Further, fast curing issues can be avoided by starting work before the hottest part of the day and keeping the resin and stone in the shade.
Walking On The Surface
If people or pets walk on resin driveways before the surface has properly cured, then the surface might be marked. Depending on the stage of curing and whether the affected area can be reached without standing on the surface, re-trowelling is possible. You can prevent people from accidentally walking on your resin driveway by placing cones and warning tape around the area.
For guidance on avoiding common issues with resin driveways or a quote on repairs or a driveway replacement, please contact us on 01543 229143.