Resin bonded aggregates are a popular choice for driveways, and for good reason. Not only do they look good, they are also durable and easy to maintain. They tend to last longer than other types of the driveway and also maintain their aesthetic appeal for longer. As with any type of driveway, though, they need to be laid properly if you are to reap the full benefits they can provide.
Not only does this mean excellent quality workmanship and materials, it also means laying the driveway on foundations that are suitable. Lay your driveway on the right surfaces and you should have a great looking, reliable driveway for many years to come. Lay it on the wrong surface, however, and you could be letting yourself in for a lot of problems.
Eco grid systems are popular for use in driveways. They help to contain the materials, help to distribute weight evenly and also allow for drainage. They are also suitable for use in driveways using resin bound aggregates. While eco-grid systems are a good option, however, it will be necessary to use around twice as much aggregate, increasing costs considerably. If the budget is not a problem, though, then it is an option you should consider.
While tarmac makes a suitable driveway material in itself, it is also suitable as a base for a resin driveway. If you are using tarmac as a base, just remember to ensure the tarmac itself is laid properly so that it is able to support the weight of the resin bonded aggregates and, of course, vehicles. Remember also to ensure that the tarmac surface is cleaned thoroughly before laying aggregate on top.
Concrete is also a suitable base for a resin driveway, but it needs to be treated first. Before laying the aggregate on top, the concrete will first need to be thoroughly cleaned and then primed with a polymer primer which can be purchased from a resin driveway supplies company. The primer will help seal the concrete, and also allow the aggregate to adhere to the base. Note that a freshly laid concrete base should be allowed to cure for at least a week before having the primer applied.
If you are not sure which bases are suitable, you should check with an expert first to be sure. Getting it wrong could mean considerable extra cost and inconvenience, so it is worth taking a few minutes to be sure.
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