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Which is best – tarmac or resin driveway?

In order to make an informed decision about a new driveway, many factors need to be considered. A new driveway is a major investment, and you will likely be concerned about how long it will last.

Resin Drive

Depending on how many times you drive on and off it, a driveway needs to be durable. In addition, a driveway needs to be visually appealing and prevent drainage problems.

Owners and operators must consider a variety of factors related to security and safety, as well as visual appeal and the presentation of their brand and premises.  

Depending on your needs, you can choose from a variety of driveway surfaces.

In terms of roads, car parks, and airfields, asphalt and tarmac have proven performance records, but they aren’t always the best options for driveways. Recent developments have led many homeowners to decide on resin driveways. Find out what the best driveway is – Tarmac or Resin.

What is a Tarmac driveway?

Tarmac is a popular surface material. Throughout the years, the material has been used to build roads, airport runways, parking lots, and pavements.

In recent years, more and more individual customers have been using Tarmac for their driveways and outdoor spaces. 

In order to make tarmac, broken stones are mixed with melted tar. This surface is extremely tough yet flexible and can be poured into place. The semi-permeable nature of Tarmac makes it more prone to flooding during heavy rainfall than other forms of surfacing, such as resin. 

When you choose Tarmac, you get many benefits. It takes specialized equipment to lay properly, but it is durable, long-lasting, and cost-effective. A number of colours are available for it. 

Since it is intended to be used in areas of heavy traffic, it is less visually appealing than other surfacing solutions.

If tarmac driveways are regularly maintained, they can last for a very long time. Most cracks originate from improper installation or preparation, notwithstanding their proneness.

Tarmac may not be a suitable option for properties with smaller drives; it requires heavy equipment for installation, which is often too large and cumbersome for small driveways.

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Despite its initial functionality, tarmac will start to deteriorate after a few years due to weathering and oxidation.

What are the benefits of tarmac driveways?

  • Material that lasts long
  • Economical
  • Installation is quick and easy
  • A variety of colours is available

Laying tarmac on its own can be made harsher by mixing with block paving. Whatever suits your needs and style, you can edge the tarmac in either boards or blocks. Neither is particularly time-consuming. In addition to being easy to install and being able to be laid over an existing base, this would mean your driveway would not be closed for long.


What is Resin Bound?

Systems containing resin bound aggregates, recycled glass (stone), and clear resin work together very well. To ensure complete resin coverage of the stone particles, make sure each particle is fully submerged.

Immediately after mixing, lay the mixture on a stable surface for a smooth, permeable finish. The depth of a resin bound driveway may vary from 12 mm to 24 mm, depending on the size, shape, and thickness of the stone.

By using resin bound paving, we can mix different sizes, colours, and textures of stones together, resulting in a variety of textures and durable surface.


What is Resin Bonded?

After the surface has been coated with resin, a layer of clean, dry aggregates is applied to cover the resin. This is followed by sweeping the excess. Resin-bonded stones are available in sizes between 1 mm and 6 mm. Thick, impermeable stone has the advantage of being textured.

A resin-bonded surface provides a single, non-permeable layer of stone.

Why should you choose a resin-bound driveway?

Resin-bound driveways have many advantages.

  • Their visual appeal is impressive. With a variety of colours, textures, and finishes to choose from, you can embellish your driveway surface however you see fit. 
  • Concrete and block paving are more traditional surfaces, which are limited by their colours, shapes, and sizes. Resin allows for far greater creativity and flexibility. 
  • Driveways, pathways, and patios can all be constructed with this resin bound surfaces. During the laying process, the aggregate particles are coated with high-quality resin binder. 
  • The resin-bound driveway, on the other hand, is thoroughly mixed with aggregates prior to laying, making the surface more durable and less maintenance-intensive. 
  • One of the biggest advantages of resin-bound driveways is the cost. When compared with other paving solutions, resin-bound driveways are extremely cost-efficient and offer excellent return on investment in the long run.  

A resin driveways can also be installed very quickly. It usually takes a day to install most of them, and they can be used within 24 hours, depending on their size and shape. Whereas it takes longer to prepare, install, and finish tarmac, concrete, or traditional block paving driveways. 

Resin-bound driveways are also known for their durability, which is one of the best things about them. Surfaces created using this method are tough, porous surface, sturdy surface, and durable and won’t deteriorate, wear, or damage when faced with heavy traffic. 

You should now be able to choose the driveway that’s right for you. Make sure you know how you intend to use it. You may also want to consider whether you are going to use it for a long time or not. On this note, we hope you have found your answer.

We are just a phone call away if you need advice on laying out reliable surfacing material for your driveway!


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