Is Resin-Bonded Gravel Great for Driveways?

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Gravel-paved driveways have always conveyed elegance. However, traditional gravel and aggregates require constant maintenance and the loose stones limit the speed at which vehicles can drive. Modern resin-bonded gravel is a non-porous paving material that does not require constant maintenance.

Benefits

Resin-bonded gravel surfacing systems have distinct advantages over traditional gravel surfaces. These are aesthetically pleasing driveways with a natural decorative appearance. The surface is also durable, hard wearing and resilient. Water would roll off to the gutter instead of seeping into the material. Due to the resin, the aggregates do not move.

One problem with driving fast on a gravel surface is that the gravel can fly off and be a danger to people walking along the road. With a resin bond, the aggregates do not move. They do not migrate too far from the wheel grooves nor get washed away during heavy rains. The textured aggregates also have a non-slip property, which proved to have good anti-skid properties. The resin can be applied to asphalt, concrete, timber and steel surfaces.

Other Uses

The resin-bonded gravel surfacing systems are not limited for use on driveways. These can also be used for footpaths, patios and commercial spaces. These are attractive surfaces for residential driveways, as well as for public spaces such as parks, hospitals, schools and public highways. The surfacing systems are naturally coloured and bonded with a resin coat prior to applying to concrete or tarmac surfaces.

The colours can be chosen to blend in with the natural environment or with the natural colour of gravel in the area. The resin fixes the aggregate in place. It has a layer of chippings, giving the effect of loose gravel but without the gravel moving or creating wheel tracks.

Having a layer of resin-bonded gravel on top of tarmac or concrete ensures the long service life of the driveway or any other surface. The underlying layer of concrete or tarmac provides stability, while the top bonded aggregate provides a non-skid resilient surface.