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What Bases can be used for Resin Bound Driveways?

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

Suitable Bases for installing Resin Bound Driveway Systems

Base For Resin Bound Driveway

If you want to enhance your property with a functional and durable driveway, a resin driveway may be the surfacing. A resin driveway is a mixture of stone aggregate and Resin laid over a prepared base. The mixture hardens to form a solid and durable surface.

Resin driveways are low maintenance and easy to clean, making them a popular choice for busy households. However, achieving a durable resin driveway surfacing involves more than just applying the mixture over the ground.

To ensure that your new driveway will last for years to come, there are a few things you need to keep in mind, and one of these is the Base for your Resin Driveway. This blog article will provide the necessary information on what types of Sub Bases are the best for Resin Bound Driveway to create a lasting Resin Driveway Surface.

The best Bases that can be used for Resin Bound Driveways.

1. What are Resin Driveways?

Resin Based Surfacing systems are a modern addition to the British pavement industry. The remarkable advances in polymer and epoxy materials over the past three decades have aided the work of Resin Surfaces development.

Resin Driveways are a type of driveway with a resin coat applied to a suitable base material. This is an excellent way to protect your driveway and has many other advantages. The overall result of using a resin driveway is a high-quality, durable surface that is easy to maintain.

2. Resin Bound Driveways vs Resin Bonded Driveways.

There are two main types of Resin Systems -Resin Bound and Resin Bonded. Both terms are often used interchangeably and confused. Although they have similar names, these two resin-derived aggregate systems differ considerably in application methods and properties.

Resin Bound System is achieved when a high-quality resin is used to "glue" a fine aggregate before laying over a sub-base. The Resin Bonded System forms when Resin is spread across the non­porous surface, and loose, dry aggregate is scattered on top. Please click here to read more about the differences between Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Surfacing.

3. The best surfaces that are suitable as Bases for Resin Bound Driveways.

Resin Bound Driveways cannot be installed directly over some surfaces as they must be applied over a stable foundation. The reason for it is that they require a solid base. If there is any movement or settlement in the Base, the Resin Bound Driveway will crack. A typical base for a surface consisting of Resin Bound Mixture, whether new or pre-existing, can include one of the following:


Permeable Resin Bound mixture can be applied to an existing tarmac surface if it is in good condition or, in the case of a new tarmac surface, after sufficient time has elapsed. Please note that Tarmac must be laid on a suitable sub-base (typically MOT type 3), with adequate depth, to support the expected weight of use.


Before permeable Resin Bound is laid down over the Concrete Base, it must be thoroughly cleaned and primed with a polymer primer. If a primer is not laid, the surfaces could fail to stick to one another, and Resin bound mixture would be wasted.

As it creates a barrier that prevents the concrete from absorbing the Resin out of the stone in the mixture, it helps to avoid de-lamination between the mixture and the concrete. This is especially important when the concrete has been recently set. Similarly, like with the Tarmac, a concrete base should always be primed with a polymer-based primer before installing a Resin Bound Driveway.


Asphalt is a material that is commonly used as a base for resin driveways. Like concrete, this Resin Bound Driveway Foundation is worth considering because it can sustain pressure and maintain the structural integrity of your driveway for many years to come.

The Most suitable Bases for installing Resin Bound Driveway Systems - Summary

Choosing a suitable base material is essential if you plan to have a Resin Bound driveway installed. The best Base for a Resin Bound Driveway should be ideal for the load it is expected to carry once the resin system is applied.

The adequate base material will ensure the durability and a long lifespan of your Resin Bound Driveway. Permeable surfaces with minimum joints, like Tarmac, Concrete and Asphalt, are usually the most preferred Base for Resin Bound Driveways as they provide the best finish and ensure SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) compliance.

Do you need Further Assistance on Resin Bound Surface Base?


Please do not hesitate to contact Yew Tree Landscapes, your local Resin Bound Installers in Hampshire, to discuss your project requirements and book a free no­ obligation site visit.

01420 489818 / 07553402009


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