Resin-bound and resin bonded driveways come with the benefit of being available in a variety of different colours. From striking displays to more subtle tones, there is certainly a lot of variety available for different properties.
How are Resin Driveways laid?
Resin driveways can be laid in one of two ways. There are resin-bound driveways and resin-bonded driveways. The differences come in the way that they are laid. For example:
- Resin-bound driveways are made by mixing natural aggregate (or another material like marble) with a clear resin. Once mixed together, this is then laid onto the base to achieve a smooth and permeable finish.
- Resin-bonded systems are made using a different process. Instead of being mixed in with the resin, the aggregate is scattered over after the resin has already settled onto the base. This achieves a textured surface with a single stone layer on the surface.
These styles have enjoyed a spate of popularity recently to the range of available colours and the durability that comes with them. However, they do come with some drawbacks.
What Are the Disadvantages of Resin Driveways?
Although their range of colour options is often something that sways the opinion of their users, if not properly protected, they can be at risk of fading following sun exposure. They’re also not the easiest to maintain, as regular cleaning is required to combat the slippy and hazardous surface created by moss and algae.
In resin-bonded driveways, where the aggregate is scattered, parts can become loose thereby damaging the aesthetic of your driveway. Whilst resin-bound driveways tend to be a little more durable than their counterparts, the materials used don’t tend to be very sympathetic to the environment around them.
Due to the level of customisation involved in a resin bound or bonded driveway, the final consideration to make is that they don’t come cheap. Installation requires certain equipment, a specialist skill level and a fair few hours of work which can soon add up. Taking this into account, you may find yourself looking for a more cost-effective, durable option that still provides the same range of colours. If so, look no further than NatraTex.
Using NatraTex as an Alternative
To avoid the drawbacks of resin driveways but still secure the vibrant colours that you’ve been searching for, consider NatraTex for your next project. Perfect for any project in a variety of sectors, this cost-effective and durable option is perfect for adding those finishing touches.
NatraTex is an asphalt surface course and it’s available in three types. These are:
- Natratex Cotswold
- Natratex Colour
- Natratex Eco
Our Cotswold product is perfect for creating a more discreet, aesthetically pleasing finish. Through the use of a more neutral beige colour, this product tends to compliment and be more sympathetic towards its surroundings. This makes it perfect for a residential estate.
As the name suggests, if it’s bright colours that you’ve come looking for, Natratex Colour is perfect for you. Available in a wide range of vibrant colours, including red, green and blue, there is something to deliver any desired aesthetic. Designed to be bold and bright, if you’re looking for a striking result, we’ve got you covered.
Our Eco range is a surface course that contains a minimum of 50% recycled materials.
By choosing NatraTex Eco, you can rest assured knowing that you’re using one of the most sustainable products available that sources recycled materials locally. Boasting all of the benefits that come with NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex Color, quality isn’t sacrificed. In fact, thanks to it’s sustainable and ethical credentials, it actually boasts more benefits.
What Advantages does NatraTex bring?
One of the biggest advantages of NatraTex is that it has the benefit of appearing like a gravel surface, without the high maintenance that comes with it. To keep it tidy, sweeping and pressure washing will be more than enough. Plus, its anti-slip properties will keep it’s users safe and sound.
NatraTex has proven to be much more durable than resin-based driveways, with an expected lifespan that you’ll be more than happy with. Once applied, the synthetic bonded surfaces are fixed, so you don’t have to worry about them moving or washing away.
Whereas resin-based driveways can soon become expensive through the installation costs, NatraTex is extremely easy to lay, promising fast and effective coverage compared to resin bonded surfaces. All NatraTex products can guarantee the following benefits as a minimum:
- Excellent Durability
- Attractive, Versatile Aesthetics
- Quick Installation
- Low Maintenance
Enquire about NatraTex Today
If you have any questions regarding any of our range or services, please contact us. Our experienced and friendly team would be delighted to help you find the right product for your project. If you have a colour or product in mind, you can make a request for a free sample. If you’re looking for a trusted tradesman to install your NatraTex, our colleagues will also be able to provide you with contacts close to your location. For more information on how NatraTex can help you, you may be interested in our blog.
NatraTex is a trademark of BituChem Asphalt Ltd, the UK’s largest independent, dedicated Coloured Asphalt specialist and sole manufacturer and supplier of NatraTex. By buying from BituChem, you can guarantee quality as our team continues to strive to be the number one supplier of choice. Our customers range from blue-chip multinationals to private homeowners and we’ve supplied NatraTex for a wide variety of sectors. Therefore, our team are well prepared to help with whatever your next project needs.