Resin driveways are a popular choice when it comes to driveway surfacing for several reasons. They are durable, SUDs compliant, and easy to maintain. What’s more, they are an aesthetically pleasing choice, particularly in residential areas.

But what are the disadvantages of resin bound driveways and surfacing? And are there any better alternatives? In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks of resin bound driveways. We’ll also look at viable alternatives which aim to deliver all the advantages of resin bound driveways while overcoming the disadvantages.

3 Disadvantages of Resin Driveways

Resin driveways are created with resin bound surfacing (sometimes called a resin bound system). The laying process involved mixing aggregates with a clear UV-stable polyurethane resin. This mixture is then poured on to the prepared area and smoothed down to create a level surface which requires little maintenance and allows water to drain away naturally.

Below, we’ll look at some of the disadvantages of using resin bound surfacing in your driveway project.

Cost

Unlike concrete or block paving, resin bound surfacing isn’t simple to install. This complexity makes it more expensive than other options. Furthermore, this kind of surfacing needs to be laid properly, by an expert, to ensure longevity and a high-quality finish. Another thing to consider in this is the type of resin and aggregates used in the creation of resin bound driveways. Higher quality decorative aggregates or coloured aggregates might be more expensive.

Heavy Usage

Resin bound driveways and surfacing aren’t the best choice for areas that regularly endure heavy traffic and usage. While this type of surface course is quite durable and robust, wear and tear over time can lead to cracking, which in turn can be quite expensive to repair.

Weed and Moss Growth

While resin bound systems are low maintenance, weeds and moss can grow on them. When this does happen, it can make the surface quite slippery, especially when it’s not cleaned regularly. This can quickly become a problem not only on driveways but on park footpaths and other public areas, where surfaces are maintained, leading to reduced accessibility and a possible health and safety issue.

What are the alternatives to resin bound driveways?

There are a lot of options available to you if you’re looking to create a new driveway, footpath, or public area which requires surfacing. There’s block paving, concrete, gravel, slate, and grass to name a few. Each comes with their own unique pros and cons, so it’s important to explore all the options before making your decision and investing in a new surface course.

BituChem’s own alternative to resin driveways is NatraTex. A durable, cost-effective, and low maintenance landscaping material, NatraTex boasts similar characteristics to conventional tarmacadam. A big point of difference when it comes to NatraTex over other surfacing choices is the wide range of colours and types available for different projects. It is frequently used in residential, retail, regeneration, and recreational projects – which gives you a good idea of just how versatile a surfacing material it is.

NatraTex is available in a wide range of colours, including the neutral buff tones of NatraTex Cotswold and a spectrum of colours (such as blue, green and red) in the NatraTex Colour range. And for those looking for an eco-friendly and cost-effective surfacing material, we have developed NatraTex Eco which boasts all the benefits of normal NatraTex while being made from a minimum of 50% recycled material!

To read more about why NatraTex is such a good alternative to resin bound surfacing, see our article: NatraTex As An Alternative To Resin Bound Surfacing.

Learn More About NatraTex

If you’re exploring options for surfacing in relation to cycle paths, footpaths, playgrounds, hard landscaping, or driveways, you’ve come to the right place. The team at BituChem are passionate about helping our clients find the right surfacing materials for their projects, be that NatraTex Cotswold, NatraTex Colour, NatraTex Eco, NatraTex ColdLay or NatraTex ChipTex.

To find out more about any of our products, please contact us. Our team would be happy to help. Alternatively, if you’d like to see NatraTex in action, take a look at our Case Studies to get an idea of how the surface course has been used in the creation of car parks, roads, driveways, MUGA pitches and more!

Finally, if you’d like to request a sample of NatraTex, head over to our Request A Sample page.