Resin bonding is when you lay loose, dried aggregate onto a resin coated surface. The system of applying the aggregate us often referred to as scatter coating. The process involves applying the resin over a base or surface, and then scattering the aggregate or gravel over the resin before it fully sets.
What Can Resin Be Used For?
In the UK resin has become one of the most popular surfacing options for driveways. Although it is commonly used for driveways, resin can also be used for a number of other purposes and surfacing solutions such as paths, play areas, roads, ramps and much more. The option has become highly popular due its visual appearance, durability and longevity as a surface solution.
Other types of resin bonding include using pre-coated aggregates and gravel, whilst others rely on applying a resin over the aggregate to seal the resin system.
Resin can be laid on top of existing concrete or tarmac areas, creating a resin bound driveways or surface. Many people choose to use resin, as it offers both great visual appearance and low maintenance upkeep.
With advances in epoxy and polymer resins, the resin systems can be laid and used for a range of domestic and commercial purposes. There are numerous colour options to choose from, and the shades of colour can offer an attractive alternative finish to traditional tarmac or paving.
Types of Resin
Aromatic resin is a non UV stable polyurethane resin. This type of resin can be used in both resin bound and bonded installations. The resin with go darker in sunlight, so it’s most commonly used with darker gravels and aggregates. Aromatic resin is a more cost effective solution, than other types of resin.
Aliphatic resin is a UV stable clear polyurethane resin that can be used in all types of installations and isn’t directly affected by natural sunlight. This is one of the most commonly used resins, as it offers an enhanced visual appearance and compliments the aggregate or gravel that has been used during the application.
How is Resin Laid?
Resin systems can be applied to new or existing bases. The most common types of surfaces for resin to be laid on top of is tarmac, asphalt, concrete or other types of monolithic materials. When resin is laid the base needs to be in good condition and clean, before the installation process is carried out to ensure a quality finish.
All bases should be level and free of damage or cracks. The base should be strong enough to withstand heavy loads, or the purpose the surface is being used for. Professional resin installers, will ensure the base is suitable for the resin to be laid on and the purpose the resin is being used for.
The process of laying resin and aggregates is using hassle free and quite efficient. When aggregates are being scattered, it is important not to walk over the surface, to keep it smooth and level.
Does Weather Affect the Resin Installation?
One of only things that can affect the installation of resin surfaces is the weather. Weather that varies in temperature and humidity, affects the curing process. It’s advisable to not have resin laid when it rains, or when the weather is damp. If you’ve had resin bonding installed, and it happens to rain then covering it can help protect the resin and prevent any water from damaging the uncured surface.