Nick Purkiss, a Resin Bound driveway installer in Peterborough is here to give those thinking about tackling installing a Resin Bound Drive his 3 steps to a successful DIY job.
Resin bound gravel is becoming the “in-thing” used to carpet driveways in the UK talking over the popular block paving alternative. Besides being a contemporary alternative, its benefits are huge; it is nice-looking, weed-free, long lasting and requires next to no maintenance.
In my previous guide, I explained the differences between the terms- “bonded surfacing” and “resin bound”. While many people have a difficulty differentiating between the two terms, as our explanation brought out clearly, they are totally different and shouldn’t be confused at all. The following is a basic 3 step guide on how to install a resin bound driveway.
- Prepare the install area
Ensure that a structurally sound concrete / tarmac base is available for you to work on. In the event you do not have one, you will have to dig the area out and install one. Also ensure that the sub base is fit for receiving the anticipated traffic levels – ie – it is mainly going to have people walking on it or it is going to have vehicles parked on it. Once a structurally sound base is in place, start by drudging to eliminate any contamination. Make sure it is extremely dry before application. If you aren’t too sure if it is sufficiently dry just heat the surface using a hot compressed air bayonet. After completely eradicating moisture, the area is ready for the installation. Some contractors even opt to heat up the aggregate in an effort to keep the materials at the peak temperature for installation.
- Mix together.
Since resin bound surfacing is in general self-priming, we will not focus on priming today. Nonetheless, in the unlikely event your surface is either contaminated or predominantly weak, you will need to prime the area before installing. As for mixing,
The simplest and most rampant mix appropriate for DIY use is 100 kilograms of gravel cumulative for every 6.5 kilograms of resin. In most cases, you will be advised to use a 50:50 aggregate combination of 1-3mm and 2-5mm.
After setting aside your supplies, you’ll realize there are three components; resin, aggregate and hardener. You need to mix these altogether thoroughly, part by part. For professional results you should use a force-circulation mixer. This mixer provides the only real way to get a professional installers mix. Be sure to follow the technical information sheet closely and mix according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Lay the Mix
After mixing thoroughly pour the mix onto your prepared tarmac base or concrete base. Pre-level the mix with the aid of a rule level or flat blade squeegee.
Hint: keep the trowel clean either with spirit or solvent to ensure your lay remains smooth without overworking yourself.
Once you are done with the laying, park your car elsewhere for a few, at the most two, days for it to cure and have enough strength, and Boom! You have a new modern ground bound driveway!
And it is as simple as that. Your three outstandingly simple steps to a Do It Yourself (DIY) resin bound driveway are right there.
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