It is just astounding how resin driveways have become popular for both residential and commercial applications. It is just the ‘in thing’ when people look to improve the aesthetics of their property. But the key thing behind a beautiful resin driveway is the installation process. The resin driveways DIY principle is quite challenging especially if you are not used to getting your hands dirty. However, with the help of a professional, such as The Driveway Company you could get things going.
But before we jump into the basics of installing a resin driveway, let’s first understand the different types of resin driveways aggregates available. This will help you make an informed choice on what you want to go for depending on the place being prepared.
A school driveway will obviously look different from the driveway leading to your house in terms of color and pattern. But I am assuming that you are full of life and vibrancy and would not opt for a dull looking driveway for your residential property. But I digress.
There is a wide variety of resin aggregates ranging from natural gravel to spectrum recycled glass. Let us list them below:
- Natural Aggregates– Apollo, Sterling, Barley Beach, Winter Frost, Midnight, Tuscan Terracotta, Chestnut, Maple, Bronze, Norwegian Pearl, and
- Spectrum Recycled Glass-Cobalt, Mint Green, Ruby Red, Water Blue, Yellow Green, Traffic Red, Pure Orange, Silver dazzle, Daffodil Yellow, Signal Violet, Squirrel Grey, Fawn Brown and Zinc Yellow.
- Marble -Almond, Sterling Forest, and
You can always search for each online to get an idea of what they look like. Google is after all your friend.
DIY Steps to Installing Your Resin Driveway
- It doesn’t matter whether you are installing the resin surface over an old surface or you are trying out a new one altogether. The end goal is to have a visually appealing driveway.
First, make sure that you prepare the base and ensure that it is strong enough for the intended use. Clean up the area before you lay down your resin surface. Map out a grid of 0.8m2 by 18mm using a marker paint. Mix up the resin bound kits and leave them for about 15 minutes for the curing process to start.
Take note to purchase a powerful drill and paddle to avoid a tool burnout during the mixing.
- Ensure that you have two buckets for mixing your selected aggregate stone. In one bucket pour a third of the mixture and then create a shallow well in the aggregate that is still in the mixing tub. It should be about the size of a pudding bowl.
Pour the remaining aggregate and the resin in the first bucket into the second bucket and thoroughly mix it with a paddle and drill. Only stop when the resin forms a uniform color.
Pour the combined resin into the well in the mixing tub. Mix your selected stone with the resin and ensure that all the stone is fully coated with the resin and appears to be wet.
- Pour the final mixture carefully into the area you mapped out and ensure that there are no dry stones left in the mix. You could use a shovel to level out the mixture onto your mapped area. Keep on shoveling until you’re happy with the final look of your finish.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you lay down a proper resin driveway. Pretty easy right? If you find it hard to do it yourself, you can always hire a professional to do the work for you. A professional will ensure that your resin driveway is to die for and you won’t have to spend a lot of many on repairs and re-installations. For more information regarding resin driveways visit https://www.the-driveway-company.com/resin/