Resin bonded driveway, worth it?

Resin bonded driveway, worth it?

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Grumfutock

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5,274 posts

115 months

Monday 15th December 2014
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Hi all

Just had a ridiculously expensive quote for one of these. They look nice and the salesman reckons they last for 30-40 years, I am not so sure.

Thoughts or experiences please.

That title should read 'Resin bonded'

Edited by Grumfutock on Monday 15th December 12:31

deanrufleg

391 posts

206 months

Monday 15th December 2014
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Out of interest, what sort of figure were you quoted? What size area?

Excavation and sub base is the first chunk of costs. Depending on what edging you go for and if you have any "bands" running through it adds further expense. What then Bumps the cost up is that you are effectively putting 2 finishes on next; a wearing course of concrete or Tarmac, if it's porous., then of course the final topping of resin bound.

I passed round a clients this evening, after 3 years it still looks superb. It can be pricey, but is a fantastic looking product.

HTH.

netherfield

1,802 posts

134 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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I've been quoted £50 sq Metre on to sound tarmac, and reckon to be fully booked until next March, just awaiting a second quote to compare.

Grumfutock

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Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Believe it or not I was quoted 40k!!!!! Just a normal size drive way, front area parking for 3 cars and a small strip at the back.

hornetrider

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155 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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What part of the country op?

Grumfutock

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hornetrider said:
What part of the country op?
Dorset. I should add the the drive will also need re-laying prior to installation but even so!

hornetrider

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155 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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OK. Reason I ask is a friend of my parents installs this stuff and he is excellent - he is based in Powys however. A quick google throws up the approved installers for it though, so might be worth a quote from the Devon guy maybe?

http://www.quartzcoatsolutions.com/approved-instal...

Muncher

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199 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Grumfutock said:
Believe it or not I was quoted 40k!!!!! Just a normal size drive way, front area parking for 3 cars and a small strip at the back.
I think that "quote" tells you everything you need to know about that "company"!

Grumfutock

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Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Muncher said:
Grumfutock said:
Believe it or not I was quoted 40k!!!!! Just a normal size drive way, front area parking for 3 cars and a small strip at the back.
I think that "quote" tells you everything you need to know about that "company"!
My thoughts entirely. I must confess that I embarrassed myself by laughing in his face when he gave me the quote, I just could help it.

Sharted

1,543 posts

93 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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I was quoted £10k for a 60m straight drive plus turning and standing area for 2/3 cars, think it worked out at £40 per sqM.

Coincidentally, block paving came in at exactly the same price.

Comparing the 2 I would probably go with block for 2 reasons:

Block is thicker and, potentially, more long lasting/less likely to wear away.
Resin looks shiny and slippery.

As it happens I have done neither yet and am leaning towards gravel.

Muncher

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199 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Grumfutock said:
My thoughts entirely. I must confess that I embarrassed myself by laughing in his face when he gave me the quote, I just could help it.
They will be back tomorrow and it will be a one time only "special" price if you sign up right there and then, "because they're in the area" of £20k. I will never entertain such companies, I have told a few before to get lost after taking the piss with stupid first quotes, including Everest who asked for £64k to do my windows!

Grumfutock

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Muncher said:
They will be back tomorrow and it will be a one time only "special" price if you sign up right there and then, "because they're in the area" of £20k. I will never entertain such companies, I have told a few before to get lost after taking the piss with stupid first quotes, including Everest who asked for £64k to do my windows!
Funny you should say that but I have already had that! 50% off sale but need a 3.5k deposit and signature right now deal. Once again they were shown the door.

Grumfutock

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Tuesday 16th December 2014
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So has anyone had it done? Just wondering if a Resin bonded driveway is any better than block or Tarmac?

hornetrider

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Tuesday 16th December 2014
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My parents have now had three at three different properties. I think they are excellent, to be fair. Not cheap though.

Grumfutock

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hornetrider said:
My parents have now had three at three different properties. I think they are excellent, to be fair. Not cheap though.
Ah OK, that's what I was looking for. The last well and don't lose their look?

BigTom85

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121 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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I'm seeing resin bonded stuff being used more and more in retail parks, in the public realm, private driveways etc, and haven't yet seen one that looks shabby or failing.

I'm a highway engineer so I'd love to see examples of where people have used it and any feedback etc.

I'm seriously considering it for my place.

hornetrider

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155 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Grumfutock said:
hornetrider said:
My parents have now had three at three different properties. I think they are excellent, to be fair. Not cheap though.
Ah OK, that's what I was looking for. The last well and don't lose their look?
Well, I've never seen any deterioration in them and they've not mentioned any problems. The finish is very good and neat.

Lostprophet

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119 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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I was quoted £140 per sq meter. My drive is prob 50sq. Thats £7k!!!

Grumfutock

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Lostprophet said:
I was quoted £140 per sq meter. My drive is prob 50sq. Thats £7k!!!
I think these have to be laid on a sound drive way so if you have that it saves some money but if not they need to lay a new one first.

Eleven

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172 months

Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Grumfutock said:
Hi all

Just had a ridiculously expensive quote for one of these. They look nice and the salesman reckons they last for 30-40 years, I am not so sure.

Thoughts or experiences please.

That title should read 'Resin bonded'

Edited by Grumfutock on Monday 15th December 12:31
Definitely resin bonded and not resin bound? They are two different things and one of the replies above refers to bound whereas you have asked about bonded. Bonded is cheaper than bound.

Resin bonded - aggregates are bonded with resin onto the surface, probably using a broadcast method (scattering aggregates onto wet resin). The finish is fairly matt and impermeable, the drive will drain at the surface level.

Resin bound - the aggregates are mixed with resin and the resulting mixture is applied with a trowel. It's a minimum of 12mm thick, is a bit glossy in appearance and it drains at the substrate level. So if you've got any pooling issues you can look forward to some green patches. But if you want to drain through the surface deliberately this is the one to have.

I've been quoted about £20/m for bonded onto a 6mm bitmac forecourt. The company is based in Yorkshire. I have been quoted up to £65/m by other firms.