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Are Resin Driveways Permeable

There are many reasons to choose a resin driveway, but dealing with rain is a huge factor.

What Is A Permeable Driveway?

A permeable driveway is a type of driveway surface that lets water seep through it instead of pooling or running off into drains. It helps manage water runoff, easing the burden on local drainage systems.

Permeable driveways are made using materials like permeable concrete, permeable asphalt, interlocking pavers, or gravel. These materials have gaps or pores that allow rainwater and other liquids to pass through them and soak into the ground.

Typically, a permeable surface is constructed on layers of gravel or crushed stone, which act as a storage space for water to gradually infiltrate.

Is Resin A Permeable Material?

Resin is generally considered to be impermeable or non-permeable. It does not have gaps or pores that allow water to pass through it easily. Therefore, the resin is not typically used as a permeable material for constructing permeable driveways or other surfaces designed to facilitate water infiltration.

However, there are specialist resin products available that have been modified to allow for some level of permeability, but they are not as commonly used as other permeable materials like permeable concrete, asphalt, interlocking pavers, or gravel.

If The Resin Isn’t A Permeable Material, How Is A Resin Driveway Permeable?

A resin-bound system is constructed by mixing aggregates (such as gravel) with a clear resin binder. The mixture is then spread and levelled to create a smooth and durable surface. While the resin itself may not be permeable, the overall design of a resin-bound driveway allows for water to pass through it.

The permeability of a resin-bound driveway comes from the gaps between the individual aggregates within the surface. These gaps create a network of interconnected spaces that allow water to flow through.

When rainwater falls on the driveway, it can infiltrate through these spaces and gradually permeate into the underlying layers and the ground below.

Are Resin Driveways Permeable

Is A Resin-Bonded Driveway Permeable?

In resin-bonded surfacing, a layer of resin is applied to an existing surface, such as concrete or asphalt, and then aggregate or gravel is scattered onto the resin. The resin acts as an adhesive, bonding the aggregate to the surface.

Unlike a resin-bound driveway, the resin-bonded system does not allow water to permeate through the surface. The resin forms a sealed layer, preventing water from passing through the driveway. As a result, water will typically run off resin-bonded surfacing rather than being absorbed into the ground.

It's important to note that while a resin-bonded surface is non-permeable, it can still provide benefits such as enhancing the appearance and durability of the underlying surface.

However, if water management and permeability are important factors for your driveway, permeable resin-bound paving or other porous surface options like permeable concrete or loose gravel may be more suitable.

Benefits Of A Resin-Bound Surface

Resin-bound surfacing offers several benefits, including:


Resin-bound surfacing allows water to permeate through the surface, reducing the risk of surface water pooling or runoff. It helps manage rainwater and prevents excessive strain on local drainage systems.


Resin-bound surfacing is highly durable and can withstand heavy use and vehicular traffic. They are resistant to cracking, fading, and staining, making them a long-lasting option for driveway surfaces. For more information, you can check out our post "How Long Does A Resin Driveway Last".


Permeable resin-bound paving provides a visually appealing surface with a smooth and consistent appearance. The wide range of aggregate colours and textures available allows for customisable designs, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of your property.


The textured surface of a resin-bound driveway offers good slip resistance, reducing the risk of accidents, especially in wet or icy conditions. This frost-resistant element provides a safer surface for walking and driving.

Low Maintenance

Resin-bound paving is relatively low maintenance. They require periodic cleaning to remove debris and can benefit from the occasional reapplication of a protective sealant. If you're interested in learning more, feel free to check our article on "How To Clean Moss From Resin Driveways".

Weed Resistance

Resin-bound driveways have a compact and seamless surface, which discourages the growth of weeds and plants through the driveway. This reduces the need for weed control and maintenance efforts.


Resin-bound driveways can be installed over existing surfaces such as concrete or asphalt, reducing the need for extensive excavation. This makes it a versatile option for both new installations and refurbishments.

SUDS Compliant

With a resin-bound system being SUDS compliant (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), it is a far better option than a resin-bonded paving solution.

If you are looking to add a new driveway and you are worried about SUDS regulations, water flow, or any other matter, Guardian Resin ensures you enjoy a smooth surface that helps you care for your property.

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