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How Long Do Resin Patios Last

Resin-bound driveways are becoming an ever more popular choice for homeowners across the UK. And it's easy to see why. Their look is fully customisable, they are extremely low maintenance and are sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs). One of their biggest benefits is their longevity. Properly installed, you can expect your resin driveway to last between 10 and 21 years or more.

Proper installation is key for a resin-bound driveway to last as long as possible. If you are searching for a reputable and experienced company to install your resin driveway to the highest of standards, our team at Guardian Resin can help.

What Is Resin-Bound Paving?

A resin-bound surface is created by mixing liquid resin, an aggregate usually in the form of loose stones or gravel, and a hardener. This is then applied to a prepared base and left to harden to create a strong and durable surface.

Resin is a liquid but when it is combined with the hardener, there is a reaction which creates strong chemical bonds between the molecules. The aggregate creates the colour and texture that give the resin driveway its aesthetic appeal. For more learnings, you can also check out our article "How Much Is A Resin Patio".

Why Do Resin Driveways Last For So Long?

There are a few different reasons why a resin-bound driveway is likely to last for a long time. Many companies offer a 10-year guarantee but, with proper maintenance and installation, resin driveways have the potential to last upwards of 25 years. For more information, we recommend checking out our post titled "How Long Does A Resin Driveway Last".

Permeable Paving

A resin surface creates a fully permeable driveway. This can help it stand the test of time because water easily drains through the surface, reducing the flood risk and the potential damage caused by standing water. If you're interested in learning more, feel free to check our article on "Are Resin Driveways Permeable".


Unlike tarmac or concrete driveways, resin creates a flexible surface that can withstand changing weather conditions with ease. A concrete driveway can crack under the freeze and thaw cycle and tarmac can melt under very hot conditions.

In contrast, a resin driveway is flexible enough to move with the changing conditions brought about by freezing and thawing water. And it has a much, much higher melting point than tarmac, far above any air temperature it could experience.

One Single Surface

Because of the way that the resin-bound surface is applied, you are left with a single surface without any joins. A block paving or gravel driveway will have lots of little gaps through which weeds and other plant life can take root, which can cause damage to the driveway.

Weeds can't grow through a resin-bound driveway because there are no gaps so there is no way for them to cause damage.

What Can Affect The Longevity Of A Resin Driveway?

While a resin-bound driveway can last decades because of the nature of its durable materials, in practice, this doesn't always happen. And there are two main reasons for this: substandard installations and improper maintenance.

Installation Problems

Creating a new driveway from resin is a skilled task that requires an in-depth knowledge of the process and the materials.

  • The correct ratio between resin and aggregate needs to be followed or the resin-bound driveway could develop loose stones, cracks, or holes.
  • The driveway needs to be laid under ideal environmental conditions, including the correct ambient temperature, surface temperature, and humidity levels. If it isn't, it won't cure properly which can lead to cracks and lifting.
  • It needs to be laid on top of a suitable sub-base. If it isn't, the base could shift and move leading to the resin-bound surface splitting.

Maintenance Problems

Resin driveways offer the opportunity for a driveway that requires very little maintenance. And while this is true, there are certain guidelines that you should follow to keep the longevity of your driveway.

  • Regular cleaning with a stiff broom and a pressure washer is really all that is needed to keep your resin-bound driveway clean and free of debris.
  • You should avoid turning your steering wheel when your car is on your driveway as this could create marks. If you notice tyre marks, pressure washing and some diluted detergent should remove them.
  • Don't use metal tools such as shovels, a paint scraper, or a car jack. These can create small holes in the surface that will look unsightly and could compromise the integrity of the entire driveway.
  • Don't use boiling water on your driveway. This could melt the resin and create holes in the surface.
  • Avoid heavy vehicle use. Resin-bound driveways are designed for average-sized vehicles such as cars or small vans. Heavy vehicle use could cause damage to the surface.

Remember that unlike block paving or gravel driveways, resin driveways are not easily patch repaired so you should avoid damaging them as much as possible. You can also check out our post "Can Resin Driveways Be Repaired".

The Bottom Line

How long will a resin-bound driveway last? Under ideal conditions, at least 10 years and potentially upwards of 25. This depends on proper installation by qualified professionals, regular maintenance, and being careful to avoid damage.

If you are thinking of having a resin driveway installed, don't hesitate to get in touch. Our team is experienced and professional resin driveway installers who will work with you to create the perfect driveway for you, installed to the highest of standards.

Contact Guardian Resin today at 0800 086 2857

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