Diamond Driveways have been installing resin bound surfacing for over a decade and in that time our company has grown not only in size but in reputation. Today we pride ourselves on being the leading professionals for paving solutions in London and the South East. Customer service is at the heart of everything we do which is one of the reasons hundreds of our satisﬁed clients review us so highly online.
But what is resin bound surfacing?
Resin Bound Surfacing is a two component polyurethane resin which binds together a range of selected decorative kiln-dried aggregates. It provides an attractive, porous surface which is strong enough for foot and domestic vehicle traffic.
The structure also creates small spaces in between the gravel that allows water to drain through; avoiding puddles and alleviating ﬂood risk.
Being porous, resin bound allows water to percolate through the surface and beyond (when a suitable base build up is conﬁgured for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). SUDS are a natural approach to managing drainage in and around properties where home owners have a legal obligation to avoid surface water draining onto public highways from their property.
Resin is also one of the few materials that is frost and slip resistant but also water absorbent; making it a safe product for the young, old and physically impaired. Resin is a hand laid product which can be adapted to everyone’s needs.
And what is going on below the surface?
We take great pride in not only providing a resin bound driveway with a great finish, but for our clients to understand that it looks just as good underneath. Here is a look at the lengths we go to create your driveway.
This membrane ensures the sub-base material does not get mixed in with ground below. However it will still allow water to pass through it. The presence of a membrane is also important to help prevent the growth of weeds.
The sub-base is probably the most fundamental part of any driveway. The sub-base is what supports the driveway from the weight of traffic by helping to spread the weight from above. It also creates a solid layer resistant to rutting and channelisation. Typical domestic construction requires a minimum depth of 100mm. At Diamond we often excavate as far as 200mm and install well compacted Type 3 granular sub-base or similar approved.
This is a load-bearing, strengthening layer which is approx. 80mm in depth and made up of either permeable tarmac or concrete base; dependent on which is most suitable for the ground conditions.
Resin Bound Surfacing
We offer our own range of Diamond Resin Bound Surfacing which comes in over 40 colours to match any home. We will lay a minimum of 15mm thickness or minimum 18mm for four wheel drive or heavy cars.
The finishing touches and edges
Our resin bound surface is generally laid 15 – 18mm thick therefore some form of edge restraint is essential. Where edgings and kerbs are being used, the base course material is left slightly below the top of the edging to accommodate the surfacing.
Where an existing sub-base is being overlaid it may be necessary to install edging; to stand proud and to provide a working edge protection. Edgings are often used as structural supports but they can also be added purely as a design element. Granite setts, cobbles, block edgings and path edging can add the ﬁnishing touch and also protect your resin driveway from any future neighbouring works.