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How To Install a Resin Bound Driveway

This guide will outline the essential steps to lay the Resin Bound driveway. The technique described here is also suitable for other purposes like pathways, patios and much many more.

Resin Bound is a Resin Bound system is a flexible, durable and low maintenance solution that offers a wide number of advantages when compared with other surfaces. For a Resin Bound surface to deliver all of its advantages it has to be put in place in a proper manner from start to finish.

What is resin that is bound?

Resin Bound is a Resin Bound system is a surface solution that consists of an extremely durable resin that is mixed together with dry aggregates. The resin is laid over macadam that is either new or already existing or concrete foundation.

Contrary to the Resin Bonded system, in which the dried aggregates are distributed over a complete layer of resin and resin, Resin Bound is not. Resin Bound system is permeable and can be utilized as part of an SUDS conforming installation.

What else can Resin Bound be used for?

Resin Bound systems are extremely flexible and are suitable to cover a variety of surfaces such as…

Driveways
Paths
Patios
Parks & Gardens
Concourses
Car Parks
Cycle Paths
Terraces
Bridges
Schools
Towpaths

In order to install BBA-approved installations, the minimum depth of 18mm should be used. This ensures that the surface has the necessary strength of tensile for the intended application. Sand can increase its strength on it’s Resin Bound surface by approximately 15 to 25% and contributes to the anti-slip characteristics of the surface.

Because of the varying nature of aggregate types and sizes We consider that a minimum 7percent is the ideal content that is an “cover-all”. For paths with only foot traffic and a minimum depth of 15mm can be utilized.

At one time, a mixture of 6.5kg kits containing 100kg of stone was utilized. The tests have revealed that this resin/aggregate ratio doesn’t have enough resin and might have led to low performance for certain aggregates.

Before you begin installing a driveway made of resin

Also, you should be aware of the following points before you start

Do you think the surface is suitable?
Is the base solid?
Are there cracks in the surface?
Are there any damages?

Pre-installation: Preparation

The surface must be clean from water or contaminants prior to the application because drying and cleaning may be required. The ambient temperature and relative humidity as well as the ground temperature must be measured and recorded prior to and during application.

All surfaces to be coated must be coated with at least 3 degrees Celsius above the dew point and increasing to minimize the possibility of delamination caused by the surface foaming or condensation within the process.
Which bases can be used for a driveway made of resin?

The Resin Bound system base must be sturdy as well as suitable to the weight it is anticipated to bear when it is completed. The most suitable Resin Bound base could include asphalt, concrete, or tarmac. The bases that are suitable that can be utilized for the Resin Bound system include the following:

Macadam
Asphalt
Concrete

Final checks prior to installing a driveway made of resin

Before you begin mix-making, it’s crucial to make the following inspections:

Rain: Avoid the installation if it is predicted after 4 hours from the time of. We suggest using an accurate weather app installed on your phone.
Surface moisture Use an outdoor hygrometer for humidity. If the humidity is less than 80 percent, then it’s acceptable to work. If the humidity is higher, you might have to stop the work.
Surface checks: Check that the surface has been coated and dried.
Materials: Make sure to check your aggregates and other substances for quantities, batch size and color.
Make sure you measure the work area to make sure that you have everything needed to finish the task.
Clean and prepare your equipment It is important to ensure that your equipment is in good condition and ready to use.
Edge tape: Ensure that all edges of the work area are covered by tape to prevent staining from resin.

Mixing and setting the Resin Bound driveway is simple but requires complete accuracy throughout the process to ensure the success. Don’t try to make cuts.
Step 1. How do I mix the resin

It is crucial that the blends described in this document are not different due to the exact composition of resins when mixed with dried aggregates is designed to meet the particular requirements of the location. It’s an easy procedure, but for successful installation, precision is required at all times.

Don’t take shortcuts while mixing resin. It is recommended to use only one batch per project. If you require more than one make sure you utilize the same batch for one location in the event small batch-to-batch variations.

Mix the resin contained in containers on board to make a plasterer or a similar surface to protect against splashes.

Be sure the container is secured (between the feet) prior to mixing.
This resin’s Part A ingredient needs to be mixed for between 10 and 20 minutes at a low speed using a high-torque mixing device, such as an helical bladed mixer. Accelerator can be added during this process if necessary See the following section for further details.
A Part B ingredient must be added. Mix thoroughly and at a low speed for about 60 seconds, until it’s homogeneous.

How can I modify the curing rate

It is recommended to allow the surface to set for about 8 hours, however we don’t recommend pedestrians to use the area for more than 24 hours. If you would like to extend the your curing rate, you can use an accelerator (also known as catalyst).

It is essential to use an accelerator to lower temperatures less than 15degC particularly when curing is scheduled to take place over the night. Accelerators should be used for each mix to ensure the curing process is uniform. The only exception is greater consistency in temperatures of 25degC.

Step 2. Mixing resin dry aggregates, sand, and dried

This should be completed by the Mixer in Your three-person group.

Place a 25kg bag of 2-5mm aggregates and one bag of 25kg of 1-3mm aggregates inside your Mixer Forced.
Add the resin that you have pre-mixed to the mix, and then start your stopwatch.
Then add the remaining two 25kg bags of aggregate 2-5mm.
Gradually add your bag C52 Sand slowly.

Steps 2 and 3 of the above instructions must be executed in the same order for each mix. If you don’t follow this procedure, it will cause color variations within the mixture.

The mixing process should not last more than four minutes. Check that the sand is evenly distributed across the mix.

When you’re ready, empty the contents of the wheelbarrow that is lined with plastic.
Shut off the mixer and make sure that all mix is scraped off the mixer. The mixer that is forced action must be thoroughly cleaned after each mixing to prevent contamination.

Important things to keep in mind when using resin bound driveway DIY kits

Be sure that your aggregates aren’t damp before mixing.
You should mix the mixture for enough time to prevent any material that is left uncoated
Make sure every mix has exactly the same duration
Check that the proper mix of aggregates is employed.
Make sure aggregates are in the shade.

3. Transfer the material to the area of work

This must be executed through your Luter in your group along with the Mixer.

The luter has to carry the mix and transfer it to where the troweller is working.
Tip manageable amounts of the materialto ensure that the mix is distributed in a uniform manner. A lot of material can lead to more trowelling and reworking the mix.
Examine the area that has before trowelled and check for irregularities at every angle. The marks and anomalies can be fixed easily during this time however, they cannot be fixed later when the mix is cured.

Step 4. The material is then trowelled

The following tasks must be carried out by the Troweller of your three-person team.

Design the layout route and then grid the entire area into squares using chalk.
Set batons in order to indicate the location where the luter is supposed to be able to tip the mix
You can make use of a screed bar in order to make the mix even further, prior trowelling
It is important to ensure that the trowel is thoroughly cleaned with white spirit prior trowelling. It is recommended to clean it regularly during the trowelling process. We suggest doing this about each six times. A dirty trowel can become sticky and drag aggregates off of their place.
Incorporate aggregates into every edge to make sure there aren’t any gaps
The mix should be knitted together, ensuring that the aggregates form a compacted smooth surface. Utilize the trowel with the edge slightly elevated away from the trowel, applying regular pressure to keep the trowel from getting deep into the soil.
The mix must be slowly trowelled till the aggregates have stopped flowing in a fluid manner and then solidify. It should be done with the shortest amount of strokes.
Once the surface is leveled and compacted you can smooth it (polished). This can help create a beautiful sheen on the surface.
Make sure the edge of every trowelled area is rough and undisturbed so that the next batch of aggregate is seamless and easily be incorporated into it.
Include a gentle and even sprinkle of crushed glass for an additional resistance to slip.

Tips for a better life

To determine if the mixture’s compactness and knitted. Cut a piece of the edges of the surface that is being trowelled. It must remain in place. It is also a great method of ensuring that your trowelling depth is appropriate and constant.

After you have completed the task After that, clearly mark the area using tape and cones to ensure that no one walks on the floor before it is completed.

Equipment and materials
Dried Aggregates

You can select from a variety of beautiful aggregates in various sizes and colors. Your aggregates will influence the appearance of your client’s Resin Bound driveway, so it is crucial to pick wisely! If you’re not sure it is possible to order samples before you commit to a larger order.
Resin

We recommend UV-resistant resins for exterior applications, like Resin Bound driveways. This will prevent the degrading and discoloration of the surface over time.
Forced Action Mixer

To mix your aggregates and resin you’ll need an action mixer. We suggest using the Baron F110 forced action mixer due to its strength and durable. It has 110 millilitres of mixing capacity it is able to accommodate the DALTEX UVR mix design.
Other equipment you’ll require

The Forced Action Pan Mixer
Generator or power source
Lead and 110v transformer
Drilling with a the facility to slow start
Whisk paddle
Gaffer tape
Trowel made of Resin
Scrapers, 5L buckets and a small paint brush to keep mixers tidy
A lot of cleaning cloths
Wooden lute
Latex gloves and knit wrists
Clean wheelbarrow – polythene lines are recommended
Clean shovel
Stanley knife
Tarpaulins
WD 40
Bottle and gas burner
Stiff brush
Knee pads
Disposable trousers
Stopwatch
Gazebo
Cones, Hard Barriers, and Warning Tape
Beading is an option if needed.
Reflective Blankets (to protect resin and stone in hot conditions)