The turn of the millennium saw an increase in the popularity of resign driveways, and they are a front of property option that have become increasingly common ever since – and for good reason!
If you are considering becoming the latest person to join the resin revolution, you’ve come to the right place. First things first, you want to know the overall resin driveway cost, as you’ll need to know your overall budget before committing to the project.
Much like with any job of this magnitude, it is difficult to pull together a singular price before taking into account an array of factors.
For our more impatient readers, we will inform you that the average UK resin driveway cost is around £2,400. It goes without saying that your driveway could cost more than that, in the same way that it could work out as considerably cheaper.
A more practical way to work out the overall cost of your new resin driveway is to work off a m2 projection. A new resin drive will range from £40 per m2, to a high of £70 per m2. On average, a UK customer will pay in the region of £50 per m2. With that in mind, it is clear to see why the size of the driveway in question is a key factor to consider.
Resin Driveway Cost: Factors
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, final price of your resin driveway will vary depending on a multitude of factors. The first of which, is of course, the size of the area.
Size and Layout
The more materials that are required, the more expensive the job is going to be. That is true in most industries, not just in home improvements. However, the more materials ordered through the labourer in question, the less you’ll be paying per m2. You’ll end up paying more, obviously, but the value for money is unquestionable.
The layout of your new driveway is also a key factor. A standard shaped rectangular driveway will cost considerably less than a more complex shape.
These are all things that can be discussed before work on the job takes place, and we would always recommend discussing price and style with more than once firm. You want to know your options after all.
Choice of Aggregate
Different aggregates have different costs. The final price is based on factors such as;
- Where it was sourced from
- How rare it is
If it is a real close call between a variety of aggregates, it goes without saying that pricing may come into the discussion. All of the above plays a part in the final cost, so ask about that before committing.
Quality of the Resin
Yes, there are a variety of types of resins available for your driveway. We know, more decisions to make – but you want to make sure you are making the correct call in the end.
Your options are UV stable resin and non-UV stable resin. We’ll touch more on that shortly, but to summarise, non-UV stable resin is the more affordable of the two.
The state of the existing surface will play a huge part in the cost of your new driveway. If the existing driveway is in a poor condition in terms of repairs, cleaning or levelling, addressing these issues will impact on the final resin driveway cost.
Believe us, you want to be meticulous now, to avoid any issues at a later date. Your builder will need to ensure that there are no cracks or major dips, and if there are, they will need repairing.
The last thing we want to depend on in this country is the weather! However, it does in fact have a say on your overall cost.
Resin dries quicker during the warmer summer months. With this in mind, it will need to be laid quicker, which may mean more workers are brought in to get the job completed in a timely manner. If that is the case, your labour costs will be sure to increase.
On the flip side, wet weather aren’t the ideal conditions to be fitting a new resin driveway. So you’ll want to keep everything crossed that the weather gods are on your side if having your driveway fitted in the winter months.
Resin driveways need to be laid up to a stable edge such as a wall or a collection of slabs/bricks. If there isn’t one available already, not to worry, the professionals can easily create one. However, this does increase the cost slightly.
Once again, the power is in your hands. We will discuss your edging options in further detail below.
Transport and Labour
The further the team of workers need to travel to complete the job, the more they will charge. Similarly, if the materials are to be imported from far away, this will see the final price increase. Our advice? Keep it local if at all possible.
Resin Driveway Cost Calculator: A Breakdown
As we mentioned at the very beginning of this blog post, the average UK resin driveway cost is around £2,400. To breakdown the probable cost of your new driveway as a percentage, we will stick with that price.
Here is what you can expect to pay for various parts of the job.
Yes, that is the first time that we have mentioned waste removal, but with 10% of the overall cost coming from this area, it is very much worth discussing.
A skip will need to be hired to remove any old materials, particularly if the previous driveway is being lifted. Of course, once the fitting of the new driveway is underway, there will be a fair amount of waste built up. This will be disposed of in the skip right away, so it really is imperative to install one from the beginning.
A skip can be hired for a week for around £200. Hopefully, just one skip will be required for the job, as adding a second one will without question add to the cost. Some firms do actually apply a discount for hiring out multiple skips, so you’ll want to keep that in mind and ask the question.
Types of Resin Driveways
In the UK, there are two types of resin driveways – resin bound and resin bounded. But what is the difference between the two? Allow us to explain.
Most commonly used for driveways, resin bound jobs involve a coating of the resin itself. Aggregate, recycled plastic and crushed marble are all options for the solid, with many other types available. All you have to do is ask and the professionals will reveal all.
The mixture creates a solid base that allows for a smooth upper surface.
Drainage is yesterday’s problem for those who opt for a resin bound driveway. In the typically rainy North West, that is ideal given the amount of rainfall that we have to contend with throughout the year. The bound mixture provides a layer that prevents puddles from falling, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but much safer.
The aggregate size and stone type all add to the thickness of the layer.
The bonded method sees a layer of resin formed on a sub-surface. From there, the solids are scattered and pressed into the layer itself. This way, the stone is on top of the resin and exposed to the elements.
With this method, there is a small chance that the stone will come loose.
Resin bonded may be cheaper, but resin bound is without question the more popular of the two. It isn’t difficult to understand why, and we would recommend this option out of the two.
Colour and Style
There are a vast array of colours and textures that you can opt for when deciding on a resin bound driveway. This is where your inner designer can come into play, as it is best to select a colour and style that complements your house brickwork and garden layout. If you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to make such decisions, worry not, that is what the experts are there for.
Believe us when we tell you that there really are too many colour choices and styles to mention. We’ll discuss some of our favourites here:
Oyster Pearl is resistant to fading and is the most popular choice around. As you may have guessed from the name, it looks like small pieces of oyster.
Gold and Grey
Gold! Why not? When done right, it can look brilliant. Gold and grey compliment each other wonderfully, and this option is still rare enough to stand out.
Spanish marble has been increasing in popularity of late. The creamy stone chips offer a real quality feel, and most firms offer this option.
Edging is absolutely essential to any driveway. First and foremost, they need to be fitted to protect your driveway, but they can also look brilliant when done right. After all, why can’t practicality and a slick look go hand in hand?
When selecting your edging options, there are three main materials to choose from.
Arguably the most common style around, the classic kerb option tends to be made up of concrete and is usually given a rounded finish. They can be buried within the ground to remain on the same level as the rest of the driveway, or raised to offer a more obvious boarder.
You would usually pay around £25 to £40 per m2 for a classic kerb finish.
Stone edging really does compliment a resin driveway. Granite is a popular choice, and although quite expensive at around £10 to £40 per stone, it is extremely durable.
Colour fading or external damage are worries of the past with stone edging.
If you’re working on a budget, aluminium edgings may be the option for you. Available in both straight and flexible fittings, aluminium edgings are extremely versatile. This very versatility is what makes them so popular.
Resistant against cracking, aluminium also allows for personalisation with letters or numbers.
Resin Driveway: The Benefits
We’re spending an awful lot of time discussing your resin driveway cost, and rightly so. It’s a major project, after all.
But let’s now discuss the benefits of your new resin driveway, starting with how tough it is.
Resin driveways are known to be an extremely durable surface. Resistant to both warm and colder temperatures, as well as sunlight, resin driveways are able to withstand heavy pressure – perfect for a driveway holding large vehicles.
You can expect your resin driveway to remain in pristine condition for up to 25 years. When considering the aforementioned average cost of £2,400, that is a solid investment on your property. Additionally, a resin driveway can significantly increase the value of your property.
They require very little upkeep throughout their lifespan, allowing you to focus your attentions elsewhere.
Easy to Maintain
Resin driveways want and need for nothing. If you have opted for edging, and we very much recommend that you do, your driveway will remain intact for decades.
Its natural drainage system makes it safe for you and your family, with no weeds or moss able to grow through the material.
The inner design of resin itself sees rainwater naturally drain away and off the surface. In doing so, it takes the pressure of your local drainage system.
Want your driveway to extend around the side of your house? Not a problem. Resin is extremely versatile in that it looks fantastic in pathways and even patios. This gets the thumbs up from a lot of people who enjoy consistency in material throughout their property.
Anti-slip capabilities can also be installed to make your driveway that bit safer.
Easy on the Eye
Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that resin driveways look absolutely fantastic. More often than not, your driveway is the first thing you see when you approach your property, so you want it to be welcoming.
Potential buyers entering your property will also take into account your driveway, so you’ll want to make sure it looks as pleasing on the eye as possible.
You can select your aggregates based on how they will compliment your home. Colours, size and design are all decisions that you can make.
The aforementioned choice of edges can also completely alter the look of your resin driveway.
Easy to Install
Usually taking just one or two days to install, the exterior of your home can be transformed in that time. You can actually walk on your newly fitted driveway in as little as four hours, with just a 24-hour wait to park your cars on there.
Resin Driveway Maintenance
As previously mentioned, resin driveways really do not require much in the way of maintenance. However, a little bit of tender loving care from time to time will do no harm whatsoever.
If you want to extend the lifespan of your resin driveway beyond that magic 25-year mark, the below methods will help to do just that.
Simply put, don’t just leave any spillages alone purely because they have occurred outside of your house itself. Oil spillages can and will stain if left unattended, so you are best to clean them off before that happens.
To take your driveway cleaning that step further, jet washing can easily remove any unwanted surface residue that some good old elbow grease may not manage.
The build up of leaves and moss may not impact the longevity of your driveway in the long run, but removing them will mean less slipping, which is always a bonus.
The very design of a resin driveway is meant to prevent any build up of weeds, but it is best to keep an eye on this just in case. If any determined weeds do somehow appear, remove them by hand and be sure to lift the entire root to prevent it from growing back.
There are many brands of algae remover that your labourer should mention to you. Once used, be sure to wash the surface of your driveway to prevent the bleach from staining.
How Long Will My New Resin Driveway Take to Set?
As mentioned previously, your new resin driveway should be ready for you and your family to walk on within four hours. You should be fine to park your vehicles on there within 24 hours. As you can tell, you will be back to normality in hardly any time at all.
Removing a Resin Driveway Cost
Most people would look into the possibility of removing their resin driveway if they wanted to make amendments to an existing front garage or make room for an extension.
It is possible to remove a resin driveway yourself, but you want to be certain that it is done so safely and with no uneven levels. With this in mind, we would always recommend hiring a professional.
It is hard work, which is why most labourers will charge around £30 per hour as a removal cost, as well as an additional £30 to dispose of the resin that has been lifted.
Have You Considered Block Paving?
Admittedly, we are huge fans of resin driveways. They look the part, are versatile and have an extremely long lifespan. However, there are other options out there. Have you considered block paving?
They are extremely popular and can be installed in a variety of materials. Our recent blog explains your block paving prices for you.
UV Stable or Non-UV Stable?
You didn’t think we had forgotten, did you? We promised we would explain further the two main types of resin, and here we are. UV stable and non-UV stable are the two materials in question, each with their own advantages.
UV stable can be cured using an ultraviolet device and can take a mere matter of minutes to cure. It is more expensive than non-UV, but is less likely to crack and is naturally the more water resistant of the two.
Non-UV stable is the more affordable of the two and doesn’t require an ultraviolet tool to cure. On the flip side, it can darken in colour over time if exposed to sunlight, and can crack over time.
Naturally, we prefer UV stable. However, it comes with a cost, so you’ll want to discuss which is best for you with your builder.
Frequently Asked Questions
We sincerely hope that many of your questions on a resin driveway cost have been answered, but just in case, we will give our opinion on some of the more frequently asked questions on the topic.
Is a Resin Driveway Cheaper Than Block Paving?
Given how much the final price of a block paving driveway can vary, it is difficult to say which will be cheaper. One thing is for certain, you will find it easier to budget for a resin driveway because the pricing is much more consistent.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
Planning authorities tend to look favourably on resin driveways given that they naturally drain liquids. With this in mind, planning permission isn’t usually required for resin driveways. Assuming that the new driveway doesn’t make access to your property any more difficult, and it really shouldn’t, you also will not be required to follow any building regulations. Freedom!
What is the Cheapest Form of Driveway?
More often than not, tarmac is the cheapest material to use for your new driveway. Cheap doesn’t have to mean lower quality, so have a conversation with your builder with an open mind – it could save you money.
Can You Do a Resin Driveway Yourself?
In short, yes. The DIY enthusiasts out there might love the idea of taking on a project of this size themselves. However, keep in mind that the surface needs to be completely level to avoid cracks in the future, and the edging needs to be precise.
Given that professionals can have resin driveway lifted and fitted in a couple of days, that is the option we would choose.
Are Resin Driveways Any Good?
Do you really need to ask? They’re fantastic! The increase in popularity of resin driveways in recent years is no fluke. They are popular because they look the part, last for decades, are as durable as anything else out there, and require minimal upkeep.
They get a big thumbs up from us.