When we say resin bound driveways are easy to maintain – we mean it.
As long as you follow a few simple, common sense, rules, your elegant new driveway will retain its stylish appearance for years to come.
First and foremost, regularly sweep your drive to remove any leaf litter or other garden debris whose natural colours could risk staining the surface if left to linger.
While resin bound driveways are weed resistant, and we treat the ground ahead of installing the aggregate mix, some weed growth is possible due to seeds being dropped on the surface by wildlife or carried by the wind.
Weeds can be removed by hand without damaging the surface and every effort should be made to pull out the root of the weed rather than just breaking it off.
In the case of deep rooted weeds, domestic herbicides or weed killers can be used to clear the driveway.
We also recommend regular cleaning with a power washer to remove dirt and debris – although only using cold water and a low fan-style spray rather than the highest power washer setting which could damage the driveway.
In the unlikely event it is needed, moss/algae killer can be used to clear a patch of unwanted growth and discolouration and restore the natural colour of the surface. Care should be taken to follow manufacturer’s guidelines.
Naturally, resin bound driveways are entirely suitable for cars and light vehicles to drive or park on. However, heavy goods vehicles should not be permitted to park on or regularly drive on these surfaces unless it has been allowed for in the initial.
Likewise, skips or other objects with sharp edges should not be placed directly onto a resin bound driveway as they could leave marks. Similarly, motorbike stands or other items with sharp points should not be used on these surfaces which they could damage.
Care should be taken to avoid cement, oil or grease getting onto the surface and any solvent spillages could stain, soften and weaken the resin binder of the driveway, causing lasting damage.
In the event of contamination, a mild detergent should be applied, left for several minutes then washed off with a pressure hose.
For those of you with a keen eye on the forthcoming winter weather forecasts, rest assured you can apply salt or grit to a resin bound driveway to clear it for safe use. However, be sure to wash the surface again once the bad weather threat has gone to remove any traces of the salt which, longer term could damage the effectiveness of the driveway.
If you are in doubt about any aspect of resin bound driveway maintenance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team for guidance.