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Resin Bound Knowledge Base

Resin Bound Knowledge Base

Product Suitability - Budget

Despite the claims of some less scrupulous manufacturers, suppliers or installers, a high-quality UV stable, resin bound surface is not a low budget option or a direct alternative to a cheaper system such as a loose gravel surface. Decorative surfaces such as resin bound and block paving are more expensive than their less decorative counterparts. The whole life cost of a resin bound surface can prove to be more cost effective in the long term due to its longevity and reduced maintenance requirements however, if the product selection is constrained by a tight budget the applicator and their customer should consider a resin bonded (coat and scatter) product such as StarScape PRO or a pattern imprinted, concrete surface.

The costs associated with all driveway and exterior surfacing systems can vary significantly in different parts of the UK however, the following cost estimations should provide a useful indication as to how much you should expect to be paying. Please note that the estimated costs provided are for good quality materials and installation only. The full installation costs shown can be significantly different based upon location and job specifics such as the type of surface to be removed and required sub-base construction.

Resin bonded (coat and scatter) surface:

Overlaid on a suitable concrete or asphalt base. Expected life-span of up to 25 years.

Material/labour - £20 to £40 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - N/A

Non-UV stable, resin bound surface:

Discolours and degrades  - Expected life span of less than 10 years.

Material/labour - £30 to £50 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - £100 to £125 per m²

Plain and pattern inprinted concrete driveway:

Limited colour options. Expected life-span of up to 25 years.

Material/labour - £35 to £55 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - £120 to £170 per m²

Asphalt (Tarmacadam) blacktop driveway:

Non-decorative. Expected life-span of up to 10 years.

Material/labour - £45 to £65 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - £125 to £175 per m²

UV stable, Resin bound surface:

Highly decorative. Porous. Expected life-span of up to 20 years.

Material/labour - £50 to £75 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - £125 to £175 per m²

Block paving or paving slab driveway:

Highly decorative. Easily repaired. Expected life-span of up to 20 years.

Material/labour - £50 to >£100 per m²

(Overlay current suitable surface)

Full install - £150 to £250 per m²

In summary, with so many installation specific variables, it is difficult to provide an accurate cost estimation however as a general rule, if your budget does not exceed £50 per m² then you should give serious consideration to a StarScape PRO resin bonded surface however if your budget does exceed £100 per m² then a StarScape ULTRA resin bound surface and the full choice of surfacing options are available and the selection should be based upon the desired end use (system performance) and the system specfic asthetics (personal preferance).