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The Difference Between Resin Bonded and Resin Bound Surfacing

At DCM Surfaces we receive a large volume of requests from people who want to know the differences between resin bonded gravel surfacing and resin bound gravel surfacing. Although they sound the same it is important to note that they remain as two different surfacing types which we will now explain to you.

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What is Resin Bound Surfacing?

A popular choice for many resin bound surfacing provides a water-permeable (porous) surface when laid onto a suitable surface. This means that water will pass through the surface back into the ground which makes it ideal for driveways, paths, tree pits and any areas which normally would be prone to flooding or standing water.

Sometimes resin bound gravel surfaces are referred to as “trowelled surfacing” or “trowelled paving” within the industry.

Gravel or aggregates, which are available in a full range of colours and styles, are mixed with resin using a force-action mix process. When resin bound gravel is laid it is a cold pour mixture which is poured onto a suitable surface and then smoothed out using a trowel. When this is set there are no loose stones and it is features a smooth surface finish when professionally installed.

What is Resin Bonded Surfacing?

Again this is another popular choice for many people although resin bonded surfacing are non-permeable which means that water will not filter through its surface.

This surface must be laid directly onto a non-porous fine wearing course tarmac or concrete base and with resin bonded gravel surfaces it is important that proper drainage is installed in order to prevent flooding.

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Sometimes resin bonded gravel surfaces are referred to as “scattercoat surfacing” or “scattercoat paving” within the industry.

Gravel or aggregates which are available in a range of colours and styles are scattered onto resin which has been laid onto a non-porous fine wearing tarmac or concrete base. It is a great low-cost option for giving a surface a new lease of life; although it is important to note that the bonded aggregate particles could loosen over time. Also this surface is not very easy to clean although when professionally installed as mentioned it can transform a space instantly.

Whether it is resin bonded gravel or resin bound gravel surfacing you’re looking for then make sure you contact a professional surfacing company who can offer you the best advice on which to choose as well as offering experience within design and colour options.

Why not speak to a member of our friendly team at DCM Surfaces today and ask us about our resin bound and resin bonded surfaces.