Resin bonded and bound surfacing is the latest craze at the moment and can be laid to create amazing finishes on a number of surfaces, in this blog post we look at the two different systems and see which is right for you and your project.

The use of resin bonded and bound systems started off across the pond in the U.S. and appeared in the UK around 25 years ago, in that time the advances in epoxy and polyurethane resin systems have lead to the products that we see today which caters to all kinds of domestic and commercial projects.

So whats the difference between the two I hear you ask, well lets start with the high end product first. Resin Bound or “trowelled” as its referred to in the industry is the most expensive of the two systems and is available in both standard and UV resistant versions. To apply a bespoke dried aggregate or gravel is mixed with the resin system using a special forced action mixer before being applied with a trowel to the surface for a smooth finish.

The resin bound system has a lot going for it, aside from the smooth texture, and the number of different surface finishes available, the product is oil, diesel and weed resistant which makes it super easy to maintain. The smooth finish still has very good non slip properties and can be improved further by adding a special anti-slip glass sand to the finish.

One of the big advantages the resin bound system has over its bonded brother is SUDS or Sustainable Urban Drainage System compliancy. Because the product is porous it allows any water to drain through into the natural water table and on into the drainage network, as apposed to running directly into them and overworking the system during heavy downpours.

Now onto the resin bonded version or “Scatter” as the industry calls it. With this the special resin is applied to the surface while specialist aggregate or gravel is scattered onto the tacky resin. Once the resin has cured, which should be a few hours sweep off any excess aggregate and leave for a full 24 hours to set.

Resin bonded driveways and patios give you that loose stone surface without the problem of stone spreading far and wide across your garden, paths and even pavement. The product is not as durable as the resin bound system and is not SUDS compliant, so its best used for pathways and patios.

The low maintenance textured finish provides excellent slip resistance, comes in a wide range of finishes and is a great cost effective solution to a number of both domestic and commercial applications.