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Frequently Asked Questions

All the information you need to know

 

Frequently Asked Questions

All the information you need to know

So, what is Resin Bound Stone?

Resin Bound Stone is mixed gravel aggregate bonded with a clear resin binder. This process basically binds the stones together with resin. The result is a slightly flexible, durable and solid layer of beautiful surfacing in a variety of colour options. Check out our range.

Is it expensive?

It’s not very expensive compared to other materials and labour costs. If it’s a solid base, you can lay the resin stone directly on top. This reduces the overall costs of labour and groundwork. To make the ground solid by putting down a layer of Sub Base and Tarmac, it can increase costs slightly. However, in the long run it can last longer and is more durable. Plus it looks much nicer than traditional tarmac or paving. Click here to get a quote to see how much your project will cost.

Why is it better than other options/materials?

There are many reasons why Resin Bound Stone is superior to other options. The first obvious one is that it looks much better and has a natural look. It’s permeable and porous so allowing water to drain through completely. With regular cleaning, weeds will almost certainly not return. It also never needs to be raked or neatened up, is UV protected and will not fade. It comes with a 15 year guarantee and can work out cheaper than other surfacing options, when first laid. Once you factor in future costs for the ongoing maintenance of these traditional materials, it will actually be cheaper.

Can it be laid over my existing surface?

If the base level is stable, we can lay the Resin Bound Stone directly on top of it. We can turn most domestic drive overlays around in 1 day! For a quote, you can complete the following form: http://erinstone.co.uk/get-a-quote

How much maintenance does it need?

There is little to no upkeep for Resin Bound Stone. With regular cleaning, you will virtually be weed free and will never need to rake again. It might need a power wash every year, but basically no maintenance.

Do Resin Bound Stone surfaces last long?

All our work is guaranteed for 15 years. However, if well cared for, can look just as great after 25 years. This is much longer than any of the alternatives.

How long before I can drive on it?

You can walk on it after 4 hours and drive on it after 8. For best results, we advise to leave it for 24 hours.

Does it let water through or form puddles?

One of the most frequently asked questions is about drainage. Resin Bound Stone is completely porous and therefore SuDS compliant. The water is let straight through. It acts in a similar way to grass or soil, meaning no puddles or unpleasant water build up.

Will it fade over time in the sun?

As it’s a natural stone product, the material doesn’t fade over time. There may be some minimal colour change but nothing particularly noticeable.

Should I consider laying it myself?

People can lay it themselves to save money. However, we find the tools and experience involved never really produces a good finish. By all means, if you’re a DIY expert give it a go. Just make sure you have all the appropriate tools, mixers, materials, instructions and timings. We can always help you fix if it doesn’t work out, as expected. You will need a minimum of 3 people to lay the surface before the resin starts to set. Good luck!

What should I look for when sourcing an installer?

Obviously, with anything, there are con artists and cowboys out there. Make sure you go with a trusted business and somebody that you feel comfortable with. Also, make sure that they are laying onto a solid base, this is very important. Also, ensure they use the very best materials for the job. We use the highest quality materials and resins, which we list in our quotations.

When do I know if I’m being ripped off?

Do your research. Looking at a company’s feedback on Facebook is a good technique, as you will see real people asking real questions. Beware… the large driveway companies aren’t always best with customer service and problems. Make sure you ask questions about the materials being used and whether they will overlay or dig out.