Before you get your Resin Bound Supplies to get you materials for your resin driveway, you might want to prepare the base where you are going to be overlaying your resin surface. Before the installation of the resin surface, the material underneath should be in proper condition. The sound nature of the base underneath your driveway will determine how long the surface lasts. In addition, the permeability (ability to absorb water) of the surface depends on the materials beneath the surface.
Preparing the base of your driveway surface
If you are installing a completely permeable surface, you will need a new base with enough porosity. This new porous base should be used to replace any existing tarmac or concrete base. However, if you were going for a new surface that is non-permeable, it is completely fine if you use an existing concrete or tarmac as the base materials. This should work just as long as they are both in excellent condition.
Preparing your base for the resin driveways
Many resin driveway suppliers will usually advise you on how to prepare your base before laying the surface material. One way of installing the resin driveway is to prepare your base from scratch. Preparing your base from scratch is straightforward. If you do things well, you will have no long-term problems. However, there are chances that you already have an existing concrete or tarmac on the proposed location of the resin driveway. You can use this base, but you will need to inspect the base carefully.
Check for crumbling or cracks
If you see crumbling or cracks, this means that the tarmac or concrete base is not strong enough to support any resin installed on it. You would have to get rid of any crumbling or cracks even when they appear inconsequential. They could spread out later. This could lead to a lot of problems if they are not replaced quickly. You will need to replace any crumbling or degrading surface by laying over a new base. If you have any cracked concrete, you will need to dig it up and get a new base to replace it. Furthermore, if you have sections of loose gravel and concrete, you will need to replace them by installing a new base.
Block paving or slabs should not be used as a base
You should avoid using block pavings as a base for the resin driveway. They are not suitable because they do not have the required stability to act as a base. They do not have the needed type of surface required to support a resin bound surface. Additionally, block paving is prone to movements. Resin driveways are susceptible to movements underneath. Any slight movement underneath can easily cause the surface above to become damaged. If you have any existing block slabs and pavings, you will need to dig them up and replace them by installing a new base.
Working with nearby trees? No problem.
It is fine to have trees nearby, however, if the trees are too large or close, there could be problems in the future with your resin driveway. The roots of these trees can sometimes grow into the ground only to pop up somewhere underneath the resin driveway and cause severe cracks and damages to the surface. You should talk to a professional resin driveway installations company to ensure that nearby trees do not pose a problem long after you have installed your resin driveway.