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Resin Bound vs Block Paving: What's Better?



Are you thinking about enhancing the exterior of your property but are not sure whether to choose resin bound or block paving? When it comes to beautiful and durable driveways and patios, these two options are the most popular. While both are stunning in their own right, there are distinct differences between the two. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits and drawbacks of resin bound vs block paving, and hopefully help you decide which is better suited to your needs.


Installation Process:

Both resin bound and block paving require a solid base for installation. However, the installation process for each variety is vastly different. As for resin bound driveways, porous tarmac is laid as a base which is then topped with resin and aggregates. On the other hand, block paving is a much more involved process requiring a dug-out base and a lot more prep work. This makes resin bound installation quicker, cheaper and a lot more straightforward.



The durability of your driveway or patio is undoubtedly crucial, particularly given our unpredictable British weather. Resin bound is recognised as a durable and hardwearing option, able to withstand heavy use, weather damage and even subsidence. Block paving's durability is entirely dependent on the quality of the installation. If installed correctly, it should last a long time, however, if installed poorly, it can quickly become disjointed and prone to multiple problems.



Maintenance is a crucial consideration when it comes to paving options. Thankfully, both resin bound and block paving require minimal upkeep. Block paving requires periodic weeding, sanding and realignment of the blocks, and resin bound requires occasional power washing. The essential point to consider is that resin bound driveways can withstand chemical spills like oil and petrol without any damage. Discolouration of the surface which various driveways show after a particular period is minimal in resin bound driveways.


Visual Appeal:

Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to visual appeal, but both resin bound and block paving have high visual appeal. Block paving is available in a range of patterns, colours and sizes, allowing it to complement a variety of exterior structures. On the other hand, resin bound offers a smoother surface and is an excellent choice for those who want a modern and chic look. It's also worth noting that while block paving can fade over time, resin bound maintains its colour and shine even after years of use.



The cost of installation of the two types of paving has a difference. Resin bound driveways are cost-effective as most of the groundwork can get undertaken in-house. As most of the groundwork can get undertaken in-house, it means the paving process takes less time makes it cheaper and faster. Compared to block paving, the installation cost is relatively higher, making resin bound driveways the more cost-effective option in the long run.



Both resin bound and block paving have their pros and cons, and deciding which one is best depends on your particular requirements. Resin bound is undoubtedly the winner regarding the installation process, maintenance and cost, and it is a bit more durable than block paving. While block paving is an excellent option for achieving a traditional look, those preferring a more modern aesthetic may prefer resin bound. So, weigh the advantages and disadvantages carefully and choose the option that fits your necessities best. At UK Surfacing, we are always available to discuss the best paving option for your need. Reach out to us today!

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