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Resin Bound Driveways vs. Tarmac Driveways: Which is Better?

When it comes to driveway materials, two popular options are resin bound and tarmac. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to weigh them carefully before making a decision. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between resin bound driveways and tarmac driveways to help you make an informed choice.


Resin bound driveways have a more natural look that many people find appealing. The material is made up of natural stones mixed with a clear UV-stable polyurethane resin. Tarmac driveways have a more uniform appearance that some people may find less attractive.


Resin bound driveways require very little maintenance besides regular cleaning as they are resistant to weeds and algae growth. On the other hand, tarmac driveways require regular maintenance such as resealing every few years to protect it from weather damage and prevent cracks from forming.


Resin bound driveways are highly durable and resistent to cracking, fading, and water damage. They can last for up to 25 years with proper installation and care. Tarmac driveways are also durable but can develop cracks over time due to weather changes or heavy use.


Resin bound driveways tend to be more expensive than tarmac upfront but may cost less in the long run due to lower maintenance costs over its lifespan. Tarmac has a lower upfront cost but requires more maintenance which can add up over time.

Environmental Impact

Resin bound driveways are an environmentally friendly option as they allow rainwater to soak into the ground rather than running off into storm drains which can cause flooding issues. Additionally, the natural stones used in resin bound surfaces are sourced locally which reduces carbon emissions associated with transportation. Tarmac is not considered eco-friendly as it is made from non-renewable resources like crude oil.


Both resin-bound and tarmac surfaces offer unique benefits depending on what you're looking for in terms of appearance, maintenance required, durability as well as environmental impact considerations when choosing driveway materials for your home renovation project . Ultimately the decision depends on your personal preferences as well as budget constraints but both options provide great choices when it comes to outdoor renovation projects.


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