Resin bound surfacing is one of the fastest growing home improvement products in the UK, chosen by homeowners and commercial clients for its durability and long lasting good looks. It is suitable for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will add an immediate ‘wow’ factor to any home or commercial application.
How are resin bound surfaces created? Resin Bound permeable surfaces are created using specially selected, washed, dried and graded natural aggregates, blended to create non-fade colour palettes as individual as the properties they adorn. The selected aggregates are mixed on-site with a high-strength thermosetting resin and hardener system, then hand-trowelled to create a smooth surface, that maintains its natural stone colour and is highly resistant to weeds.
Did you know not all resin systems are the same? Many contractors use a cheaper resin system known as ‘non-uv stable’, which means the colour you have chosen will change as a result of sunlight exposure.
There are a number of resin systems available on the market so it is worth carrying out your research before selecting an installer.
The quality of a Resin Bound system is determined by four factors:
- UV STABILITY: Many resin contractors use a cheaper NON UV STABLE resin. This will lead to an inconsistent yellowing of the surface and will be particularly noticeable where vehicles are regularly parked or pots/planters are placed. Rhino ONLY use a UV STABLE resin system and this doesn’t suffer from the issues mentioned above.
- RESIN CONTENT: Rhino is one of only a small number of UK installers that use the high-strength 8% resin system (8kg of resin/hardener to 100kg of stone). Most installers use ‘kits’ ranging from 6.5kg to 7.5kg and our experience tells us that, although this is cheaper, it simply isn’t enough to ensure a complete bond of the system.
- THE RATIO OF RESIN TO HARDENER: The hardener component is almost three times the material cost than the resin component. As a result, many suppliers have reduced the hardener content and increased the resin element, enabling them to offer a cheaper price to installers. This leads to a softer system with a lower ‘Shore Strength’ (resistance to impact). At Rhino, we maintain the optimum ratio of 1 part resin to 1 part hardener.
- SYSTEM DEPTH: The industry standard specification is 18mm (laid to a suitable base). At Rhino, we lay at 20mm – more than 10% thicker than the industry standard. However, many installers will lay resin surfaces as thin as 10mm and whilst this may offer the consumer a cheaper price, it simply doesn’t have sufficient strength.
The Rhino Resin Bound system can be applied to existing and structurally sound, bases such as concrete, tarmacadam etc. or we can construct a new base for you. The depth and construction of new bases or base extensions are determined by whether the installation is for pedestrian or vehicular use. Our own teams of experienced installers carry out all work.
We offer a free, no-obligation quotation and survey where we can discuss the specific requirements for your project with you. All quotations are provided with a comprehensive description of the works to be completed.