Winter is coming…
The clocks went back yesterday – it is officially winter. We have had a surprisingly warm October, with us seeing the Indian Summers later and later on in the year. Winters bring their own beauty but as weather becomes more unpredictable it makes flooding more probable. It has never been more fitting that resin should be the driveway of choice. Resin driveways are permeable, meaning that water from heavy rainfall will drain through it. This limitis the water on top of the surface and thus reducing flooding.
Other advantages of resin driveways in winter are:
Safety – Because resin driveways are permeable and water drains through, there will be no puddles that could potentially freeze in the cold, therefore resin driveways reduce potential slip hazards. This level of safety is not supported by traditional methods of paving like block paving, tarmac and concrete. In snowy conditions, resin excels! The snow melts in to the permeable surface of the resin driveway – another brilliant safety performance factor. On the flip side – no snow excuses of not being able to get to work as your cars will be out of the drive in no time.
Convenience – We have all had those moments when you get out of the car and unassuming, step in to a large pool of water causing a huge splash. Because there are no puddles, splashes are no more and wet shoes and wet trouser legs are a thing of the past.
Maintenance – Wet weather presents a challenge for weed control. Because resin driveways have a matrix like structure weeds find it incredibly difficult grow through resin bound aggregates and thus resin drives are very easy to maintain.
How to look after your resin driveway in winter
- If you are lucky enough to have white fluffy snow, simply brush it off with a broom or brush.
- If the snowfall is heavy and solid, ensure you use a plastic shovel to remove any snow that may have fallen on your resin drive or resin path. Plastic shovels are safe for resin bound aggregates and will not damage your driveway or paving. We highly advise that you don’t use a metal shovel or a snow plough as it is likely that the continuous abrasion will damage the performance and aesthetic of the resin.
- In the event there is any unanticipated ice on your driveway, clean white rock salt can be applied to get rid of the ice.
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When laying resin bound driveways in colder and wetter months
- Laying resin bound in the colder months can dramatically extend the time it takes the system to fully cure. This therefore increases the time before any foot traffic or vehicles can go on the resin drive.
- The Resin Mill recommend that resin bound surfacing should not be installed in temperatures below 5°c. If resin bound doesn’t have the opportunity to cure, it is open to the elements over night. This could mean the resin may be subject to frost and moisture, which will spoil the curing process and thus the aesthetic of the resin, leaving it with white bubble marks in.
- The Resin Mill advise that aggregates and resin supplies should be stored in temperatures above 5°c and in dry conditions. This can mean taking extra measures to ensure the components are stored correctly. It may mean keeping them under covers to keep them dry and to the correct temperature.
- If the materials aren’t stored in the right conditions and there is any moisture in the materials from poor weather conditions, the water and the resin react, creating small white bubbles.
- Resin bound cannot be laid on to wet sub-bases or in wet conditions as water will cause the resin drive or paving to look white and patchy.
- The resin bound surface must have been dry for at least 4 hours. Only after this period of time can the resin bound aggregates can be applied. A thermo-hygrometer can be used to establish the humidity. We recommend you should not install if the humidity is above 80%.
All information presented by The Resin Mill is based on our practical experience and laboratory tests.