When it comes to driveway resurfacing, you’ll need to consider what type of material it best for your requirements. Will it need to be durable enough to hold heavy vehicles? Do you have a longer driveway which requires a certain aesthetic? Or perhaps there is a very specific colour that you’re looking for.
Whatever your reason for researching driveways, we’re providing a round-up of the top 3 different driveway resurfacing options available to help you make the right choice. We’ll also weigh in on which is the best.
Asphalt is a sturdy surface designed to withstand strong forces of pressure. This makes it perfect for heavy vehicular use. Asphalt is similar to tarmac, but is not the same as it’s made with bitumen instead of tar – it is also considered to be slightly more durable than tarmac.
It is mainly composed of bitumen, rock, sand and asphalt cement. Once installed, an asphalt driveway will prove hard-wearing with little maintenance required.
Resin Bound Aggregates
Durable and resistant to cracking, resin-bound surfaces are made with a mixture of aggregate stones and resin. It’s considered a versatile surfacing material to suit most driveway shapes and sizes.
The resin bound surface is made by mixing the resin and aggregate together in a rotary paddle mixer. It is then spread to the required thickness and levelled using trowles.
For the final layer, a slurry is applied to the surface. This is a thick bitumen or water-based material designed to seal the surface of the driveway and prevent water penetration. This layer acts as a smooth, anti-slip surface and there are a range of colours to choose from to suit your requirements, including red, green and black.
For an attractive finishing touch, you can also add a boundary. Popular edgings for resin bound driveways include concrete and brick.
Gravel is softer on the eye and usually used for aesthetics, especially around older stone buildings or heritage sites. It’s also a great option for people with longer driveways. Gravel is compact enough to create a stable surface. With many gravel varieties and colours available, surfacing contractors will often have a collection of samples to help you choose the right type for your driveway.
What is the best driveway resurfacing option?
It’s difficult to say outright what the best surface to use on a driveway is. Most of the time it depends on the location, shape and size of your driveway and how it will be used. However, resin bound driveways are often favoured for being one of the strongest and smoothest surfacing materials on the market. It’s also a versatile option with different colours available.
If you need more advice or are looking for a reliable Surfacing Contractor near you, A&MT Contractors are family-run surfacing contractors that can complete driveway surfacing in Peterborough, Romford and across the whole of the UK. Find out more on our website or contact us today to make an enquiry.