Which is Better: Resin Bound Surfacing or Block Paving?

Whether you’re looking to resurface your driveway, patio or a garden pathway, you’ll have a multitude of options to choose from – two of the most popular being block paving and resin bound surfacing.

Both look very different, but both can look equally modern and contemporary or classic and timeless: the choice is yours. The creative freedom each of these surfaces offers is certainly one of the main draws, but the similarities between the two pretty much end there.

To help you decide which is best for you, here’s a straightforward guide to the pros and cons of each option.

Block paving

To get started, let’s take a look at block paving. What exactly has made it so popular? Principally, the design flexibility it offers; by using contrasting bricks in different colours and finishes, it’s possible to create a striking driveway that’s truly one of a kind.

While it may look the part (provided it’s installed correctly), block paving isn’t the easiest surface to live with. Regular maintenance is required to keep it looking good, from laborious de-weeding to pressure washing and brushing. And, even if it’s well maintained, block paving doesn’t last as long as some other surfaces; bricks can work loose and chip, but at least they’re easy to replace as and when required.

Resin bound surfacing

Despite looking very different from block paving, we’d argue resin bound is just as attractive (although that’s a matter of personal preference). An array of different styles are available too, allowing you to match the colour to your property and create a coherent look.

Aesthetics aside, how is resin bound to live with? Well, this is one of the main reasons why it’s become so popular of late: it requires very little maintenance. Aside from occasional brushing and pressure washing to keep it looking good, you won’t have to give your drive a second thought – and it could last in excess of 20 years.

It’s permeable too, making it kinder to the environment and eliminating the risk of puddles forming. You won’t have to worry about weeds with resin bound, either.

Which should you go for?

Unless you prefer the aesthetics of block paving, the advantages of resin bound make it the obvious first choice. It’s no wonder it’s fast becoming the go-to option for homeowners across Britain. Wherever you’re based in the UK, our expert resin bound surfacing team at A&MT Contractors is here to help. Contact us today to get your free quote.