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Resin Driveway Prices & Costs 2022

It can be difficult to find accurate and impartial advice on resin driveway projects.

Most driveways use concrete, gravel or block-paving, but resin driveways have become more popular in the UK in recent years. Resin is a tough surface with a gorgeous appearance and permeability means it is SuSD compliant.

As prices come down due to its rising popularity, it’s no wonder more and more people are turning to resin to surface their driveways.

In this article, we’ll cover how much you can expect to pay for a resin driveway and factors affecting the cost of resin driveways.

Average Resin Driveway Cost Per m2

We contacted 37 different companies for quotes on how much you can expect to pay for a resin driveway of different sizes for both resin bonded and resin bound surfaces.

 Resin Overlay Only, Little to No Groundworks RequiredResin Overlay + Extensive Groundworks Required
National Average£55 / m²£110 / m²
Typical Range£45 / m² - £65 / m²£100 - £125 / m²
Low End - High End£40 / m² - £75 / m²£95 / m² - £170 / m²

Although many factors come into play when costing a resin driveway, a good rule of thumb is between £45 – £75 m² as long as no excavation work needs to be done and the existing base can be used with minimal work.

Should some groundworks be needed and there is little waste, expected to pay £100 – £130 / m².

Should the existing driveway surface need work, extra groundworks dramatically raise the prices by up to £170 m².

The cost may go above £170 / m² in extreme situations where there is difficulty accessing the site or excavating.

Total Resin Driveway Cost

Using the data we collected for the m², we then built these total costs for different sized resin driveways.

SizeResin Bound With No Groundworks RequiredResin Bound Overlay + Extensive Groundworks Required
Small One-Car Space (6m²)£420£720+
Small Double Car Space (10m²)£650£1,150+
Large Double Car Space Driveway (20m²)£1,200£2,200+
Large Driveway (50m²)£2,500£5,000+

Remember that if extensive groundworks are required or access is particularly difficult, the cost could rise further. 

Extra Costs

These are extra costs that can factor into the price.

ItemCost
Driveway Edging£15 to £40/m 
Wall Installation£30 to £60/m
UV-Stable Resin + 5% to 15% of job cost
Anti-Slip Coating+ £10/m2
Concrete Primer+ £5 to £15/m2

Why You Can Trust This Cost Data

We received quotes from 37 different resin driveway contractors. We initially asked how much you could expect to pay per m² and most contractors were happy to give that info, with some giving ranges depending on the m² coverage required. We were then able to estimate total driveway costs off this data, using higher than national average m² for smaller sizes and then checked the prices against contractors.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Resin Driveways

Resin Bonded or Resin Bound?

A resin-bonded system is where the resin is spread across the resin base, and the aggregate is scattered into it. Some aggregate sticks to the resin, while some will remain loose.

Resin-bound systems are where the aggregate is mixed into the resin. This material is then spread a sub-base for a smooth finish with no loose gravel.

Resin-bonded paving is cheaper than resin-bound paving on the initial costs.

Yet there may be higher maintenance costs involved. Resin-bonded paving is more prone to wear off as it’s just stuck to the surface.

It won’t be porous either, meaning they don’t allow water to pass through. This can mean adding more drainage to avoid puddles.

Resin-bonded paving is cheaper than resin-bound paving but is more prone to cracking and peeling over time.

Aggregates of a resin-bonded system are not porous, meaning they don’t allow water to pass through. This can mean adding more drainage later on to avoid puddles.

Existing Driveway Condition

If you have an existing tarmac or concrete drive, then this will reduce the overall cost as you can use the existing driveway as the base the resin is spread onto. No surface removal is needed and this reduces the cost.

If you have a stoned or grass area, then excavation is needed to remove the original material and a new base installed. This would be more expensive than if you had an existing tarmac or concrete driveway.

Even if you can use your existing driveway as the base, it still needs to be in good condition. If there has been damage, then this will need to be prepared before adding the overlay.

The cost of installing onto a ready-made base is about half the cost of installing onto a base that needs to be built by the contractor.

Type of Aggregate Used

The more expensive the type of stone you choose, the more expensive the driveway will be.

Generally speaking, the cost of stone will depend on how readily available it is, and how popular it proves as well. Brighter shades of different colours will result in an increased price.

You may also choose a number of colours that you will combine into design patterns. This takes skill and time to get right and therefore costs more as a result.

Size & Shape of Driveway Needed

Larger driveways will obviously cost more, but economies of scale will reduce the cost per m². Awkwardly shaped driveways take longer to install, increasing labour and overall costs.

Edging Used

The edging acts as a restraint to the driveway so that loose stones don’t come apart and spoil the shape. There are various options available, but the common materials include brick, timber, metal and stone. All have different prices.

Weather & Time Of Year of Installation

Resin driveways need to be completed in dry weather and there may be unexpected delays due to weather conditions. Your contractor may build a contingency in for wet weather if you want the driveway installed during the winter months.

Location

Costs vary depending on where you live in the UK. Usually, there are higher living costs and overheads in the south, particularly in London. Transport and haulage costs will also vary from project to project depending on the location.

Resin-Bound vs Resin Bonded Driveways

Resin driveways are classed as either resin-bonded or resin-bound. Resin-bonded systems involve scattery stone aggregate onto a resin base layer.

They are cheaper and may yield better results for period properties where a more modern bound system would not suit. 

Resin-bonded systems are rare these days and the majority of companies operate with only resin-bound systems. 

Resin-bound systems are superior and essentially mix stone aggregate with the resin (which is nearly always polyurethane). 

The resulting compound is permeable and strong, and looks like a neat, modern gravel driveway.

Resin-bound systems are SuDS compliant (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), which means they may only rarely need supportive drainage installation and guttering, unlike resin-bonded systems which often need it as they are non-permeable. 

Why Choose a Resin Driveway?

Resin driveways look stunning, but they also boast high performance across practically every relevant category. 

Porous

SuDS regulation (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) means that driveways built from non-porous materials must have suitable drainage installed.

There are additional rules for when surface run-off cannot be properly directed to a lawn,  garden or drain. Resin-bound systems are porous, meaning that water can trickle through them.

They are easier to fit in driveways where SuDS would otherwise be an issue. 

Durable and Long-Lasting

Modern resin systems are exceptionally durable, weatherproof and long-lasting.

With proper care and maintenance, resin driveways outlast many other driveway options. Repairs are also generally straightforward. 

Eco-Friendly

Compared to non-porous driveway materials and thick layers of concrete or other stone, resin driveways allow the earth underneath to breathe.

This also means that they absorb little heat, which helps reduce the urban heat island effect. Resin driveways are more eco and environmentally friendly than most other options. 

Great Aesthetic

Resin driveways combine the attractive qualities of gravel with a modern system. The results look superb and work with the vast majority of properties. 

Easy to Install

Concrete or other driveway installations are tough to install and require concrete mixers and ideal weather conditions. Resin driveways are typically easier to install. 

Can Cover Large Areas

It’s easier to cover a large driveway with resin than it is with many other driveway materials. Large installations may also be cheaper. 

Rarely Need Planning Permission

Since resin-bound systems are permeable, they generally do not require Planning Permission. Additional details on the Planning Portal

UV-Stable vs Non-UV Stable Resin

No matter whether the system is bonded or bound, there are two broad types of resin: UV-stable (or just UV) and non-UV stable (or just non-UV). 

Simply put, UV-stable resin is stable when exposed to sunlight. This means that it won’t become too discoloured or faded over time. 

Contrastingly, non-UV resin can become darker over time, often taking on a brown, yellow or grey tone. The effect can become pretty pronounced and obvious and is difficult to hide. There wouldn’t be much point in choosing a shiny white aggregate if you were going to use non-UV resin, as it won’t stay that colour for long!

If you’re confident that your driveway is never exposed to direct sunlight then non-UV may not pose much of an issue. Otherwise, it’s strongly advised that you consider UV resin and ask your contractors about it. The price difference these days is relatively small. 

Can You Lay Resin Over an Existing Driveway?

Yes, in some situations. Most concrete and asphalt driveways are suitable for laying resin over the top. Tarmac is one of the best bases for resin as resin bonds to it well, and it’s also breathable and flexible. 

Concrete is fine so long as it’s primed with a polymer primer, which may cost extra. Without primer, the resin will likely not bond well to the concrete. Other existing driveways may have to be wholly or partly removed. 

Aggregate Types and Colours for Resin Driveways

There are many aggregate types and colours available for resin driveways. The Resin Mill has a great display of colour options here, ranging from jet blacks to glistening white and oyster colours. 

Some popular colours include:

  • Oyster pearl (white)
  • Spanish marble (white and light-grey)
  • Anthracite (dark grey, white and mixed colours)
  • Jet black 
  • Mercury (darkish grey)
  • Meadow (beige)
  • Platinum (greyish-silver)

Driveway Edging

Driveway edging is a major consideration when redesigning any driveway. Most driveways have an edge that prevents intrusion from the garden lawn.

Not only do driveway edges form a protective barrier against weeds and excess moisture, but they also help drain the driveway. They also play a key role in the overall driveway aesthetic. 

There are 5 main choices here:

  • Curbstones or edging stones
  • Brick
  • Natural stone
  • Steel or aluminium 
  • Timber or wood

Driveway edging is typically charged per metre with lower-end options like concrete curbstones coming in at £15/m and higher-end options such as custom steel edging coming in at in excess of £40/m. 

Resin Driveway Installation Process

The resin driveway installation process is reasonably simple if there is a sub-base already in place (e.g. an existing tarmac or concrete driveway).

1: Preparation

The sub-based needs to be prepped and checked to make sure the resin will bond to it well. Concrete will need priming. Non-bondable sub-bases will need to be replaced with sub-bases suitable for resin. 

2: Mixing the Resin

Resin is a two-part polymer that must be mixed thoroughly. Once mixed, there is only a limited window in which the aggregate can be properly laid as the resin will start to cure. Most modern resins have a fairly long and controlled ‘open time’. 

3: Mix Aggregates

The resin is mixed with the chosen aggregate. Colourless sand or grit is usually added to aid in making the surface more grippy. 

4: Pour Resin and Trowel Into Place

The mixed resin with aggregate will be gloopy and viscous. It must be trowled into place making sure that the entire spread is nice and even. 

5: Curing

Modern polyurethane resin can cure in 4 hours but mustn’t bear any weight for some 24 hours or longer. 

How Long Does Laying a Resin Driveway Take?

If there is no excavation work, then the entire process will take just a day for a standard-sized driveway. If a new sub-base needs to be laid, it will take at least two days. Any extra edging work or landscaping will take longer still. 

Choosing a Driveway Contractor

The rapid turnaround time of resin driveways attracts so-called cowboy contractors. Never accept a driveway offer from someone who happens to ‘just be in the area’. 

The difference between a professionally laid driveway and a bad job is colossal. Bad resin driveways can crack in no time, discolour, fail to absorb water, and can become loose or patchy. 

Ask your contractor about what brand products they use and what guarantees they offer. Always look for a strong long-term local reputation and proven track record. It’s also worth asking whether they take any measures to ensure that the driveway will be grippy – the UK is not exactly dry and warm and resin driveways laid without extra grip treatment tend to get slippery. 

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.

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