At DPM, we’ve had a lot to celebrate this year, and it’s only March! Our main accomplishment and the one we’re proudest of has been officially becoming certified in resin bound driveway installation. Currently, there are only a handful of companies in the UK who have specialised in this particular type of driveway and we’re really excited to be one of them. So today we wanted to share with you what a resin bound driveway is and why you need a specialist resin driveway installer to put one in for you.
What is a Resin Driveway?
Most driveways are made from heavy-duty, durable materials like brick, tarmac or aggregate stones, depending on the homeowner’s personal preference. Brick driveways are tough but not very flexible, so are prone to cracking. Tarmac is flexible but expensive and prone to chipping and aggregate stones are simple to install but a nightmare to maintain. However, what most people don’t realise is that there is another option that combines the best of all those materials, with none of the downsides. It’s called a resin-bond driveway.
A resin bond driveway is simply a combination of aggregate stones and resin, mixed together and laid on your driveway. It’s incredibly versatile, resistance to cracking, very strong and gives your driveway a smooth surface. You can get aggregate stones in a variety of colours, which means you can create some nice intricate designs and patterns on your driveway, from curving barriers to pictures and graphics set into the stones. Once the resin sets, the driveway has a smooth, hardwearing surface that will stay exactly as you want it, forever. All you need to maintain it is a hose and a stiff brush, making it the ideal low maintenance driveway solution.
Why do you have to be Qualified to install Resin Driveways?
In a lot of areas of landscaping or maintenance, there is no single qualification someone needs to have to do the work. Sure, there are lots of ‘nice to have’ ones out there, but ultimately anyone could learn how to install an aggregate path and put one in, without any formal qualifications.
Resin driveways are different because they are made using high quality, regulated materials and the process of installing it includes mixing chemicals. As the process is a specialist skill, you do need to be trained, qualified and certified to install resin bound driveways. Without all this training and certification, the work would be sloppy, it would not be guaranteed, and you might not even be able to get the materials you need. As there is so much to go through to become certified to install resin bound driveways, most landscapers don’t bother, preferring to stick to the traditional materials for driveways. But at DPM we want to make sure we can offer our customers the highest quality service, the best quality materials and the widest variety possible, so becoming certified was a no-brainer for us.
What does it take to become Qualified as a Resin Bound Driveway Installer?
To be certified in resin bound driveways, you have to go through quite a lot of training. This covers what the materials used are, the health and safety issues around using them (particularly resin), and the proper technique for preparing, mixing, laying and finishing a resin driveway. Once you have gone through training, you need to be able to prove that you can install resin driveways properly and safely, to the right standard for the guarantee. This means going through exams, installation observations and submitting evidence of the quality of your work. If the certifying body is confident that you meet their criteria, you will pass the certification.
DPM is certified by The Resin Mill – who is the largest producer of resin products in the UK. Being a certified resin bound installer means that our work is regularly vetted and assessed, we meet their codes of conduct and their quality levels. It also means our work is guaranteed and backed by insurance, so our customers can be confident that their driveway is in safe hands. If you would like to know more about resin bound driveways, our certification or just how we could help you, please just get in touch with us today.