Full Spec Porous Resin Driveways – A Smarter Alternative to Concrete Driveways
Your driveway is one of the most heavily trafficked areas on your property and it’s also highly visible to passers-by. Traditionally, most Australian homes have had driveways made from concrete, which has been favoured due to its low cost. The use of concrete is set to decline sharply in the coming years due to the introduction of porous resin. Full Spec Australia have recently announced a partnership with StoneSet, a leading supplier of environmentally friendly and innovative paving solutions with porous surfaces.
We believe that porous resin is an exceptional alternative to concrete driveways. Those looking to improve the value of their home by installing a porous resin driveway will enjoy incredible stain resistance, superior aesthetic appeal, quick and effective water drainage, minimal maintenance, resistance against frost and high temperatures, and non-slip properties.
The Practicality of Porous Resin
Concrete driveways are prone to cracking and erosion over time, and this can present a trip hazard to all who use your driveway. It can be a costly and time-consuming process to fix cracks using concrete, so if you find yourself in this position, it’s well worth considering having porous resin poured over your existing concrete surface. The porous resin surface will not stain like concrete, and it is much more resistant to cracking caused by growing tree roots and changes in temperature. Porous resin is naturally flexible, making it ideal for the hot climate in Australia as well as heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Each stone is held securely in place by the resin and will not become dislodged, even after years of weathering.
Porous resin is also a practical choice for the elderly, disabled and children who will be using your driveway. The resin bound gravel ensures a comfortable experience under the feet, and it also gives the surface a slip resistance rating that exceeds the minimum regulations for public spaces. In contrast, concrete surfaces are often slippery when wet, and they are prone to moss and lichen build-up. A porous resin driveway requires much less maintenance than concrete driveways and can be cleaned by simply hosing the surface down with a pressure wash occasionally.
These properties make porous resin driveways an excellent investment for any homeowner. Not only will you save hours of your valuable time and money on maintenance and upkeep, you can also rest easy in the knowledge that your driveway is as safe as possible for the pedestrians and vehicles that use it.
One of the biggest disadvantages of concrete is the fact that it is completely impermeable. This results in the pooling and wastage of water, as well as soil erosion and the concentration of chemicals in our waterways through run-off. Porous resin surfaces are ideal because they allow water to drain through them into the ground. Not only will installing a porous resin driveway lift the value of your home by improving its aesthetics, but it will also aid the surrounding environment by allowing natural drainage.
Porous resin paving is made from local, recycled materials. Materials range from river gravel through to crushed rock, and they are all sourced from environmentally responsible quarries and suppliers. The materials are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life, so there is no wastage contributed to landfill. Whilst concrete is also recyclable, all too often we see significant amounts contributed to landfill.
The benefits don’t stop there. As with any driveway that is frequented by vehicles, chemicals, engine oil and other contaminants will build up over time. With a concrete driveway these would be washed directly into the drains, negatively impacting the local water supply and potentially harming pets, plants and wildlife. A porous resin driveway however will catch these harmful chemicals within the paving, where they will be broken down over time before being returned to the earth.
Superior Aesthetics and Enhanced Durability
Unlike concrete driveways which are usually laid in a drab grey colour and feature unsightly join lines, porous resin driveways can be customised according to your preferences. Everything from the colour through to the finish can be chosen by the customer. Colours range from warm natural colours through to classic black and whites, and there are also a wide variety of natural rocks to choose from. The endless possibilities allow customers to create a driveway with a beautiful aesthetic that ties in with the surrounding landscape.
StoneSet provide a 10-year guarantee on the product, however in most cases you can expect your driveway to last well beyond 25 years. The porous resin is mixed according to your requirements, and it is designed to handle heavy loads and regular vehicular traffic. Porous resin has even been used in large commercial car parks to great effect.
Installation and Cost of Porous Resin Driveways
Full Spec Resin can be installed directly over your existing concrete or tarmac driveway. This is a process known as overlay paving, and it is a great way to improve the aesthetics of your home on a budget. It is a low impact process with minimal waste, and it will drastically increase the kerb appeal of your driveway. There is also the option to add a drainage channel that will enable you to collect water for re-use. The cost will be around $110-$180/m2 of overlay paving. If you are considering porous resin for a new build, then the cost will be slightly more as a new base would need to be laid.
Porous resin is a practical, smart, eco-friendly and exceptionally durable alternative to the traditional concrete driveway. Whether you are a homeowner or a business, you can dramatically improve the overall appearance, value and function of your property by incorporating porous resin into your landscaping. Whilst porous resin does cost slightly more than concrete, the benefits and aesthetic appeal are vastly superior and will be appreciated for many years to come.
If this article has piqued your interest in porous resin, then it’s time to say goodbye to the inadequacies of concrete and get in touch with Full Spec today. We look forward to assisting you in the planning and construction of the driveway of your dreams.
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