01 Feb Maintaining my resin driveway: A simple guide
Your home is one of your biggest assets. You want to make sure it’s as beautiful as the memories that come with it. Resin driveways can help you preserve your home’s value while improving it visually. In a recent article we spoke about the benefits of installing a resin bound driveway. Like anything worth having, resin bound driveways are worth looking after. An despite their long lifespan and durability we still advise you stay on top of the maintenance to keep it looking and functioning as it should.
Caring for your resin driveway immediately after install
Designing and installing a driveway can be an intimidating task, but fortunately for you, there are many products out there such as polyurethanes that can help you achieve your goal with ease. The polyurethanes we use for resin driveways are incredibly chemically resistant once set. Be careful during the first few weeks to avoid your new driveway coming into contact with other chemicals whilst the resin sets.
Also avoid allowing people of all shapes and sizes and animal to step on the resin before it has completely hardened. This will likely result in foot or paw prints becoming a new feature for your home.
Safe use of your resin driveway
Rezitt’s recommends that your resin driveway should only be used for light vehicle traffic and pedestrian use. Unless compensated for during the installation of your driveway, no heavy goods vehicles should park or travel across your new driveway. Improper use can lead to damage in the form of cracking and sinking. There are however solutions for resin bound surfaces where heavier vehicular use and traffic flow is required. Contact our team today for more information.
Always consider your new driveway when handling solid objects or machinery on the surface. This includes but is not limited to motorcycle stands, car jacks, other parts and tools for vehicle maintenance, potted plants and more. Either of these are capable of causing damage if dropped or dragged across the surface.
Aside from annoyance whilst travelling, trapped stones, pebbles or gravel in your tyre treads can scratch the surface of your resin driveway. Be sure to check your tyres regularly for anything that can hinder your driving and damage your new resin driveway.
Preparation to use your resin driveway
There’s no better place to perform maintenance on your car or motorbike in the summer. Not only that, driveways are a great excuse to do housework outdoors when the sun is shining. Anything from preparing new doors, sanding down furniture, painting that shabby chic wardrobe and more.
Whatever task you have in mind, prepare your resin driveway for what lies ahead. Jacking the car up to swap a wheel? Put a sturdy wooden plank underneath the jack to spread the load. Painting some furniture? Lay a sheet or old blanket down on the area where you’re working.
Don’t worry if you spill anything despite your best efforts. Resin driveways are easy to clean providing you act fast. Use basic household detergents for cleaning spills quickly then be sure to rinse away any excess chemicals.
Weed maintenance for your driveway
Resin driveways are more than an aesthetic addition to your property. They’re also made to be resistant to weeds. Rezitt ensures all weeds are killed prior to installation. However, wildlife can bring seeds with them as they visit other areas. Due to this we cannot offer a lifetime weed free guarantee. Most weeds that grow in resin can be pulled out with ease. When using weedkiller on your resin driveway be sure to water it down sufficiently to prevent discolouration.
Winter maintenance for your driveway
Resin driveways are designed to prevent slipping. Still we advise you take caution when moving across your new driveway during icy conditions. Scattering white rock salt across your driveway is a brilliant solution to clearing ice. However you should always rinse away any excess and give your driveway a thorough clean when winter is up.
Remembering and applying the above can increase the longevity of your driveway and keep it looking new for much longer. Every driveway we install comes with a guide on how to get the best out of it. If you’re considering converting your existing patio, driveway, footpath or other surface to resin bound, get in touch with our team of experts today.