Selecting the right material for your driveway is a decision that goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about functionality, durability, and maintenance, especially considering the challenges of the UK weather!
Imprinted concrete and resin are two popular options – but which is the better choice? In this article, we’ll delve into various factors, comparing both materials side by side to help you make an informed decision for your driveway.
First, let’s take a look at each type of driveway, and how they are made.
Imprinted Concrete Driveways
Imprinted concrete driveways are synonymous with durability and versatility. These driveways are created by pouring concrete onto the designated area and then stamping it with a pattern or texture of your choice.
Imprinted concrete driveways are highly adaptable, offering an array of patterns, textures, and colours to suit various architectural styles.
They are renowned for their robustness and can withstand heavy loads and challenging weather conditions.
The longevity of imprinted concrete driveways is a notable advantage, making them a sound investment.
These driveways offer an ideal combination of visual appeal and practicality, making them well-suited to diverse preferences and weather conditions.
Resin driveways are a modern choice for homeowners. These driveways are created by mixing resin with various aggregates, such as gravel or stone, resulting in a smooth surface that can be customised with a range of colours and patterns.
They are highly regarded for their contemporary charm and the ability to complement modern homes. Additionally, resin driveways can be resistant to weed growth, making them a good option for those who value both form and function.
Factors to consider
Imprinted concrete driveways provide versatile aesthetics with a variety of patterns, textures, and colours to choose from. Whether you prefer a traditional or contemporary look, imprinted concrete can deliver the desired style.
Resin driveways are known for their modern appearance, making them a good choice for homeowners who value contemporary design. They offer a customised finish with a range of colours and patterns.
However, unless carefully maintained, resin driveways can be prone to marks and cracking, especially in areas with frequent traffic and usage. Tyre marks will be particularly noticeable on lighter shades of resin.
Both imprinted and resin driveways offer a range of design possibilities, making them perfect for modern homes and those who appreciate a personalised touch.
However, imprinted concrete has the edge, as it isn’t just the colour you can choose from, you can also look at the patterns and styles.
Each type of material is great for getting into small corners and being adaptable to suit any shape of driveway.
Load Bearing Capacity
Resin driveways are not suitable for heavy traffic areas, as they may not withstand the weight of larger vehicles, or heavy items such as skips.
Imprinted concrete driveways, however, are incredibly strong and can endure heavy loads, making them a top choice for high-traffic areas.
Resin driveways are often marketed as permeable, however this is only really true for a short time.
After approximately 12 – 18 months, it’s common for silt to build up on resin bonded driveways, which means the surface will be prone to flooding or surface ice.
Imprinted concrete driveways are not permeable and, because of this, a drainage system will be put in place on installation.
This seamlessly blends in with the design and allows the management of rainwater and reduces the formation of surface ice so it remains safe and usable all year round.
Resin driveways can be relatively expensive due to the specialised materials and labour involved in their installation.
Imprinted concrete driveways offer better long-term value, given their durability and longevity. Although installation may take slightly longer, the investment is much more worthwhile.
When carefully maintained, resin driveways can last up to 25 years, depending on the quality of materials used.
However, as mentioned, this material is not suited to areas with large or heavy vehicles or frequent traffic as wear and tear can occur, restricting its lifespan.
Imprinted concrete driveways can last for several decades and require much less maintenance than resin bonded surfaces.
This material is far more durable as it can withstand frequent traffic and heavy loads, making them a lasting investment for homeowners.
Generally, both resin and imprinted concrete driveways do not require planning permission. However, it’s advisable to check with your local authority for specific regulations in your area.
Resin driveways are generally slip-resistant due to their textured finish. Imprinted concrete driveways are usually designed with anti-slip properties included.
At Avon Cobblestone, we use a product called Rhino Grip in our sealant to ensure your driveway, path or patio remains slip-free in all conditions.
Both materials are generally resistant to weeds, however occasional maintenance may be required to keep the surface weed-free.
Resin vs Imprinted Concrete Driveways
In conclusion, while both resin and imprinted concrete driveways have unique characteristics, imprinted concrete offers better choice, durability and value for money.
With the right material and proper maintenance, your driveway can provide years of functional and visually appealing service, enhancing the curb appeal of your home while coping effectively with the changing weather.
To make the best choice, consult with a professional installer to ensure your new driveway suits your property perfectly.
Why Avon Cobblestone?
As driveway, path and patio specialists, we only install imprinted concrete as we believe this is the best product available, offering customers unmatched quality, versatility and durability. Imprinted concrete not only looks fantastic – but stands the test of time!
If you’re looking for a new driveway for winter, don’t delay – contact us ASAP as we are getting booked up very quickly.
Call us on 01454 633394 or use our contact form for a free quote.