Avoid making resin mistakes

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Common mistakes when laying resin

At HMS we think its important that we inform our customers of the common mistakes that can be made when installing resin paving.  The popularity of resin bound and resin bonded paving is inarguable on the rise, and with it an influx of new installers, and DIY enthusiasts.

Between the internet, training courses and specialist literature there is a wealth of information and support out there to assist with proper application of resin bound and bonded paving.  But as with all things, there are certain obstacles to be aware of, and knowing what to avoid can mean the difference between a great finished product, and a disappointing waste of money…

Weather…

It’s very important that the weather is dry, both during, and as long as possible after the installation has completed – ideally 12 hours minimum. Do not attempt to lay resin bound or bonded paving if the weather is showing signs of rain, or if temperatures look like they may fall below the scope of acceptable levels for laying.

Do not lay resin based products if the outside temperature is less than 5c as a minimum. Remember also that although the air temperature may be higher, the ground temperature may still be lower than 5c if it has frozen overnight for example. Check out the weather forecast for where you will be laying the resin product.

Laying resin based products in wet or cold weather causes visual defects to occur to include whitening of the resin, which can easily ruin your desired finish. Although not detrimental to the integrity of the surface, the overall appearance will be compromised, with little or no chance of rectification without replacement.

Correctly stored materials…

Namely stone binders and aggregates. As with moisture from the outside spoiling the finish, moisture from the inside can easily do the same. Ensure that the contents of your bags of aggregate are completely dry before adding them to the resin, and discard any that appear damp or wet.

Similarly ensure that all stone binders have been stored above 5c, and that no damage has occurred to the packaging of either the A or B component before adding to the mixer.

Clean equipment…

Make sure that your mixer is thoroughly cleaned of any excess previous material before starting, to avoid colour contamination. Also be sure that no cleaning solution such as thinners or white spirits are left on mixers or laying equipment, as this can impede the curing time of the resin material.

And last of all… should the weather suddenly change (in true British fashion) work areas can be protected by laying tarpaulins to part cured material, or erecting a gazebo or other protection over the working area to protect from moisture.

Always remember; the best way to ensure a top quality installation is top quality preparation!

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