Finding it difficult to find the right paving for your project?

In this week's article, we'll be answering the commonly asked questions surrounding all the potential paving solutions out there! So don't spend hours trawling the web, just read our article!
Resin Bound Driveway

What is the cheapest form of paving?

The cheapest form of paving will depend on various factors such as the type of material, size of area that requires paving, and the cost of labour in your area. Generally, the most affordable options are:


Gravel is often the least expensive option for paving. It comes in different sizes, textures, and colours and is easy to install. However, it may not be suitable for high traffic areas and can be difficult to maintain.


Concrete is an affordable and durable paving material. It can be poured into various shapes and sizes and can be stained or stamped to give it a decorative look. However, it can crack over time and may require occasional repairs.


Asphalt is a popular option for driveways and roads due to its low cost and durability. It is easy to install and maintain, but it may not be suitable for areas with heavy foot traffic as it can be hot in the summer and can damage footwear.

Resin bound or bonded installations

If installed correctly and to a good quality substrate, resin surfaces can last for more than 25 years’ and with a little maintenance, they can look as good as the day they were installed. This enables a premium finish to become more affordable.

What type of paving is best?

Paving is a wonderful way to create a great first impression or improve the kerb appeal of your home, and choosing the right type of paving can seem daunting. Well, that completely depends on your project, requirements, and of course taste!

Resin bound or bonded paving is known for its durability, long-lasting, wide range of colours, and premium finish. If installed correctly, it can last for more than 25 years, making this an affordable paving solution that provides a finish many homeowners are looking for.

Concrete can seem a more cost-efficient choice when selecting paving for your project and the variety of colours make it very appealing. However, the colours can fade over time and is susceptible to weather erosion.

Natural stone paving such as slate, limestone, and sandstone paving has a very pleasing and natural appeal. However, most natural stone stains easily and some stones, such as limestone and sandstone, are very soft meaning they are susceptible to chipping and developing cracks.

Asphalt costs half the price, but it only comes in one style and the surface can become tarry and very hot when it’s sunny. It also doesn’t have the premium finish that many homeowners or landscape gardeners are looking for.

Porcelain paving has many qualities similar to resin bound or bonded paving. Just like resin bound or bonded paving, it has good longevity, is durable, frostproof, low maintenance, slip resistant, and comes in a wide variety of colours and finishes. However, it can be tricky to lay, harder to cut, and can be very expensive in comparison.

To cut a long story short, for you to find the best paving type for your project, you should look at your budget and the finish you would like to achieve.

With over 30 years experience, our recommendation would be resin bound bonded paving – but like anything, the quality in which it is installed is of paramount importance.

A competent installation will pay dividends and with sufficient maintenance, you’ll be worry-free for years to come! It’s important to note that sufficient maintenance can be as little as a pressure wash every 12 months, there really is no other paving solution that will take up less of your time!

The beauty of this type of paving is that it can be more affordable than other products out there, especially if following our guides and lay the surface yourself. With recent reductions in our trade kit prices, there has been no better time to get your project completed, for less than you would have thought, and in time for summer!

What paving types last the longest?

The longevity of a paving type will depend on several factors such as the quality of installation, maintenance, climate conditions, and usage. However, some paving materials are known for their durability and can last longer than others. The paving types that tend to last the longest are:

  1. Concrete: Concrete is a highly durable material that can withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and regular wear and tear. Properly installed and maintained, a concrete surface can last for decades.
  2. Brick: Brick is another long-lasting paving option that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Brick pavers are resistant to cracking and can handle harsh weather conditions.
  3. Stone: Natural stone, such as granite or bluestone, is a highly durable paving material that can last for decades. It is resistant to weathering and can withstand heavy traffic and use.
  4. Porcelain: Providing they are of a high quality and are properly laid, with a good subbase, porcelain tiles can last for many decades and up to 50 years in some cases.
  5. Asphalt: Asphalt is a durable paving material commonly used for roads and driveways. When properly installed and maintained, an asphalt surface can last up to 20 years.
  6. Resin Bound & Resin Bonded are known in their industry for their hard-wearing properties which makes them extremely long-lasting. Their low maintenance nature is testimony to this as clients find that once they have installed it, they never have to worry about it again!

It is important to choose the right paving material that suits your specific needs and climate conditions. Proper installation and maintenance can also help to extend the lifespan of your paving choice.

So, is resin bound or bonded better than traditional paving methods?

Resin bound and bonded paving offer some advantages over traditional paving methods. Here are some key differences:

Resin bound

  • Creates a smooth, seamless surface that is suitable for foot and vehicle traffic
  • Highly porous, allowing water to drain through and reduce the risk of flooding
  • Resistant to UV light and can maintain its colour for its entire lifespan
  • Low maintenance required as it does not need to be sealed or weeded

Resin bonded

  • Provides a textured, non-slip surface suitable for foot traffic only
  • Offers a hard-wearing surface that is resistant to cracking and can withstand heavy foot traffic
  • Requires minimal maintenance, as it does not require sealing or regular weeding

Compared to traditional paving methods such as concrete, brick, or natural stone, resin bound/bonded paving offers some advantages such as a more uniform surface, better drainage, and lower maintenance requirements.

Ultimately, the choice between resin bound/bonded paving and traditional paving methods will depend on your specific needs and preferences, as well as the suitability of each option for your project.

Can I lay Resin Bound/Bonded myself?

Yes! Our HMS website has easy-to-follow application guides that will take you through the process from start to finish, alongside videos showing you the process in full.

On top of that, we run day-long workshops that will give you a fully comprehensive understanding of what to do and what to look out for.

Ran by industry professionals any queries or reservations can be answered in full – take a quick look at our website for the next available slot!

What’s even better, with a recent slash in all trade kit prices, there has never been a better time to pick up a trowel and give it a go!

So why choose HMS?

Clients are often happy when they choose HMS to install a resin bound or bonded surface for several reasons.

Firstly, HMS uses high-quality materials and follows industry-standard installation methods to ensure that the surface is durable and long-lasting. This means that clients can enjoy a beautiful and functional surface for many years to come.

Secondly, HMS offers a wide range of design options, colours, and textures, allowing clients to customise their surface to match their specific needs and preferences. This means that clients can create a unique and personalised surface that enhances the look of their property.

Thirdly, resin bound, and bonded surfaces installed by HMS are low maintenance, making them a convenient and hassle-free option for customers. They are highly porous, allowing water to drain through, and require little to no regular cleaning or weeding.

Finally, HMS provides excellent customer service and support throughout the installation process and beyond. They work closely with customers to understand their needs and offer professional advice and guidance to ensure that they are fully satisfied with the result.

In addition to resin bound and bonded surfaces, HMS offers a range of services that can help customers enhance the look and functionality of their properties.

These services include groundwork, landscaping, and rubber crumb installation. With over 30 years of industry experience, HMS has the expertise and skills to tackle any project, big or small.

Our team of professionals uses high-quality materials and modern equipment to ensure that each project is completed to the highest standards. Customers can visit our website to learn more about our services and browse our portfolio of completed projects.

Whether it’s a new driveway, a garden makeover, or a commercial project, HMS has the experience and knowledge to deliver exceptional results that exceed customers’ expectations.

So take a stroll around our website, and if your queries aren’t answered feel free to call us at 01858 881111 and one of the team will be happy to help!

About HMS

HMS has more than 25 years’ unrivalled trading history in providing high quality resin based surfacing treatments for Highways England, Main Contractors, Local Authorities, National Home Builders and private individuals.

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