Edging options for resin paving

Find out which edging options are best for resin bound paving and the dos and don'ts of each!
Edging options for resin paving

HMS Decra®Set resin bound surfacing requires edging to remain supported and to produce a neat, long-lasting finish. Resin bound paving can be taken to the top (or ‘finished level’) of the edge or can sit shy to expose some of the edging face. There are various edging options for resin paving available to achieve this, along with some important dos and don’ts…

Aluminium trim – we’ll start with this as it’s the most common question in relation to edging resin works, especially when dealing with existing sub-bases. Aluminium trim is nominally only 3mm in thickness and IS NOT designed to be used as a restraining edge for resin bound surfacing.

It is designed to be faced up between two slabs of resin bound paving, to delineate colour difference, tidy up day-joints, or form part of an integral design feature. It is not strong enough to act as a suitable edging material as it will damage and buckle very easily if not properly supported on both sides. Correct application can be pre-fixed to the substrate, or simply pushed into the uncured resin.

PCC or Pre Cast Concrete – these edging blocks are the most popular; ranging in size, most standard installations use a 600mm pre cast concrete edge which gives good support to the product whilst offering excellent value for money. Giving a slim profile and a neutral buff/grey colour, these budget edgings work with all types of outdoor resin flooring and substrate layers making them the perfect all-rounder.

Granite Setts & Decorative Blockwork – Granite setts and other styles of decorative block or brickwork can be a great choice to really showcase your surfacing. Available in lots of sizes, shapes and colours, a natural granite block or decorative edge can transform your hard landscaping project to the next level, offering practicality coupled with stylish design.

It should be noted that individually sited blocks should be grouted in with a suitable compound such as a brush-in or cementitious material before the application of the resin bound paving. This allows for a sharper edge to be formed with the resin product and reduces the possibility of spillages of grouting material onto the new resin surface.

Tanalised Timber – at the other end of the spectrum we have tanalised timber edging – this may not seem like the obvious choice, however for more rural settings, or areas where soft landscaping will eventually encroach over the boundary (such as cycle tracks, rural footpaths or country park routes) a timber edge can work well.

Quick to install and extremely cost efficient, tanalised or ‘treated’ timber edgings can still last several years, especially if supported on the exposed edge. Commonly found adjacent to soft landscaping, this can be a cost-efficient way to properly support your resin installation where a highly decorative edge is not required. 

Alternately if you don’t want to go to the trouble and expense of any of these options, you may wish to consider our Decra®Stone resin bonded surface dressing, which requires no restraining edging at all! Find out more about resin bonded gravel here

You can order order FREE resin bound samples and resin bonded samples to help you make up your mind as to which is best for you.

If you have a project in mind why not contact us for a FREE quote today?

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