Here at HMS we think it is important to highlight common mistakes made when installing resin surfacing. We have rounded up 5 resin drive common mistakes and how to avoid them.
- Not laying to an inappropriate or poorly constructed base
Resin paving should be laid to a sound base of either tarmac or concrete, capable of withstanding the intended use.
Resin paving will not ‘fix’ wear or damage to the base. Resin bound paving should be laid to a porous base material to allow water to run through such as tarmac.
Resin paving is not intended to be laid directly over existing paving such as block paving or slabs due to movement and reflective cracking.
- Application in bad weather
Resin products do not work well in wet weather as moisture ingress will damage the appearance of the resin and cause a whitening, or ‘blooming’ of the finished surface.
Similarly, resin systems should not be laid in temperatures below 5c or above 35c as extreme heat and cold can affect resin behaviour and curing times.
- Improper storage and mixing
Like wet weather, moisture should not be added to the mix by way of using wet components. Always make sure your aggregate bags are stored correctly to reduce damage and importantly, water ingress. Never use bags of stone that appear wet or condensed this will ultimately ruin the mix.
Ensure that all mixing is carried out consistently, and do not over mix at any stage as this will create dust and cause a disparity in colour of the finished product.
- Not laying to the right thickness
Resin paving strength, in part, is dictated by the application thickness. Laid too thinly, and the material will become damaged. Vehicle use is recommended at 18-20mm with lighter use such as patios and footpaths at 15mm. Heavier use and commercial specifications may be thicker and should be assessed before application.
- Not using the correct equipment
Always use a forced action mixer for the installation of resin bound paving. These are available to hire from reputable plant hire companies. Do not be tempted to use a cement mixer or other inappropriate mixing tool to apply resin bound paving, as this will result in incorrectly mixed material and a likely failure of the product.
Resin bound DIY kits, resin bonded DIY kits plus tools and equipment are available to buy via our online trade shop. Downloadable PDF and video tutorials on how to lay all of our products are available here. However we would recommend attending our Resin Bound Installation training course for comprehensive training of our specialist resin paving products, BOOK HERE!