How to Care for and Extend the Life of Your Resin Bound Surfacing

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Resin bound surfacing is an attractive, durable, and low-maintenance solution for driveways, patios, and pathways. However, to ensure your resin bound surface remains in top condition and lasts for years, it’s important to understand how to care for it properly. In this blog, we’ll explore the most common resin issues, how to clean resin bound surfaces, and tips for repairing resin surfaces.

Common Resin Bound Problems

1. Surface Cracking

One of the most common resin bound problems is surface cracking, which can occur due to improper installation or extreme weather conditions. Ensuring your resin surface is installed by professionals can mitigate this risk. If cracks do appear, they should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.

2. Weed Growth

While resin bound surfaces are relatively resistant to weed growth, it is still possible for weeds to sprout through the surface or around the edges. Regular maintenance, including removing weeds by hand or using a suitable weed killer, can help keep your surface looking pristine.

3. Loose Stones

Loose stones can occur if the resin mix is not properly prepared or if the surface is subjected to heavy traffic before it fully cures. If you notice loose stones, contact a professional to assess and repair the area to prevent further loosening.

How to Clean Resin Bound Surfaces

Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential to maintaining the appearance and longevity of your resin bound surface. Here are some steps to follow:

Sweeping: Regularly sweep your resin surface to remove leaves, dirt, and debris. This prevents organic material from breaking down and potentially staining the surface.

Washing: Use a mild detergent and warm water to wash the surface. A pressure washer can be used, but ensure the pressure is set to a low level to avoid damaging the resin.

Stain Removal: For stubborn stains, such as oil or grease, use a degreasing agent. Apply it to the stained area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub with a stiff brush before rinsing thoroughly.

Seasonal Maintenance

In addition to regular cleaning, some seasonal maintenance can help extend the life of your resin bound surface:

  • Autumn: Remove fallen leaves promptly to prevent staining.
  • Winter: Use a plastic shovel to remove snow and apply salt sparingly to prevent ice formation.
  • Spring: Perform a thorough clean to remove any build-up of dirt and grime accumulated over winter.
  • Summer: Keep the surface clean and inspect for any signs of damage or wear.

Caring for Resin Driveways

Preventative Measures

To keep your resin driveway in top shape, consider the following preventative measures:

  • Avoid Heavy Loads: Although resin bound surfaces are durable, avoid parking excessively heavy vehicles on them to prevent indentations and cracks.
  • Protect from Chemicals: Avoid spilling harsh chemicals like engine oil, petrol, or solvents on the surface. Clean any spills immediately to prevent damage.
  • Edge Protection: Ensure the edges of your resin surface are protected, especially if adjacent to soft landscaping, to prevent edge breakdown and stone loss.

Repairing Resin Surfaces

Minor Repairs

For minor repairs, such as small cracks or loose stones, you can often handle the fix yourself:

  1. Clean the Area: Remove any debris from the area to be repaired.
  2. Apply Resin: Use a resin repair kit to apply a small amount of mixed resin to the affected area.
  3. Spread Evenly: Spread the resin evenly using a trowel and allow it to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Major Repairs

For more significant damage, it is best to contact a professional. They can assess the extent of the damage and provide a comprehensive repair plan to restore your surface to its original condition.


Caring for and maintaining your resin bound surfacing is essential to ensure it remains an attractive and functional part of your property for years to come. By understanding common resin issues, knowing how to clean and maintain your surface, and being prepared to address repairs promptly, you can enjoy the many benefits of a resin bound surface. If you’re considering installing a resin bound surface or need advice on maintenance and repairs, don’t hesitate to contact Addagrip Terraco for professional assistance and high-quality products.