One of the most popular materials for driveways and paving for both domestic and commercial properties these days is resin, a hardened mixture of small stones and resin (unsurprisingly!) that not only serves an incredibly practical function but also looks fantastic as well, no doubt a huge part of its appeal.
Of course, before you decide on any material for your new driveway installation, it’s important to do some research into the pros and cons of each before making your final choice… and one of the first questions we’re often asked is just how eco-friendly is resin as an option?
If you’re keen to be as sustainable as possible as a homeowner or at your place of business, resin would be a great choice for use across your site, as it’s highly prized for its permeable qualities.
There are lots of tiny spaces between the aggregate stones, which allow water to soak down into the sublayers to help support excellent drainage, ensuring that your new driveway works successfully as a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS).
The aim of these systems is to mimic nature and manage rainfall volumes as close to where they fall as possible, while helping to slow surface water runoff and transfer it elsewhere before it enters rivers, lakes and streams.
SuDS are considered to be more sustainable than traditional drainage systems because they can reduce the impact of urbanisation on flooding, while protecting and even enhancing water quality by reducing water pollution.
In addition, they can even help encourage aquifer recharge in some circumstances, as well as providing more habitats for wildlife in urban areas.
If being green is a top concern for you, then resin would be an excellent choice of material over the likes of tarmac or concrete, both of which may well be cheaper but which are impermeable, which can cause problems for drainage.
Need any further advice relating to driveways in Merseyside and the surrounding areas? Get in touch with LW Landscapes today to see how we can help.