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Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Gravel?

There are a number of different benefits for both Resin Bound Gravel and Resin Bonded Gravel.

There are two main types of resin gravel surfacing available for outdoor areas.

These options are resin bonded and resin bound stone systems.

But what is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded gravel?

Resin bonded gravel is created from a scatter system where glue is applied to the base surface. The stone aggregate is scattered across the base, leaving a textured finish once bonded.

Resin bound gravel is a permeable system created by mixing the chosen stone with a specialised glue and applying it to create a smooth surface.

Resin Bonded Gravel

With the scattered stone effect, this system gives the appearance of loose gravel without the hassle of losing stones and having to carry out regular upkeep.

Many homeowners choose to have the bonded gravel design installed for driveways where the surface is on a slope. This is because the texture of the finish provides more grip and anti-slip qualities, making it a safe option for vehicles and pedestrians.

However, because we scatter the stones onto a layer of glue on top of the base surface, this specification is non-porous.

A range of natural resin bonded stone design choices are available for this type of flooring so you can create a customised loose stone look for your project.

We will help you choose a design which suits your budget and fits in with any other outdoor surfaces in the surrounding space.

Where Is Resin Bonded Stone Used?

Popular uses for this type of paving include domestic driveways, gardens, walkways and public attractions. These are generally places where loose stones are not desirable.

The resin bonded stone design is not ideal for schools or any areas which are predominantly used by children due to the abrasive qualities of the surface which could cause an injury if a child fell over.

Key Features

  • The bonded design is scattered to provide a textured, anti-slip finish.
  • This is a perfect option for sloping driveways or paths as both vehicles and pedestrians can use it safely.
  • A range of natural colour stones is ideal for creating a unique design.
  • The scatter system installation gives the appearance of loose gravel, but with my fewer maintenance requirements.
  • The bonded gravel surface type is a non-porous specification.
  • Typically installed to a depth of 4mm.

We can provide a range of designs for bonded gravel paths to suit a range of areas. If you are thinking of having a resin bonded paving surface at your home or public facility, please contact our team.

Simply use the enquiry box on this page to get in touch. We’d be happy to offer you some advice about costs for this work along with some product sheets and more information.

Resin Bound Gravel

This is a decorative surface type which can be supplied in a wide range of natural stones. It’s also referred to as resin bound aggregate.

Generally this sort of paving installation would be done using a macadam sub-base. This provides the best durable, porous qualities.

This gravel flooring is laid in different areas, like drives and swimming pool surrounds where loose stones are not wanted.

As a result of its smooth textured finish, the resin bound gravel floor is ideal for use with wheelchairs, and the permeable qualities help reduce water build-up.

This also makes the bound specification compliant with SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) as it helps to reduce flooding in built-up urban areas.

Key Features

  • The resin-bound aggregates specification is laid to provide a smooth and seamless finish.
  • This paving type is porous due to the gaps in between the stones, making it SuDS compliant.
  • We can install at a range of depths varying from 12mm-24mm for resin bound pathways and drives.
  • Comes in a variety of natural and decorative colour choices with unique colour blends.
  • Leaves an attractive appearance which requires little maintenance and upkeep (no loose stones).
  • Hand laid by specialist installers using a trowel to ensure a good quality end result.


As you can see there is a significant difference in resin bound and bonded stone surfaces.

Each one has its own advantages depending on the nature of your project. Therefore it’s a good idea to research the different specifications. If you would like some more detailed product sheets, we will be happy to send these over.

Please feel free to get in touch with us through the contact form if you would like some more information on resin bound and resin bonded surfacing.

We can provide details of prices for both resin bound and bonded paving systems.

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