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How to install resin pathways in Stockport?

How to install resin pathways in Stockport?

Father and son walking on a pathway in Stockport which could have resin installed to replace it

A deteriorated walkway is both unappealing and perhaps dangerous. This could be because it was made from an old material a long time ago before the advancements in surfacing in recent years. But resin is not only functional, it is also attractive, inexpensive, and simple to maintain. Therefore we’ll look at the advantages of resin pathways in Stockport in this piece, as well as how to install them.

The advantages of resin-based paving systems

  • There is a variety of paving options for walkways, including resin-bound pathways, which can provide visual appeal.
  • There are numerous colours of resin available, so the route can be customised to match a certain emblem. As a result, many forms and logos can be incorporated.
  • Compared to other options, resin paths in Stockport are more long-lasting. UV-resistant resin-bound gravels are available to protect them from the sun’s harsh rays.
  • It is not necessary to worry about drainage problems with a resin route. As a result, they’re even harder and more enduring.
  • It can be applied as an overlay to an existing driveway, saving both time and money.
  • Easy to maintain so it’s also simple to preserve the trail.

In what proportions should a resin path be constructed?

  • There is no one-size-fits-all formula for determining how much material is required.
  • When laid at 18mm, a typical resin-bound gravel package covers approximately 3.55 square metres.
  • Contingencies of 10% can assist defend against changes in surface fluctuation, which can be caused by variations in texture and porosity.
  • A resin calculator can be used to determine how much resin-bound materials are required.

Installing a resin pathway in Stockport

The most critical part of the project is surface preparation. This is because an unprepared, moist, and granular substrate might lead to surface cracking if gravel is poured on top of it. If the resin reacts with moisture, it may foam, resulting in dark areas or spots on the surface finish. Furthermore, it’s also critical to time the installation for the best possible weather. But now let’s look at the steps of the installation process.

Excavating and removing the existing soil

  • Block paving, concrete, or tarmac must be removed before the resin bound surface may be completed to perfection.
  • Recycled blocks can be used as edging around a new installation once the area has been cleared of block pavement.
  • Excavate the area to a depth adequate for the type of installation once the existing surface has been removed.
  • When determining the installation’s required depth, keep in mind the ground’s stiffness and whether or not cars will be using the area. The recommended excavation depth is 220 millimetres.

Edging the perimeter

  • An acceptable load-bearing edging should be improved around the installation’s perimeter.
  • To ensure proper operation, make sure to follow all installation instructions provided by the equipment maker.

Hardcore MOT Type 3 foundation

  • MOT Type 3 should be laid to the specified depth after installation of the perimeter edging and its subsequent securing. Since Type 3 is more permeable than Type 1, it is a better choice in terms of the environment.
  • Hardcore should be installed to a depth of at least 150 millimetres. However, this can vary depending on the stability of the subgrade and the intended use of the surface.
  • To ensure a solid foundation, compact the layer with a roller or vibro-plate (whacker).

A geotextile membrane is laid down

  • Before applying the suitable permeable geotextile membrane, it is necessary to lay and compact the layer.
  • There should be no less than 110 grammes of membrane per square metre. Plastic fixing pegs or galvanised steel U-pins should be used to secure any connections, which should have a 100mm overlap.
  • As a result, weeds will be kept under control and the buildup layers will not be washed away.

Establishing a firm foundation

  • Compacting the sand should be done using a hand-held roller, and then an appropriate ground reinforcement layer should be applied on top, such as tarmac, concrete or X-Grid.
  • As opposed to alternatives, X-Grid requires no curing time between putting the reinforcement layer and floating the resin, making it the best choice.
  • Our resin pathways in Stockport installers recommend that tarmac be laid at a depth of >50mm and concrete at a depth of >80mm.

X-Grid stone infilling is added

  • Chipping’s that have a diameter of less than 20mm should be used to fill the X-Grid.
  • When cleaning the stone, take special care to eliminate as much dust as possible.
  • Limestone should be softly compacted using a light vibration plate (whacker) to ensure that it is firmly embedded in the sharp sand and that the limestone fill is as level as possible.


Calculating the amount of gravel needed can be done using the following formula:

Area x 72 = kg stones needed

Checking the ingredients while they're being mixed in

  • A resin-bound gravel installation requires some components.
  • To save time, the resin buckets and sand should be divided into entire mixes before the mixing begins. You can work this out with the formula below.
  • As the bags have already been counted and mixed according to the precise formula, this assures consistency and a seamless project.
  • There should be no moisture around the aggregates.


Using the following formula, combine the ingredients:

Two-to-five-millimetre gravel and one-to-three-millimetre gravel are more than half of the 1-3mm gravel.

Crushed glass or coarse sand equivalent to an additional 5% might be used if desired.

Combining the resin binder in the mixing process

  • It’s time to start mixing the resin components once all of the materials have been gathered and divided into separate mixtures.
  • Using a motorised paddle mixer, mix the resins by putting the part A component into the part B bucket and mixing for around 30 seconds This gives the mixture a smooth, creamy texture.
  • A forced action mixer should be used while the resin is being mixed and the aggregate should be blended dry for 30-60 seconds. To ensure uniformity, avoid overmixing the resin and mix each batch for the same amount of time.

Adding the aggregate to a mixture

  • The decorative gravel should be dry-mixed for 30-60 seconds after the two-part resin has been blended to remove any remaining particles.
  • Using the forced action mixer pan, slowly pour in the entire bucket of resin mixture while the mixer is running.
  • Once the resin bucket is filled, wait 30 seconds before gradually adding the sandbag to the mix. Care must be taken to avoid clumping the mixture by overdosing on the ingredients.
  • Adding sand to the mix will give the surface a non-slip finish that won’t squeak underfoot, and it will also increase the surface’s longevity. Porridge-like consistency should be achieved by mixing the components in the mixer for around two minutes.

Laying down the mixture for resin pathways in Stockport

  • After mixing all of the ingredients for the allotted amount of time, empty the mixer pan into buckets.
  • Before troweling down the mixture, these heaps can be roughly scraped to spread it. Wipe down the trowel with an appropriate cleaning agent to prevent the resin from adhering.
  • With the tool, press down on the resin mixture to compact it to the foundation and spread it out to an even 18mm thickness.
  • Use the technical information provided for varied depths and spread rates.
  • The nearest edge should be left fluffed up and un-compacted until the next batch is ready.
  • Screeding can be done in about 20-30 minutes per mix depending on weather conditions, and the resin will begin curing almost immediately.

The X-Grid fill

  • The grid should be filled with a suitable and adequate material if it is being used as a sub-base layer instead of tarmac or concrete to give optimal stability and longevity to the installation.
  • Angular gravel with a stone diameter of up to 20mm should be used to fill X-Grid.
  • However, different materials might be used in place of limestone chippings as a filler.
  • Once the grid has been filled, employing a vibrating plate compactor (whacker) to consolidate the gravel and help the X-Grid to bed into the sand layer below, is recommended.


Resin pathways in Stockport can be installed utilising a resin binder, resin-bound aggregates, sand or crushed glass, a trowel, a paddle mixer and bucket and a forced action mixer. It’s also possible to use X-Grid to provide a foundation for gravel, preventing the resin-bound stones from shifting and so reducing maintenance expenses. But to find out more information call our professional and pleasant customer service staff on 0161 524 1981.

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