Breathe life into a tired surface!
Utilize old paving by making it the base for the next
Often an area of existing paving can become worn and patched up, even cracked without losing its structural strength and integrity.
StoneSet can be used as a surface dressing to bring it back to life, looking better than ever. When originally conceived StoneSet was designed simply for an attractive, natural surface for overlaying concrete and asphalt.
No loose stone – Guaranteed for 10 years!!
Loose stone on a typical exposed aggregate driveway results from a cycle of erosion. The problem starts with one small stone, then gradually more and more is torn loose at this spot.
The graphic below demonstrates – erosion begins at the turning point of the tyres. When exposed, the cement becomes brittle from UV exposure and now forming a type of ditch, water pools at this spot.
The pooling water together with continued tyre sheer / friction rips more and more stone loose. You can read more about this problem here.
Resurfacing with a porous material like StoneSet avoids the erosion cycle entirely! Water drains freely from the surface (Instead of forming puddles). Similarly, the suns rays never reach the binder that holds the stone in place from below.
Of course binding natural stone with a quality polyurethane resin is more involved than the traditional process of setting exposed aggregate in cement.
Beware imitations – Resins ain’t resins!
When looking at binding a natural stone, the strength and longevity is all in the quality of the binder.
Soft-fall rubber (used in Children’s playgrounds) typically use an ‘Epoxy binder’ which is certainly fit-for-purpose taking the weight of children’s foot traffic. Whilst higher quality epoxy’s certainly improve performance long term, they can never be as good as Polyurethane Binder.
StoneSet offer an industry leading 10-year guarantee of no loose stone, mainly due to the world-leading two-part polyurethane resin only StoneSet offers in the Australian market.
Optimised for strength, flexibility, curing time and UV stability, the limited quality of an epoxy resin has no comparison to StoneSets’ catalysed two-part polyurethane. Deployed and refined for decades in the worlds largest porous paving market – the United Kingdom, you need to ask yourself, how long do I need my driveway to last? What resins are being used and accordingly, what are the guarantees on offer to me?
Some Great Driveway resurfacing
Scroll through the gallery below showing the number of fantastic driveway overlay installations we’ve done over the years.
Read how StoneSet resin bound stone outlasts Concrete aggregate alternatives.
Some great Paving resurfacing
Natural stone overlay – No concrete sent to landfill.
By using an existing surface you can dramatically reduce the amount of raw material used to replace the paving as well as eliminating the waste being taken to landfill.
Natural stone has less embodied energy than cement, with an overall lower carbon emission (energy used to create concrete products and transport)
Existing hard edges – As part of the preparation we will chase out enough depth so the StoneSet will eventually meet flush with existing surfaces like your garage slab, pathway and gutter edge. Here the StoneSet meets the edge of the existing tiles perfectly, providing a seamless tie in.
By not having to remove any old product and taking advantage of a quick installation method, StoneSet can help bring a refurbishment in on time and budget. You can even incorporate logos, patterns and design into the surface.
Expansion Joints – Our new expansion joints comprise of an aluminium strip which is filled with mastic which provides greater resilience to underlying movement.The strip is effective, hardly noticeable and very neat looking. The generic aluminium strip as shown in the photo above can still be used for areas not prone to movement.
Using an existing impervious surface such as concrete doesn’t mean that you can’t make full use of the porous nature of StoneSet products. By incorporating a drainage channel as a collection point the water can still be collected before reaching drains and returned to the water table or harvested on site for re-use.