SureSet tells Pro Landscaper its Top Tips for choosing a resin bound paving company:
“Just a few years ago we knew little about asphalt (Tarmac) paving, with many of us suffering at the hands of unscrupulous traders knocking on doors with ‘left over’ asphalt from nearby jobs. We were unaware of what surface it could be laid on, how the surface should be prepared and how it should be installed.
The good news is that we are now much more educated about asphalt. The bad news is that we are, in some ways, in the same situation with resin bound paving.
Resin bound paving is a premium product that when installed correctly will last you for up to 25 years.
As resin bound becomes more popular the number of companies providing it is growing. As it is a relatively new product, it’s one of only a few trades within the construction industry without a governing body or trade association of its own; and, apart from the Paving Expert website, there isn’t anywhere to go for independent advice about resin bound paving.
Anyone considering a resin bound driveway (or footpath, patio etc.) wants the process of choosing and installing it to be as straightforward and stress free as possible. It therefore pays to do some research to ensure that we get the ‘right’ material from a reputable installer who can demonstrate a track record of successfully providing solutions and good service for its customers.
Although SureSet has been established for nearly 20 years and operate as a commercial business, it retains a passion for what it does. So with no sales pitch, SureSet has put together these Top Tips for choosing a resin bound paving company to help you.
Here is an easy reference of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to choosing a resin bound paving company:
- Use recommendations; if you see an installation that appears to be quality, ask for details of the installer.
- Your research.
- Look for membership of recognised bodies; such as the Federation of Master Builders or Guild of Master Craftsmen and quality management systems such as ISO 9001.
- Try and view previous installations.
- Get details in writing.
- Use companies who only have a mobile phone number, no address or those who cold-call.
- Pay for a quote or general advice; most reputable firms will not charge you.
- Be afraid to ask questions; before, during and after installation.
- Pay a deposit after the first visit.
- Feel pressured into making a decision before you are ready.
- Use a company willing to lay on an unstable or damaged base.
- Be misled by huge discounts offered on an inflated original price.