Which Driveway Surface Is the Best Option?

A dark block paved driveway on a gentle slope with red brick walls against it
Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: Feb 14, 2024
4 minutes read

When it comes to resurfacing your driveway, there’s a multitude of options available. With block paving, tarmac and resin driveways just some of the choices on the market, it can be difficult to decide which would be best for you. Fortunately for you, we’ve compared different types to save you the trouble.


Resin is incredibly strong and long lasting. It can even withstand the most amount of weight based on its spread. Capable of lasting for up to 25 years, this type of drive surface triumphs over others. In fact, it has built-in frost and weed resistance, which means its structural integrity will outperform tarmac, concrete and block paving.

Block paving can last between 20–25 years, but structural issues can arise with loose bricks or infills. A tarmac drive is fairly durable, capable of lasting around 20 years, but excess weight can cause it to crack.


The best advantage to resin driveways is that resin bound systems are permeable. This means that they won’t have water pooling on them, will avoid flooding and allow for natural drainage. They won’t overload existing water systems and pipework either.

No other drive surface has this benefit. Unless your current drive is sloping to allow surface water to run off, water will pool on the surface.


Designed to be easy on the eye and comfortable to drive on, resin driveways offer a seamless finish that only one other type can come close to. Unlike block paving or concrete, resin looks uniform when finished.

Only tarmac is similar, but the lack of colour options means you’ll always be stuck with a single colour. If a dark surface will detract from your property, the colour choices of resin may be more for you.

Slip Resistant

With additional safety, a resin driveway prevents falls and gives you more grip underfoot in all seasons and weathers. Both children and the elderly will be more at ease on an anti-slip surface. The permeability of resin drives removes standing water, while the composition of it doesn’t remove any grip.

With all other surface types, water can pool, bringing mud and scum. Slipping hazards can be found with tarmac, concrete and block paving, especially in wet and cold weather.


If you’re looking for an extra touch of personalisation, resin driveways can incorporate different colours, patterns and designs. With many edging materials on offer as well, you can mix and match anything you can think of to work out what’s best for your property.

Concrete and tarmac are the least customisable, as they will only be one colour. Block paving is usually only laid as a herringbone pattern, but at least the bricks can be differing colours, shapes and sizes.

Low Maintenance

Resin drives are regarded as the surface that requires the least amount of maintenance. You may only need to pressure wash it every now and again to remove potential algae growth.

On the other hand, tarmac will need repairs from potholes, cleaning from various vehicle fluids and constant checks that drainage channels are clear. Block paving will become dull over time and weeds can grow between the gaps.

If you have a concrete drive, this will need resealing every two years or so. Stains can damage the surface too, and any cracks or gaps can feature weed growth.

Should I Get a Resin Driveway?

If all of these benefits have sold you, there may not be anything holding you back. Perhaps the only drawback is the resin driveway cost, which also comes out on top of any other driveway type.

However, the finished product is a drive that is designed with both aesthetics and practicality in mind. There’s the potential for no two single surfaces to be the same either, so you can offer unique value to your property too.

Interested in a resin drive? Use the button below to get a quote from a local supplier to find out how much you’d pay.