Asphalt: The Ideal Driveway Surface for Families with Children

When you're having a new driveway installed, or an existing one replaced, the first thing you'll need to decide is what material it will be surfaced with. For most people, this decision doesn't carry much meaning, and they'll pick an option based on instinct or whatever the installation company recommends.

If you don't know much about the differences between driveway surfaces, it's hard to choose which one is best for your needs. To make the decision easier, there's a simple choice for people with children: asphalt. Take a look at these reasons asphalt is best for you and your family.

Hard-wearing and long-lasting

Asphalt is a very durable material, which is one of the reasons it's used so often for roads. Where concrete can crack and flake quite easily, creating a hazardous surface, asphalt stays strong and smooth for much longer.

Families with children need durable driveways for two reasons. Firstly, you're more likely to have either multiple vehicles or one particularly large, heavy vehicle, putting extra stress on your drive. Secondly, there's a good chance you'll be driving to and fro more often, so your driveway needs to stand up to the additional wear and tear.

Fast installation

Once installation begins, your driveway should be ready for use in as little as two days. This means there won't be any extended periods of construction work going on that can be hazardous for your children.

It also means you can spend less time worrying about where to leave your vehicles in the meantime, and how this impact on your family's transportation needs.

Low maintenance

When you've got children, they take up a lot of your time. Between earning a living and caring for the children, you don't have much free time left, so anything that can minimise your use of that time is always appreciated.

For the most part, asphalt driveways just need a quick sweep and a light cleaning every now and again. They're less prone to developing holes and cracks than concrete and paving, and you can pretty much ignore them for years after they're installed, with few problems.

A safer surface

Since it doesn't crack and chip as easily as other materials, asphalt is safer right away and remains so even in extreme temperatures.

It's also porous, so you won't end up with puddles of water on the surface. This reduces the chance of accidents from slipping and is especially useful if the weather turns icy.