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When Can I Park On My New Driveway?

When Can I Park On My New Driveway

On average, cars are parked for 95% of the time. This puts a great value on having a safe, secure, and practical driveway at home. 

However, if you’re looking to have a new driveway installed, or want to upgrade your existing driveway, then it raises the question: when can I park on my new driveway?

You may think that all driveways have a relatively similar curing time, but you might be slightly surprised by just how long it takes certain materials to cure and be suitable for all types of use.

We’re going to be looking at the startling difference in answers between the common driveway types, to see which driveway offers the best timeframe for use. 

Determining the Time Frame: How Does It Differ Between Materials?

There are a large variety of driveway materials, but three of the most common that you’ll see in the UK are ashpalt, concrete, and resin – a very varied mix!

These materials not only have different appearances, but you’ll find that they have very different properties, advantages, and, of course, timeframes for use. 

When Can I Park On My New Driveway

For two days after a concrete driveway has been installed, it’s essential to make sure that nothing goes near the surface – that includes vehicles, people, and wild animals. In the first day, in particular, even leaves can ruin the finish of the drive

Asphalt – 100 Days of Caution

It’s advised that a new asphalt driveway should not be used, at all, for up to five days after the driveway has been installed.

This period extends to 14 days for any kind of vehicle parking, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and avoid your driveway altogether for the first two weeks. 

Then the 100-day period of curing kicks in when you need to be very careful about how you use the driveway; starting with avoiding parking on hot areas, as asphalt doesn’t stand up well to the heat. 

Nothing sharp should be used on the driveway and all heavy vehicles should be avoided completely to prevent serious damage to the surface. 

Concrete – 30 Days of Care

For two days after a concrete driveway has been installed, it’s essential to make sure that nothing goes near the surface – that includes vehicles, people, and wild animals. In the first day, in particular, even leaves can ruin the finish of the drive.

At the end of the first week you can park light vehicles on the driveway, but a 30-day period is generally required for parking anything but small passenger vehicles. After 30 days, all heavy vehicles should still be completely avoided. 

Resin – 48 Hours Just to Be Careful

A resin bound driveway is normally laid in around 48 hours, depending on the installers that you choose and the weather conditions at the time. Once the installation is complete, foot traffic is allowed after just 6-8 hours. 

Then, vehicles are allowed to use the driveway and park in just 16-24 hours – an impressive timeframe for a new driveway. After 48 hours, you’ll find that the surface is perfect for use by some heavier vehicles.

When Can I Park On My New Driveway

A resin bound surface is designed to withstand high levels of use with a very durable surface and excellent drainage to comply with sustainable drainage requirements

What Makes Resin Bound Surfacing So Different?

Compared to concrete and ashpalt, resin bound surfacing is a very different product, and in more ways than just the timeframe of use after installation. The differences stem from the unique composition of the product, which consists of a stone/resin combination.

A resin bound surface is designed to withstand high levels of use with a very durable surface, as well as excellent drainage to comply with sustainable drainage requirements.

There will be no issues with surface puddles, no concerns with cracks, and it’s very unlikely that your new resin drive will start to melt, like an ashpalt driveway. 

The driveway type is also highly customisable, with a large range of stone choices, and sizes, to tailor the end finish of your drive to the look of your home. You can achieve a great finish without worry that you’ll have to park your car on the street for weeks after installation!

When Can I Park On My New Driveway

A resin bound driveway is also highly customisable, with a large range of stone choices, and sizes, to tailor the end finish of your drive to the look of your home. You can achieve a great finish without worry that you’ll have to park your car on the street for weeks after installation!

Enjoy Your New Driveway Without Delay!

Don’t want to wait 100 days to start getting your money’s worth from your new driveway? At Home Logic, we offer a rapid installation of high-quality resin driveways with a finish that you can be truly proud of.

If you’re looking for a safe place to park your car that will be an asset rather than an uneven liability, call our driveway experts today on 0800 1700 636, or by clicking the button below, and let us assist you in your exterior upgrade endeavours!