If you, a member of your family, or friend have impaired mobility, you will already know that traditional driveways are not always wheelchair friendly driveways.
A driveway made from gravel or other loose aggregates can be hard to move over or cause wheels to bog down and get stuck. Surfaces made from stone or pavers can become uneven, making for an unpleasant journey towards the front door. Worse still, you or your affected family member may become isolated inside the home, rarely venturing out because of the challenge in getting to a vehicle or the public street.
The Importance Of Making Your Home Accessible For Everyone
Making your home accessible for everyone is vital if they are to feel welcome and stay safe. An unstable or loose driveway surface can make your home out of bounds or create a trip hazard for anyone who may be unsteady on their feet.
So, which materials and surfaces make the most accessible driveways?
A resin driveway hits the highest notes when considering wheelchair friendly driveways. The resin is mixed with your choice of fine aggregate or gravel and is poured to produce a smooth and beautiful surface. The size of the aggregate offers different levels of grip and resistance, and our installers can recommend the best choice for you.
The surface of the resin is extremely hard-wearing, so it will not deteriorate or crumble under the wheels of wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or other vehicles. There is almost no upkeep or maintenance, with an occasional blast with a power washer keeping the aesthetics in top condition.
Something many homeowners forget to consider when looking at wheelchair friendly driveways is permeability. A resin driveway is permeable and allows rain to soak through, preventing puddles and standing water. Not only will you and your wheelchair stay cleaner and drier, but you don’t need planning permission as you do with non-permeable driveways over five metres squared.
Tarmac is another top choice for creating wheelchair friendly driveways. The surface is smooth, but you should ensure you choose a reputable installer who will create a stable foundation and base for the tarmac. Failure to create a strong base can lead to depressions and puddling, eventually leading to cracks and crumbling if not repaired quickly. Root incursion is another issue associated with poor planning and foundation work, and this can cause rises that are a challenge for some wheelchair users to get over.
Tarmac offers relatively little room for creativity, with black tarmac often the only choice. However, your driveway installer can add edging stones to add character to the design.
Creteprint driveways are another wheelchair friendly driveway material. Creteprint is concrete that is coloured to look like stone or brick and imprinted with a pattern to finish the look. Some wheelchair users find larger patterns, such as those that look like large stone slabs, give fewer vibrations than a design with many indents, such as brick or cobblestones.
As you can see, there are various affordable solutions for wheelchair users. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Staffordshire Driveways for further advice or a price on wheelchair friendly driveways.