So, you’ve either just had your pavement installed or your project is coming up fairly shortly. The biggest question we get, after installing an asphalt pavement, is “now what?” There is drying time and basic maintenance that needs to be done to maintain the new pavement. With proper measures taken, the longevity of your pavement can last for years. Here are some do’s and don’ts for your new pavement.
“Newly laid asphalt needs at least 24 hours to dry.”
● Let the asphalt sit. Newly laid asphalt needs at least 24 hours to dry. If possible, it’s recommended to wait for 48 to 72 hours to ensure that everything is 100% dry. It also depends on the weight of your vehicle and how soon the driveway needs to be used.
● Apply a seal coat. This will help keep the asphalt looking fresh, and it keeps moisture out. A new seal coat should be applied every 2 to 5 years depending on how much use the road or driveway is getting.
● Drive slowly on the pavement. On fresh asphalt, the slower you drive, the less chance there is for scarring or scuff marks.
● Clean up any messes quickly. If oil has spilled on your asphalt, don’t just let it sit. Oil will weaken the asphalt compound. This could lead to cracking or much worse. You should also clean up water, quickly, as well. Water can get into the pores of the asphalt causing it to expand, which can lead to potholes.
● Don’t park in the same spot every day. Your vehicle is heavy, and overtime you will notice a dent, or impression, especially if you park in the same spot daily. This also includes any RV’s and trailers on the pavement. Periodically moving heavy things will help keep your pavement level, avoid cracking, and water pooling.
● Avoid driving on the edges of the asphalt. The edge is the weakest part of the asphalt. It can easily crack or break off if too much weight is placed on the edges too often.
● Don’t let weeds get out of control. The roots of weeds are very strong and will cause a lot of damage to asphalt. Weeds can cause cracks, bumps, and more, leaving your driveway uneven and unsightly! The best option is to spray any weeds close to the asphalt with weed killer before they get out of hand.
● Don’t ignore the small stuff. Small cracks should be filled or patched as soon as possible. If left alone, much larger problems can ensue.
“It can easily crack or break off if too much weight is placed on the edges too often.”
“Small cracks should be filled or patched as soon as possible.”