Your new asphalt must be treated with upmost care during the first 6-8 months of initial cure. Asphalt contains light oils that evaporate over time increasing the stiffness of the surface.
Things to avoid:
- Don’t place heavy sharp objects, like jack stands, or lawn chairs, on your new asphalt surface. They can create small holes or depressions in the new surface, especially if the asphalt is hot.
- Don’t drive over the edge of the asphalt and the edge is the weakest point of your new surface. It is important to back fill up to the asphalt edge with dirt or gravel to help provide support.
- Don’t turn your wheels on the new asphalt when your car isn’t moving. This can cause some of the fines in the asphalt to come loose. Todays asphalt mixes contain a fine sand to enhance the driveways smoothness, it can take 3-5 months of summer sunlight to fully harden your asphalt surface.
Things to do:
- Have us seal your asphalt after 1 year of cure time or if you like to do your own sealing we sell our commercial sealer and supplies to our customers.
- Repair any cracks that appear over time promptly. Your asphalt is covered under a 2 year warranty, and no major cracking should be expected for quite a few years after that period, but all asphalt will eventually develop cracks. Sealing them is the best way to extend the life of your surface.
If you have any questions you can contact us at any time by email or phone.