The following is a list of questions that are often asked by our clients regarding the care of a new driveway. Please give us a call or e-mail us if we can assist you with any additional issues.
Why asphalt instead of another material?
Asphalt is a cost-effective, durable material that is easy to maintain. It also holds up well to winter salting and snow removal. Damaged asphalt can be repaired with sealer.
What are some of the ways to prevent damage to my driveway?
- Repair cracks at once to seal out water.
- Have your driveway sealcoated every 2 or 3 years.
- Large trucks with heavy loads may damage your driveway.
- Oil, gasoline fuel, and antifreeze leaks will deteriorate your driveway.
How long do we stay off the driveway after paving it?
Try to stay off the driveway for at least 5 to 7 days to allow the asphalt to set. In order for the driveway to fully cure (harden), it can take up to 1 year.
What type of care do we have to take when driving on it is allowed?
It is important to remember that until your driveway is cured, the surface may become pliable on warm summer days. Because of this, it is important to keep the vehicle in motion while turning the wheel. This will prevent scuffmarks on the surface. If a scuffmark occurs, there is no need for alarm, as it will wear away soon enough.
When should I sealcoat my driveway?
It is recommended to sealcoat your driveway at least 3 months after it has been paved and at least every 2 or 3 years thereafter.