New Driveways | Niles Asphalt
NEW DRIVEWAY CARE
Congratulations on your new asphalt driveway. We would like to thank you for entrusting us with your paving project. The following information contains care and maintenance that will help you keep your driveway looking its best for many years to come. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at anytime.
Asphalt contains liquid that needs time to harden and cure. It will be fully cured usually within 6-12 months; until then it will remain pliable and soft. We recommend keeping automobiles off for at least 2 full days, and longer in hot weather.
Even when cured, asphalt can sometimes soften in extremely hot weather and harden as temperatures fall. To temporarily harden hot asphalt, you can water it down with a garden hose. If soapsuds should appear, do not be alarmed. This is a reaction between the diesel fuel found in asphalt and the chlorine found in some city water.
To avoid scarring, do not pull out too fast, pull in too quickly, or drive too fast on your asphalt driveway. During the initial curing time, 6-12 months, don’t park in the same spot all the time and don’t use a jack stand or car ramps unless you put a piece of plywood underneath to distribute the weight. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
Large heavy vehicles can depress and cause ruts in your new blacktop. Keep heavy trucks (concrete, oil, landscaping, etc.) off your new driveway. If a camper or other vehicle will be stored for a long period of time, place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and tires.
Do not walk on your new drive with pointy high heels, place lawn chairs, bicycle kickstands, or any other sharp objects on it. They will create holes and depressions. Walking on your new driveway may track oil when you go into your home.Cleaning or taking off your shoes is advisable.
The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support. Do not drive on the edges, since they will crack and crumble in time. Building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil will support the edges after the grass is grown. If you have opted to install curbing (i.e. Belgian block, asphalt or concrete), then building up the edges is not a necessity.
We pride ourselves on being the residential paving experts in Southwest Michigan. Our bread and butter is in new asphalt driveways. Get more information here.
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