Paving My Driveway Again

Smart Tips For Protecting A New Asphalt Driveway

by Minnie Larson

When the weather is fair and the coast is clear, professional paving contractors can lay a new asphalt driveway swiftly. Although the asphalt paving process itself probably takes less than three to four hours, homeowners hope that their new driveways last as long as possible. Sealcoating can keep your asphalt driveway free of potholes, craters, cracks, and other forms of deterioration. Simply filling in all visible cracks and repairing potholes soon after they develop can also extend the life of a recently laid asphalt driveway. Draw on these beneficial tips to make your asphalt driveway last longer with fewer cracks and crevices.

Make Timely Repairs to Your Asphalt Driveway

Repairing and filling those pesky cracks that can appear in an asphalt driveway can be inconvenient to say the least. This may be one of the reasons why some homeowners wait until a number of cracks develop before finally making repairs and applying a new layer of sealcoating. In actuality, you want to make repairs to your asphalt driveway well before numerous flaws appear.

Give Your Driveway Ample Time to Cure

Asphalt can look and even feel like it has dried in a couple of hours, but it can take a really long period of time for it to fully cure. Be prepared to keep your vehicles parked on the street, far away from your asphalt driveway for several days after installation. Moreover, it generally takes months for asphalt driveways to settle into place, so switch up your parking spot regularly. Treating your new asphalt driveway with care over the first few months of its existence will ensure that it holds up better for much, much longer.

Immediately Apply Sealcoating

Sealcoating can be performed on asphalt that has been in place for years or hours. As long as the sealcoating is applied to a fully hardened surface, it will do the job quite nicely. To protect your asphalt from day one, you should have your paving contractor apply the sealcoating as soon as possible.

Park With Caution On Hot Days

Though durable, asphalt is not totally impervious to the elements — especially summertime weather. If it gets hot enough, you could have minor issues with asphalt buckling and indentations from the weight of your vehicle. Use your garden hose to periodically rinse off your asphalt driveway to prevent any permanent imperfections from appearing. In particularly hot weather, it can be best to wait until the sun goes down before making use of your asphalt driveway.