It is important to understand that asphalt requires a significant period of time to fully cure (harden).  During that time, there are a few things that the homeowner can do to preserve the appearance of the new driveway surface.

1.      Try to keep all traffic off of your driveway for at least 2 or 3 days.

2.      Be careful not to drive near or off the edges of your driveway.  To prevent possible damage, all edges should be built up and supported with soil and sod.  Most landscapers can furnish this service.

3.      Don’t place sharp or pointed objects on your driveway within the first year and perhaps longer (especially on a hot summer day.)  Examples are bicycle kickstands, ladders, chairs, high heels etc.  Use these items cautiously even after the asphalt has fully cured.

4.      Once you begin to drive on the surface, avoid turning your steering wheel while the vehicle is not in motion.  Greater care should be taken in hot weather since the asphalt will be softer and more susceptible to marking.

5.      If possible, avoid parking in the same spot every time until the driveway has fully cured.  Keep heavy trucks 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 jack and tires to distribute the weight.

6.      Petroleum products will harm the asphalt surface.  Be extremely careful when filling your lawn mower with gas as well as protecting under your older car which may drip oil.

Follow these 6 tips to ensure the maximum lifespan of your new asphalt driveway. If you have any questions, please contact Pittsburgh Asphalt Company. We’ll be happy to help.