Six Things to Know After Your Driveway is Paved

Congratulations!  Just had your driveway paved and wondering how to protect your investment?  Here is some advice we offer to our customers.

Did you know that brand new asphalt will take nearly a year to cure completely?  We recommend you follow these six simple rules for properly caring for your asphalt pavement during this crucial time.

1. Wait three days before parking on your new asphalt driveway.

2. Is your car leaking?  Fluids from your car may be harmful to your new asphalt. Antifreeze, gasoline, oil and other automotive chemicals can drip and deteriorate the pavement.  This deterioration may create holes in your pavement and cause it to crumble.  If your car is leaking - park elsewhere until you can repair the leak.

3. Shore up the sides of your pavement with topsoil or a curb. You should avoid driving on the sides of your driveway if your pavement is not properly supported on the edges.

4. Seal your asphalt. Sealcoating is one of the most important measures you can take to protect your driveway. We recommend sealcoating your asphalt pavement 12-24 months after installation. Sealcoating protects your investment from water damage.  Be aware that sealcoating too soon can trap the oils in your asphalt making it more susceptible to damage.  It is best to use a professional to ensure that your pavement is properly sealed, and you avoid any costly mistakes.

5. Water your asphalt on hot days.  Watering your asphalt will help cool and harden your pavement.

6. Keep heavy pointed objects away. There are many motorcycle enthusiasts in our area.  Are you one of them?  If so, please be aware that your motorcycle kickstand can potentially leave an impression in your new pavement.  Perhaps you enjoy doing your car repairs?  Be wary of using car ramps and other tools as well as these may also cause damage to your driveway.

Call us for a FREE estimate and let us show you why your project will be in "Goode" hands with Goode Paving, Inc.