Helpful Information from Tar-Max Paving - How to Take Care of a New Asphalt Driveway
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1: Park your cars in the street or at another location for at least 3 days after your new asphalt driveway has been installed. In the middle of summer, 1 week or more is the recommended period of time before driving on it. The paving material needs time to set without any additional weight on it. Driveways that are completed in the summer may require extra time to harden.
2: Avoid using sharp, pointy objects on your asphalt driveway. This includes kickstands from bikes and high heeled shoes. Objects of this shape can poke holes in the asphalt, especially if it is new.
3: Distribute the weight of your cars or other vehicles evenly during the first year. Remember asphalt takes at least a year to fully harden. Rotate parking spaces to prevent the asphalt from becoming uneven. If you plan to park heavy-duty trucks or RV's in your driveway, place a barrier such as plywood down first before parking.
4: Remove tree droppings (branches, nuts, etc.) that can get pressed into the asphalt. Use a leaf blower to clean off dirt or debris. Do not pressure wash.
5: Support must be provided for the edge of the asphalt. This can be done with topsoil or sod. If this isn't done, water will get underneath and the edges will break and eventually crack.
6. Although great care is given to remove or herbicide any grass roots below the base of your driveway, occasionally a blade of grass may come through your driveway - DO NOT pull it out - rather, spray with an herbicide that goes to the root & it will not return. Pulling grass out opens up the asphalt and could allow water to seep underneath.
NOTE: from The Asphalt Institute of America:
Even after asphalt is rolled, the sun can reheat it, making it more susceptible to tire marks. These tire scuff marks can scare customers into thinking that there is something wrong with their new driveway or parking lot, etc. Under normal use, the marks will eventually leave the surface and you will never notice them again.