Asphalt Maintenance

a. You must stay off of your newly paved areas for 3 -5 days. Asphalt needs to time to properly cure and harden before traffic can drive on it. In times of hot spells, like mid-summer, you may have to stay off longer.

b. Gas, diesel fuel, motor oil, and household chemicals must not spill on asphalt. Petroleum based products will soften and eat away at the asphalt causing it to break apart eventually leaving potholes.

c. Motorcycle kick stands and car jacks/stands should not rest on paved surfaces. A small piece of wood should be placed to avoid sinking into and damaging the paved surface. This is especially true on hot summer days.

d. Try to avoid dumpsters being placed on paved surfaces. If you need to do so, plywood should be placed first to avoid blemishing and sunken areas on your paved surface.

e. Avoid turning the wheels of your car or truck when the vehicle is standing still, otherwise you may leave a blemish on your paved surface. Again this is especially true on hot days.

f. Seal coating/crack fill – Paved areas should be seal coated. Seal coat
will help protect your paved surface from the sun’s rays, water seepage, and other harmful contaminates.

Seal coating will also bring back the nice dark black color making your paved area look brand new again. Seal coat pretty much does for asphalt what paint does for wood. Would you have nice wood siding on your home and not protect it with paint or stains? After many years, cracks will appear and cracks should be filled with hot pour crack fill. This will fill cracks preventing water seepage into the asphalt and gravel, which will prevent premature breakdown of your driveway. Crack fill would be done just before the seal coat applications. You should wait till the following year before you seal coat a newly paved area, and then do it every 2-3 years.