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Asphalt maintenance

Complete surface maintenance and after-care

We understand that you are making a serious investment for your home or business when resurfacing. Providing you with the options to maintain the look and feel of your driveways, parking lots, roads, and sidewalks.

Improperly drained water can also be a harmful factor; once it penetrates a surface, it will cause cracking. The longer cracks and holes go without repair the more costly the repairs will be.

 

Other issues include oil spots, a signal of future failure and existing water-filled cracks.

Harming your features

Problems with new additions

 

Your asphalt may look great when it's initially poured, but like anything else, it will begin to show signs of wear and tear over time.

 

Sunlight oxidizes the asphalt causing the oils to be extracted, reducing the effectiveness of the binder and allowing breakaways.

A well-planned maintenance program will minimize your lifetime asphalt costs. We recommend the following treatments

 

Sealcoating:  Protecting the surface from the weather and its visible impact; application is recommended every 2–3 years

 

Crack repair: Your economical approach to repairs, as it may increase the lifetime of your asphalt drastically

Solutions to improve your driving, parking, and walking surfaces

Factors that will affect your surfaces

• Oil

• Sun

• Rain and snow

• Tire friction

• Gasoline

After-care

Sealcoating: For flawlessly finished driveways, we recommend letting coats dry for at least 24 hours after completion; extra time may be required in shaded areas.

 

Paving: Preserve your pavement and allow it to cure by not driving on it for at least 2 to 3 days after paving. We suggest a sealcoating within the first year.

Since the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure, it usually requires 6 to 12 months. Your driveway will remain soft and pliable until then, it is important to keep automobile traffic off it for at least 3 full days and longer in hotter temperatures. You may walk on your new driveway immediately, but do not expect it to be as hard as concrete.

 

Your New Blacktop will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall. Watering down your driveway with a hose on hot days will cool and temporarily harden the blacktop; this is helpful, but not mandatory. If soapsuds should appear do not be alarmed, this is a reaction between the diesel fuel found in blacktop and the high chlorine content found in some city water.

 

Although every effort is made to avoid puddles in your driveway, some small ones are inevitable depending on the natural slope and drainage of your ground.

Asphalt driveway maintenance

Do's and don’ts

During the first 6 to 12 months while your driveway is curing don't park in the same spot every time.

 

Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.

 

Automobiles peeling-out too fast, pulling in too quickly can scar blacktop; leaving tire marks.

 

Avoid using jack stands or car ramps unless a piece of plywood is placed under them to help distribute the weight.

 

Excessive weight from large heavy vehicles can depress your new blacktop.

 

Keep oil trucks, concrete trucks, and any other heavy trucks off your new driveway.

 

When storing campers for long periods of time, place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and also under the tires.

 

Lawn chairs, bicycle and motorcycle kickstands exert weight on concentrated areas and will create holes and depressions in your new driveway. Additionally, watch-out for those pointy high heels during the warm months when your driveway is new.

 

Avoid driving on the edges since they will crack and crumble over time. The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support. We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil.

 

Blacktop has various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt, and other ingredients that cause a varied texture of the surface, causing it to look smoother in some areas. Areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear different in texture from those spread by a machine.

 

Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission fluid spills and leaks. These will dilute the liquid asphalt in your blacktop. Any hole left by these spills should be filled with cold patch.

 

Any hairline cracks that may have developed over the winter due to the contraction and expansion of the ground should be filled with crack filler.

 

To preserve the life of your new driveway, it is advisable to seal coat it after it has been paved. The best time to seal is 3 to 12 months after it has been paved and every 2 to 3 years thereafter.

Maintance