There is nothing quite like having new asphalt put on your driveway. Once the job is complete you will want to make sure that you do not drive or park on the surface for at least three days. If the temperatures are really hot when you have your driveway done, make sure that you do not park or drive on it for at least five days as it takes longer to cure in the heat. You can walk on the driveway as soon as the job is done. After the initial installation, it is important to maintain your driveway. Here are three ways to maintain your new asphalt driveway.
Hot Temperature Care
When temperatures are hot, it is a good idea to hose your driveway down. Asphalt takes about six months to a year to fully harden. As temperatures go up and down, the asphalt will soften. Watering your drive on hotter days will help to harden your new asphalt driveway temporarily.
If you stop or start too quickly, you might notice spot damage. This also can occur if you turn the steering wheel on your vehicle when it is parked. To avoid getting gouges or holes in your driveway, avoid using kickstands and lawnchairs on it as these things exert weight in a concentrated area. Heavy trucks should not be parked on your drive as they will depress it. If storing a camper, boat, or other heavy items, use plywood underneath the wheels to help distribute the weight more evenly.
It is important that you do not drive on the edges of the asphalt driveway. Doing this will cause the drive to crumble and crack as there is no side support. Building up the edges using topsoil can help with this. However, you should not do this until the drive is fully cured.