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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 6 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.

Spot Damage

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 lawn chairs 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.

Avoid Edges

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.

Preparing for snowy weather

Snow can have major long-term effects on the way your asphalt driveway is maintained and its expected lifespan before a repave would become necessary. To prepare, it’s a good idea to get acclimated with some of the exterior homecare recommended for keeping your driveway and garage in good shape for the new year. Through winter, keeping the driveway itself clear of snow as consistently as possible is a great practice for homeowner safety as well as keeping your asphalt maintained. Drainage issues are escalated at this time of year, and cracks can easily be expanded in generally cold weather, so identifying these early will avoid more expensive fixes like potholes.

Sealing potholes

Potholes can be sealed in a do-it-yourself (DIY) manner, but are recommended to be cured by a professional. Winter is a difficult time to get this sort of job done, especially considering the ideal dry and mild temperature conditions that a sealing requires to avoid overhanging issues. Pressure washing prior to sealing is also recommended which is again difficult to do in winter. Potholes are most commonly found in the innermost portion of the driveway from its volume of usage, while the edges are more prone to crumbling from lack of support. It’s recommended the driveway isn’t used in any facet for at least 12 hours following sealing, and another 12-24 before vehicles can be parked on it.

Sealing cracks

Cracks as stated before can be very easily expanded through the winter season due to the harsh cold conditions leaving it more brittle than in the summer or spring. As a new homeowner, it may not seem to be that pressing of an issue, but expanding cracks are still something to be aware of when evaluating the condition of your garage and entryway.