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Have you just invested in a new asphalt parking lot or driveway and want to ensure your investment lasts?
Our asphalt protection plan will help increase the longevity of the asphalt pavement.
Learn the how, why, and when of asphalt pavement care.
Follow these 8 steps, save yourself time and money & get many years of wear.
Your asphalt pavement protection plan:
How, Why, and When of asphalt pavement care.
You’ve invested in a new asphalt parking lot or driveway for your business or home. Now, you want it to last. By following this protection plan, you will prolong the life of the asphalt pavement.
1. Wait at least 3 full days before allowing traffic on the new asphalt.
• Since asphalt needs time to harden and cure, usually 6-12 months, your parking lot or driveway will remain soft and pliable until then.
• You may walk on the new pavement immediately, but keep automobile traffic off of it for at least 3 full days and longer in hotter temperatures.
• Even after the asphalt has cured, do not expect it to be as hard as
2. Water down your driveway or parking lot on hot days to cool and
temporarily harden the asphalt.
• Asphalt softens and hardens as temperatures rise and fall. Watering it down 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 a
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
3. Don’t park in the same spot during the first 6-12 months while
your driveway or parking lot is curing.
• Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not
moving. Take your time pulling in and out of the driveway or parking lot, as
not to scar the asphalt pavement.
4. Excessive weight from large heavy vehicles can depress your new
• Keep heavy trucks and machinery off your new pavement. When storing
campers for long periods of time, place a piece of plywood under the
tongue jack and also under the tires.
• Avoid using jack stands or car ramps unless a piece of plywood is placed
under them to help distribute the weight.
5. Avoid driving on the edges of the pavement, if they lack support.
• We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil, or for a
parking lot, a curb can be added. This will support the edges and enhance
6. Your asphalt may look smoother in some areas than in others.
• Asphalt has various sizes of stone, sand, and aggregates, which cause a
varied texture of the surface.
• Also, areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear
different in texture from those spread by machine.
7. Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, and other 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
8. Seal coat your asphalt parking lot or driveway 6-12 months after
it has been paved.
• This will help preserve your new asphalt pavement. Sealing too soon,
however, may cause damage to the pavement.
• Because asphalt is porous, water can seep into and through the paving.
This not only causes deterioration, but also results in ridges and upheaval
due to frost and freezing.
• Asphalt is also softened and broken up by gasoline, lube oil, grease, road
salts, and anti-freeze, which drip from cars.
• Sealer protects asphalt with a coating that is impervious to these harmful elements. Unprotected driveways remain porous, dry out, become rough,
and lose their life rapidly.
Following this care plan will help protect and prolong the life of your new asphalt pavement. Regional Paving & Concrete 1976 stands behind its work, guaranteeing labour and materials for one year. For more information
about protecting your new asphalt pavement, contact Regional Paving & Concrete 1976.
From driveways to highways, Regional Paving has built custom asphalt solutions throughout Niagara Region since 1976. Regional Paving & Concrete looks forward to putting its record of high quality and unparalleled customer satisfaction to work for you.