Asphalt Do's and Don'ts

Asphalt takes two years to fully cure but can be driven on in a week to two weeks depending on temperature.

You must backfill the edges with topsoil and regrow the grass to prevent the edges from breaking off and water from undermining and causing damage.

Don't drive over the age of the driveway as this causes cracking. Asphalt has no structural strength of its own. It's only a wearing surface. The strength lies in the stone base. Therefore, if a great deal of weight is placed on the unsupported edge it will crack

No heavy vehicles over 6000 pounds should ever go on the driveway as this will cause damage.Be careful of sharp or pointy objects where the weight sits in one spot. Examples: bicycle kickstands, high-heeled shoes, trailer hitches, motorcycle kickstands and lawn furniture. If left on the drivewayon a hot day or for any extended period of time they will cause a dent.

No spills, especially gasoline or oil. If gasoline or oil spills it will dig a hole in the driveway.

No turning the steering wheel while in a stationary position. This will cause scuff marks in the surface of the asphalt and possibly pebbling. Power steering marks do not cause any real damage other than to the appearance. There is no way to fix these marks however sealing does help in hiding these marks.

Using a snow plow on the driveway will cause scratching and gouging.

Don't feel that the driveway should be completely puddle or water free. In areas complete by hand or where drainage tolerances are not met, this may sometimes occur. Also subtle shifting of the sub-base may cause some puddling. Any spot holding little puddles is impossible to eliminate. Many of these water puddles work themselves out with normal use. The new driveway has oils which tend to hold the water. However, as these oils gradually disssipate, the water may disappear. With driveways and garages that are constructed lower than the road or surrounding elevations, it is always difficult to achieve 100% drainage.