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Caring for your new driveway

submitted by Harris Paving Industries, HarrisPavingIndustries.com

After having the professionals install your new driveway, follow these asphalt care tips in order to maintain for your investment.

Liquid asphalt needs time to harden and cure, and the full curing process takes six to 12 months. Your driveway will remain somewhat soft and flexible until then.

After your driveway is installed, you will need to keep vehicle traffic off it for one hour to three days depending on the application.

Your newly finished driveway will soften and harden with rising and falling temperatures, so another important part of new driveway care is avoiding placing too much pressure on the same spot of asphalt.

Park in different places on your driveway to distribute the load on a day-to-day basis. If you need to use jack stands or car ramps or if you need to park a boat or camper on the driveway, put some plywood underneath to distribute the weight.

Heavy vehicles such as concrete trucks should be kept off the driveway. Avoid using lawn chairs and bicycle kickstands on the new asphalt as they can create holes.

Gasoline, oil, and anti-freeze dilute the asphalt and may cause cracks and pits. To help support the edges of your driveway, build up the sides with extra topsoil.

Leave a one-inch gap for sod growth and water drainage between the soil and asphalt.

The texture of asphalt may differ from one driveway to the next and one spot to another due to all the different ingredients in the material.

It is recommended to seal coat after paving. Seal coating the driveway protects the surface from water damage, stains and cracks.