How To Care For Your New Asphalt Driveway
First we would like to thank you for entrusting IC Asphalt with your asphalt driveway. We know you had several companies to choose from and we appreciate your confidence in our service.
The following information includes care and maintenance items to assist you in keeping your driveway in good shape for many years to come. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call on us anytime.
The First 14 Days Are Crucial
The first 14 days of your new driveway are the most critical times, because it is a time when the driveway is most vulnerable.
- Do not drive on your new driveway for 3-5 days
- Wait up to 14 days before parking on your new driveway. And when you do, only park on it during the cool part of the day
Driveway Care 90 – 120 Days
Asphalt has a 90-120 day curing process. Special consideration must be used during this period and during the entire first season with you new driveway.
- Do not park on asphalt during the hot part of the day.
- Do not turn steering wheel when the car is stopped.
- Keep motorcycle, bike stands, boat jacks and other sharp objects off the surface.
- Plywood can be used under tires for campers and boats that are parked their for long periods. This helps dispense the weight of the tires. Although if at all possible, try not to park heavy objects on the driveway for long period of times during this first season.
The Appearance of Your New Asphalt Surface Will Vary
In all driveways, there are certain areas that require hand raking. In these areas, the appearance of your driveway is slightly different. Additionally, in some areas small stones or aggregate used in the mix will appear towards the surface—this is normal. This aggregate provides strength to the driveway, giving it a longer life.
Cracks may appear due to movement in the base and/or subsoil during a freeze or thaw cycle. Movement can also result from water seeping under the driveway. Water seepage can be due to landscape design, to much rain or over-watering. In Alberta , cracking is unavoidable—keeping the cracks filled and your driveway seal coated will help keep your driveway in good condition.
Protecting the Edges
The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support. Avoid driving on the edges since they will crack and crumble over time. We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil to approximately one inch from the top of the driveway, to allow room for sod growth and water drainage. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance after the grass is grown.
Weeds & Grass Growing Through the Cracks in the Driveway
Vegetation, such as weeds and grass are able to push through asphalt. In most cases you can use a spot killer to remedy the situation. Sometimes, large plants or trees located near the edge of the driveway will push through. You will probably want to remove the plant for a long term solution. If a tree root pushes through, assuming you want to keep the tree, the only remedy is to fill the cracks every year.
When to Apply the First Seal Coat
Using a quality seal coat will increase the life and appearance of your driveway. Seal coating your driveway will lock in the existing oils to keep the asphalt flexible, which reduces cracking. It is very important that you use only quality seal coat. We recommend that you seal coat your driveway before the 3rd season of the new driveway and then every 2-3 years after that. We offer Professional seal coating.
For Driveway Paved in the Fall
For those driveway paved in the fall, please note that the curing process for asphalt goes dormant during the winter and starts again in the spring. Be sure to consider this fact when calculating the cure date of your new asphalt driveway.
Again, thanks for choosing IC Asphalt and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.