Asphalt is considered to be beneficial for driveways and parking lots due to its durable nature as well as its smooth and shiny finish. Advanced Paving and Masonry, Malvern delivers superior asphalt paving using high-quality materials and equipment for an efficient and durable finish.
In this blog post, we will discuss a few dos and don’ts that we should be aware of when installing an asphalt pavement on our property.
Dos of Asphalt Paving
Do extra care in the beginning
Asphalt takes six to twelve months to cure fully due to which it is more prone to damage during that time. It’s important to be careful in driving and parking during this time to avoid having to re-install the surface. However, it takes 48 – 72 hours to dry well enough to be able to bear vehicle traffic, yet it’s best to take extra care by monitoring the amount of weight being put on it.
Do Regular Cleaning
Keeping your asphalt clean is important to save it from dirt and debris. The surface also requires protection from rainwater and snow as cold weather can make the asphalt harden and crack under pressure. Also, be careful that there aren’t any left-over oil spills as oil stains can deteriorate the binding agent in new asphalt and can lead to damage. Keeping a regular check on cleaning will prolong the life of the pavement and will help you get the most out of your investment.
It is best to sealcoat your asphalt pavement every 2 – 3 years to keep out moisture and prevent fading. Sealcoating protects the asphalt against damages and extends its lifespan. However, first time sealcoating should only be performed once the asphalt has fully cured after a year. The next rounds of sealcoating also depend on the condition of the pavement.
Don’ts of Asphalt Paving
Don’t drive on the edge
The edges of your driveway or parking lot are the most vulnerable after asphalt paving is completed. It’s not recommended to drive on the edges and put pressure on them as they can crack very easily. It is advised to drive along the center of the asphalt pavement to avoid this happening.
Don’t let weeds take over
Weeds can erupt from beneath the surface of the asphalt and cause bumps and cracks eventually growing into larger holes. It is important to keep an eye on these pests and remove them immediately. Existing weeds should be pulled up by the roots to save your asphalt pavement from damage.
Don’t park in the same spot every time
If you keep parking your vehicle in the same place, it can form low spots and depressions in your asphalt and can lead to holes and cracks in the long run. Try and utilize all parts of the driveway equally in order to prevent depressions in some locations.