Care and Maintenance
Congratulations on your new asphalt driveway!
We are pleased that you have chosen DJS Paving as your paving contractor
and confident this information will answer all of your questions for a longer
lasting driveway. Since the liquid asphalt and blacktop needs time to harden
and cure, usually 6-12 months, your driveway will remain soft and pliable
until then. You may walk on your new driveway immediately, but keep
automobile traffic off it for at least 3 full days and longer in hotter
temperatures. Even after the blacktop has cured, do not expect
it to be as hard as concrete.
Your new blacktop will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall.
Watering down your driveway with a hose on hot days will cool and temporarily harden the blacktop.
This is helpful but not mandatory. If soap suds 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 your ground.
During the first 6-12 months while your driveway is curing, avoid doing these:
- Blacktop is scarred by automobiles starting out too fast, pulling in too quickly and just plain driving too fast.
- Don’t park in the same spot every time. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
- Don’t use jack stands or car ramps unless a piece of plywood is placed under them to help distribute the weight.
Excessive weight from large heavy vehicles can depress your new blacktop.
Keep oil trucks, concrete trucks, and any other heavy trucks off your new
driveway. When storing campers for long periods of time, place a piece of
plywood under the tongue jack. Also put them under the tires. Bicycle and
Motorcycle kickstands exert weight on concentrated areas and will create
holes and depressions in your new driveway. Especially watch out for those
pointy high heels during the warm months when your driveway is new.
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 in time. We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance after grass is grown. Your driveway may look smoother in some areas than others because of the makeup of blacktop. Blacktop has various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt, and other ingredients which cause a varied texture of the surface. Also, blacktop areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear different in texture from those spread by machine.
Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission 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 concentration and expansion of the ground
should be filled with crack filler. These products can be purchased from your local building supply store.
Steps to preserve your new driveway.
Unprotected driveways remain porous, dry out, become rough and lose their life rapidly.
It is advisable to seal coat it after it has been paved. Sealing too soon,
however, may cause damage to your new driveway. The best time to seal
is 3-12 months after is has been paved, and every 2-3 years thereafter.
Because blacktop is naturally porous, water can seep into and through
the paving. This not only causes deterioration, but results in ridges and
upheaval due to frost and freezing. Blacktop is also softened and broken
up by gasoline, lube grease, road salts and anti-freeze which drips from
cars. Sealer protects blacktop with a coating that is impervious to these harmful elements.