Liquid asphalt needs time to harden and cure. It can normally take 6-12 months before the asphalt is completely hardened and will remain somewhat soft and pliable. Keep automobiles off your new driveway for at least 3 full days and longer if temperatures are hot. You can walk on your new driveway immediately without worry.
When driving on your new driveway take caution, new driveways can be scarred by cars starting out too fast, pulling in too quickly, and other forms of driving too fast. Also try to not park in the same spot each day, this can cause depression in the asphalt.
Avoid excessive weight from your driveway. Large vehicles such as RVs can create depressions in the asphalt. Also avoid using jack stand directly on the asphalt. If you need to use a jack place a piece of plywood under the stand. Pointed objects such as heels, lawn chairs, and bicycle kick stands can also cause damage to a new driveway.
The weakest area of a driveway are the edges. Avoid driving along the edges to avoid cracking.
Avoid spilling chemicals such as oil, antifreeze, gasoline, and other toxic fluids on the new asphalt. These chemicals will dilute the liquid asphalt and cause damage now and in the future. Using a sealer on your new driveway is recommended. Call Rox Asphalt to find out the best time to seal your driveway and to get a free estimate.
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