Surfacing a brand new asphalt driveway is often considered as an investment for many homes, often because it can be an upfront expense that results in a considerable amount of use. Despite this, not everyone appreciates the importance of ensuring the driveway is correctly used, which is why the team at Bestco Surfacing has created this guide on the do’s & don’ts after paving an asphalt driveway.
Like with any paving project, leaving the asphalt time to settle is the very first ‘do’ to guarantee a long-lasting finish. This is because several of the components such as the oil take a while to settle in, and if you rush to use the driveway, it won’t be as long-lasting as intended.
Especially if the asphalt isn’t settled like suggested in the first point, any liquid spills can significantly damage the driveway, as well as disrupt the ability to settle correctly. The most notable liquid that can cause damage is oil, as this is known to breakdown the mixture, however, water and other car liquids can be damaging.
Once you are content that the asphalt driveway is completely settled, it’s always beneficial to apply a seal coat to guarantee the very best protection from moisture and fading. Even after the first seal has been applied, it’s also recommended to re-seal the driveway every few years to ensure a continuous layer is implemented.
Likewise, keeping up the appropriate maintenance is also an important ‘do’ after your driveway has been installed. The contractor will, of course, provide you with some pointers, but a few of the most notable maintenance tips include the two above regarding spills and seals, as well as ensuring the driveway is clean, no weeds are growing and that all removing all snow and ice.
Linking back to the first ‘do’, one of the most effective approaches to ensure the asphalt settles is by not driving on the driveway for at least 24 hours. This is because most cars will cause notable damage to the driveway due to their weight, where the car will begin to seep into the driveway, which will be impacting in the future.
Once you can park on the driveway, it’s important to not park in the same spot over and over again. This is because the weight of the vehicle will cause the wheels especially to cause low spots in the asphalt, which are predominantly noticeable and damaging for the car.
The weakest part for most asphalt driveways is the edge, which is why it’s always recommended that you avoid parking around the side to avoid damaging the driveway, often causing cracks and other noticeable issues.
Weeds and plants are also known to start growing around the edge most notably, but also through the centre of your driveway through cracks and holes, which is why it’s important to not let them grow any further.
Now that you are aware of the dos’ and don’ts after an asphalt paving driveway, why not consider installing a brand new asphalt driveway yourself? The experienced team at Bestco Surfacing has been in operation since 1978, offering a range of services including asphalt, tarmac and resin-bound driveway installations.
By heading over to the Bestco Surfacing website, you can arrange for one of our experts to visit your home and provide a quotation, both of which are free of charge. If you have any particular queries, we suggest calling 01992 652 477 so that you can speak to one of our consultants who can provide additional information and address any questions you may have.