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The Essential Guide to Maintaining Your Newly Paved Driveway

Caring for your newly paved driveway is crucial for its longevity and your property's overall appeal and safety. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to do and what to avoid to ensure your driveway stays in great condition for years to come.

Caring During the Curing Period

  • Curing Period: A newly paved driveway requires a curing period of 90 to 120 days, during which the asphalt needs to set. Minimize heavy vehicle traffic and avoid stationary placement of heavy objects during this time.
  • Protective Measures: Consider protective measures within the first couple of weeks to allow the surface to better withstand the weight of vehicles in the future.

Importance of Maintenance

  • Property Impression: A well-maintained driveway greatly affects the impression of your property, especially if you're considering selling your home.
  • Safety Hazard: Neglecting maintenance can turn your driveway into a safety hazard for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Factors to Consider

  • Potential Damage: Water puddling, weeds, tree roots, excessive vehicle traffic, hot weather, freezing temperatures, gas or oil spills, and snow and ice can all contribute to the deterioration of a freshly paved driveway.
  • Immediate Action: It's important to address issues such as weed growth, vehicle parking, weather conditions, and spills promptly to prevent damage.

Protecting Your Driveway

  • Seal Coating: Seal coating every two to three years can significantly extend the lifespan of your driveway by slowing down the ageing process.
  • Sealing Timing: Wait until the driveway is fully cured before applying sealant, typically around six months after installation.
  • Quality Matters: Opt for high-quality sealants with additives like hardeners, rubber, and sand for long-lasting protection.
  • Cost Considerations: When sealing your driveway, ensure that the quote includes the application cost, material cost, transportation, repair of damaged areas, crack sealer application, and cleaning and preparation.

Post-Sealing Precautions

  • Avoid: Trash collecting trucks or moving vans, certain erosive cleaners, oil or fuel spills, and sharp turns to preserve the newly applied sealant.
  • Seek Assistance: If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.

By following these do's and don'ts, you can ensure the long-term beauty, safety, and functionality of your newly paved driveway.