You’ve made the initial investment in brand new pavement. It looks beautiful, and your property has completely transformed. What’s the next step? How do you take care of this investment? Proper maintenance will help prolong the life of your pavement and prevent premature replacement. While we ensure the highest quality work possible, here are some things that you can do to prolong the life of your pavement:
AVOID AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS
Keep traffic off of your new asphalt for at least 24 hours in hotter temperatures. Even after the asphalt has cured, do not expect it to be as hard as concrete. It will remain pliable for a period of 8 – 12 months until the liquid asphalt has completely cured.
WATER YOUR ASPHALT
It’s important to be proactive with your investment. Your new asphalt will soften as temperatures rise throughout the day. Watering your driveway or parking lot with a hose will help to cure and harden it.
During the first 8 – 12 months while your asphalt pavement is curing, try not to park in the same spot every time. Avoid turning the steering wheel while your car is not moving. This could create “power steering marks”. Some marks are normal and will subside as the pavement cures. Turn the wheel slowly and gradually to prevent scarring the asphalt.
SUPPORT THE EDGE
The edges are the most vulnerable to cracking and breaking. It is beneficial to backfill up to the side of the pavement with topsoil to support the edge. This will also enhance the appearance and allow for easier maintenance.
MONITOR BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES
If the weather is hot, be aware of the potential impact from both bicycle and motorcycle kickstands. These can sink into the asphalt leaving either a hole or a mark. To prevent this, you will need to place a board between the asphalt and the kickstand.
BE AWARE OF GASOLINE – MOTOR OIL
Be mindful of marks from motor oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid. These can penetrate through the asphalt. If the surface is damaged, it should be repaired as soon as possible. Small areas of repair can be done by the owner by purchasing “cold patch asphalt” from a hardware/ home improvement store. Large areas of repair should be repaired by professionals.
PLAN FOR SEALCOATING
New asphalt should be sealcoated one year after installation. After that, asphalt should be sealcoated every 2 – 4 years depending on the amount of traffic. Sealcoating will enhance the appearance and preserve the life of your asphalt, as well as, protect your asphalt from oil, gas and other harmful fluids. Unsealed asphalt may dry out and become rough, thus reducing its useful life.
LOOK FOR CRACKS
Asphalt has various sizes of stone and sand, which cause a varied textured surface. Due to expansion and contraction of the ground, it is natural for random cracking of the pavement to occur. The cracks should be sealed promptly to prevent water from penetrating the asphalt and causing further deterioration.
For the best pavement installation and pavement in Indianapolis, you can always count on HASCO. We use only the most technologically advanced paving products and equipment. Are you ready to start your project? Contact one of our specialists, here!