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Asphalt Maintenance



Caring For Your New Asphalt Driveway 
   


Once your new asphalt driveway has been installed, there are several things that you should know!  Here are some tips that will help keep your driveway looking new and in great shape for years to come.

1) Tire Tracking  

​ On a hot and sunny day, the asphalt can easily heat the asphalt back up making it soft and pliable again, therefore caution should be taken when making tight or sharp turns on it.  If you wind up causing tire tracking only time and a little oxidization will make these disappear.  They will eventually wear in and you will not even know they were there.

2) Power Steering Divots    

​ Power steering divots are caused by turning your steering wheel while your vehicle is setting in place.  This can cause minimal damage to your new asphalt especially on a very hot summer day.  If turning around in your driveway is absolutely necessary, try and keep the vehicle moving at all times while you’re turning… moving forward and backwards until you’re turned around.  
Most of the time a power steering divot is not really a huge thing to worry about, but if you happen to cause a divot over time, the spot will mostly disappear but you may be able to see it just slightly.  When you have your driveway sealed they will not be as noticeable. 

3) Campers, Boats and Trailers – Parking Them On The Asphalt    

​ If you have any campers, boats or trailers, and you need to store them on your new asphalt driveway, it’s a good idea to place some plywood underneath each tire in order to spread the weight more evenly to keep small divots or low spots from forming in the asphalt.  These divots are irreparable.  The way these are formed is by leaving one of these vehicles in a spot for an extended period of time.  Generally you want to about 2 feet on each side of your tires and of course, a couple of feet in length past the front of the back tires.  This will distribute the weight more evenly over a larger area and eliminate that potential problem.

4) Oil and fuel Spots    

​ Oil spots are not a major problem they can be cleaned up with some dawn soap and hot water while scrubbing the asphalt.  Oil will attract dust and dirt, but it’s not something to be concerned about.  It’s more unsightly than anything.  When you have your new asphalt driveway sealed, the seal coat contractor will be able to prime them and help to cover them up.  When it comes to fuel spills, gasoline will damage the asphalt so you’ll want to try and clean them up as quickly as possible using dawn and hot water while scrubbing. 

​5) Ice Melting Products    

Ice melting products are very handy in the wintertime in the colder climates.  Salt or any other commercial products that melt ice will not hurt asphalt, so they can be used liberally! 

6) Snow Removal    

​ If you plow the snow on your driveway, or you hire someone to do it for you, make sure that you’re not using chains on the asphalt.  This will cause deep gashes in the asphalt that may not be noticeable until the spring.  Unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done to repair these unsightly damages!.