The first two years after your asphalt driveway is installed is considered the curing time. During the curing period, the asphalt is softer and more malleable than asphalt found in older driveways. This is a delicate time in the life of your driveway, because it's a time when the driveway itself will be easy to damage. You can avoid doing damage to your asphalt driveway by following these care tips.
Avoid Parking in the Same Spot Repeatedly
Many drivers like to pull up to the same place every time they park the car. Unfortunately, doing this can create dents in your driveway while it's going through the curing period. To avoid making pits in the surface of the asphalt, use a different spot of the driveway each time you park the vehicle.
Stay Away from the Edge of the Pavement
The surface of your driveway will be raised several centimeters above the surface of your lawn. Without support from anything around it, this makes the edge of the driveway weaker and more vulnerable than other parts of the pavement. Parking your car on or too close to the edge of the asphalt can cause it to crack and break. Keep your parking spot in middle of the driveway, away from the driveway's edge. Avoid driving over the edge of the pavement, as this can also cause the edge of the pavement to crack.
If you would like to prevent the driveway from cracking along the edges, you can reinforce the sides of the driveway by building up the yard so that the two surfaces are level with one another. To do this, you'll need to pull up your sod on either side of the driveway and then add more soil until the two surfaces are level. Once this is done, you can plant grass seeds in the new surface of the lawn.
Avoid Placing Anything Pointy On the Driveway
Beach chairs, folding tables and other pointed objects can cause the surface of the driveway to become pitted and dented if those objects are weighty, or are supporting weightier objects. In other words, if you open up a beach chair on the asphalt and then sit in it, you could cause the beach chair to sink into the pavement. This is doubly true on hot summer days.
To protect your driveway, avoid placing anything in the driveway that could sink into the surface of the asphalt. If you must put something heavy and pointed on the driveway, place it on top of a board that will distribute the weight more evenly over a larger surface.
For more tips about how to use your driveway in the first two years, speak with the paving contractor who did the driveway installation (such as Fayetteville Contractors Inc). He or she will be able to offer helpful advice.