Asphalt Care and Maintenance

You just got a brand new driveway. Great! Now what?... To maintain that “like-new” asphalt driveway or surface, you will need to care for it in the short term. This page covers the do’s and don’ ts of asphalt maintenance and provides you with important information for you to follow and get the most enjoyment, and longest life out of your driveway. With proper care, your driveway could last 15 to 20 years.

Immediate Post-Paving Care

For 3 days (depending on the weather), you should not park cars on the driveway. In warmer weather, this “ no-park” period could be 4 days. In colder weather, it could be 2 days. Either way, we recommend caution while the asphalt hardens.

First Year Care

During the first year of your new driveway, you should avoid any sort of focused energy on the surface. For example, avoid using any of the following:

If you cannot avoid focused energy on your new driveway, be sure to cover it with plywood before applying any kind of focused weight. The plywood will dissipate the energy and protect your driveway from damage.

Water can also damage your new driveway. Avoid:

Water can be particularly damaging during the winter when freezing expands water when it freezes, contributing to cracks your asphalt.

Commercial vehicles should never be allowed on your driveway. They are just too heavy for your driveway which is designed for non-commercial vehicles only. Prohibiting commercial vehicles from parking on your residential driveway will help ensure its maximum life expectancy.

Year Two and Beyond Care

After one year, your asphalt should be fully cured and hardened, and you no longer need to worry as much about focused energy. However, be extra cautious on hot days as your asphalt can soften in extreme heat. Annual maintenance is now recommended to maximize the resilience of your asphalt to the elements and to maximize its longevity.

General Care for your Asphalt Driveway or Surface

When having your driveway paved, ask to have the edges banked. This helps protect and retain the edges and promote run-off with minimal erosion. A Soldier Course is a good alternative to help maintain edge integrity.

Don’t blow grass clippings onto the asphalt. It’s porous on purpose to drain water and stay dry. Clippings will result in retained moisture and ultimately grass growing in your asphalt. Plant growth can damage your asphalt and mar its appearance. Use a trimmer to make a clear division between asphalt and grass. Asphalt is flexible nature is a benefit over concrete and helps it last longer. Asphalt is not susceptible to damage from salt.

Contact Us

If you are considering paving, call us for an on-site visit and no-obligation quotation. We are happy to hear what you would like done and we are happy to discuss how Provincial Paving can make your plans happen. Call Ed’s Cell today, at 613-802-5346 or the Office at 613-928-2411 email us at [email protected], or visit our Contact Us page for more contact information.