27 Vollmer Road

St. Marys, PA 15857

Office: (814) 834 - 1332

PA HIC# 036251



ASPHALT GUIDELINES_______________________________________________________________


One of the best attributes of an asphalt driveway is how little maintenance and routine care is needed over its lifetime. But no driveway material is truly maintenance-free. In order to help maintain the life of your asphalt investment we are providing some information and recommendations for its care. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can view these guidelines anytime on our website.

Asphalt needs 48-72 hours to cure depending on the temperature and humidity. It is important to keep people, cars and bikes off the new pavement during that time. We recommend keeping the area roped off for this long. Actually, the asphalt will continue to cure for the next 12 months but you do not have to wait that long to use the new surface for normal use. Since the asphalt will be pliable until it has hardened or fully cured, it is important to avoid the following:

  • Parking your car in the same spot every time.
  • Parking motorcycles and bicycles on the driveway where kickstands can penetrate the surface.
  • Parking a trailer or RV on the pavement without putting a piece of plywood beneath each wheel and trailer hitch to evenly distribute the weight.
  • Please do not sit in one spot and turn the power steering on any vehicle, riding mower or all terrain vehicle. If you do, you may cause power steering marks and ruts in pavement. These will look unsightly and will cause unnecessary worry. Your new asphalt needs to go through one full heat season before there is less risk of this happening.
  • Do not drive off the edges of your driveway with any car, riding mower or all terrain vehicle. These edges need time to set up.
  • The sides of your driveway should be backfilled with topsoil; grass should be seeded up flush with your driveway. If this is not done in a timely manner, the edges that are exposed may start to crack.
  • Water will “bead up” on new asphalt, just like a freshly waxed car. As the driveway cures this will stop.
  • If your driveway has been recently paved and you are doing construction that requires heavy equipment, they should avoid driving on new asphalt.
  • Oil spots and Regular Unleaded gasoline spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Oil can stain the asphalt and cause it to get “gummy” over time. We recommend spraying Simple Green or Purple Power on it IMMEDIATELY.
  • Diesel Fuel spills will destroy asphalt as it breaks down the binders and eventually causes holes. We use diesel fuel to help clean off our hand tools while installing asphalt. Do not use diesel fuel on your asphalt driveway.
  • Clean your surface from any debris and leaves after the spring and fall seasons. Pressure washing may help alleviate clogs in the pavement.

Seal Coat: To extend the life of your asphalt, it is recommended that you wait 1-2 years after your new asphalt is completed before seal coating for the first time. Then every 2-5 years after that. Do not seal every year. Doing so will smother the driveway and form hairline cracking from over-sealing. Sealcoating will prevent oxidation and will resist ultraviolet rays and gas and oil spills.
Cracks: Temperature changes will cause the ground to expand and contract causing the pavement to crack. This is the nature of asphalt and is the first step in pavement deterioration. Inspect your asphalt regularily for cracks. These cracks should not be ignored! They need to be crack filled by a professional as soon as possible to prevent water damage and further deterioration of the pavement.
Snow Removal: Salt or any other commercial products that melt ice will not hurt asphalt. They may stain the asphalt so just spray your driveway as needed. Using a rubber tipped shovel or plow to remove snow or keep the plow 1 inch above the surface. Remaining snow will melt and drain through the surface.