27 Vollmer Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
Office: (814) 834 - 1332
PA HIC# 036251
YOUR NEW APSHALT PAVING SURFACE
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:
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.