How to Care for your New Asphalt Driveway

Naturally, once your new asphalt driveway has been installed you will want to keep it looking new and in great shape for many years to come! Below are some helpful tips for caring for your asphalt driveway.

  1. It is recommended that you keep cars off your driveway for 3 days as a precaution but you may walk on your driveway almost immediately.
  2. Your driveway may soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall. It would be wise to be aware of this in hot temperatures – although this is usually not an issue in Ireland, you can water down your driveway with a hose to temporarily harden it.
  3. Spot damage or divots may appear on your driveway if you start or stop your car too suddenly. This may also occur if you turn your steering wheel while the care is still set in place. These incidences tend to occur on a very hot day the best way to avoid power steering divots is to keep your car moving while you are turning.
  4. Oil, Gasoline, and power steering fluid can cause damage to your driveway over time if spilled. If these are not cleaned up immediately they can cause the Asphalt to soften and crack, if this does happen the asphalt should be professionally repaired.
  5. If you own a campervan, trailer or boat and intend to store them on your new asphalt driveway it would be wise to place some plywood under each tire. This will allow the weight to spread more evenly and prevent small divots from appearing in the asphalt.
  6. Finally, if you decide to seal your driveway with a Coal tar sealer it is recommended you wait at least a year. The sealer will help to protect against gas or oil spills and will rejuvenate your driveway, giving it a new black appurtenance.