Asphalt is a reliable and long-lasting material that has become a popular choice of many homeowners across the country for pavement type. These property owners are content with their choice because, among other benefits, they also see an improvement in the look of their home and increase in property value as their fresh blacktop pavement welcomes visitors.
However, like the rest of your property, an asphalt pavement also requires regular maintenance. The maintenance begins right after the installation of the pavement. Many homeowners are unaware of the necessary post-installation maintenance activities for new asphalt pavement. Their lack of knowledge often results in the early onset of pavement deterioration. Due to this reason, it may be a good idea to consult a professional paving contractor, such as C&J Construction, serving customers in Tinley Park and other areas of Illinois.
In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts after completing an asphalt paving or patching job.
1. Don’t drive on a freshly paved surface for at least 24 hours. People can walk on it, but the weight of heavy vehicles will damage it.
2. Don’t drive on your pavement’s edge as it can damage the asphalt because the pavement’s edges are considered the weakest part of the entire structure.
3. Keep a close eye on your asphalt pavement for weed growth and erosion. Weed growth is an indicator of poor drainage at the base of the pavement or improper sealing underneath. This also means no landscaping across newly laid paving for at least six weeks after installation.
1. Allow freshly laid asphalt to cure for two weeks before adding any more layers. The curing process is necessary for the new pavement to harden enough to withstand the weight of vehicular traffic. It’s also crucial that surface temperatures remain above 50 degrees during this period to prevent patch failure. Leaving the surface unprotected in extreme cold can cause cracking in the cured asphalt layer. For an asphalt driveway, it is recommended to wait up to six weeks before driving on the surface to complete the hardening process of the material.
2. Ensure that the driveway is clear of water after asphalt paving or patching. Water is the biggest enemy of an asphalt surface; it seeps into the pores and freezes, thus expanding and causing the pavement to crack. Check the weather forecast to ensure no rain is on the horizon before calling the asphalt contractors.
If you want to learn more about the dos and don’ts of asphalt paving and patching, C&J Construction in Tinley Park is here to help. Get a free estimate from our team and enjoy a quick fix for all your asphalt problems and queries.