Maintenance

Following are some precautions to take in caring and maintaining your new asphalt driveway:

You can drive across your driveway after the 1st day of paving, but just in and out of the garage. Avoid driving too fast on your new driveway.

Do not park on your driveway for approximately 2-3 days. Afterward, only park during the cool part of the day and try to avoid parking in the same spot.

Because of the curing process of the asphalt on some projects it could take longer for the asphalt to set up. It is best to take the following precautions for up to 2 years:

  • Do not park on your driveway during the hottest part of the day because new asphalt will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall.
  • Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth if car is parked or stopped on the asphalt.
  • Keep all sharp objects off the driveway. Avoid bike stands, jacks, lawn chairs, etc.
  • Place plywood under tires of boats and campers or anything that is going to be parked for a long period of time.

Your driveways surface may vary in texture due to the various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt and other components that make up asphalt. Therefore, your driveway may look smoother in some areas than in others. Also, areas of the driveway that are spread by hand tools may appear different than those areas that are laid by machine. We make every effort to remove and kill grass and weeds before your driveway is paved, however, they sometimes have very deep roots that are not visible. A weed killer may be used to treat any grass or weeds that may seep through.

The edges are the weakest part of your driveway, so avoid driving on them as they will crack and crumble with time. You may build up the sides of your driveway with soil to about an inch from the top of the driveway to allow sod to grow and water drainage; this would support the edges and enhance the appearance after grass has grown.

Depending on the slope and natural drainage of your property, small puddles may be unavoidable.

Cracks in your driveway are inevitable due to the extreme temperatures in Minnesota. The base is affected by the freezing and thawing that takes place. Because cracking is unavoidable it is not covered under warranty.

To maintain your driveway keep it seal coated and that will help protect it and keep it in good condition for many years.