What are some guidelines to follow regarding new asphalt?
As with most things in this world, blacktop will eventually need maintenance. Common problems with blacktop include potholes, cracks, blown out areas, and deformation. These problems are caused by extreme temperatures, heavy traffic, power steering and or subgrade issues. Often, simple treatments like pothole patching, crack sealing, striping or sealcoating can fix problem areas with very little cost. Other times, the cracking, potholes and blown out areas are a symptom of a bigger problem lying underneath the surface. In these instances, methods such as mill patching or full depth patching may be required to fix the issues. We have the tools and know how to handle all of your maintenance needs. Although we do not provide sealcoating or striping service directly, we have trusted subcontractors and/or recommendations for trusted contractors who are professional and timely.
Parking Lot asphalt can be used immediately after barricades and or tape has been removed. Occasionally power steering marks will be left in tender asphalt; with regular use, these should iron themselves out, and not cause any permanent damage. Gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid and power steering spills and leaks, and some road salts will harm the chemical make-up of the liquid asphalt and result in unwanted fraying, holes or cracks.
Driveways should take care to avoid all automobile traffic for the first three days or longer depending on the outside temperature. Walking traffic is acceptable immediately after the asphalt has been rolled and set. During the hot summer months, you might want to water down your driveway to help cool down and harden the asphalt. You can park light automobiles after the first three days. During the first 6-12 months of your new driveway, you should avoid using jack stands, car ramps and bicycle/motorcycle kickstands. You should also avoid steering back and forth, heavy truck traffic and camper/car storage, unless you distribute the weight evenly. We recommend using plywood under the tongue jack and tires.
Avoid driving on the edges of the new asphalt if there is no side support like curbs. The edges are the weakest part of a driveway due to the lack of side support.
Should I seal coat my driveway?
Yes. We recommend sealing your driveway within 12-18 months. Metzger Construction does not provide the seal coat service. There are several reputable companies in the area we would be happy to recommend. Seal coating will help protect your new driveway from harmful products, as mentioned above, and preserve your driveway’s natural beauty.