What are some guidelines to follow regarding my new blacktop driveway?
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.
Avoid driving on the edges of your new driveway. The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support.
What can I park on my new blacktop driveway?
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.
What products are harmful to my driveway?
Gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid and power steering spills and leaks, and road salts will harm the chemical make-up of the liquid asphalt and result in unwanted holes or cracks.
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.