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Take Care Of Your New Asphalt Driveway During The Hot Summer

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For the first two years after its installation, your new asphalt driveway will be going through a transition period known as curing. During the curing period, your asphalt will be softer and more malleable than at other times later in its lifespan. This malleability is especially pronounced when the weather outside is hot and the sun is bright. Harsh summer conditions can be hard on your asphalt pavement. Pitting, gouging and other scars can mar the surface of your driveway if it is not properly cared for. To ensure that your pavement remains flat and unblemished, follow these tips.

Park Your Vehicle In A Different Spot Each Day

Parking your vehicle in the same location each day, especially when it's hot outside, can result in permanent tire marks on your newly installed driveway. To avoid this problem, park your car in a different location each day.

Avoid Placing Heavy Or Pointed Objects On Your Driveway

Pointed objects can sink into your driveway on a hot summer day, creating dents in the surface. Examples of objects that can be problematic include: bicycle kickstands, folding tables and folding chairs. Avoid placing anything on your driveway that could potentially sink into the surface of the asphalt. If you are holding an event that could lead you to place such an object on your driveway (as in the case of a party or garage sale), take precautions to prevent those objects from damaging your driveway. These methods will allow you to safely place such an object on your driveway for a short period of time:

  • Cool off your driveway by spraying it down with the hose. This will temporarily harden your asphalt driveway, but this method won't work for long unless you also find some way to shade the driveway after cooling it off. 
  • Place flat wooden boards beneath the pointed object. A flat wooden board placed beneath the table, chair or bike can act as a shield that will protect your driveway. 

Avoid Allowing Anyone To Drive Over The Edge Of Your Driveway

The edge of your driveway is it's most vulnerable part. When your paving contractor comes to install your asphalt driveway, he or she will tell you not to allow anyone to drive over the edge of your driveway or it could crack. On a normal day, this will not be a problem. However, if you invite guests to your home for a summer barbecue or pool party, you driveway could end up accommodating multiple cars owned by people who are unfamiliar with these rules.

To avoid issues, consider filling your driveway with your own vehicles to prevent anyone else from driving on the asphalt. Alternatively, you could put up a rope or another barrier that could stop anyone from accidentally driving their tires over the edge.

For more information about caring for your driveway this summer, speak with a paving contractor like Donald G Butler Construction Inc.