Nothing makes a good first impression of your home quite like a freshly paved driveway. It can add real value to your lot and improve your home’s curb appeal. But there a few things that can ruin that new finish and prematurely shorten the lifespan of your asphalt driveway. Keep reading for seven tips to keep your new driveway paving in perfect condition.
No blunt objects
Anything that transfers a large amount of weight onto a narrow and blunt or pointed end can indent or penetrate fresh asphalt. That means ladders, bicycle kickstands, lawn furniture and similar objects. Keep them off the asphalt until it’s done curing, and on extremely hot and sunny days, to avoid dents. Placing a board or piece of plywood under any of these blunt objects can help distribute the weight and mitigate any damage.
Keep changing spots
People tend to park their car in the exact same position day after day. While this might be hard to avoid if your driveway is small, even slight variations in your positioning can help prevent wheel ruts from forming.
Watch the weight
Don’t park heavy vehicles or objects, like disposal bins, in your driveway unless it was specifically constructed to handle the mass of these trucks and objects. The weight of bins and trucks can destroy your driveway by causing undulation and tearing of the asphalt.
Gentle does it
Whether you’re driving into your spot, or pulling out, take it slow. Starting or stopping too fast can disturb the asphalt surface and cause superficial shifting in the sand components of your asphalt driveway. And if you can avoid it, don’t dry steer your vehicle as this too can cause some superficial scarring.
Stay off the edges
Avoid driving over the edges of your driveway. The edges are not designed to take the weight of a vehicle being driven over them. Doing this can blow out the edge if a proper transition is not installed. Call Cedar Hill Paving if your project is in need of a transition from one paving surface to another.
Keep it clean
A newly paved driveway should be kept clean and free from dirt. Soil naturally draws the oils out of the asphalt and can contribute to the premature deterioration of your driveway paving.
Take care of spills
Like dirt and other debris, a car that’s leaking fluids can ruin the blacktop. Auto fluids eat away at the asphalt and can cause it to soften and deteriorate. For driveway repair in Markham or Newmarket call the experts at Cedar Hill Paving Ltd. Cedar Hill Paving Ltd. is your source for driveway paving, driveway repair and driveway maintenance in Markham, Newmarket and the rest of the GTA. Contact us today for more information on driveway maintenance or to learn more about our complete range of services. Your complete satisfaction is our number one priority.