Are you curious as to how to protect your new asphalt driveway? If so, it will help to know these tips for caring for that new asphalt.

Avoid Driving On The Asphalt Right Away

Your asphalt paving company is going to let you know how long you need to keep your vehicles off the driveway right after the paving is complete. This will likely be a couple of days, but it depends on the type of asphalt the paving company is using and how long it needs to dry. Driving on the asphalt and parking your car on it is going to cause indentations in the asphalt that will stay there for the life of it. You are better off listening to the instructions of your asphalt paving company so that you can avoid damaging it right away. 

Avoid Turning Your Steering Wheel In Park

Another thing you should avoid doing soon after the asphalt is installed is turning the steering wheel while parked. This is going to rotate the wheels and put a lot of pressure in one spot, which will cause the asphalt to become scuffed. It's a cosmetic issue you would rather go without dealing with since it can be completely avoided.

Fix Fluid Leaks 

If you have a vehicle that is leaking oil or some other fluid, you'll want to avoid parking those vehicles on your fresh asphalt and have the problem fixed as soon as possible. Oil can cause cosmetic damage to your fresh asphalt if left on the surface for a long time, so you are better off taking the steps necessary to prevent it from happening. 

Edge Nearby Grass

Any grass that is growing right next to the asphalt should be trimmed regularly to prevent the grass and weeds from growing in cracks of the asphalt. In addition, it is going to make your yard look great having those clean edges around the driveway.

Fix Cracked Asphalt 

Water damage happens when you have a crack that develops in the asphalt surface that you do not repair. Water gets into the crack, freezes, and causes the crack to expand further. You can prevent this from happening by sealing cracks as soon as you see them, which stops the water from getting in. It will also help to apply a seal coat to the asphalt surface periodically to fill in small cracks and protect the asphalt from the sun. Contact a residential asphalt paving service in your area.