Here are a few tips for caring for your new driveway:
We recommend that you keep automobile traffic off the pavement for 2-3 days initially. If we are experiencing hotter than normal temperatures, it is best to add an extra day. We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil or gravel. This will give the driveway support in case someone accidently drives on the edges of the new pavement. Remember your new driveway will take a full year to cure. By curing we mean that asphalt needs time to harden. The curing process takes up to twelve months. If we do have warm, sunny days, you need to turn your automobile wheels with caution to eliminate power steering or scuff marks. We recommend that you sealcoat your newly paved driveway within twelve to eighteen months. Sealcoating your new pavement is important to protect your investment. If you accidently spill any type of petroleum based product on your driveway, it is best to immediately scrub the area down with hot soapy water. We would also recommend that after the area has been washed down to apply a Speedi-dry sand or kitty litter. Let the Speedi-dry or kitty litter sit for a day then brush it off and re apply the Speedi-dry or kitty litter again. The Speedi-dry or kitty litter will help to draw the spill contents out of the asphalt. At the end of your paving job, Petra Paving, Inc. will give you a Driveway Care Booklet to review that has more details and helpful tips.
You will need to stay off all newly sealcoated driveway for at least 24 hours. If you have a sprinkler system at your home, it is best to have it turned off for the 24 hours prior to the job and 24 hours after the job is completed. Please note that crack sealant does not eliminate the cracks. You will be able to see the crack sealant but rest assured the crack is sealed.