Driveway Tips

You've just spent your money on a nice, new paved driveway. Now what? Here are some helpful tips for taking the best care of your investment.


Since the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure, usually 6-12 months, your driveway will remain soft. You may walk on your driveway that night, but keep your cars off it for at least 3 days and longer in hotter days. Your new driveway will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall.  Watering down your driveway or parking area on hot days will cool and temporarily harden the blacktop. During the first few months while your driveway is curing don’t park in the same spot every time.  Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.

Avoid using jacks and ramps unless you put a piece of wood under them. Lawn chairs, bicycle and motorcycle kickstands can create depressions in your driveway. Avoid spilling gasoline, oil, anti-freeze and power steering fluids as these can dilute the liquid asphalt in your blacktop. Any hole left by spills should be filled with cold patch. Any hairline cracks that may have developed over the winter due to contraction and expansion of the ground should be filled with crack filler.