How to Care for a New Asphalt Driveway

black top driveway illustration

black top driveway illustration

Despite being a common part of many homes, most consumers don’t know just how important their driveway is. A well-maintained driveway can increase the value of your property, while a neglected one can reduce property value and have a negative effect on the overall look of your home. Because of this, you must take care of your new black top driveway.

Divots caused by Power Steering

When you turn your power steering wheel while the vehicle is not moving can lead to divots on the driveway. This is especially true when during periods of hot weather, which makes the new asphalt pliable again. The best way to prevent divots is to avoid turning around on the black top. If, however, you must do so, make sure the vehicle is continuously moving while you are turning the wheel. If divots are already present, you can partially fix them by pushing the loose asphalt back into the divot and then pound it in place. Keep in mind that this won’t make the driveway like new and the divot will still be there, just not as noticeable. What this does do, however, is reduce the chance of long term damage.

Tracking caused by Tires

New asphalt can heat up on hot or sunny days. When this occurs, the asphalt becomes pliable and soft, and tire tracking can occur. Thankfully, you can avoid this by making sure no one makes sharp or tight turns on the driveway. If tire tracking has already occurred, there isn’t much that can be done to correct the problem besides time and some oxidization.

Low Spots caused by Parking

Boats, trailers and campers parked on the new driveway can cause low spots, or divots, to develop. While not parking on them is the best solution, it is not always feasible. That is why you should set plywood under each tire. This will help to distribute the weight of the item and prevent damage to the asphalt.

Spills and Stains

It is not uncommon for oil and fuel to spill or leak onto the driveway. If taken care of immediately, oil and fuel won’t typically cause long term damage. If, however, you don’t clean up the mess, the driveway will stain and become soft. With that said, diesel fuel is regularly used by companies who install asphalt, so it is pertinent that you take great care not to spill diesel on the asphalt driveway.