How to Care for Your New Asphalt

   If you have recently had an asphalt parking lot or driveway installed, you may have some questions about the next steps in maintaining your newly paved surface. Educating yourself on these steps can guarantee the longevity of your new asphalt pavement.

  1.   Wait at least 24 hours before parking on your pavement. During our hot summer months here in San Antonio , parking on your asphalt too soon can leave indentions.  
  2.   During the first few months especially in hot weather make sure your wheels are rolling before turning your power steering. Failure to do so can create power steering scares and blemishes in your new asphalt pavement.
  3.   Use caution when parking a trailer or motorcycle on your new pavement. A trailer tongue or motorcycle kick stand can cause permanent damage if the asphalt has not fully cured. I recommend a small piece of plywood under each of these for the first couple weeks to prevent indentions. 
  4.   Do not Sealcoat your asphalt too soon. Sealcoating asphalt before it has had time to properly cure will cause permanent damage to the pavement.  Each asphalt project will cure differently but I recommend sealcoating no sooner than 6 months and no later than 18 months.  

      By following these simple steps your new asphalt project will stay looking good and last for years to come.   For any further questions on post-paving procedures, feel free to contact us at Luke's Asphalt Paving