Based in Ottawa, Alvi Paving Ltd knows how important it is to take care of your new asphalt driveway. Since asphalt contains liquid tar, it needs time to harden and cure. Your driveway will usually be fully cured within 3-6 months; until then, it will remain pliable and soft. We recommend keeping automobiles off for at least 7 days, and longer in hot weather.
Even when cured, asphalt can sometimes soften in extremely hot weather and harden as temperatures fall. To temporarily harden hot asphalt, you can water it down with a garden hose. Do not be alarmed if soapsuds appear. This is a reaction between the diesel fuel found in asphalt and the chlorine found in some city water.
To avoid scarring, do not pull your vehicle out too fast, pull it in too quickly, or drive too fast on your asphalt driveway. During the initial curing time, don’t park in the same spot all the time, and don’t use a jack stand or car ramps unless you put a piece of plywood underneath to distribute the weight. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
Large, heavy vehicles can depress your new asphalt and create ruts in your new blacktop. Keep heavy trucks (concrete, oil, landscaping, etc.) off your new driveway. If a camper or other vehicle will be stored for a long period of time, place plywood under the tongue jack and tires.
Do not walk on your new driveway with high heel shoes, place lawn chairs, bicycle kickstands, or other sharp objects on it, as they will create holes and depressions.
The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support. Do not drive on the edges as they will crack and crumble in time. Building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil will support the edges after grass is grown.