Q. How long should I stay off my new driveway?
A. While your new asphalt driveway looks and feels like it is ‘hard as a rock’ it isn’t. The fact is, the asphalt needs another 6-12 months to fully ‘cure’. For that reason, you should park in a slightly different spot every time you park. As well, keep your wheels straight ahead while the car is in “park” and don’t turn the steering wheel back and forth. Driving on it too quickly or turning around in tight areas could also leave scarring.
Q. How do I plan for my new driveway?
A. Our phone rings every day of the week with requests for consultation or quotation on driveways, roadways and commercial paving projects. We build the schedule on a first come first serve basis. The actual surfacing work season generally starts mid- March and lasts until approximately mid-November—and with the variation of weather conditions inherent in the Midwest, that season can be shortened without notice. Contact Performance Paving as soon as possible to allow time for consultation, site evaluation, quote preparation .
Q. Why are there cracks on the edges of my new asphalt driveway?
A. The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of lateral support. For that reason, you should avoid driving or parking on the edge since they will crack or crumble in time. Building up the sides with topsoil to approximately on inch from the top of the driveway will allow room for sod or grass growth and enable water drainage. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance. Alternately, you can opt for a border of paver bricks, concrete or a variety of other functional edging. Talk to your Performance Paving representative for more information.
Q. When can I drive or park on my new driveway?
A. This varies based upon asphalt thickness, weather and vehicle use. Contact your Performance Paving representative for more information
Q. Does my new driveway need to be sealed?
A. Yes. Asphalt driveways that go unprotected by sealing will become more porous over time, becoming rough and unsightly. Petro chemicals such as oil, grease, transmission fluid and gasoline will soften and break up the asphalt. Sealing protects the asphalt with a coating that guards against these harmful elements and fills in and seals hairline cracks. Once the process is complete—a 24-48 hour waiting period is suggested before using the driveway again.
Q. Is there any maintenance is involved with my new chip and seal driveway
A. Every 2-3 years a sprayed on coating of primer will keep chip and seal driveways looking beautiful. In the winter, leave approximately 1-2 inches of snow on the surface of the driveway when clearing with a snow plow or snow blower. If a professional snowplow service clears your driveway insist that the plow is outfit with “shoes” to facilitate safe snow removal.