You’ve spent the time selecting just the right asphalt contractor. You’ve made plans, signed a contract, and work is in full swing. But what do you do once your parking lot is finished? Our team of paving professionals has put together an easy-to-follow care plan to help you get the most out of your asphalt parking lot investment!
What to do (and What NOT to do) in the First 14 Days
Your fresh asphalt will be susceptible to damage in the first two weeks after it’s been laid. This is true for any type of asphalt in any application. By committing to a few rules for just 14 days, you can help protect your investment.
Do NOT drive on your new asphalt for 3 to 5 days.
Do NOT drive near the edges of the parking lot. Any asphalt parking lot is only as good as the base beneath it. If a heavy weight (like from a car tire) is unevenly placed on a thin edge of asphalt, it may crack from the pressure.
DO wait up to 14 days before parking on your new asphalt.
The Next 100 Days
Because asphalt is oil based, it takes a while to cure, especially in the summer heat. You’ll want to take a few extra precautions during the first 100 days to extend the life and strength of your parking lot.
Do NOT park on the asphalt during the hottest part of the day.
Do NOT turn your steering wheel on the pavement when your car is stopped.
Do NOT try to park excessively heavy vehicles.
DO keep bike stands, boat jacks, and other sharp objects off the surface of the pavement for long periods of time.
DO use plywood under heavy vehicles like campers, boats, and machinery if parked for long periods of time to help disperse their weight.
Continuing Care & Maintenance
You can help ensure the longevity and durability of your new asphalt parking lot by taking a few easy maintenance steps every year.
DO prevent oil and gasoline spills whenever possible
DO clean the asphalt thoroughly if oil or gas has been spilled
DO keep up with sealcoating and crack filling
DO NOT let grass grow through any cracks.