There are a few things you should know about fresh asphalt paving on parking lots and driveways.
Asphalt requires 48 to 72 hours to cure, depending on the humidity and temperature. It’s important to keep cars, bikes and people off the new surface during this time. The asphalt paving will actually continue curing over the following 6 – 12 months, but you don’t have to wait this long to use it.
Since asphalt is pliable until it’s fully cured or hardened, it’s vital to avoid the following:
- Parking cars on the same spot every time.
- Parking a RV or trailer on it without placing a piece of plywood under each wheel, as well as a trailer hitch to distribute the weight evenly.
- Parking bicycles or motorcycles on the paving where kickstands can penetrate it.
Changes in temperature will make the ground contract and expand, causing the paving to crack. Since this is the nature of asphalt, it’s the first step in deterioration. Do not ignore these cracks! They should be sealed by a professional as quickly as possible to avoid further deterioration and water damage. To prolong the life of asphalt paving, we recommend having the surface sealed 6 to 12 months after installation. Sealing resists ultraviolet rays and oil/gas spills, plus it prevents oxidation.
For coverage you can count on, contact us at AAA Top Quality Asphalt. We offer multifaceted, turnkey, self-contained solutions for homeowners, general contractors, municipalities, property owners and developers in Lakeland, Florida, and surrounding areas.