Seal coating should be done every 2 – 4 years to maintain the aesthetic appearance of your asphalt and preserve its useful life.
To prevent edge breakage, have the ground level equal to the height of asphalt. Avoid turning wheels while in a park position or turning the wheels slowly to avoid scarring. Also avoid parking in the same spot all the time and driving over edge with heavy vehicles or equipment. Edging with rock or brick borders is helpful.
Asphalt softens in hot weather. Use caution when turning wheels of the car while in a stopped position. Hose down the asphalt to cure and harden the surface on very hot days. During the first year, new asphalt tends to be soft.
During the first 6 -12 month period of new asphalt application, use care and caution when driving, parking vehicles or using heavy equipment on the surface. Depressions or tracks could occur during this period especially during hot days.
Gasoline, motor oil, transmission and power steering fluids will penetrate through the asphalt. Consequent damage should be repaired as soon as possible.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Asphalt has various sizes of stone and sand that will create varied textured surface. It is natural for areas that have been raked and manually applied to appear slightly rougher than those done by a machine. This should not be a concern.
Expansion and contraction of the ground will naturally cause random cracking of pavement. Therefore, cracks should be sealed promptly to prevent water from penetrating the asphalt and causing further deterioration.