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Congratulations on your new asphalt driveway! To help preserve your blacktop surface and ensure that it remains in pristine condition, we would like to offer a few care tips to protect your investment for years to come:

Initial Curing:

For the first few days after installation, avoid heavy traffic, turning your steering wheel while your vehicle is stationary, and parking in the same spot for extended periods of time. This will allow the asphalt to properly “cure” as well as minimize the risk of indentations and surface marks. You may drive over your driveway after two days but do not park on it for five days, possibly longer in warmer temperatures. Your new blacktop will soften and harden as temperatures fluctuate. Watering down your driveway with a hose on hotter days will cool it and temporarily harden the blacktop. Please note, although we make every effort to avoid puddles on your driveway, small ones may develop depending on the natural slope and drainage of your property.

Avoid Excessive Weight:

Keeping excessive weight off the new asphalt is also important, the extra weight from larger vehicles will depress your new blacktop. Lawn chairs, grills, bicycles, and motorcycle kickstands can also exert weight that will create holes and depressions in your driveway, especially in hot weather. When storing campers or boats for long periods of time, you should place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and under the tires. To help preserve your new driveway, apply a sealcoating one year after the asphalt has been applied and then continue doing it every two to three years.

Regular Cleansing:

Keeping your driveway clean and clear of rocks, dirt, and debris is crucial to extend its life and keep it in peak condition. Remove leaves, dirt, sticks, and other debris promptly. Regular sweeping or blowing prevents these materials from causing damage or staining the surface.

Sealcoating:

Consider sealcoating your driveway every two to three years, depending on climate conditions. Sealcoating provides an extra layer of protection against the elements, the sun’s UV rays, and other environmental factors that could affect the condition.

What To Avoid on Your New Driveway

Since the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to fully harden and remains soft and pliable, it’s important that you avoid doing the following until it hardens:

  • Avoid initially driving on your new driveway for at least two days; avoid parking on it for seven days
  • Avoid driving on the edges of your driveway, the edges are the weakest part due to lack of side support
  • Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering, and transmission fluid spills and leaks

For more information on driveway care, contact us today for our expert advice!

Driveway Care Frequently Asked Question

What is the lifespan of a typical driveway?

The lifespan varies based on materials and maintenance. Asphalt driveways may last 15-20+ years.

What causes color fading on my driveway, and can it be fixed?

UV exposure and weathering can lead to color fading. Sealcoating can help restore color and protect the surface from further damage.

What chemicals should I avoid using on my driveway?

To protect your investment, Refrain from using harsh chemicals such as gasoline, oil, or de-icing agents on your asphalt surface. These substances may compromise the integrity of the paved area and exacerbate wear and tear.

Do you offer professional inspections?

Yes. You can schedule a period inspection with one of our asphalt paving experts. We’ll address the condition of your driveway and recommend the necessary maintenance or replacement.

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What Our Clients Have to Say

  • Great company to work with. This was a big job covering almost 2 weeks. Excellent attention to detail. Good quality workmanship. Very responsive with communication. Left job site very clean. Crews were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended

    – Gerry Klecker
  • I had been in Property Management for over 20 years and had worked with multiple asphalt companies. I had Minnesota Roads and Parking Lots out today to replace my original driveway, that was over 35 years old. The crew was very professional, caring, being careful of my new concrete walkway and very polite. I was very impressed with their work and how they worked together to complete my driveway. My new driveway looks gorgeous!!!!

    – Nancy Cahion
  • I've had 4 experiences working with Richard and I've been so happy. He and his team exude integrity and professionalism. The work is high quality and he and his team always leaves the worksite cleaner than when they came. I have referred Richards to all my friends, family, and colleagues. I would recommend Minnesota Roads and Parking Lots without reservation. I will never go with anyone else.

    – Hoai Pham
  • Great job on the asphalt paving work. Highly recommend.

    – John Yang
  • Great job, timely and fair price.

    – Matt Bohler
  • I was very pleased with Minnesota roads and parking lots. They were very responsive to any questions, they came and started right in, very professional, very nice guys. Everyone worked very hard and really responded to any concerns I had with anything, very polite, Price was very reasonable

    – Anne Taft-Wild
  • The team was really professional on there work and they were able to answer question i had

    – Kong Vang
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