New Driveway Maintenance Tips

Congratulations on your beautiful new asphalt driveway! Just like any investment, proper maintenance is key to ensuring it lasts for years to come. This guide will walk you through the first year of a new asphalt driveway, focusing on seasonal maintenance practices and addressing common concerns.

To ensure the longevity and quality of your driveway, here is some important information and tips!

Tips to Maintain Your New Driveway

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Week one with a New Driveway

For the first seven days, avoiding parking, driving, or disturbing the new asphalt is important. This initial undisturbed period is crucial for the asphalt to set properly and form a solid base. 

The asphalt begins its curing process during this time, gradually hardening and gaining strength. Any premature stress or disturbance can compromise this process, leading to potential weaknesses or imperfections in the surface.

Car on driveway

Drive Carefully on your New Driveway

For the first 6-12 months, it is important to drive slowly and gently over the new surface to prevent premature wear or damage while the asphalt is still maturing. 

Be cautious about turning your steering wheel while the vehicle is parked, as this can cause tire marks, especially on hot summer days when the pavement softens. Always keep the car moving slowly when turning to help prevent this.

Holes in driveway

Prevent Indenting On Your New Driveway

A new driveway is exciting, but it needs a little extra care at first. Since it’s a bit soft, be mindful of things like grills, chairs, and kickstands. Leaving anything with sharp points on the driveway for too long can leave permanent indentations. Furthermore, watching out for sharp high heels during the early stages of your driveway’s life is essential.

Flower growing in driveway

Weed Control Around Your Driveway

While preventative measures are typically taken before your driveway is paved to remove and kill existing grass and weeds, that doesn’t mean your work is done! To truly keep your asphalt weed-free, it’s recommended to stay vigilant. Regularly trim the edges of your driveway to prevent weeds from creeping in from the surrounding landscaping. If you see any determined sprouts pushing through the cracks, spot-treat them with a safe herbicide to prevent them from taking root and causing problems in the future. 

Oil spill on driveway

Keep Leaks and Spills Off Your New Driveway

Asphalt, being oil-based, is easily damaged by substances like gasoline, motor oil, and antifreeze. These spills dissolve the surface, leading to deterioration. 

To prevent damage, avoid parking leaky vehicles on your new driveway. If you experience an oil spill, address it promptly. Apply a commercial oil-absorbent product following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Seal Coat on driveway

Sealing your New Driveway

Your new asphalt driveway might look tough, but it needs some protection to stay that way. To ensure it stays beautiful for years to come, consider getting it sealed within the first year, ideally around 3 months after it’s paved. 

Asphalt sealcoating is a process that uses a thin liquid coating applied to the driveway surface. Sealcoats act like tough armor, repelling road salt, oil, and grease that can damage the asphalt.

Seasonal Tips For Your New Driveway in the Winter

Summer Tips For Your New Driveway

Summer heat can soften your new asphalt driveway. Avoid parking in the same spot daily to prevent depressions and cracks. If it gets really hot, try using a sprinkler or letting nearby shade grow in to keep things cool. 

Fall Tips For Your New Driveway

Clean your driveway by thoroughly sweeping or blowing off leaves, debris, and dirt. This allows you to properly inspect the surface for cracks or damage, while also preventing extra weight from accumulating on the asphalt during the snowy months.

If you find cracks, seal them up with appropriate filler to prevent water from seeping in and causing bigger problems later. While seal coating isn’t always necessary for a brand-new driveway, consider getting it done early in the fall if the weather cooperates.

Winter Tips For Your New Driveway 

We recommend using a plastic shovel to help prevent damaging the driveway surface. Try to avoid steel shovels and plows. If you use a plow, adjust the blade to avoid scraping the pavement. Another option is having a professional help with snow removal to ensure it is done properly.

When melting ice, ditch the harsh chemicals like salt and de-icers. They can damage your driveway and cause water infiltration into the concrete. Instead, sprinkle sand, kitty litter, or even coffee grounds for traction, these are gentler on your pavement.

Spring Tips For Your New Driveway

 Inspect for cracks and uneven surfaces caused by the winter cold. Fix small cracks yourself, and call a pro for bigger problems. Next, power wash pavers (for concrete, a good hose rinse works) to remove winter grime and salt. Also, look into drainage systems for your driveway to protect the pavement from the increase in rain during spring.

This guide provided you with key seasonal maintenance practices and addressed common concerns to help you navigate the first year of your new driveway’s life. From the initial curing period to addressing summer heat and winter chills, pavement maintenance should not be taken lightly. To keep your driveway in good condition, without any cracks or holes, it’s necessary to put in extra effort. At Lamacchia Landscape Construction, we’re dedicated to providing that additional effort for every one of our clients.

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