Common Questions Concerning Residential Asphalt Paving

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If you are choosing to have a new asphalt drive installed on your property, there is no doubt that you are making a good decision. Asphalt paving is a popular choice because of its ability to withstand the elements and remain functional for years down the road. Here are a few of the most common questions homeowners have about their new drive.

How Long After the Paving is Complete Will It be Safe for Use?

Pavement is usually safe to bear the weight of footsteps almost immediately. However, you should not try to drive in your new paved driveway for about two days. This will give the materials time to cure and become more stable. Keep in mind that it can take longer in warmer temperatures for the pavement to fully cure and be stable enough for vehicles, but in cool weather, two days should be sufficient.

What is Pavement Sealer and How Often Should it be Used?

Pavement sealer is designed to provide a sealing finish to existing pavement. The seal coat can be sprayed, spread, or even painted on. It is created with various emulsion compounds including polymers, coal tar, and some epoxy agents to adhere the sealant to the surface of the drive. It is usually a good idea to have a newly paved drive sealed once annually. This seals in existing cracks or chips and helps to protect the surface of your drive from sun damage. In addition to protecting the asphalt surface, sealing helps to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your drive and can even be purchased in varying shades or hues.

What Will Cause Pavement to Crack and Buckle?

There are a few different reasons that asphalt pavement can crack. In some cases, this will be due to the underlying ground or foundation of the drive. This is why it is imperative to make sure you at least seek professional advice when you are installing a new drive. However, cracks can also be caused by extreme changes in temperature. If a drive is not properly sealed, moisture can seep into crevices and freeze. Because water expands when it freezes, this can actually push internal components apart and cause breakage.

Asphalt pavement, when properly installed by a professional paving contractor like K-W Cornerstone Paving can be extremely resilient. It can last for several years with proper maintenance and will provide great value to your home. These attributes are the reason why many homeowners choose to rely on this driveway material.

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