Caring For Your Asphalt
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When can I drive on the new asphalt?
We typically suggest waiting to drive on your new residential pavement for 5-7 days. We suggest waiting to park on the new asphalt for a minimum of 7-10 days. Both of these recommendations are guidelines based on temperatures and time of year. For commercial applications that time pay be shortened but heavy vehicle traffic with garbage or heavy trucks should stay off the new pavement for at least one week. During the curing process of asphalt the sun dries out the natural oils in the surface. During this process your pavement is getting stronger but has not fully cured. It takes approximately one year for new asphalt to cure. As an added measure of caution we highly suggest refraining from putting any harp object on the pavement. Especially on warm days. Objects that can sink in the pavement and cause damage are: Motorcycle kick stands, bicycle kick stands, lawn chairs, tire jacks, trailer jacks etc. Basically anything that has a sharp or narrow edge. If you have trailers or vehicles that sit in one spot on the pavement for an extended period of time you should put something under the contact point to help distribute the weight of the object. Such as a piece of plywood under to tires of your boat trailer tires. It's always better to error on the side of caution with this. Pretty much any damage can be repaired. We just want to avoid damaging the pavement.
Why does some of the stone look rocky?
Asphalt is made of rock (1.2"-3/4" rock), binder (adhesive liquid asphalt) and sand fines. The raw materials are heated and mixed together to form asphalt. When asphalt is laid it may require some areas to be worked by hand to ensure proper grading and pitch. Occasionally, the large aggregate stone move to the surface and become slightly more visible. This is not an indicator of material defects. Instead you?re seeing components of the material that make up your pavement. The porous appearance is typically removed or hidden once the pavement has sealed. more about you.
What if cracks develop in the asphalt pavement?
If cracks develop they can be fixed either with hot or cold crack filler. Due to frigid winters common the Midwest and especially Illinois during the winter the frost line in the ground can be as deep as 42". Sometimes during the thaw cycle the ground will actually heave and crack causing your pavement to crack. In the summer sometimes droughts and extended periods of no rain can also cause the ground to crack. If this happens don't worry Parisi Paving uses the highest quality of crack fillers to fix these issues.
What if I see tire marks on the new pavement?
Asphalt is a flexible material that is activated by the heat. In the warm summer months we suggest not turning your wheels sharply on the pavement. You should be conscience to be moving while you turn. No 3point turns on the hot asphalt in warm weather. This will reduce the potential for creating, "power steering" marks. If you do get some steering marks, "Don't worry." These marks are just on the surface and will go away over time. Typically, they will be gone following your next sealcoat application.
When is a good time to Pave or Seal my asphalt?
For Paving: Anytime during the spring (April) thru fall (November) months. With asphalt paving it's important to make sure that the material is able to be delivered while the weather allows the assurance that the material will get to the job in a timely manner in order to be certain the integrity is not compromised by premature cooling. It's never too hot to pave. The only consideration with very warm temperatures is it may require an extended time to stay off your pavement to allow for the curing. Rain is a factor in the since that we want to be sure that the stone base is dry prior to paving. Parisi Paving will not force the completion of a project if the weather is not conducive to assuring a quality job. Once the pavement is installed and compacted rain is good for the new pavement as it helps cool the new asphalt.
For Sealing: Warm temperatures are not a factor. Cold temperatures are a factor. In spring and fall sealing needs to be applied with nighttime temperatures needing to be consistently above 50 degrees as night. This is important in order for the sealer to adhere properly to the asphalt surface. If the sealer is applied with temperatures dipping below 50 degrees the sealer will not adhere properly to the surface and ultimately wash away within a short period of time. Of course sealer should not be applied if rain is expected within 24 hours of application. In the unlikely event of a wash out due to unexpected rain Parisi Paving will gladly return to re-seal your pavement. We always error on the side of caution regarding having the right weather conditions for sealing. Parisi Paving will not compromise the quality of our seal jobs if the weather is not conducive to a quality job.