Tire marks are usually caused by turning
your wheels in one place without the car moving. Try to have the wheels rolling
a little when turning around on hot days. Most of these small imperfections
will disappear after the first year.
Sharp objects such as kickstands, ladders,
or table legs will sink into an asphalt driveway. Put a piece of wood under
sharp objects to prevent this.
It is important to remember that asphalt
is made mostly of rock. After a sealcoat has been applied, the driveway will
look very smooth and you will not see as many of these rocks.
A driveway that has been over-sealed or was not properly cleaned before it was sealed will be in worse condition than one that has never been sealed at all. As the driveway cures out, the sun and rain will oxidize and wash the oils out of the driveway, and the surface will start to harden and turn gray. This is what you want. As the driveway ages, the sand around the larger aggregate will start to wash out, and the driveway will become more textured. This allows the driveway to take more sealer, so the sealer lasts longer.
When the driveway is new, there is a lot of oil on the surface, which is very smooth. Once you seal the drive, the oils are kept in and the curing process slows down. Wait at least two years before sealing a driveway, and at that, make sure it is very clean. The first time, apply two coats, then one coat after that, and not more than once every three-to-five years. If a driveway is over-sealed, it will start to peel and flake off, and look worse than if you had never sealed at all. When done properly, the life of your driveway can be extended, and it can look better than the day it was new.
Gas and oil
Do not fill the lawn mower or other
vehicle with gas while on the driveway. If you spill gas on the driveway’s
surface, the gas will wash the asphalt oils out in the area of the spill or
leak. You’ll be left with an area of sand and rock that won’t harden again. Oil
will stain and soften areas, but not as badly as gas.
Heavy trucks and equipment
When we design a driveway, it is built to
withstand the weight of cars and light trucks. A heavy truck could destroy your
driveway, especially in the spring when the frost is coming off, during a wet
season, or on hot days. Keep them off!
All driveways will, as some point, get
some cracks in them. Give us a call, and for the first two years, we’ll come
out and fill them. After that, purchase a gallon of crack filler and touch them
up as needed.