Is there anything that is quite as beautiful as freshly poured asphalt? The crisp lines of the fresh striping, the stark black surface, there’s a lot to love about it. When you have a new parking lot poured, you want to make sure that the investment is protected at all costs. This means that you should be following some asphalt parking lot aftercare. There are some things that you should do as well as things that you shouldn’t do to protect your asphalt parking lot. Andersen Asphalt & Striping is here to talk about asphalt parking lot aftercare that will help protect your parking lot moving forward.
New Asphalt Driveway or Other Pavement Instructions
There are some things that you should be doing with your freshly poured asphalt parking lot to care for it properly.
– Give it Time: Before you start driving on it right away, make sure you have given it enough times to fully cure. You usually need to stay completely off of it for about 24 hours after it has been poured. It is important to remember though, your asphalt parking lot won’t reach its maximum strength until it has fully cured which can take months. Make sure you’re monitoring the weight of the vehicles that are driving on your asphalt for quite some time after it has been poured.
– Clean Up Oil Spills: If you notice that there are some oil spills on your asphalt, clean them up as soon as you notice them. Oil as well as fuel that spills on your parking lot, can cause serious damage to the asphalt’s surface.
– Slow Down: If you have just had your parking lot poured, it is Important that you driver gingerly on it for a while. If it is a public use parking lot, you need to implement speed reduction measures to protect the parking lot.
– Seal coat Regularly: You will want to seal coat your parking lot on a regular basis to provide the protection it needs against the elements. This will extend the life of your asphalt.
What Should You Not Do on a New Asphalt Driveway?
There are some things that you shouldn’t do to preserve your newly installed asphalt parking lot as well as things that you should do. This is what you should avoid:
– Driving on it: If you have jut had it poured, you need to give it time to fully cure like we mentioned above.
– Weeds: If there are some cracks that form in your asphalt parking lot, you want to remove them as soon as you see them sprout up. Not only are they an eyesore, but they can also cause the cracking to worsen if left alone.
– Cracks: If you notice that small cracks have started to form, it is time to have them repaired so that the damaged doesn’t worsen.