How to Care for a Newly Paved Driveway

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Pavement provides a smooth, mud-free place for you to park your vehicles. It even provides a great place for children to play. When pavement is brand new, it needs special care. With a few basic steps, you can keep your new pavement looking new for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean topsoil
  • Garden hose
  • Cold patch
  • Tar

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Stay off your newly paved driveway as much as possible for eight to 10 hours while it cools down. You can walk on it with flat shoes or boots if necessary.

Park your vehicles on the street or in the yard for at least three days after your driveway has been paved. If the weather is hot, you'll need to wait a few days longer. Your newly paved driveway needs time to harden and cure.

Park your vehicles on the driveway after the allocated time. Avoid parking in the same spot every day for six to 12 months to eliminate wear marks in the asphalt. Also, avoid turning the steering wheel in your vehicle back and forth unless you're moving. This will lessen the scuff marks on your paved driveway.

Backfill the edges of your paved driveway with clean (i.e. free from rocks, sticks and other debris) topsoil. Then, plant grass seed in the topsoil. This will help give the edges support so the pavement doesn't crack, crumble and break off.

Spray your newly paved driveway off on hot days with a garden hose. The cool water will help the asphalt harden and cure.

Repair small holes and dents in your asphalt driveway right away with cold patch. Fill-in small cracks with tar so water can't seep in and cause further damage to the asphalt. Follow the manufacturer's directions to achieve the best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • To care for your newly paved driveway, keep heavy vehicles off of it until the asphalt has cured. Your paved driveway will take six to 12 months to cure.
  • Don't park bicycles and motorcycles on your driveway without placing a piece of wood under the kickstands. If you use a car jack on your newly paved driveway, place a piece of plywood underneath so it doesn't sink into the surface. Walking on your newly paved driveway with high-heels can create dents and holes, especially on hot days. This is also true of lawn furniture legs. Gasoline, oil, anti-freeze and other fluids you put in your vehicles will damage your paved driveway.

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