Cardwell Construction Co. Paving Specialists Rochester NY

TEL: (585) 328-7930 | FAX: (585) 328-6158 | Email:

Commercial And Residential Asphalt Paving, Resurfacing and Sealcoating Rochester New York Since 1960.

New Driveway Pavement Care

New Driveway Asphalt Pavement CareYou must keep off new pavement for 3 full days and longer if the temperature is very hot, since liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure 12 to 24 months as it will remain soft and pliable. Watering down the pavement with a fine sprinkle will help to harden the blacktop. Do not turn steering wheel when your vehicle is not in motion! During the first 6-12 months, please do not park in the same spot. Avoid use of jack stands or car ramps unless you place a piece of wood under them to distribute the weight. This also applies to storing campers or boats. Homeowners must keep heavy vehicles, delivery trucks, dumpsters, etc. off pavement. Commercial pavement is constructed to receive this type of traffic. Objects that are pointed such as lawn chairs, bicycle and motorcycle kick stands, high heeled shoes, etc. will create holes or depressions in your new pavement. The edges of pavement are the weakest, be sure no one drives over them as they will crack and crumble. We suggest that you put topsoil at the sides of the pavement after the driveway has gone through one (1) winter. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance after grass has grown. Snowplowing, etc. will weaken the edges and they may show cracking after a 3 to 4 year period of time – don’t be alarmed – it happens! Avoid spilling gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission fluids on your pavement, they will dilute the asphalt. Any holes caused by these fluids should be filled with hot/cold patch. After we have installed your new pavement, please be sure to call our office to schedule having your new pavement sealcoated. (Note: 6 top asphalt – 1st summer, 7 top (fine) asphalt – 2nd summer). After that you should have the pavement sealed every 2 to 3 years depending on the traffic.