Certain care must now be taken that your driveway has been installed. First of all, stay off the driveway completely for one week. You may use your new driveway after the first week to go in and out of your garage. However, we do recommend that you refrain from parking on your new driveway for a period of 14-17 days.
Secondly, because asphalt is black, it absorbs the sun. The curing process is delayed by this sun absorption to the point where complete hardness is not obtained for at least three months. What this means is that on warmer days, particularly in July and August, tire marks will appear. However, do not be alarmed for they will disappear again from the continued use and compaction by your tires. This will also take care of roller marks and rough areas.
The worst thing that can be done to a new driveway is turning your car tires in one spot without moving the vehicle. If this happens, simple take a small butane torch, which can be obtained from your local hardware store. Heat the tire holes and compact with a smooth object, such as a piece of plywood. This same procedure can be used for any puncture marks.
When storing boats, campers and the like, place a small piece of plywood underneath the hitch or stand. In general, avoid any object with blunt areas supporting their weight on your driveway. The most common objects are bicycle kickstands, trailer and boat hitches, jacks and narrow-heeled shoes.
To help your driveway set up fast, you may want to turn a sprinkler on the driveway during the evenings on the first week.
After time, you may notice small cracks in your driveway. These are expansion joints which the asphalt will naturally form. These joints help the driveway withstand ground movement in the spring. This is the elasticity or flexibility property of your driveway work.
Proper maintenance of your new driveway is essential. Asphalt, in absoring the sun will begin to oxidize. That is why it is also important to seal coat your driveway approximately one year after paving. Seal coating will prolong the life of your driveway, fill the expansion joints and protect your driveway from any auto leakages, salt and the elements.