Applying fresh pavement to a driveway or back road that directs traffic onto a property provides owners with several benefits. The fresh pavement presents a smooth driving surface, which improves vehicle handling. Freshly laid asphalt also prevents road degradation caused by prolonged exposure to moisture. However, customers need to understand what it takes to care for paving to be able to reap the myriad benefits.
Giving Fresh Paving Time to Set
Although fresh paving can support foot traffic, it cannot support a wide variety of vehicle contacts. Homeowners should place pylons or other barriers around the perimeter of the pavement to prevent automobile traffic for at least three days after a block-paving project. Heavy-duty trucks, which most likely played an important role in hauling asphalt, should also be prevented access to fresh paving. Property owners should find other locations to store heavy trailers, as even set paving might not withstand the trailer weight. Homeowners can repair vehicle induced paving damage caused by backfilling open edges, especially around the paving perimeter.
Even after vehicles begin to park on freshly laid paving, homeowners need to pay attention to spills and leaks that run caustic chemicals over the asphalt. Whenever homeowners spot a discoloured section of paving, they can use a cleaner or degreaser to eliminate the stain, and then apply a rinsing solution to restore the discoloured area. Exposure to vehicle chemicals can lead to deep internal cracks in paving that eventually cause large surface fissures. Pavement sealers do a good job of preventing the types of fissures caused by vehicle chemicals. Homeowners can protect paving slabs by applying the sealer about once per year.
Ensuring Proper Drainage
One of the paving care methods that homeowners often neglect is drainage. After laying fresh paving, some homeowners may observe standing water after a rainstorm. Although the puddles appear innocuous, standing water can seep through the smallest paving cracks to produce larger fissures that irrevocably damage the paving. Homeowners can rectify drainage issues by creating one or more drainage paths that lead to underground drainage systems. The process includes creating pipe angles at the periphery for water to run off the paving. Homeowners can also set a large sheet of synthetic material over the pavement to collect rainwater and then remove the material for water disbursement.
The highest quality paving jobs can experience occasional disrepair that requires immediate homeowner action. If a fissure is not long and wide, homeowners can apply additional fresh paving to act like an adhesive to bond the crumbling section of asphalt. They should use the same paving material they used for the original paving job to ensure continuity. Larger structural damage may require the removal of the entire pavement for a second application of fresh paving.