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Congratulations on your new asphalt driveway!

Our team of expert pavers are proud that you selected Yeager Asphalt... We are confident that this maintenance manual will answer any questions you may have. For a longer lasting, beautifully maintained asphalt driveway, consult this maintenance manual frequently.

Still have questions? Feel free to call our fast, friendly, courteous service staff at the numbers provided.

Your new driveway will remain somewhat soft and pliable for about 6 to 12 months.

This is because the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure. Weather will play an active role in determining how long this process may take. Go ahead, you can immediately walk on your new driveway. However, keep automobile traffic off your driveway for at least 3 full days and longer when temperatures are above 75 degrees.

There are many advantages in selecting an asphalt driveway: An asphalt driveway will be very durable when fully cured.

Watering down your driveway on hot days will cool and temporarily harden the asphalt.

When the temperature rises above 75 degrees is when you will want to do this. This is helpful but not mandatory. It is perfectly natural for your new asphalt driveway. to soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall. If soap suds should appear do not be alarmed. (Just call the grandchildren and let them play with the bubbles) The soap suds are a reaction between the diesel fuel found in asphalt and a high chlorine content found in some city water...who would have guessed. Depending on the natural slop and drainage of your property there may be small puddles in your driveway. Although every effort is made to avoid puddles, this truly is inevitable.

What happens if marks appear on your new asphalt driveway?

We all know those marks from vehicles starting out too fast, pulling in too quickly, turning around in tight areas or just plain driving/stopping too fast. Relax...if this does happen, after a few months the marks will fade in and will not be noticeable.

This is good advice to share with all the drivers in your family and with relatives & friends who frequently visit you...

... during the first 6 to 12 months, while your driveway is "curing" don't park in the same spot every day. you will not want to turn your steering wheel back & forth when your car is not moving, as this will cause scuff marks. If this does happen, don't be alarmed. As you continue to drive over this area the scuff marks will level themselves out and after a few months they will not be noticeable.

When using jack stands or car ramps...

... you will definitely want to place a piece of plywood under them to help distribute the weight. If plywood is not used, there is a good possibility that indentations will be left.

When storing your camper and/or boat for long periods of time,

always place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and also under the tires. Be especially careful in spring when the ground is soft. If you use propane, make sure you schedule your deliveries when the ground is still frozen, or after the ground dries up. Excessive weight from large heavy vehicles can depress your new driveway. Keep oil trucks, concrete trucks and any other heavy trucks off your new driveway.

While your driveway is still new (within the first year) be careful about bicycle and motorcycle kickstands and lawn chairs... they exert weight on concentrated areas and will create holes and depressions in your new driveway. During the warm months, know that pointy high heels will also create holes / depressions in your driveway. So either have the babes arrive barefoot (but not pregnant) or honk and you will run right out.

Edges are the weakest part of your driveway.

This is because there is a lack of side support. We suggest that you build up the sides of your driveway with topsoil that reaches approximately one inch from the top of the driveway. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance after grass is grown. Always avoid driving on the edges, as they will crack and crumble in time.

All driveways may appear to look smoother in some areas than in other areas.

This is because of the makeup of asphalt. Asphalt has carying sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt and other ingredients that cause of variance in surface texture. Also a factor, is driveway areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear different in texture from those driveways spread by machine.

Every effort is made to remove and kill all grass, weeds and dandelions before your driveway is paved. Sometimes, however, these grasses and weeds have extremely deep roots. If any weeds should push up through your driveway contact us so we can send a person to your address to take care of this for you.

Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission fluid spills and leaks.

These will dilute the liquid asphalt in your driveway. Any hole left by these spills should be heated up and repaired. Any hairline cracks that may have developed over teh winter due to the contraction and expansion of the ground should be filled with crack filler or sealer. You will want to call and speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives. So you will never have to worry, ask about being on our special maintenance program...this is a benefit we provide, that you will not want to miss out on.

We strongly recommend sealing your driveway after it has been paved.

This will greatly preserve your new driveway. Driveways that are not "sealed" are unprotected, they may become porous, dry out, become rough, and rapidly lose their life. Not sealing an asphalt driveway results in deterioratino, ridges and upheaval due to frost and freezing.

A sealer protects the asphalt with a coating that is impervious to harmful elements, such as: gasoline, lube oil, grease, and road salts and anti-freeze. These elements mentioned can also soften and break up the asphalt. A sealer will also assist in filling and sealing hairline cracks. We recommend sealcoating two (2) months after the asphalt is installed. Then seal every three (3) years thereafter. Sealing too soon, may cause damage.

If we paved your driveway in the fall, we will come back in the spring to seal. This will be most satisfactory because the gasses in the asphalt will help protect your investment that first winter. Ask us about our lifetime worry - free maintenance program for as long as you own your home or business.