Since the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure, usually 6-12 months, your driveway
will remain soft and pliable until then. You may walk on your driveway immediately, but keep
automobile traffic OFF of it for at least three full days, longer in hotter temperatures. Even after the
blacktop has cured do not expect it to be as hard as concrete. We do not recommend protective sealing
and suggest a two-year waiting period to allow asphalt time to oxidize.
Your new blacktop will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall. Watering down your driveway
with a hose on hot days will cool down and temporally harden the blacktop. This is helpful but not
mandatory. If soap suds appear do not be alarmed. This is a reaction between the liquid found in the
blacktop and a high chlorine content found in some city water.
The compaction procedure may occasionally cause stains on the driveway surface due to the oxidation
from the steel drums on the rollers. These stains or streak marks are surface only and will fad as the
surface wears.
Although every effort is made to avoid puddles in your driveway, some small ones are inevitable
depending on the natural slope and drainage of your ground. Any areas with less than 2% slope can
develop small puddles. Grade changes or drainage work should be considered in these areas.
Blacktop may be scarred by automobiles starting out to fast, pulling in too quickly and just plain driving
too fast. During the first 6-12 months while your driveway is curing, do not park in the same spot every
Avoid using jack stands or car ramps unless a piece of plywood is placed under them to help distribute
the weight. Excess weight from large, heavy vehicles can depress your new blacktop. Keep oil trucks,
concrete trucks, and any other heavy trucks off your new driveway. When storing campers for long
periods of time place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and also under the tires. Gasoline,
solvents, and oils soften, stain and dissolve asphalt.
Lawn chairs, bicycle or motorcycle kick stands, and ladders exert weight on concentrated areas and will
create holes and depressions in your new driveway. Especially watch out for those pointy high heels
during the warm months when your driveway is new.
The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of support. Avoid driving on the edges
since they will crack and crumble in time. We suggest building up the sides of your driveway with top
soil. This will support the edges and enhance the appearance after the grass has grown.
Your driveway may look smoother in some areas than in others because of the makeup of blacktop.
Blacktop has various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt, and other ingredients which cause a varied
texture of the surface. Also, blacktop areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may
appear different in texture from those spread by machine, which is part of the normal paving process.
This has been designed as an industry standard and covers most frequently asked questions. Please feel
free to contact us for more information on your specific needs.
Bouchard Construction Inc.
Bethel, CT
Phone: 203-743-3567

CT. LIC. #551508
CT. LIC. #552662
Steve J. Dunn
At Bouchard Construction, Inc. we are confident that this information will answer all of your questions for a longer lasting driveway.
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