Asphalt driveways have become increasingly popular over the years because of their durability and curb appeal. If you have recently installed an asphalt driveway, the contractor probably told you that it takes between 6 and 12 months for the asphalt to harden and cure. The process of caring for a new pavement becomes very crucial in summer because the temperatures are high, and the surface softens and sets as the temperatures change. However, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions, some tips can help you protect your newly installed driveway from the damage this summer.

Cooling down the pavement

This summer has seen some parts of the country experience some of the country's highest temperatures in decades. The extreme heat in summer will make the driveway soft and pliable, and the best way to harden it is using a hose to water the surface and cool it down. The cold water hardens the asphalt and assists in the drying and curing process.

Preventing spot damage

Spot damage will occur on a new driveway when you start or stop your car too fast. Other actions that might cause spot damage include turning the car's steering wheel when the vehicle is stationary and using lawn chairs and kickstands on the driveway. Paving contractors recommend that, if you need to use car jacks, ramps or campers on the pavement, you should make sure that you place them on a piece of plywood for even weight distribution.

Preventing oil and fluid spills

Gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission fluids soften and break up an asphalt driveway. You should try as much as possible to avoid such spillages. A coal tar sealer is the best way to protect the entrance from oil and gas spills. However, experts recommend waiting at least one year after driveway installation to apply the sealer.

Preventing cracking and crumbling of the edges

The edges of the driveway are the most vulnerable part of the asphalt. The best way to protect these borders is using topsoil to support the edges. It is ideal to use topsoil to support the edges after the driveway has started curing. Before the asphalt cures, you should avoid driving off the sides of the entrance.

Other essential maintenance tips include ensuring you keep dirt off the pavement at all times because soil removes oil from the blacktop, making the driveway look more aged than it is. Professional pavement contractors can help you with any future driveway repairs that you might require.