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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does National Paving request "NO Parking!" after the asphalt is laid?
    Asphalt takes time to cure properly, and parking on it too soon can result in damage. We recommend avoiding parking on your freshly paved area for at least 5 days to allow for proper curing.
  • Why is topsoil placed along the edges of my driveway, and what should I do if it washes away?
    Topsoil is placed along the edges to prevent cracking or damage. If you're concerned about topsoil erosion due to rain, please contact us, and we'll address the issue promptly.
  • Can I place patio chairs or items with pointed edges on my new driveway?
    It's advisable to avoid placing items with pointed edges, such as patio chairs or bicycle kickstands, on your new driveway. Even though they may not weigh much, they can cause damage over time.
  • Why should I seal my driveway, and when is the best time to do it?
    Sealing your driveway within the first year significantly improves asphalt longevity. National Paving offers a special discounted rate for driveway sealing, to be completed one year after the initial installation.
  • Should I rotate parking during the first year after getting my new driveway?
    Yes, it's recommended to avoid parking in the same spot consistently during the first year after receiving your new driveway. This helps distribute weight evenly and promotes even settling.
  • Why should I avoid harsh turns and dry steering on my new driveway?
    Harsh turns and dry steering can put unnecessary stress on the asphalt during its curing period. Avoiding these actions for the first year contributes to the long-term durability of your driveway.
  • How can I store heavy items like boats or campers on my new driveway without causing damage?
    Placing patio stones under the tires and jacks can help distribute weight and prevent damage when storing heavy items on your driveway.
  • What should I do if puddles form on my driveway?
    While our goal is to have no puddles, occasional situations may arise. If you notice any concerning puddles forming, please contact us, and we'll address the issue promptly.
  • What if weeds grow through the asphalt surface?
    Our excavation process aims to remove all weeds, but occasionally, one may sneak through. If you notice a weed growing through the asphalt, please contact us, and we'll address the issue promptly.
  • Why is it important not to park on a newly paved driveway immediately?
    Liquid asphalt takes 6-12 months to cure. During this time, it remains pliable and soft. To allow for proper curing, we recommend keeping auto traffic off the driveway for at least 3 full days or longer, especially if the weather is hot.
  • How does temperature affect the curing process of asphalt?
    On hot days, watering down your driveway can help cool and temporarily harden the asphalt. While this is helpful, it is not mandatory. If soapy suds appear during this process, there's no need for alarm. While we make every effort to avoid puddles in your driveway, some small ones may be inevitable.
  • Why is it important to be gentle with a new driveway?
    A new driveway is susceptible to scarring caused by starting out too fast, pulling in too quickly, turning around in tight areas, and driving too fast. Being gentle during the initial curing period (6-12 months) helps preserve the integrity of your new asphalt surface.
  • Should I rotate parking during the curing period, and why?
    Yes, during the first 6-12 months, it's advisable not to park in the same spot every time. Additionally, avoid turning the steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving to prevent unnecessary stress on the curing asphalt.
  • Can I use jacks or car ramps on my new driveway?
    While using jacks or car ramps, place a piece of plywood underneath to help distribute the weight and prevent damage to the asphalt surface.
  • Are there weight restrictions for my new driveway?
    Large heavy vehicles, such as oil trucks and concrete trucks, can depress your driveway. Avoid parking such heavy trucks on your new driveway. When storing campers and boats for an extended period, place a piece of plywood under the tongue jack and tires to distribute weight.
  • Why should I avoid pointed objects on my new driveway?
    Pointed objects, such as lawn chairs, bicycle and motorcycle kickstands, can exert weight on concentrated areas, creating holes and depressions in your new driveway. Pay special attention to pointed high heels during warm months.
  • Why should I stay off the edges of my driveway?
    The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to a lack of side support. Avoid driving on the edges, as they may crack and crumble over time. We recommend building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil to approximately one inch from the top to allow for sod growth and water drainage.
  • What should I do if weeds push up through my driveway?
    Despite efforts to remove and kill grass, weeds, and dandelions before paving, sometimes they may push up through the driveway. If this happens, contact us for instructions on how to address the issue.
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