Paving projects are an investment, and at Metro Paving, we know you want to keep your pavement in the best condition for as long as possible. Here are some things you should and should not do after your paving project is finished:

DO give the asphalt enough time to cure

Did you know that asphalt typically takes a full year to cure completely? Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t use your pavement for a year. Once it is fully dried and the curing process begins, you’ll be able to drive on it. However, continue to monitor your pavement from time to time throughout the curing process.

DON’T drive on fresh asphalt for 24 hours

During the first 24 hours after a paving project, the asphalt is still relatively soft and susceptible to damage from weightbearing. To be safer rather than sorry, we recommend waiting 48 to 72 hours before driving on the pavement.

DON’T ignore small cracks

If you identify a crack in your asphalt, give Metro Paving a call. It’s important to catch potential issues early to prevent a larger repair later on.

DO sealcoat your pavement

After your parking lot is fully cured, we recommend applying a seal coat every three to four years. Sealcoating helps prevent damage from UV rays, helps seal out moisture, and prevents fading.

After an asphalt project, there are many best practices that you can rely on to help maintain your parking lot’s color, shape, and surface integrity. Ready to get started on your next project? Give Metro Paving a call.