If you really want to improve the perceived value of your home or make sure that it is more attractive to would-be buyers, you can gain a lot by investing in its outward appearance. In addition to keeping the structure in good repair, you can make a difference by "redoing" the driveway. Brand-new asphalt paving will give your property an all-new appearance. What do you need to know in order to look after your new driveway construction, so that it continues to look great?
Looking after Your Investment
An asphalt driveway can be long-lasting and very durable, but it will be even better if you treat it well and care for it properly from day one. There are a number of ways to ensure you don't run into problems, as it "settles."
Let It Set
For example, do not park your vehicle on top of the driveway, or store any objects on it for up to a week after it is laid. This will allow the asphalt to settle and not be compromised by the objects on top of it. This is particularly important if the driveway is laid during the hot, summer months.
Avoid Bad Behaviour
When you do start to park your vehicles in the driveway, be very careful how you manoeuvre them when you do so. It may be tempting to turn the steering wheel sharply before you actually move the vehicle, especially if you have a fairly tight entrance or exit way. By doing so, you could cause damage not only to the tyres on the vehicle, but you could cause marks on the driveway that would be very difficult to get rid of. This type of behaviour can certainly wear out your new asphalt surface more quickly than it should.
Vary Your Parking Spot
If your driveway is of a sufficient size, try to park your vehicle in a different part of it occasionally, rather than in the same place all the time. This is especially important if you have a heavy vehicle so that you don't impose too much weight in one place. In the worst-case scenario, a depression might occur, needing maintenance to repair.
If you do see any signs of wear and tear, call in your asphalt paving expert to get to work. If you notice any cracks or other signs, then early intervention will be more cost-effective. If you have any worries about this, get in touch with your contractor as soon as possible.