Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, we know that you’re busy at this time of year. While asphalt paving is important for your property, you might be wondering if the process will take more time than it’s worth. Even if the paving is quick, will the pavement take a long time to dry? And can you be sure that my new pavement is ready to be used? We’ll answer these questions below.
How Long Does Asphalt Take To Dry?
So how long does asphalt take to dry? Generally speaking, fresh pavement will be dry to the touch in 24 hours. This means that it will be dry enough to walk or drive on. Resurfaced asphalt will dry even quicker, usually in several hours. However, while asphalt might be dry at this point, you should not park on the pavement for at least five days. This will help your driveway cure properly.
Drying Vs. Curing
While asphalt will be dry in about 24 hours, it takes 6-12 months for your driveway to fully cure, or harden. During the curing process, your asphalt will become harder, stronger, and also darker in color. Letting your driveway cure fully will help to protect your pavement in the years to come.
Caring Your New Asphalt
After your new asphalt is paved, make sure to take good care of the area. Make sure your driveway has proper drainage nearby and also avoid getting it excessively wet. Drive and walk on your pavement as little as possible, and always park in the garage if you can, especially while you wait for the pavement to cure. Finally, avoid driving too fast or close to the asphalt edge.
Protecting Pavement in the Future
Regular driveway maintenance like seal coating will help to protect your pavement over time. Talk to a contractor to learn which services will best maintain your pavement.
When in Doubt, Call the Experts
If you have questions about your new pavement, then it’s best to call a contractor. Trying to solve your asphalt problems on your own might not actually fix the issue. Sometimes, DIY improvements can even make the situation worse! Call American Parking Control for help with all your pavement needs.