J. Perry Paving
J Perry Asphalt Paving is a family-owned business that has been serving customers across Rhode Island since 1999. We are highly trained and will give you the quality that you deserve. Specializing in asphalt, concrete, and seal coating.
Asphalt is composed of various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt, and other ingredients. Knowing the right and wrong ways to care for asphalt can help prevent scuffing, cracks, and holes. If you have any additional asphalt care questions that are not addressed below, feel free to contact us.
Age of pavement
As asphalt ages, it will resist most scuffing. While this may seem appealing, asphalt needs flexibility for maximum durability.
Time of year
Pavement placed in the fall and winter is less susceptible to scuffing, while pavement placed in the spring and summer will show more scuffing.
Weight of vehicles
Scuffing can be caused by heavy vehicles with large tires, as well as the volume of traffic over the seal-coated area. Most often, scuff marks are caused by sharp turns, stationary 180-degree turns, and braking.
Type of tire
While standard bias-ply tires can cause scuff marks, steel belated radial tires can cause more. Aggressive tire tread patterns on off-highway vehicles, trucks, and SUVs can also cause tire scuffing.
Generally, coarse asphalt material is less likely to get scuff marks. Ask your seal coating provider about the type of material chosen for your project.
Asphalt contains liquid tar which needs time to harden and cure. Your driveway will be fully cured usually within 24 months; until then it will remain pliable and soft. We recommend keeping automobiles off for at least 7 full days or longer in hot weather.
Even when cured, asphalt can sometimes soften in extremely hot weather and harden as temperatures fall. To temporarily harden hot asphalt, you can water it down with a garden hose. If soap suds should appear, do not be alarmed. This is a reaction between the diesel fuel found in asphalt and the chlorine found in some city water.
To avoid scarring, do not enter, exit, or generally drive too fast on your asphalt driveway. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
To preserve your new driveway, it is advisable to seal coat your driveway 3-6 months after it has been paved. Sealing too soon, however, may cause damage to your new driveway, unless oil-based sealer is used.
Asphalt is also softened and broken up by gasoline, lube oil, grease, road salts, and anti-freeze which drips from cars. Sealer protects from these harmful elements. Unprotected driveways remain porous, dry out, become rough, and lose their life rapidly.