Frequently Asked Questions About Blacktop Asphalt Driveways in Wisconsin
In the 60+ years of installing some of the best driveways in Western Wisconsin, Senn Blacktop has had a chance to work with many Wisconsin residents about their driveways. In that time, we’ve heard many of the same questions. These commonly asked questions are important to homeowners. To help you understand more about blacktop driveways, particularly residential driveways, we’re answering those most common questions.
Why sealcoat pavement driveways and parking lots?
Asphalt is made up of stones and fine sands; asphalt cement acts as the glue to hold them together, further providing the pavement with the rich, black color. Unfortunately, over time, from exposure to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements, the pavement begins to fade to gray, and crack from vehicle traffic. Additionally, exposure to motor oil leaks, landscaping, and household chemicals degrades the pavement.
Appling seal coating creates a barrier protecting the asphalt from the harmful sun’s UV rays, rain, snow, and harmful chemicals.
How often should my driveway be sealed?
Every 2-3 years after the driveway has been paved. Some clients prefer the rich black color that seal coating provides and have their drives sealed more frequently.
When can I drive on a newly sealed driveway?
It is usually best to wait 3 days before allowing automobiles to use the driveway.
What is the best time to install a new asphalt driveway?
The driveway construction season generally runs from early May through October. Within that period, choosing a time is up to you, but some periods are busier than others.
How long should I stay off my new driveway?
We recommend that you do not park on your new driveway for one week. Asphalt becomes soft with heat. In fact, it’s a good idea to park in the garage or on the street on very hot and sunny days to save yourself potential problems.
When can I have my new asphalt driveway sealed?
The best time to seal is 3-12 months after it has been paved.
What causes the most wear and tear to a seal coated asphalt surface?
In Wisconsin, we experience extreme weather conditions. Our freezing temperatures, snow and the effects snowplowing can have on your pavement, sand, salt, rain/water run-off and the summer heat all wreak havoc on asphalt.