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Absolute Asphalt Ltd
N3171 State Hwy 55
Freedom, WI 54130

A Recognized Paving Leader Since 1996

Asphalt Paving Care & Facts

How long does it take for my asphalt surface to completely cure?

Remember that the liquid asphalt in blacktop needs time to harden and cure, usually 6-12 months, your driveway will remain somewhat soft and pliable until then. You may walk on new asphalt immediately, but keep automobile traffic off it for at least 2-3 full days and longer in hotter temperatures.

How does my vehicle damage my driveway?

Your new asphalt can be scarred by automobiles starting out too fast, pulling in too quickly, turning around in tight areas, and just driving too fast. If this happens, it can be easily fixed. Asphalt becomes pliable again with heat. Simply heat with torch and iron smooth with a flat shovel.

What precautions should I take with my new driveway?

  • During the first 6-12 months while your asphalt is curing don’t park in the same spot every time. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
  • Avoid using jack stands or car ramps unless a piece of plywood is placed under them to help distribute the weight.
  • Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering, and transmission fluid spills and leaks. These will dilute the liquid asphalt in your driveway.
  • Avoid lawn chairs, bicycle, and motorcycle kickstands because they exert weight on concentrated areas and will create holes and depressions in your new driveway.

Consumer Advice


Avoid the “leftover materials” line. Someone stops by and says they have some materials leftover from another job and offer you a great deal right now. Reputable contractors calculate materials carefully and seldom have more than a small amount of “leftovers” never enough to do an entire job.


Scammers prey on people with parking lots or driveways that are in need of repair. They install a “scab patch” over the top of the failed asphalt areas. They say it will look new again. Without proper preparation procedures, which they typically do not do, the asphalt ends up in a pile of broken pieces.


Look out for price units. Bids quoted by “gallons, tons, square feet, etc.” are usually rip-offs waiting to happen. Do you know pavement work well enough to know for sure how many units the contractor used? A common ploy is to charge per gallon for seal coating or to charge for asphalt work by the ton. Stay away from these guys. A good contractor gives firm bids with a “total” price and generally provides a proposal with what is included. Do not assume anything not listed is included.


Beware the non-local. Does it really make sense for a contractor with out of state plates or from 100 miles away to be at your door or office?


Beware of “fancy” trucks with small rollers or equipment carried on light “utility” type trailers, and “drag box” asphalt spreaders that pull behind the dump truck.