How Long To Wait Before Parking On A New Driveway
When you have a new driveway installed, it takes time for the concrete to dry, cure and settle. Concrete will shrink as it hardens—which is why it’s essential to leave enough space between your car and the edge of your driveway so you don’t end up with a vehicle that looks like it’s parked on a loading dock.
If you’re looking for an easy way to measure how long your driveway needs to cure before parking on it: use a tape measure or yardstick. Measure from one tire track to another (or even better–measure across multiple holes). If there isn’t any room between your tire tracks or holes, then wait longer.
Pavers Should Cure For At Least 90 Days Before Parking A Vehicle On Them.
Pavers should cure for at least 90 days before parking a vehicle on them. The same is true if you plan to drive on the pavers. Curing is an important part of the paving process that allows moisture to evaporate from within the concrete and prevent cracking or other damage.
If you’re working with a professional paving company, don’t worry about waiting too long after installation—they’ll take care of this step for you!
A New Driveway Needs Time Before You Should Park On It.
When you pull into your driveway, you may notice that your wheels are leaving marks on the concrete. If this is the case, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Many people who have newly poured concrete driveways make this mistake—and it’s easy to do.
The reason for these marks is simple: new concrete has not had time to fully cure yet, which means that it doesn’t have its full strength or durability either (similarly, freshly painted walls will still scratch easily). As a result of this under-curing state, parking or driving over a fresh driveway can cause damage—including premature wear and aging, cracking, warping, and more serious issues like delaminating or spalling (flaking away).
Use The Best Ice Salt
There are several types of ice salt available for use on concrete driveways. Some are safe for pets, some are safe for children and others are environmentally friendly. If you have pets in your home, you’ll want to make sure the salt for snow is not toxic to them before putting it down. Also, if you have young children in your home playing outside, make sure the melter won’t cause harm if they get too close or eat it by mistake.
We hope this post has helped you understand how long you should wait before parking on a new driveway. If we can help with any other questions, please feel free to contact us at our customer service department.
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