Asphalt Maintenance & Tire Scuffing
You had a new parking lot or driveway installed last week by a reputable asphalt contractor, but today, you noticed that there are tire scuffs on your beautiful pavement. You may think that the contractor did not construct the pavement correctly or used materials of extremely poor quality. However, if the only damage you see is tire scuffs, it is highly unlikely that this is a construction issue. Newly installed asphalt pavement is very susceptible to tire scuffing under a number of scenarios.
Asphalt Maintenance & Tire Scuffing
Tire scuffing is usually due to circumstances that you cannot control, but one thing that you might be able to control is the time between the completion of the paving project and its initial use. The less time that asphalt pavement is allowed to cure before it is opened to traffic, the less resistance it has to tire scuffing. When you are planning your project, ask your asphalt contractor the best interval to wait. Keep in mind that the best interval is not the same as the shortest interval. The shortest interval could be less than 24 hours, but the best interval could be longer. Your contractor will know the type and volume of traffic that your pavement was designed to bear, so he can guide you on this issue. Unfortunately, the other causes are not as easily controlled.
• A great many tire scuffs are the result of drivers who turn the steering wheel while the vehicle is parked. Scuffs are more likely to occur if the vehicle has power steering and/or front-wheel drive. Unless your car is the only one accessing your pavement, you will likely be unable to prevent scuffs caused by stationary vehicles.
• In recent years, low-profile tires have become increasingly common. These tires are highly inflated, have wider treads and feature skinnier sidewalls, but the size of the wheel well is not reduced. Low-profile tires exert greater stress of the pavement, increasing the likelihood of scuffing.
• Scuffing is more likely to occur when temperatures rise. Your pavement will be hotter, but so will the tires that drive onto the pavement after having traveled at high speed on a nearby highway.
• The mix that you requested could contribute to tire scuffing. For example, if you specified an extremely smooth, visually appealing surface, the limits on the aggregate used can make the pavement more sensitive to scuffing. If you asked for a mix that does not contain any recycled asphalt products, the pavement may be more prone to scuffing.
What to Do About Existing Scuff Marks
The short answer is that there is nothing you can do about them. Trying to remove them will probably do more harm than good. Unless there are other signs of damage, ignore the tire scuffs. As more traffic uses the pavement and more time passes, the scuff marks will simply disappear. Typically, it will be impossible to see them in less than a year, and they often disappear in just a few months.
We Can Help You Maintain Your New Asphalt Pavement
Driveway Sealing Call Frank is a commercial and driveway sealcoating contractor and we specialize in maintaining and repairing asphalt pavements. Whether you have a short residential driveway or a large commercial parking lot, we can sealcoat it, repair any asphalt cracks that develop, install curbing, apply pavement markings or perform infrared pothole repairs. We also offer concrete services. We have been providing our customers with exceptional work and outstanding customer service for almost 20 years. If you would like a free quote, you can call 1-800-DRIVEWAY or (203) 378-0080; if you prefer, use the online form to request your quote.
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