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What Does it Mean To Cure Pavement?

If you are interested in increasing the curb appeal of your property, you might be thinking about putting down some fresh pavement. At Bennett Paving, we have worked with a wide variety of clients put down fresh pavement, and it would be our pleasure to do the same for you as well.

We will work with you personally to customize your pavement to meet your needs, and we will also recommend that you wait a little while before placing any heavy objects on your pavement. That is because the pavement takes time to cure. What does this mean, and why is this important? Learn more about this process below, and reach out to us the speak to a number of our team.

An Overview of the Curing Process

When we talked about the curing process, we talked it out asphalt drying completely. Curing is the amount of time it takes for the material to fuse together. The individual molecules need to form a strong bond if you want them to last as long as possible. Furthermore, there is an oxidation process taking place.

You need this to finish before you start putting heavy traffic on the asphalt. Even though the asphalt may look dry, it is not necessarily cured yet. We will give you a strict timeline of when you can put certain objects on your pavement. Even though foot traffic might start after a few days, it might take a lot longer for vehicle traffic to be safe.

How Long Does it Take?

There are a number of factors that will impact how long the curing process takes. It depends on the type of pavement you use, the weather in the area, and humidity levels. In general, asphalt takes about three days to dry. Then, foot traffic can begin. If you are simply resurfacing your asphalt, it will dry significantly faster.

If the pavement is ready for foot traffic, it may not yet be ready for vehicle traffic. It takes a few months for asphalt to cure completely, but we understand that you may need to have vehicle traffic before that time. Asphalt will still be a bit susceptible to damage as it finishes the curing process, but we will explain to you how to take good care of the pavement.

Contact Bennett Paving Today To Make an Appointment

If you have new pavement on your property, it is important for you to give it time to cure properly. That way, you reduce the chances of dealing with major repairs down the road. If you are interested in putting down new pavement, or if you have concerns about pavement that is already present, then we are here to help you.

We are Bennett Paving, and we give you access to some of the most experienced asphalt contractors in the industry. Give us a call today to make an appointment with our team, and learn more about how we can help you address all of your pavement needs.