Tire Scuffing On An Asphalt Driveway In Cortlandt Manor , New York.

What Causes Tire Scuffing On My Driveway?

Tire scuffing is very common on new asphalt. There are various ways those annoying marks can show up in your driveway. Timing, temperature, and the way you turn your vehicles have a lot to do with it.

Timing Is Everything. 

Starting with the age of the pavement. Freshly laid asphalt is more susceptible to tire scuff marks. The material is still soft and malleable, especially when the weather is warm. Over time as the material hardens, visible scuff marks will soon fade and become invisible.

Heat Softens Asphalt and Makes It Flexible. 

It is also important to understand how outdoor temperatures at various times of the year affect the rate at which asphalt hardens after being laid. Hot temperatures, particularly in late Spring throughout Summer will slow the curing process, keeping the material soft and flexible for a longer duration of time.

Tires, Vehicles, and Your Driving Tendencies. 

Your vehicle’s weight is  another cause to tire scuffing. Sudden braking, stationary turns of the tires, and vehicles that have power steering are some typical causes to scuff marks on new pavement. Front-wheel drive cars tend to have higher loading on the front wheels which results in higher contact pressure against the asphalt. Note that asphalt laid when temperatures are consistently hot will remain in a flexible, malleable state until cooler weather returns. Therefore you should be very careful and cautious on how you move your vehicle on new pavement in hot temperatures. The types of tires on your vehicle can also play a role in tire scuffing. Typically most standard tires will cause scuffing on new pavement, but tires that contain rugged tread patterns, steel belts, or trucks with off road tires are guaranteed to leave unappealing marks. In some cases, the type of asphalt your driveway is composed of will influence the chances of your driveway being marked.
Tire scuffing is commonly caused from larger vehicles

Materials Matter. 

 The quality of materials in your driveway determines its durability. Coarse aggregated asphalt typically has a less pleasing look. However, it’s more resistant to scuffing and indentation.

How Can I Prevent Marks From Tire Scuffing On My Driveway? 

Over three decades we’ve found the key to preventing problems is knowledge. Lean on our experience – the Northern Construction team knows what it takes to keep driveways looking their best. Our process ensures that your driveway is built on a strong foundation. We use durable, long-lasting materials. We educate our clients with precautionary information to keep their new driveways looking the best.