Tire scuffing on an Asphalt Driveway In Somers, Ny.

What Causes Tire Scuffing On My Driveway?

There are plenty of ways for those annoying marks to show up in your asphalt driveway but timing, temperature, and tires 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 since the material is still soft and malleable. Over time as the material hardens, scuff marks on the asphalt will ultimately 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.

Materials Matter. 

It’s not just the materials in your tires that are important, the quality of materials in your asphalt driveway determine it’s durability. A thin sealcoat is more likely to be scuffed than an asphalt that is a coarse aggregate type. Materials that are coarse aggregate typically have a less aesthetically pleasing look, but will be more resistant to scuffing and indentation.

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

In nearly three decades of driveway paving and asphalt maintenance, we’ve found the key to prevention is knowledge, preparation, and the right materials. 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 of durable, long-lasting materials and that you understand when it’s most susceptible to damage like tire scuffing so that you can do your part to protect it.