Don’t Forget to BackFill!

Asphalt is one of the most common alternatives homeowners use for their driveways. It is typically more cost friendly as compared to concrete, and is rather easy to install. However, when the pavement is brand new, some simple steps can help keep your new pavement looking new for years to come, whether this be a regular asphalt driveway, or a decorative stamped asphalt driveway.

Have you looked at the edges of your asphalt driveway and seen cracks, crumbling, and break off? And wondered why this is happening, since you just recently had this driveway put in? Well this is a common result of not backfilling your driveway.

With any driveway install, the edges are typically weaker than the middle of the pavement, because there is a lack of support on the side. As a result, when you drive your car too close to the edge…or maybe even over the edge, that lack of support causes cracking and crumbling.

Asphalt Driveway Breakoff
Photo Credit: Driveway Armor

However, there is a simple step you can take to help prevent this potential issue…Backfilling! We suggest backfilling the edges of your asphalt driveway and also stamped asphalt driveway with topsoil for added support. This is also enhances the  aesthetics of your driveway. Pack topsoil in the area between the driveway and the grass. You can also plant grass seed in the soil; as the grass grows in you will have a driveway that meets right up to the landscaping. Backfilling provides support on edges giving weight bearing support to vehicles that might accidentally drive off the edge; thus helping to prevent crack, crumble and break off. This is also very important in your stamped asphalt driveway as well.

See the difference in appearance with a driveway that has been backfilled.

Driveway ImpressionsDriveway Impressions Decorative Stamped Asphalt

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Driveway Impressions is a decorative asphalt company. We do stamped asphalt and we do it well.
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2 Responses to Don’t Forget to BackFill!

  1. gary ciprian says:

    how long should you wait to backfill the edges of a new asphalt driveway with top soil and grass seed? I have been told to wait until the driveway has cured because the putting top soil around the edges of a new asphalt driveway will wick moisture away from the edge of the asphalt faster then the rest of the driveway causing the edges to get small cracks…….have you ever heard of this?

  2. mydrivewaydr says:

    Hi Gary,
    Thanks for the comment! You can backfill the edge days after the new asphalt driveway is put down. The new driveway will cure throughout time, but after a couple of days you are good to go to backfill. Don’t put the topsoil while the driveway is still hot. Also, I have never heard of the driveway wicking moisture away from the edges before.

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