We get this question from every Broward County paving customer. So, if you’re wondering how long it takes for pavement to dry, you’re not alone.
Waiting for your paved surface to dry can be a bit of an inconvenience. You’ll have to park your car elsewhere for a while. Paving a parking lot can mean redirecting your customers to a less convenient parking area and can cause business to temporarily slow down.
Despite the inconvenience, however, it’s worth the wait to have a durable, safe, and attractive paved surface.
Exactly how long it takes for your driveway or parking lot to dry depends mainly on the material used.
How Long It Takes Concrete to Dry
Cement can take up to a month to reach its full strength. But this doesn’t mean you can’t use it any sooner. You can usually walk on a concrete driveway and park a personal vehicle or two on it within a week of paving. Heavier vehicles like boats, trailers, and RVs should wait the full month.
How Long It Takes Asphalt to Dry
Asphalt sets up much faster than cement. You can walk and drive on it within a couple of days. Asphalt is quite temperature-sensitive, however. It takes longer to set if you pave your driveway in very hot weather.
How Long It Takes for Pavers to Set
If you choose brick pavers for your driveway, you can use it right away. You may have to wait a day if you put a sealer over top of your pavers, however.
Find out how soon you’ll be able to use your new driveway by contacting our Palm Beach paving team for an estimate.