Why should I sealcoat my driveway?
Asphalt pavements are made up of stone (aggregate), fine stone or sand, and asphalt cement. The asphalt cement is what gives the pavement its black appearance and is the “glue” that holds everything together. New asphalt is jet black but soon begins to fade. That’s oxidation; this is the effect of sun, rain, and snow oxidizing the asphalt cement in the pavement. Given enough time the pavement becomes brittle and has less resistance to the loads placed on it. Asphalt is a petroleum product so any other petroleum derivatives that contact it will dissolve into the asphalt, weakening or dissolving the “glue-like” properties. These products commonly include motor oil, transmission/power steering or brake fluids, gasoline and perhaps household solvents. A good quality sealcoating will protect the asphalt from all these damaging factors while providing curb appeal. Many years of research has proven that proper maintenance, including sealcoating, can double the life of an asphalt driveway.
What about cracks in my asphalt?
Cracks need immediate attention. Cracks in the pavement require crack sealant materials. Left alone cracks allow moisture to penetrate the asphalt surface. Water expands as it freezes, so moisture in the cracks does the greatest damage in the winter months. Cracks are filled with an injected rubberized material. This slows deterioration and strengthens the surface despite being visible after the driveway has been sealed. Crack sealing is not guaranteed.
What about stains on my pavement?
One way to prevent stains is to sealcoat the pavement in the first place. We broom and scrub the stain to abolish any free-floating residue. The area is primed prior to the sealing process. Some oil stains will not be 100% eliminated and we may recommend patching.
What is the price of sealcoating?
Each driveway is different. Our pricing is based on size and condition of the driveway. Once we receive your request for pricing we will send out an estimator. We will leave the estimate at your door or in your mailbox at no charge.
Do you use spray or squeegee application?
Our crews are trained in both applications. Our preferred method is the spray application because it is more precise and gives a more uniform color.
How soon after the service can I use my driveway?
You can walk and park your car on the driveway 24 – 48 hours after service is completed.
Once I approve the estimate, how soon can I get on the schedule?
We can schedule you within 5-14 business days depending on the availability in your area and the weather.
What time does the crew arrive?
No two driveways are alike. Some may take longer than others and require more work. We can advise you if you are on the AM crew or the PM crew the morning of your scheduled appointment.
Should I clean my driveway prior to service?
No, as part of the service we will clean your driveway. We use power brooms, weed wackers, blowers and wire brushes to prep the driveway. This will ensure the sealcoat adheres properly.
Do you come back and pick up the 1-800-60-SEALit sign?
No, these signs are disposable. However, we would appreciate you leaving them up for 30 days. The signs are our number 1 source of advertising. This is the most effective way of controlling our costs, keeping our prices competitive and passing this savings to our customers.
Will you do asphalt patches and fill holes?
Our estimator can provide you with all options in repairing asphalt patches and holes. We can fill small holes with cold patch (a cold asphalt).
When is the best time to sealcoat my driveway?
Ideally, days above 50 degrees and nights not lower then 40 degrees. We begin sealcoating in April (weather permitting) and continue through most of October.
Will sealcoat be sprayed on my stonewall or fence?
1-800-60-SEALit takes every precaution to ensure the safety of your property.
Will sealcoat affect my grass?
No, sealer will not harm your lawn. A mowing or two will eliminate the sealer.
Why have tire marks appeared on my driveway?
Tire marks are common 1-2 weeks after sealcoating. They will disappear as the sealer continues to cure.
Why does the sealcoat dry gray to light black?
Sealer needs sunlight to cure! Shaded areas (near house or trees) may appear grayish in color but will darken and blend with the driveway 1-2 weeks after sealcoating.
Why are these texture differences on my driveway?
Certain areas of a driveway (i.e., garage, stone walls, railroad ties, etc.) need to be trimmed out by hand first. The texture may appear different, but will conform over a period of time.
Will my driveway still have surface cracks (spider cracks) after you seal?
These spider cracks will not be eliminated. They do not affect the overall structure and condition of the driveway.
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