Our Sealcoating Process
We start by edging your pavement to remove any over grown grass or weeds, cleaning your driveway surface with power blowers and brooms which remove all loose debris. We do this because the area being sealcoated needs to be clean of debris, sand, mud, and water to provide for proper adherence to the asphalt that will create longer lasting results.
We also use special primers for oil, gas and other types of spills. (no guarantee on any type of oil) Next we clean out the cracks in the pavement and use a high quality crack and joint sealant, consisting of a special blend of select rubbers, resins, polymers, plasticizers and stabilizers. The crack sealer is heated to a liquid at 300-400 degrees and applied with our machine into the open asphalt cracks sealing it from future damaging affects.
Next we edge your driveway with asphalt sealer. This is done by taking small edging brooms and coating around the edges of your garage doors, brick walls, concrete or anything else that is not to be covered in sealer, so when we apply your sealer only your asphalt gets sealcoated. We then use our equipment to spray the rest of the driveway to give it a professional look and finish it off by making a neat line with asphalt sealer at the end of the driveway or parking lot.
Now that your pavement is completely sealcoated we flag off the area sealcoated so that traffic doesn’t enter the area until the sealer is dry. Please allow 24-48 hours before driving on your asphalt. You can walk on it when it gives off a flat dry finish.
Sealcoating is not intended to repair any aspect of the asphalt surface or base. Sealcoating will not level off depressions, remove humps, or repair broken asphalt or concrete. We are not able to fill gaps between any type of concrete slab, foundation or stone wall. Customer is responsible for the removal of all cars from work site prior to commencement of work. Worksites must be clear of overhanging bushes, ground cover, play chalk, mold and or moss, and other items such as basketball hoops etc.
Cracks are a tremendous problem to everyone, regardless of where or how they occur. Once they occur, they will never go away, and they will always be visible. When we sealcoat over the cracks this will not hide them. You will still see where we have sealed the crack, but if we do not crack seal and we just sealcoat, the cracks will look more apparent after the sealant is applied. The best you can hope for is to create a water-tight seal in the crack to prevent water infiltration, therefore crack sealing is not a cosmetic repair. Crack filling compounds may last a few months or several years, and it is impossible to predict how long these products will last. Therefore, no reputable, knowledgeable, experienced contractor will guarantee crack filling compounds. In order for crack filler to be effective, the crack must be sufficient width and depth for the crack filler to attach itself to the pavement. As a rule, a crack less than 1/4 inch wide and 1/4 inch deep cannot be effectively filled.
It is impossible to seal every little crack in your driveway. We do not crack seal hairline cracks as there is no reservoir for the material to go into. On most driveways, pricing is on all the cracks that are able to be sealed up unless there is an extreme amount of cracks. In that case we will usually ask you to call us to discuss this further. In some cases crack sealer may not be smooth or flush to the asphalt and may sink a little due to the rubberized properties of the crack sealant. Again the purpose of the crack sealer is to seal out the water from getting under the asphalt and deteriorating it. Sometimes cracking is so bad a new driveway should be installed. If you receive an estimate from another contractor make sure that their estimate specifies how many linear feet of crack sealing they are doing. If it doesn’t then there may be a significant price difference in estimates.
Oil Spot Primer
Oil spot primer is needed in order for the sealcoat to have a chance to properly bond to the asphalt. If you do not use it to prime oil spot areas there is a zero percent chance of the sealcoat adhering to the asphalt. There is no guarantee that the primer will make the oil spots disappear. In some cases the sealer many adhere and you may still see the outline of the oil spots even though the sealer has properly adhered. In some situations the oil has penetrated the asphalt so deeply that it is beyond repair.
TAR-GEL + PLUS ADDITIVE
This rubberized polymer additive costs us hundreds more per tank of sealer but the benefits outweigh the costs. Tar-Gel + additive is a multi-dimensional additive that greatly enhances the overall performance of the pavement sealer. It meets FAA specs for pavement sealer additives and suspends and locks in sand while improving gas and oil resistance. The additive also toughens sealer film to reduce scuffing and power steering marks and rubberizes pavement sealer for added strength and flexibility. It’s also fortified with a fast dry additive, dries faster to a blacker finish providing the highest quality performance and beauty for your driveway.
What Sealcoating Can’t Do!!
No matter how great our work, some pavement issues are beyond our control. This info should clarify misconceptions about sealcoating.
Surface Cracks / Alligatoring Asphalt
In New England lots of pavements have small surface cracks or alligatored areas. These areas will look like spider webs of many smaller cracks. The sealer will not hide them. We will sealcoat over them but the sealer will not fill them, make them level or make them unnoticeable. See info on “cracks”.
Uneven or Un-level Pavement
Sealcoat won’t fix uneven or un-level pavement. If there is a dent, bump or depression in your pavement the sealer will not level it out. We can fix some dents, depressions or plow scrapes with our “FIX MIX”. The coating will protect, preserve and beautify your asphalt but it cannot level uneven surfaces. Call for more info on our “FIX MIX” product.
We offer a one year guarantee on material and all workmanship, except that as applied to cracks and oil stains. No guarantee is offered on driveways that are peeling from pre-existing sealcoat, mold and or moss or overhanging trees or other landscaping. The guarantee is a replacement of previously performed work only. This estimate is for the above specifications only; any extra work will incur extra charges. All agreements contingent upon accidents or delays beyond our control.
We ask if you can keep our yard signs up for at least 7-10 days, as these signs help us lower our overall cost of business. Yard signs help in advertising our services and letting potential new customers see the quality of the work we have performed. By keeping our advertising costs down, we can bring you better pricing and help you save money!
All scheduled jobs are subject to change due to current weather conditions and/or the weather forecast. In our trade we are somewhat reliant on the weather. Due to the nature of our work we are unable to provide the exact time during the day that your job will be done. First job of the day is at 8am (the only time we can guarantee) and that will determine the rest of the day’s job order. Each job is unique: some jobs can take one hour while others may take four hours. We will progress from one job to the next. We will estimate how long jobs will take. We hope this helps explain our working schedule. You do not need to be home for us to begin working. Please make sure the area being sealed is cleared out. Please remember to shut off lawn sprinklers the day before and the day after. Payment can be made upon completion of work unless otherwise stated.
If you have further questions, or if you would like to schedule driveway or parking lot sealcoating services, please give us a call at 508-423-9188