HOW WE SEALCOAT
We start by edging and cleaning the asphalt surface to remove any over grown grass, weeds, and debris, using power blowers and brooms. This is done because the area getting sealed needs to be cleared of debris, sand, mud, and water. This preparation provides an optimal condition for proper adherence to the asphalt, creating longer lasting results. We also use special primers for oil, gas and other types of spills. We cannot offer a guarantee on any type of oil stains, as they could potentially bleed through. Next, we clean out the cracks in the pavement and apply a high quality crack and joint sealant. The filler consists of a blend of select resins, rubber, polymers, plastics and stabilizers. Hot pour crack sealer is heated to a liquid state at 300-400 degrees and applied to open asphalt cracks, sealing them from future damaging affects. On other types of cracks, we might use a cold pour professional grade sealant that will remain flexible. For more "ALLIGATORED" areas a mastic-type of patch repair is used.
- We apply sealer to the edges of your driveway using small edging brooms, to cut in around more sensitive areas. We mostly go around garage doors, brick walks, walls and concrete areas. We then use our equipment to spray or squeegee the rest of the driveway to give it a professional look. We finish it off, making a line of sealer at the end of the driveway or parking lot.
- Now that your pavement is completely sealcoated. We flag off the area so that traffic doesn’t enter the area until the sealer is dry. Please allow 24-48 hours before driving on it, but you can walk on it when it gives off a flat dry finish.
- Disclaimer: 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 the 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. WATER SPRINKLERS must be off 24 hours prior and 24 hours after sealing.
- Cracks are a tremendous problem for 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. The primary goal is to keep the water out so it doesn't freeze and expand the crack, 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. Given this, no reputable, knowledgeable, experienced contractor will guarantee crack filling compounds. In order for crack filler to be effective, the crack must be of 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 to keep it from getting under the asphalt and deteriorating it. Sometimes cracking is so bad a new driveway should be installed.
- 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.
- No matter how great our work, some pavement issues are beyond our control. This info should clarify misconceptions about sealcoating.
- In New England, it is common to have pavement with many small surface cracks or "alligatored" areas. These areas will look like spider webs of many smaller cracks or similar in pattern to the back of an alligator. 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”.
- 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 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 for our work performed, only. This applies to the above specifications only; any extra work will incur extra charges. All agreements are 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. The first job of the day is the only time we can set pretty accurately. 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 and can only 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 and remember to shut off lawn sprinklers the day before and the day after. Payment is made upon completion of work unless otherwise stated.
- If you have further questions, or if you would like to schedule your driveway or parking lot work call us today!