Frequently Asked Questions about Asphalt Sealcoating
Maybe this is the first time you’re considering sealcoating your driveway; or maybe you’ve had your driveway sealcoated before, but you have some questions. If so, this is the place for you. The frequently asked questions about sealcoating, and answers to those questions, below will help you understand the reasons to sealcoat your driveway and what the professional process of sealcoating includes. If you don’t see an answer to your question below, please feel free to send us a message.
The cost of sealcoating your driveway depends on how large your driveway is, the number and size of cracks in your driveway that need to be filled, if there are oil stains that need to be pretreated, and a few other factors that will be discussed when you receive an estimate to sealcoat your driveway. If you have a larger driveway, you may receive a discount per square foot. Because we’re a local company and buy our supplies in bulk, we pride ourselves in providing quality service with superior products and equipment at competitive prices. Find out how affordable sealcoating is with Seal-It by requesting a free estimate to sealcoat your driveway today.
You can. While it is possible to run down and purchase supplies from your local hardware store and seal your own driveway, there are a number of reasons why you should choose Seal-It to sealcoat your driveway for you. We use only the most effective equipment and quality supplies to seal our customers’ driveways. Your hardware store cannot provide the same industrial grade sealer that we use. Our equipment allows us to also get the job done faster. We’re also trained in how to best use those supplies. Proper mixing and application of the sealer is critical for a sealcoat that will beautify and protect your driveway for years. In addition, because we’re a local company and buy our supplies in bulk, we’re able to provide full service sealcoating to you for not much more than you would spend buying the supplies and then having to spend hours sealing your driveway yourself.
Sadly, many contractors use inferior products which do not both beautify and protect your driveway. One common mistake is the use of oil-based sealants. While oil-based sealants may temporarily darken your driveway, they seep into the driveway rather than adding a protective barrier on top. In addition, either due to their lack of training or cutting corners to make an extra dollar, some contractors improperly mix their sealcoat or over-dilute it, resulting in a sealcoat that will not protect the investment you made in your asphalt driveway. At Seal-It, everyone who works on your driveway has been trained in the use of the most effective equipment and quality products. We also stand by our work with a one year warranty.
Depending on humidity and temperature, your driveway should be dry to the touch and ready to walk on within three to four hours after being sealcoated. High humidity or low temperature does somewhat extend the drying time of the sealcoat. You should not drive on a newly sealcoated driveway for at least 24 hours. During times of high humidity or lower temperatures, you should avoid driving on a newly sealcoated driveway for 48 hours for best results.
Sealcoating your driveway will deter grass and weeds from growing through your driveway, but nothing can totally prevent this from happening. Homeowners should be proactive in preventing weed growth by using appropriate weed and vegetation killers as needed. Regular sealcoating, which prevent driveway cracks and deterioration will significantly reduce the possibility of grass and weed growth.
What you can expect depends on the condition of your driveway at the time you decide to sealcoat. Your driveway may have cracks that require us to use a polymer filler to smooth out the surface of your driveway and help prevent moisture from seeping in and causing further deterioration and to help prevent vegetation from growing through. If your driveway has oil stains, we will need to pretreat them to help prevent the stains from seeping through the new sealcoat. In order to ensure edge-to-edge coverage of the sealcoat, your lawn around your driveway may need to be trimmed. Prior to sealcoating, the entire surface of your driveway will be cleared of all dirt, grass and debris using our industrial grade blower that produces a force in excess of 200 mph. After the driveway is fully prepared, the sealcoat will be applied with a commercial grade spray unit and application brushes will be used as needed. The final result will be a beautiful deep, dark, black matte finish that will extend the life of your asphalt driveway
Asphalt driveways are a large investment, and they take a beating from the sun’s UV rays, weather, and your vehicles. After a period of time, your asphalt driveway will oxidize and begin to break down into its individual parts: binder, stone, and sand aggregate. When this happens, your driveway will become less flexible and visible cracking will occur. Regular sealcoating will protect your investment and prevent your driveway from cracking and breaking up.
For new asphalt driveways, you should wait two to three months for the driveway to cure before having it sealcoated. After that, you should have your driveway sealcoated whenever it starts to look dull and grey. Typically, depending on your driveways exposure to the sun’s UV rays, weather, traffic, or quality of the last sealcoat, you should consider having your driveway sealcoated every two years.