Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: 24 years this year!

Q: I’ve heard of asphalt based sealers, are they any good?
A: From our past experience, we do not recommend or use this product, unless it is specifically requested. It offers very limited protection against gas and oils spills. It has been our observation that the serviceability and life span of asphalt based sealer is not as long as coat tar sealer.

Q: Will sealcoating make my driveway look new?
A: It will improve the look of your driveway, but it will not make it instantly new.

Q: How long do I need to stay off newly sealed asphalt?
A: You need to stay off the sealer for approximate 24-48 hours while the sealer cures, depending on weather conditions.

Q: Our dog walked through the wet sealer, what should I do?
A: Before allowing the pet into the house, clean its paws with soap and warm water. The sealer may cause irritation to the paws. If the pet licks the sealer, call your vet immediately, and follow their advice.

Q: Can you put the sealer on my driveway in the rain?
A: Not unless you want to clean up the mess!

Q: How often should a driveway be sealcoated?
A: Asphalt pavement should be sealed every 2 to 3 years depending upon winter weather conditions and usage. Snowplows have a tendency to scrape the sealer off high spots. Pavement should show signs of graying or white areas before re-sealing. Sealcoating every year with a heavy duty sealer will lead to premature failure. Too much of a good thing is just as bad as doing nothing at all.

Q: Why do you recommend cutting the asphalt crack before you fill it?
A: We recommend cutting to create a clean solid edge in the asphalt for the sealer to adhere properly. It also allows enough material to be placed in the crack in order to stretch sufficiently when the pavement moves due to expansion and contraction.

Q: When you crackfill my driveway, will it look new?
A: No, once you have a crack in your driveway, it will always be there.
But filling the crack with crack sealant will help to keep water from undermining the base of your driveway and help your asphalt last longer before it needs to be replaced. You will see the crackfill sealant in, and next to, the cracks.

Q: Will the sealcoat stick to the crackfill material?
A: It will for a short period, but by design crackfill is soft and flexible, and sealcoat is hard and rigid. The harder sealcoat material eventually flakes off the softer crackfill material. Imagine trying to make paint stick to a balloon.

Q: What is the difference between sealcoating and paving?
A: Sealcoating just coat the surface of the asphalt. Paving is replacing the asphalt.

Q: How long do I need to stay off newly laid asphalt?
A: Usually about 3-4 days.

Q: If I have my parking lot striped, can you help me make sure I am ADA compliant?
A: Yes, we can make sure your signage and handicap layouts are correct.

Q: Can you install handicap signs in my parking lot?
A: Yes. We also have other signs you may need, such as stop signs, no parking, reserved parking, and other specialty signs.

Q: Can you provide and install cement parking bumpers in my parking lot?
A: Yes. We can install standard 7’ long bumpers anchored in pavement by a 12” rebar pin.

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