FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Residential Sealcoating FAQs
- Power blow the driveway to remove dirt, debris, rocks, leaves, etc.
- Fill any cracks with rubberized 3/8 inch or larger
- Hand squeegee on our commercial grade coal-tar emulsion sealer with large squeegee brushes
- Barricade off the end of the driveway at the street
- Crew will leave an invoice in the mailbox (sometimes the crew forgets or runs out of invoices, so please contact our office for an invoice if this happens)
We will fill any cracks 3/8 inch or larger with a rubberized crack-filler before we hand squeegee on our sealer. If you have small holes or pits, we can fix them using cold patch material. However, we do not recommend cold patch for holes as this is a temporary fix and cannot be sealcoated over. For larger areas of potholes or “chunks” taken out of the driveway, we recommend to cut out and hot asphalt those areas in order to level them with the rest of the driveway and have a permanent solution. This process is a minimum of $750 for 100 sq. ft. or less due to the material, machinery, and labor involved. To get a quote on repairing your driveway, please click here to "Request an Estimate"
There is a possibility that the oil will continue to show through the sealer after we sealcoat over the area, even with the oil priming. We cannot guarantee that the oil stain will not be visible after oil priming.
For weeds, we recommend that you apply weed killer or scrape the weeds out before your scheduled sealcoating, as that allows the crew to be efficient when filling the cracks and sealcoating. If you are unable to get the weeds out, we can scrape them out, but this may limit our ability to fill the cracks to the your satisfaction.
If the weather forecast is under 20% chance of rain, we will be out to sealcoat your driveway on the scheduled day. If the weather forecast is above 30%, we will decide if we need to postpone the sealcoating services and we will contact you the day before or the morning of your scheduled date to let you know of the postponement and to re-schedule your appointment.
Occaisionally, we may experience "pop up" showers that cause us to pull our crews. If that happens, we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know, and to re-schedule you for another date.
We cannot sealcoat when it rains or if the pavement is wet, so we will have to postpone any sealcoating if this happens.
Today, we use a commercial grade water-based coal-tar emulsion sealer called Brewer Coat. It is a water-based material but we never water down our product. We apply the material by squeegee which allows the crew to control the application and get up to the edge of the asphalt.
We also have an asphalt-based material which is our “GREEN” product, available by special request, for those municipalities and/or cusomers that require it. This product will dry to a matte black shade and typically does not last as long in the Midwest weather.
The coal-tar based material has been approved by the FDA to be safe, and dries to a shinier black. The coal-tar sealer holds up better in the Midwest weather (especially winters).