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After Sealcoating

  Why should I seal coat my driveway?

  • Seal coating seals the asphalt pavement, preventing the oxidation and erosion of the top layer of asphalt.

  • Seal coating seals the small cracks minimizing water penetration into the asphalt and asphalt base that is especially harmful during the winter freeze thaw cycle.
  • Seal coating helps protect the asphalt from the sun as well as the harmful effects of chemical spills such as oil and gasoline.
  • Seal coating provides an attractive black surface that is ideal for painting lines and other markers.
  • Seal coating costs pennies a square foot compared to the dollars needed to repair or replace damaged asphalt.

How often should I seal coat?

To get the most protection and maximize the life of your driveway most asphalt manufacturers recommend seal coating every 2 to 3 years depending on the amount of traffic on the driveway and weather conditions.

When is the best time to seal coat?

Usually the best time to seal coat is from late April on through October, depending on the temperature, or as long as it is above 50 degrees.  However, it is better to schedule early in the year to avoid the fall rush.

How long should I stay off the driveway once it is sealed?

Generally speaking you should stay off the driveway for 48 hours after it has been sealed.  If there is a lot of shade on the driveway or very humid, additional time may be required for the sealer to dry completely.

What must I do before and after sealing?

Remove all vehicles and objects from the areas to be sealed.

Turn off sprinkler system prior to arrival and for 48 hours after sealing.

Do not apply any lawn fertilizers for several days prior or after seal coating.

Do not use any spray on or brush on wheel cleaners on driveway after seal coating or they may stain the driveway.

 

Will sealing my driveway smooth out the surface?

No.  Sealer is designed to protect and extend the life of asphalt surfaces it is not designed to change the texture of asphalt or fill in low spots.

Are crack repairs permanent?

Generally they are only a temporary fix and over time they may reopen requiring additional applications of crack filler.

Note: crack repairs may still be visible after sealing.

Do you offer paving services?

No.  However we can refer you to reputable paving companies in the area.

Do you offer other services?

Yes.  

We also power wash and seal decks

Power wash masonry; such as walk ways, patios, steps

Abrasive cleaning of Belgian block or natural stone

 

 

Any other questions - just give us a call at 845-357-7537 and we will be glad to help.


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