- What is Sealcoating?
- What Sealcoating won’t do:
- What product do we use and how do we apply it?
- How long does Sealcoating take?
- How much does Sealcoating cost?
- When should I Sealcoat and how often?
Sealcoating is a process that does exactly what the name implies- provides a coating of sealant on your asphalt surface. By installing this sealer effectively, it will greatly increase the lifespan of your pavement as well as the curb appeal. This happens because the deep, black sealer that is applied will reduce the penetration of asphalt’s worst enemies- water, oils, fuels, and oxidation. Sealcoating is an essential step in protecting your asphalt investment. You wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on a brand new wooden deck at your home and not stain/seal it, so why wouldn’t you provide the same level of care to your asphalt parking lot? Asphalt deserves love too!
Unfortunately, there are sub-par contractors out there that will try to sell property managers or owners on Sealcoating pavement that is in true need of repairs or repaving. Once asphalt has reached this point, there is no more “extending the life of the asphalt.” If you apply sealer at this point, it would only provide an aesthetic benefit as opposed to a longevity benefit.
We currently use two different methods of application. The most common method is with a spray wand. This method puts down sealer at approximately 6-7 gallons per minute and generally creates the most evenly applied product. Unless otherwise specified, we apply two sprayed coats of sealer allowing approximately at least one hour of drying time in between coats.
The other method of application is brushing on the sealer with 24”-36” brushes. This method is typically used for smaller areas that spraying would be too difficult. When brushing on the sealer, it typically goes on twice as thick as spraying so we only apply one brushed coat when using this method unless otherwise requested.
How many mobilizations are required to complete this project? The more area we are allotted to complete in one day, the less mobilizations there are.
The size of the area being sealed can play a factor in pricing as well. If we are comparing a small 15,000 SQF parking lot to a larger 115,000 SQF parking lot, the amount of resources and materials vary greatly. However, with larger projects, we can normally get better pricing on materials which then gets passed on as better pricing to customers!
If your pavement surface requires extensive cleaning and preparation before Sealcoating, that can add in the amount of time and labor needed for the project which then impacts the price. The pavement surface needs to be as clean as possible before applying sealer to allow for proper adhesion.
Please note: if you are receiving prices under $0.15/SQ Foot or $1.35/SQ Yard, there is a good chance you’ll be receiving either a sub-par product or sub-par service. This is a service that you should make sure an experienced professional is handling!
Just like you wouldn’t just stain your wooden deck at your house once over its lifespan, you shouldn’t only seal your asphalt once over its lifespan either. For best results in longevity as well as keeping a fresh aesthetic appearance to your property, we generally suggest Sealcoating every 3-5 years depending on the volume of traffic on your pavement.