Your driveway (the place you park your vehicles and your kiddos run around) can represent a significant portion of the value of your property. If you paid to install it, you are aware of the expense. If the driveway were there when you bought your home, you’d want to do all you can to extend its useful life. With the constantly rising cost of hot asphalt, there has never been a better time to preserve what you already own. Homeowners often live with a damaged, failing driveway for years before they choose to replace it. Avoid that frustration by properly maintaining and protecting what you have now. It is recommended that you do so every 3-4 years.
About Your Asphalt Driveway
Your asphalt driveway is composed of aggregate, fines, and liquid asphalt binder, better known as rocks, sand, and glue. If left unprotected, as with anything kept outside, the pavement will start to fade and crack, weakening, becoming brittle, and failing. Once cracks form and widen, the penetration of water through to the base will cause subgrade erosion and potholes. Besides water, other elements which will cause damage to your driveway are sunlight, which weakens the pavement making it brittle, and oil or gasoline leaks, which, when allowed repeated contact with the asphalt, will soften and erode the spots.
What Is Sealcoating
Sealcoating is applying a liquid product engineered to protect asphalt pavement from the harmful environmental elements listed above, in addition to many other damaging effects. While protecting your investment by extending the useful life of the driveway, pavement sealer slows down the failure process and blocks out rain, ice, and sunlight. It resists harmful spills of chemicals like antifreeze and salt, engineered from a coal tar emulsion, which is not soluble in oil or gas. In short, protecting your pavement with a seal coat is much like protecting your skin with sunblock. Of course, as well as providing this protection, the sealant will give your driveway a new dark, black color, improving your property’s appearance and value.
Hot Pour Crack Filler
One product that goes hand in hand with seal coating is hot pour crack filler. Each estimate includes a linear foot measurement and price for filling the cracks within the pavement if you have any. Typically, these will include cracks greater than one-quarter inch wide up to one inch wide. The rubberized filler will prevent water from getting to the sub-base, which would then cause further failure.
Must Know FAQ
Once you decide to move ahead by accepting the free estimate, you will be given a schedule date, not a time. Our travel route for the day will dictate just when we’ll arrive, so be certain to have your cars and any other items removed from the entire driveway surface by no later than 7:00am.
When we arrive, we will begin by performing a completely thorough cleaning of the asphalt with powerful blowers and brooms, followed by the filling of any cracks, the application of the sealant by brush (never by spray at a residence), and finally we will rope off the end of the driveway with orange traffic tape. In many cases, we leave a job sign in a visible area. Please do not dispose of this sign, as they are costly and we will return to retrieve it within a week.
Plan on keeping all cars off the surface for 24 hours after completing the application.
The sealcoating season in Middle Tennessee and surrounding typically runs from early April to late November. We require air temperatures to be no less than 50 degrees and rising, with no rain and none expected within the first 24-48 hours of application.
Please do not cancel your appointment with us if you suspect rain. We carefully watch forecasts and, knowing our business as well as we do, make decisions to go forward or to stop during the day. If it should rain and we postpone your appointment, we will call you and give you a new scheduled date.
Seal Coating Gallery
What you should know about Allied Contractors Sealcoating Division:
We understand that you have choices and that many local seal coating companies want to earn your business. As our product is not applied once in a lifetime but about every three years, it is important to earn your business today and your trust and satisfaction for the future. We at Allied Sealcoaters pride ourselves on applying the best quality products by experienced professionals, and our reputation speaks of this loudly. Our people and equipment carry all necessary insurance as required, and this documentation is available on request.
The final price for work at your property is to be agreed upon in writing before we begin work. No additional charges for any extra work will be performed without our customer’s consent. The price on your estimate is all that you will pay.