Why does my driveway need to be sealcoated?

Left untreated asphalt pavement will deteriorate rapidly. The asphalt binder that holds the pavement together begins to oxidize and weather soon after installation. Moisture penetrates the asphalt causing further damage and deterioration of the pavement.

What benefit does sealcoating provide?

A quality sealcoat replenishes the binder that is lost through aging and oxidation, adding protection against environmental distress. Sealcoating also provides a fresh, beautiful surface that enhances your properties appearance and value.

What exactly is being applied to my driveway?

We only use Coal Tar Pavement Sealer, which is a high quality product marketed by SealMaster, a leader in the industry.

What goes into a tank of sealer?

We follow the industry guidelines, which call for the following when properly preparing a tank of sealer: For every 100 gallons of sealer we add 30 gallons of water, 2 gallons of a Polymer additive, and 300 lbs. of sand.

Why do you use a Polymer additive?

The Polymer additive gives flexibility to the sealer and provides greater resistance to substances that are harmful to your driveway such as road salts, oils, fuels and grease. It dries with a darker color and assists with uniform application of the sand slurry.

I have obtained several estimates for having my driveway sealed and they vary in price by quite a bit, why?

When paying for any home repair/home maintenance service, it typically benefits the consumer to obtain several estimates. The sealcoating industry has historically been plagued with dishonest so-called contractors who provide nothing more than an oiled down driveway. These “gypsy sealcoaters” or "travelers" are often here today gone tomorrow with no accountability for their actions.

DR Sealcoat is a reputable company that will be here to serve you for years to come. We are members of your community and will stand behind our work. As to pricing a sealcoat job there are many variables that can affect the final price: the size and condition of the driveway, necessary prep work, and location are just a few. For the most part, quotes received by reputable sealcoating contractors should be reasonably similar. If a price sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

How can a sealcoater afford to charge a price so drastically lower than the other quotes I received?

Dishonest sealcoaters have several available options to be able to offer a seemingly unbeatable bargain price. The industry standard calls for a specific mixing of ingredients in a tank of sealer. By adding more water, no additives, no sand and spraying it on thinner then recommended, a dishonest sealcoater cuts costs and stretches a tank of sealer much further than those who do it correctly. Therefore, they can offer a dramatically lower cost. With this lower cost also comes a poor quality job that leaves the homeowner no better off. Remember that with all things, quality pays.

I had my driveway sealed and the surface is still rough, shouldn’t the sealer have smoothed it out?

No, sealcoating is not intended to provide asphalt with a smooth surface. A smooth surface would be a slick surface making it unsafe to walk or drive on when wet. Sealcoating is only intended to seal the surface to protect the asphalt from chemicals and the elements.

I have a small driveway. Why shouldn’t I just do it myself?

The average homeowner can sealcoat their own driveway, but often the results are worse then what they started with. The sealer commonly purchased at the large home centers cannot be applied properly with a brush or squeegee. It will typically go on too thick requiring many of the large heavy 5 gallon buckets. Sealer applied too thick will not flex with the driveway and within a short time start to crack and separate from the asphalt. This thick sealer is also very slick due to its over application and lack of sand or polymer additives. In the long run, it pays to have a professional job done.

Because we want our customers to be fully informed about professional sealcoating, and you took the time to read the above information, we will give you a 10% discount by printing the coupon located here. Coupon is valid for residential customers only.