Sealcoating is the process of applying a protective coating to asphalt-based pavements to provide a layer of protection from the elements: water, oils, and U.V. damage. Sealcoating extends asphalt pavement life and lowers maintenance costs in the long-run. Plus it looks great!
Sealcoating can only be done when temperatures are above 60 degrees and there's no rain in the forecast for 24 hours. Our sealing season is usually between May-October (weather dependent).
Though it depends on a number of factors, such as how heavy it is used, we recommend every 4-5 years. If it's new asphalt you should get it sealed after 9 months
Depending on the property we apply sealer using brooms or spray wands. Regardless, we apply 2 coats of sealer to ensure that the asphalt is 100% covered with a deep consistent coat. For edges and other areas that require precision, we use paint brushes to "paint" in the sealer.
We are one of the few companies that use pressure washers to prepare the asphalt to seal. Preparation is key to a long-lasting sealcoat, particularly living in the PNW where moss and dirt are prevalent.
Yes, you can seal your own driveway for slightly less than it would cost to hire a professional. However, it's a messy job and the store-bought sealer will not have the same adhesion (long-lasting) qualities as the premium sealer we purchase from our supplier.
Sealer is brown and shiny when first applied. If you walk on it, you’ll pick up the sealer on the bottom of your shoes and track it onto the concrete, or worse, onto your carpets. Once the sealer has a dull black appearance, you can walk across it without danger of tracking or damaging the surface.
The manufacturer recommends 24 hours, but it’s not that simple. In areas of direct sunlight and high temperatures, the sealer will cure more quickly and may be safe to drive on in 12-24 hours. In shady areas and in cooler temperatures, it could take two or three days.
The scuff and tire marks, including brush strokes, will fade away in time. When the sealer first dries, it's a deep black. Over the first month of curing, it gradually turns to slate gray. Each day it’s almost imperceptibly lighter—but also stronger—through exposure to sunlight. After a month or so, the scuffing will stop, and the spots will disappear as the sealer fully cures.
It depends on the size of the crack and whether or not it's structural or superficial. Structural cracks are usually greater than 1/4" and have the potential to allow moisture to go below the asphalt. These need to be filled with commercial grade tar to prevent asphalt degradation. Superficial cracks ,on the other hand, are only cosmetic and don't present a problem. It is sufficient to simply cover these with sealer. In both instances, the cracks will still show after sealing due to the different texture compared to the sealed asphalt.
For heavily cracked areas, we use a specialty cold tar that provides a temporary patch. However, these "alligatored" areas are structurally compromised and will eventually need to be completely replaced with an asphalt patch.
Yes, we are a WA state contractor (License No. SPADOAM795MF, bonded through Hartford Insurance and insured through State Farm.
We offer a warranty for all of our services against any material and workmanship defects. Go HERE for more detail on our warranties.
No, we don't require a deposit prior to starting your project. Once completed payment is due in full and can be paid via online (debit/credit) or by mailing us a check.
If we have to cancel and reschedule due to weather, we'll try our best to fit you in as soon as possible. We just ask that you try to be flexible as well and we'll fit you in.