Q. Why should I sealcoat my asphalt parking lot or driveway?
A.There are many surfaces such as asphalt pavement that need to be protected by sealing over the surface. Ex: A home with wood siding or wood shingle siding without paint or sealer would not last nearly as long as one that had been sealed with a paint, stain, or some sort of sealant.
- Sealcoat stops water from penetrating the surface coat of pavement causing surface cracks.
- Sealcoat will also help to protect from gas and oil leaks, provided large spills are cleaned up and not left for any long period of time. They may be cleaned up with speedy dry and hot pressure washing.
- The sun dries out the liquid asphalt holding your pavement together. Your pavement is made of stone, sand, and liquid asphalt holds it all together but when the liquid asphalt begins to dry out from the sun rays the stone and sand begin to separate. Sealcoat will help to shield the surface from the sun.
Q. Why should we fill cracks in asphalt pavement?
A. The cracks will continue to grow larger in size due to water entering the crack in the winter and freezing, also this water will find it's way down to the base gravel under the pavement, causing the base to become unstable, causing more cracks in the pavement.
Q. How long must I stay off the hot rubber crack filler?
A. Hot rubber crack filler cools in only minutes and is covered with black beauty sand to prevent sticking to tires and shoes. You may travel over the hot rubber filler within minutes of application not interrupting traffic.
Q. What causes tire marks on my newly paved parking lot or driveway?
A. When a newly asphalt paved lot or driveway has been installed, the pavement is soft on the surface and may have some scuffing and tire marks may occur . We recommend when driving on a newly paved surface to try and make wide turns so the tires will not dig into the surface of the driveway. The newly paved area will set up after a short period depending on sun exposer and temperature. The pavement will usually begin to harden (Setup) within 8-12 weeks, no longer scuffing from tires. The same applies to a newly seal-coated surface some tire marks will most likely be seen depending on how much turning in small areas takes place. After a short period the tire marks will no longer be seen.
Q. Is there anything I can do to prevent tire marks on my newly installed driveway?
A. YES! On very hot days, you may use a lawn sprinkler to cool the surface of your new driveway, cutting down or sometimes eliminating tire marks completely. But we still need to make wide turns, and do not turn tires in vehicle when sitting still.
Q. How soon after having my parking lot or driveway paved should have it seal-coated?
A) This is usually 8 to 10 weeks depending on how much sun or shade your paved surface may have. As soon as the paved surface is no longer tacky , sticky from the liquid asphalt you should sealcoat.
Q. How long do we need to stay off the pavement after sealcoating?
A) This depends on the Temperature and humidity the day of sealing . If in the direct sun on a hot day, 80 degrees or more the sealer may be driven over within one hour. With the same temperature but in the shade this could take somewhere around 4-8 hours . We use a fast drying additive that will help the sealer to cure faster and help the sealer to remain flexible for a longer lasting coating. If sealing a commercial parking lot we may sealcoat in sections allowing one to dry before spraying the next allowing for the parking lot to stay open for business.
Q. What needs to be done for preparation prior to crack filling or sealcoating?
A) Starting with crack filling, all cracks are cleaned out with air pressure. If there are weeds growing out of the cracks, steel wire wheel machines are used to router out the weeds and also the dirt. Prior to sealcoating, the surface is cleaned with brooms, some power brooms and also steel hand brooms along with power blowers cleaning the surface allowing the sealer to adhere to the pavement. In some cases where there is a build up of moss or a heavy coating of dirt, we would recommend either hot or cold power washing to properly clean the pavement, allowing the sealer to bond.
Q. How often should I crack fill and sealcoat my parking lot or driveway?
A) Hot rubber crack filling may be done as needed when new cracks may appear frequently seen following a cold winter when the ground becomes brittle and will move up and down from freezing. The Hot rubber that may already be in some cracks during a very cold winter may also crack depending on the temperature and ground movement and at some point may need to be sealed over with new hot rubber filler. Sealcoating should be applied as needed and not over applied. A commercial parking with heavy traffic would need to be sealed more often than a residential driveway. Gas stations, and other areas with heavy traffic may be sealed every year due to the sealer is worn from the surface much quicker. The plowing , sand and salt of a commercial lot will remove the sealer from the surface in a much quicker time period. A residential driveway should be viewed to determine when another coat is needed. This may be every other year or every 3 years depending upon how much car traffic and turning happen on your paved surface.
Q. Can repairs be made to my residential driveway that will not be seen such as fixing a hole or tire marks on my newly installed driveway?
A) Yes! you may make some repairs using heat and the proper tools where you would blend in newly installed asphalt pavement hiding the repair to most. Not all cases are the same and must be evaluated to determine what needs to be done.
Q . What Types of paint are used when marking and striping a parking lot?
A) On a lot that does not have sealer applied we would use a chlorinated rubber paint that would bond and last longer than others. In the case a lot has been sealcoated we would use a latex paint rather than the Chlorinated rubber and the reason being the Chlorinated rubber tends to get turned to a yellow cream color when applied to sealcoat where the latex does not.