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Sealcoating

Maintaining your asphalt by the application of seal coating material will help to protect the asphalt from damaging factors while also providing curb appeal. Research has proven that proper asphalt maintenance can actually double the life of an asphalt driveway. With one simple phone call, your driveway will look as good as new, making your home and landscaping stand out like never before!



Why should I sealcoat my driveway?
Asphalt pavements are made up of limestone (aggregate), fine stone or sand, and asphalt cement. This "asphalt cement" is what gives the pavement its black appearance and is the "glue" that holds everything together. New asphalt is jet black, but soon begins to fade, that's oxidation - the effects of sun, rain and snow oxidizing the asphalt pavement. Given enough time, the pavement becomes brittle and has less resistance to the loads placed on it. Asphalt is a petroleum product, so any other petroleum derivatives that come into contact with it will dissolve into the asphalt, weakening or dissolving its "glue-like" properties. These products commonly include motor oil, transmission, power steering or brake fluids, gasoline and some household solvents.

What about those cracks?
Cracks 1/4" or larger in the pavement require crack sealant material. If not repaired, cracks allow moisture to penetrate into the asphalt surface. Water expands as it freezes, so moisture in the cracks will do the greatest damage in the winter months. Cracks are filled with a rubberized material which slows deterioration and strengthens the surface. Crack sealant is visible after the driveway has been sealed. Crack sealing is not guaranteed. If you have any concerns of major cracking in your driveway, please meet with our estimator beforehand.

Will my driveway still have surface cracks (spider cracks) after you seal?
The sealcoating material will fill surface voids and help the appearance of these spider cracks, but the cracking will not be eliminated.

Will you patch the asphalt and fill holes?
If not included in the estimate, we cannot complete an asphalt patch at time of sealcoating. If you have any other concerns with your driveway, please meet with our estimator beforehand.

When is the best time of year to sealcoat my driveway?
Ideally, for the material to cure properly, the day time temperature should be above 50 degrees and not lower than 40 degrees at night time. We begin sealcoating in May as weather permits, and continue to September 1st.

How do you apply the product?
Our preferred method is the spray application because it is more precise and gives a more uniform color.

What is the price of sealcoating?
Each driveway is different. Our pricing is based on the size and condition of the driveway. Once we receive your request for pricing we will send out an estimator. We will return the estimate to you by mail or email at your request.

What kinds of payment do you accept?
Personal checks or cash can be given to the crew supervisor the same day of service, or you can prepay if you wish. Coming soon, we will be able to accept credit cards.

Do I have to be home when my driveway is sealed?
No, you do not have to be home on that day, however, please make sure your cars are out of the garage and the area is clear of all vehicles and obstructions. We will put up caution tape to block the entrance of your driveway to prevent inadvertent use while you are gone.

How soon after the service can I use my driveway?
Temperature, humidity and sunlight will affect drying time; shady areas will take a little longer. Traffic and pets should be kept off of a newly sealed surface for a minimum of 48 hours to allow for drying time. In most cases you can walk and park your car on the driveway 48 hours after service is completed. Do not use the driveway if the surface still feels tacky.

Once I approve the estimate, how soon can I get on the schedule?
When we receive your signed proposal, we will return a postcard to confirm and let you know you are on our schedule. In our area, sealcoating is completed weather pending, between May 1 and September 30. We will call and give you advance notice of the scheduled date when we will be in your area.

What time is the crew arriving?
Specific times are not given. No two driveways are alike. Some may take longer than others and require more work.

If Hager Paving cannot meet the scheduled sealcoat date, how will I be notified?
Completion of your project is weather dependent. In the case of inclement weather or if re-scheduling is necessary, you will receive a phone call to confirm a newly scheduled date.

If I have a fence or attached buildings, will sealcoat spray on this?
We take every precaution to ensure the safety of your property. We carry tarps on the trucks to cover any areas we feel may be damaged. If conditions become windy, it is possible for overspray to occur. If you find any areas of overspray that our crew may have missed, please contact us immediately and we can provide you with recommendations on how to remove.

Will sealcoat affect my grass?
No, sealer will not harm your lawn. A mowing or two will eliminate the sealer. Please be sure to turn off all automatic sprinkler systems, and do not water the lawn next to the driveway for 24 hours before and 48 hours after application as the water will discolor the new surface.

Why are there texture differences on my driveway?
Certain areas of a driveway such as near the garage, stone walls, etc. will need the material applied by hand, and the texture may appear different at these areas.

How often should I sealcoat my driveway?
We do not recommend new asphalt pavement be sealed. A good rule of thumb - when you see the pavement starts to turn grey and the stone aggregate exposed is a good indication of the effects of oxidation, and that your driveway is now ready for sealcoating maintenance. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 814-764-5080 and we will be happy to help you. Thank you.