There a several factors to consider when answering this question. Weather, and the amount of traffic flow seem to effect the asphalt the most. The general rule of thumb is to sealcoat asphalt every 2-3 years.
Asphalt is a mix of gravel, sand, and tar. It is put down evenly in 2in layers and then compacted. Asphalt is what streets, highways, parking lots, and driveways are made of. Asphalt sealer is a cold liquid that is applied, typically a year after asphalt is installed. Streets and highways are not sealcoated, but it is highly recommended for driveways and parking lots.
There are a few common terms that refer to asphalt sealer, or asphalt sealcoating. Examples include driveway sealant, asphalt sealant, asphalt coating, coal tar. Asphalt (different from asphalt sealer) is sometimes called blacktop or pavement.
We use Sealmaster LV asphalt sealer on all of our driveways and parking areas. Sealmaster LV is a mixture of coal tar based sealer and asphalt based sealer.
Our sealer is delivered to our shop in bulk form, directly from the Sealmaster plant in Sandusky, OH. We then add the proper amount of sand, water, and additives to strengthen the sealer. This is very important step that effects the quality of the sealer. Asphalt Sealer that is not mixed properly will fade or fail shortly after it’s applied. Some asphalt contractors will water down their sealer to increase their profit.WE NEVER WATER DOWN OUR ASPHALT SEALER!
There are two methods of applying asphalt sealer. One method is by using a brush to spread and smooth out the sealer across the asphalt. We use this method for all of our
residential driveways, and recommend this method the first time asphalt is being sealcoated. The other method is using compressed air to spray the sealer on the asphalt. This method is preferred for larger parking lots.
Asphalt sealer is a cold liquid.
First we remove all of the vegetation (grass/weeds) from the cracks and edges of the asphalt. We then use industrial push blowers and wire brooms to remove all loose dirt and debris. Before applying the asphalt sealer, we then apply a spot primer to fuel/oil stains.
The general rule of thumb is to wait 48 hours. This allows the sealer to cure properly, and reduces the amount of tire marks. We work with all business owners to ensure that their customers still have full access to their business when their parking lots are being sealcoated
No. We work with business owners schedules to ensure that they can stay open. We work weekends and holidays when most businesses are closed. We can also sealcoat a parking lot in sections over the course of a couple days. This will give your customers access to your business at all times.
We work in all areas of Columbus and surrounding communities including:Dublin, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Grandview, Worthington, Westerville, Minerva Park, Clintonville, Grove City, Groveport, Lewis Center, Delaware, Marysville, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, New Albany, Gahanna, Lancaster, London, Marble Cliff, Plain City, Powell, and everywhere in between.
There are many factors to consider before answering this question. Weather, traffic flow, and other factors go into answering this question, but typically asphalt surfaces last 12 to 15 years. Asphalt that is properly maintained with asphalt sealer will ensure that your asphalt last many years longer than asphalt that is not maintained.
When we replace asphalt, we remove the existing asphalt, regrade the area and apply new asphalt in the same area. Resurfacing asphalt (also known as “capping”) is when we put another layer of asphalt over the existing asphalt. Though this option will not last as long as replacing the asphalt, it is a more cost effective option to consider when your current asphalt has failed.
We recommend waiting at least three days.
Asphalt is applied in 2 to 2 and a half inch layers. After it is compacted properly, each layer is approximately 1 and a half inches thick.
Yes. This is a common practice, and is a preferred method of replacing damaged or failing asphalt.
Crack filling, line striping, cold patch and other asphalt maintenance FAQ’s?
We use two kinds of crack filler. We use a “hot pour” crack filler for all commercial properties. It is poured in the cracks while hot and banded to ensure adhesion. For residential driveways, we use a “trowel grade” crack filler. This is a thick, cold crack filler that is applied and banded to ensure adhesion. In both cases, asphalt sealer is applied after the crack filler has been used.
It is important to treat oil and fuel stains that are on your asphalt. We use a spot primer that helps prevent the stains from coming back to the surface after it has been sealcoated.
Cold patch is much less expensive than using hot mix asphalt. We only recommend cold patch for temporary fixes. Typically, cold patch will last a year.
We stripe a parking lot approximately 12 hours after the parking lot has been sealcoated.
All line striping will meet DOT standards and regulations.
As always, there are several factors that go into answering this question. Typically, concrete will last around 20-25 years.
We recommend waiting 3 days to drive on newly installed concrete.
We offer just about every exterior concrete service including: Driveways, sidewalks, patios, steps, garage floors, drains/catch basins.