Every year hundreds of homeowners in the Delaware Valley and South Jersey markets fall victim to driveway seal coating scams. These scams cost homeowners anywhere from $250.00 – $1,000.00 for substandard workmanship and even sometimes illegal hazardous materials being sprayed onto their driveways. They typically begin with individuals going door – to -door in a neighborhood with a canned sales pitch about “left over driveway sealer” from a neighboring job. Do not fall for this scam as it is the oldest trick in the book!
HOW THE SCAM WORKS:
You receive a knock on your door from an overly friendly sales person for a driveway sealcoating company offering a “TODAY ONLY DEAL” to seal coat your driveway with left over driveway sealer from a project around the corner. The truth is there is no “left over” driveway sealer as sometimes as many as 4 sales people are pitching the same scam in every neighborhood close to your home with a crew on stand by at a local gas station waiting to be given an address to come to.
The scam works off of high pressure sales tactics and a fear of loss bait & switch scam and usually preys on stay at home Mom’s who may place a call to their husbands who are busy at work and who just say, “I am very busy and cant talk right now – it sounds like a good deal.” By using a fear of loss tactic they are usually able to charge anywhere from 2-5 times the going rate for a professional driveway seal coating company to perform the work.
To add insult to injury, it is rarely if EVER a GOOD DEAL! The materials are either water based driveway sealers which have been grossly over diluted with water or worse… oil based asphalt cut backs which have been grossly over diluted with paint thinner, kerosene, diesel fuel or gasoline!
THE COMPANIES ARE EASY TO SPOT:
The companies typically perpetuating the scams typically use two different types of equipment to apply the ineffective pavement sealer products.
The equipment above applies the oil based sealers which are illegal for application in New Jersey but are legal in Delaware and Pennsylvania. As you can see from the picture above that the sealer leaves behind a shiny, sticky and “flammable” surface upon completion.
The equipment above applies the water based sealers. It is nothing more than a 225 gallon plastic box which the unscrupulous contractor pumps some concentrate sealer into and then grossly dilutes it with water. This type of equipment is not capable of applying the same commercial grade and strength pavement sealers applied by professional driveway sealcoating companies as there is no mechanism to mix the sealer with sand and latex which is necessary for the pavement sealer to last properly.
As a homeowner if a company arrives to seal coat your driveway, whether you found them from an advertisement or if they knocked on your door, if they arrive with this type of equipment you will NOT receive a professional driveway seal coating application! To make matters worse, if they are applying an oil based sealer, you will track the sealer into your home onto your carpet, hardwood floors and tile.
To avoid these potential issues, insist on only hiring a professional driveway seal coating company.
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