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How much does it cost to seal coat a driveway?

How Much Does It Cost To Seal Coat A Driveway?


Driveway Sealcoating By Brush Application


How much does it cost to properly sealcoat a driveway? Driveway Seal Coating is best left to a professional contractor versus using products from home improvement retailers.  The average cost to sealcoat an asphalt driveway with either asphalt or coal tar emulsion pavement sealer ranges from $0.15 – $0.30 per square foot.


Size Of The Driveway: Driveways which are 4,000 sq ft on a large property and are cheaper to seal coat then a 1 car driveways in a townhouse development

Cleaning & Preparation: How dirty the driveway is and how much cleaning will be involved using walk behind air blowers and steel wire hand brooms. Pavement sealer required asphalt to be 100% clean to adhere / perform properly. The amount of oil spots which require preparation and priming with a latex based oil spot primer, moss from under trees and wood piles along with any overhanging landscaping areas which may need to be trimmed back

Amount Of Driveways To Be Sealed In A Development: Most sealcoating companies will offer a discount if multiple neighbors sealcoat their driveways on the same day to reduce mobilizations back to the same neighborhood which is common as one neighbor sees a driveway was sealed and then calls the same company and so forth and so on.  The same seal coating company may return to the same neighborhood 10-15 times when all 10-15 driveways could be sealed on the same day for a disocunted rate to save on fuel and labor.

The Amount Of Cracks: In order for sealcoating to be effective, any cracks that are 1/2″ or larger need to be sealed with a hot rubberized crack sealer prior to seal coating.



We have a more detailed blog post on how to find a professional sealcoating contractor (Click Here) To briefly touch on this point, another issue that dictates price is whether or not you are using a professional sealcoating contractor. Professional sealcoating contractors have a fleet of equipment, backup equipment and support equipment to complete your project in a timely manner. In addition, a professional sealcoating contractor has the necessary overhead to include liability, automobile and workman’s compensation insurance (Minimum $2M with umbrellas, additionally insured language etc.- not just a basic policy with the state minimums which an injured party then may look to you to cover the deficiency), they hire a legal workforce which is paid “on the books” with necessary withholding taxes withdrawn from their paycheck (Not day laborers picked up from a neighborhood muster location) and they will have to cover the costs of a fleet of professional equipment built by leading industry manufacturers such as Neal Manufacturing ( which fabricates equipment which is capable of applying a thick pavement coating with silica sand and rubberized latex mixed for the longest lasting application (Not 55 gallon drums, 5 gallon pails or square plastic totes with a trash pump system which CANNOT PROPERLY MIX THE SEALER OR APPLY A SEALER MIXED WITH SAND AND LATEX. Surprisingly, some pavement sealer manufacturers sell and or encourage the use of these type of setups knowing full well they cannot apply their own manufactured pavement sealer to even their most minimal mix designs or application rates.




With the rising cost of coal tar and asphalt emulsion raw materials, fuel, insurance rates etc, if you are receiving prices for sealcoating for a 2,500 square foot driveway under $0.14 square feet, you are most likely going to receive a sub-standard project when complete. How can a contractor work cheap, cut corners & cheat without the customer knowing: spray applying pavement sealer instead of using a hand applied brush application which results in a thicker more monolithic coating , diluting the material with excessive amounts of water, not mixing latex or silica sand with the pavement sealer (Something a customer has no way of verifying), using low cost labor found at day labor organization locations (Keep in mind, if a person working on your property gets injured and is not covered by workman’s compensation insurance- YOU MAY BE HELD LIABLE FOR ALL THEIR MEDICAL EXPENSES!

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