Why Seal Coat?
How Often Should I Seal Coat?
It depends on several factors (Age of the driveway, Winter Weather, Personal Preference) New asphalt should be sealed 6-12 months after installation. If a driveway has never been seal coated before and is sealed for the first time, we recommend sealcoating again the following year. After that point we recommend re-sealing every 2 – 3 years depending on the weather, the amount of cracks in the driveway and your personal preference for beautification of the driveway.
Our Exclusive Driveway Maintenance System…
Our exclusive driveway seal coating system includes the following services which are either no offered by most companies or are skipped all together to save on material and labor costs:
What Driveway Guardian Offers & The Competition Doesn’t
- SPECILIZATION: Highest quality workmanship in the industry. Our driveway seal coating crews are specialists and only perform high quality, professional, meticulous driveway seal coating and repair services. They are pavers one day, landscapers the other, power washers another day etc. They focus on what they do best- Driveway Seal Coating & Repair!
- OUR SYSTEM IS SECOND TO NONE: we bring more resources, knowledge, equipment and support services to the table than any other contractor- PERIOD!
What are you really purchasing when you contract with a driveway sealing company?
Quality and peace of mind, of which most companies offer either! When you hire a driveway seal coating company you have certain expectations. You want a professional job completed so you do not have to burden yourself with the task of doing it yourself and when you or your spouse arrives home from work, you want a meticulous professional completed job with no hassles. You don’t want to arrive home and find your driveway blocked off with your neighbors garbage cans, over spray all over your grass and garage door, fuel spills in the street, your gate left open from a worker going into your back yard to relieve himself (Hopefully out of sight of your neighbors or children watching), grass and debris blown across the street into the neighbor’s yard you just made amends with after an argument over a Phillies Game, the contractor realizing you are at work so they attempt to “extort” more money from your Spouse who they made the agreement with stating there was additional work they were made aware of… The list goes on and on. Our list is very simple: We contract for an agreed upon price, schedule and complete the work in a professional manner and leave your property, your neighbor’s property and your street in a clean and pristine manner upon completion.
Here is what our competitors think a professional job looks like upon completion:
The examples above are all of sub-standard workmanship. Maybe the homeowners elected for the cheapest price and the old saying of “you get what you pay for” applies, however, we believe most affluent homeowners will pay a higher price for a higher quality job; it is the contractor themselves who sells one bill of goods and provides another which is what leads to these poor workmanship examples. It is the premise of our website to act as an advocate for the consumer to educate them in detail on the difference between a “good job” and a “really bad job.”
Our exclusive driveway seal coating system includes the following services which are either not offered by most companies or are skipped all together to save on material and labor costs to yield the unscrupulous contractor a higher net profit:
- POWER EDGE DRIVEWAY:
All grass areas will be power edged to ensure a manicured finish upon application of sealer and will allow the pavement sealer to penetrate and seal the edges which are subject to erosion from water. If you have mulch beds, the mulch will be pushed back to expose the driveway edges. If you have Belgium block or brick pavers on the edge of your driveway, rest assured that our workmanship is the cleanest in the industry. We will take every step necessary to ensure that no sealer reaches any non-target surface. The crews all have water spray bottles on hand to immediately clean any spills.
- POWER BLOW DRIVEWAY:
High powered push blowers are used to remove all dirt, debris, mulch, silt and dust from your driveway. Good preparation is key to ensure the pavement sealer bonds properly.
- OIL SPOT TREATMENT:
We will apply Driveway Guardian Bond-O-Prime latex based oil spot primer to all oil, gas and grease spots on the driveway to provide a good cohesive bond with the pavement sealer and reduce bleed through.
- CRACK WELD SYSTEM:
We will utilize Driveway Guardian Hot Pour Rubberized Crack Sealant to seal any cracks in the driveway which are larger than 1/2”. Driveway Guardian utilizes the highest quality virgin rubber sealant on the market today which outperforms our competitions direct fire and cold pour crack sealers by 2 – 1.
- JOINT SEAL SYSTEM: (Additional Charge)
We will utilize Driveway Guardian Joint Seal to seal the joint between the asphalt and concrete at the garage apron if the joint has opened to a width of ¼” or more.
- BROOM FLOOD COATING DRIVEWAY SEAL COATING SYSTEM:
Driveway Guardian will apply (1) one liberal coat of Pave-Guard 2001 “Hybrid” Pavement Protection System to your entire driveway with our “exclusive” broom flood coating system.
- All pavement sealers are applied with our specially manufactured nylon seal coating brooms which are manufactured exclusively for our company. These specialized brooms apply the most uniform monotholic coverage of material available ensuring a long lasting job.
- Pave-Guard 2001 is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly pavement sealer available today and is made exclusively for the Driveway Guardian Network by a leading pavement sealer manufacturing company.
- Unlike our competitors “watered down” pavement sealers, our “exclusive” mix design contains a high level of latex, synthetic resin emulsion and 4 lbs of silica sand per gallon
- All material is applied at an application rate of 70 – 80 sq ft per gallon
- BARRICADE DRIVEWAY:
Upon completion we will barricade your driveway with Driveway Guardian Orange Banner Tape to prevent people from walking / driving on the driveway for the 24 hr cure time. 48 hrs for parking your car is preferred to prevent power steering marks.
NO SPRAYING / SQUEEGEE APPLICATION / OIL BASED SEALERS USED
Please see the disadvantages listed below of the aforementioned applications:
- Spray Application: Spray applications are messy and rarely provide intended results and expectations of the home owner. In addition, in order to apply the material to 100% of the driveway, the contract has to “cut-in” by hand which will leave an unsightly texture difference where the coating was worked into the surface with a standard seal coating brush and where the area was “filled-in” by spray. When the coating dries there will be a “noticeable” difference in the texture and appearance of the coating. Spraying also allows the contractor the save over 60% on material costs, thereby, cheating the homeowner out of material that they have though they were paying for. Spray applications yield the contractor a 120 sq ft per gallon + material yield.
Both of these driveways were seal coated in the same neighborhood 2 days apart. Neither driveway was ever sealed before; both were gray in color and porous. The driveway on the left received a spray application two days prior to our seal coating crew seal coating the driveway on the right. The driveway on the left received a spray application (Notice the uneven texture, bare spots, overspray on the grass) and the driveway on the right received our exclusive Broom Flood Coating Application®. If you were the homeowner and you paid $350.00 for the driveway on the right and $325.oo for the driveway on the left, would you feel cheated?
- Squeegee Application: Squeegee applications do not allow enough material to be applied to very smooth driveways and will result in a reduced service life. On the other side, if the asphalt is too rough and porous the squeegee application will leave too much material on the surface which will result in peeling, flaking, or worse: “Tracking” onto your carpets and hard wood floors.
Notice how the asphalt sealer is “scraped” off the surface after application like windshield washer fluid on a windshield.
- OIL BASED / GILSONITE Pavement Sealer: Oil based and gilsonite based pavement sealers are “illegal” for use in NJ and carry heavy fines up to $5,000.00 per occurrence. They are legal to be used in Pennsylvania and Delaware, however, they offer the homeowner little to no benefit and could even “destroy” your driveway. The disadvantages of gilsonite are listed below:
Notice how the gilsonite is messy, tacky, shiny, and over sprayed all over the mailbox post.
- Illegal for sale /application in NJ. Fly-By-Night contractors purchase the material from out of state and then apply it to driveways in NJ. The homeowner themselves could be liable is the E.P.A is notified of their use.
- Gilsonite can only be applied by spray (See Picture Below) and is an asphalt cut-back which is used to rejuvenate old oxidized asphalt. If it is applied over a driveway which has been sealcoated before it will track into your house.
- Most contractors due to the high cost of the gilsonite, “dilute” the product with kerosene, paint thinner, toluene etc., all which are petroleum distillates. Besides making your driveway a “bomb ready to ignite” which the volatiles flash out of the product, the petroleum distillates can actually destroy your driveway. REMEMBER: Seal coating is designed to keep these substances out of your asphalt, not penetrate them into it.
- Gisonite can be easily recognized because it is “jet black” in color and very shiny like oil based paint. If you notice a contractor going door-to-door trying to sell the application, simply call the police and report them for soliciting without a permit.