Professional Driveway Sealers
Serving Pittsburgh's Northern Communities
Questions & Answers
A: Sealcoating is a preventative maintenance measure that helps protect your driveway from deteriorating. The deterioration may be a result of many circumstances including the weather, gasoline spills, oil leaks, alkaline, ice-melt/salt, the sun's rays and oxidation. Sealcoating refers to the process of working a protective layer of asphalt emulsion into your asphalt in order to better safeguard the asphalt from these elements and prolong your investment. The sealer will also increase the aesthetic appearance of your driveway and property.
Q: What Happens if it Rains?
A: Professional Driveway Sealers will try its best to seal your driveway when rain is not expected but sometimes the weather is beyond our control. In the summer months, our product will not splash after about an hour of sun exposure. We will perform the service again at no charge. Q: Why Seal Master Products?
A: Professional Driveway Sealers will use only the top of the line Seal Master products. For more than 40 years, Seal Master has been an industry leader in Parking Lot Maintenance and Repairs. Seal Master is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pavement sealers. The products we use are locally manufactured at their Hillsville PA plant. These asphalt based sealants contain sand for traction and grit. There are other options out there but we would not put anything down on your driveway that we would not put down on our own driveway. Oil based products leave your driveway or parking lot slick and unsafe and the oil actually corrodes the driveway surface over time. Q: How often does it need to be done?
A: Professional Driveway Sealers recommends that you seal your driveway or parking lot regularly depending on the wear your asphalt exhibits. The goal is to provide adequate protection but to avoid the “glassy” appearance that results from over-sealing. Over-sealing makes your driveway more likely to develop spider cracks. We will keep track of the year in which your driveway was last sealed and notify you as to when you may need to seal it again.
Q: Is Sealcoating a Permanent Cure for Cracks?
A: Sealcoating your asphalt properly will repair cracks temporarily and will keep the situation from growing significantly worse over time. Cracks may reopen after a rough winter but the crack filler & asphalt emulsion that has been worked into them will keep them from growing larger.
Q: What types of asphalt damage can be fixed?
A: When evaluating how damaged your driveway is please keep in mind some simple pointers:
Spider Cracks (thin splits in the driveway surface that look like a spider web) are normal and can be caused by any number of occurrences including shifting, settling, snow blowers, and snowplows. These cracks will be repaired temporarily but they will likely reappear after one winter. They do not seriously threaten the integrity of your driveway.
Deep holes, ½ - ¾ inch wide cracks and frost heaves are not normal and may cause erosion and structural damage that will compromise the integrity of your driveway. Professional Driveway Sealers will fix these problems though they will have to be tended to on a regular basis to keep the problem from becoming worse.
Q: Can I Do It Myself?
A: Yes you can, its a messy job. However, business aside, this is a job that you would be better off contracting out to Professional Driveway Sealers a few reasons:
1. It's Worth It! -- You will not spend significantly more money by contracting it out to Professional Driveway Sealers. After you are done buying materials and supplies and ruin a pair of shoes you will have spent roughly 75% of the cost our company will quote you.
2. It's a Tough Job for One for Person! - Professional Driveway Sealers uses a 2-person team to apply the sealer correctly. We work it into the asphalt in both directions and seal all edges. It takes 2-3 people over an hour to do it correctly. It would take one person 3-4 hours to do the same job correctly. We know that time is money and our goal is to save you both.
3. It Can Get Hot and Dirty! -- If done correctly, Sealcoating is brutal work (at best!). This job is properly performed on a hot summer day and it involves carrying heavy buckets and a good amount of physical labor to clean the driveway and work the sealer in properly. Any one person can slop the sealer down and push it. But this is not the appropriate approach. To do it correctly is not easy work for the light at heart.
4. What should I buy? How many cans will cover my driveway? How do I prep the driveway? To many questions, contact Professional Driveway Sealers for a free estimate today!