In order to prevent costly repairs in the future, it is a good idea to maintain your driveway properly. That can mean either crack sealing or a full seal coat of your driveway to prevent further damage, and of course to look nice! Who doesn’t love the look of a new sealcoated driveway?!
Crack sealing vs seal coating, which one is best for you?
Crack sealing is a good idea when you have cracks in your driveway that are getting larger, it is only taking care of the cracks.
Seal coating covers your entire driveway, it helps to extend the life of your asphalt driveway. Compared to the dollars per square foot that would be needed in order to repair or replace your damaged asphalt, seal coating is a reasonable expense in maintaining it. Sealcoating includes crack sealing. Take a look at our seal coating explained page for more information.
We offer the following Residential Asphalt Services: Seal coating and Crack sealing
- Areas adjacent to the house, buildings, walkways and ornamental plantings are sealed by hand with a sealcoat brush. This process avoids the use of a sprayer that could cause overspray.
- The body of the driveway is then sprayed with Neyra Tarconite sealer. The spray application provides a even coat of sealer and eliminates squeegee marks as the sealer wears.
- Upon completion the driveway will be cordoned off to prevent vehicle traffic for 24 to 48 hours.
- We crack seal all cracks that are 1/4″ wide up to 3/4″ wide in the driveway and the road seam with commercial grade hot rubber crack sealant.
- All treated areas are coated with a black silica sand. This step provides a barrier between the rubber and your vehicles tires, provides traction on what would be a slick surface and create a bonding surface for further sealcoating or Coal-Tar applications.
The crack sealing process:
- First and most important is to thoroughly clean and prep the driveway surface. This process is done by clearing the cracks with the use of a steel bristle broom, asphalt crack hoe and a high powered push blower. This has to be done in order to remove dust and debris out of the pores in the asphalt in order for it to be sealed properly.
- The perimeter of your driveway is string trimmed to remove overgrown grass and debris. Areas that were previously stained by oil are primed prior to sealer application. We then crackseal all cracks and the road seam.
- All treated areas are then coated with a black silica sand. This step provides a barrier between the rubber and your vehicles tires, provides traction on what would be a slick surface and create a bonding surface for further sealcoating or Coal-Tar applications.
- Finally, the driveway would need to be blocked off for ten to fifteen minutes to allow the rubber to cool. Once this has happened, the driveway may be opened up again.