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Q How long should I wait to seal new asphalt?
A. national pavement contractors association website recommends 4-8 weeks as soon as surface rids itself of light oils, put water on the asphalt, if the water spreads out evenly and doesn’t bead up and doesn’t have a light rainbow it is ok to seal. Fresh asphalt has oils in it that need to cure out.

Q. How often should asphalt be sealed?
A. The NAPA web recommends every 2-5 years depending on climate and wear. We send reminder letters to our residential customers after 4-5 years, and generally see that there is still sealer left at that interval but the asphalt could use a touch up.

Q. How soon can we use our driveway after it is sealed?
A. Most manufactures recommend 24 hour cure time. Although it dries in a few hours and is ok to walk on, the sealer needs the 24 hours to totally cure before auto traffic.

Q. Is it ever too hot or cold to sealcoat?
A. Yes the manufacturer recommends 50 degrees and above. We personally like it to be a litter warmer than that.

Q. What if it rains after you seal our asphalt?
A. If it rains before it dries, you should wash off any sealer that gets on your siding, garage doors, and sidewalks. Give us a call and we will come back and reseal those affected areas. As a footnote, this has only happen to us 2-3 times in 10 years.

Q. Do you do paving also?
A. On some commercial jobs it is necessary to do some patching prior to sealing, when paving is necessary we have a few reputable contractors we work with and would be happy to recommend one of those companies.

Q. Do you do residential work as well?
A. Yes approximately 40% of our work each year is from residential customers.

Q. Do my cracks need to be sealed with something other than sealer?
A. Yes. We apply hot rubberized crack sealer to any cracks that are at least ¼ inch wide, rubberized crack sealer is flexible enough to take the extreme temp changes of our climate. This is the best way to seal larger cracks and will prevent water infiltration and further erosion.

Q. How long does crack sealing last?
A. Quite often when we go back after 4-5 years to reseal a driveway the crack material is still there.

Q. Do you give free quotes?
A. Yes. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 717-464-8886.

Q. Is there anything I can do to help extend the life of my sealcoating job and/or asphalt.
A. If you pre-salt your driveway before a winter storm it will prevent the snow from being packed down and help to prevent digging up the driveway with snow blower tire chains. Pre-salting makes a brine which gives you a residual effect the next time you get snow. We recommend not using tire dressing in your driveway as it can leave an unsightly stain. Carwash soaps have a tendency to make the sealer look gray. Although both of these don’t appear to harm the sealer, they do make it less attractive.

Q. When and why do you put sand in sealer?
A. Sand in sealer has several purposes including texture, strength and traction. When you add sand to sealer it acts as a filler, giving it strength (just as stone gives concrete strength). Sand also provides a non- slip traction.

Q. Why should I seal my asphalt?
A. Sealer helps protect asphalt from the harmful effects of the sun. UV rays actually break down the tar in asphalt, oxidizes asphalt and makes it more brittle, which causes the asphalt to break down and crack. Sealer also helps to protect the asphalt against oils and gas spills.