Frequently Asked Questions

 If you ever have any questions at all, we encourage you to call and speak to one of our driveway professionals. However, you may be able to find an answer here…


Why should I seal my driveway?

Besides making your pavement look brand new again, pavement sealer protects asphalt pavements from the destructive elements of weather, gas, oil, antifreeze, and many other chemicals that could damage the paved surface.

How often should I seal my driveway?

Asphalt pavements should be sealcoated every 2 to 4 years.  The amount of traffic is the deciding factor.  Surfaces that receive light traffic like home driveways require recoating less frequently than parking lots receiving moderate to heavy traffic.

How long should I stay off my newly sealed driveway?

Please stay off for at least 24 hours, and wait 48 hours for any heavy duty trucks or machinery.

Are all brands of sealer the same?

NO, all brands of pavement sealer are definitely NOT EQUAL!  We have used major brands of sealer throughout our company’s history.  However, we have found SEALMASTER sealer to be far superior to anything we have previously used and it is for that reason that we exclusively use SEALMASTER sealer. 

(Feel free to visit www.sealmaster.net for more information.)

Do I have to be home when they come?

No, just be sure you have moved all cars off of the drive and/or out of the garage.

Crackfilling Questions

Can pavement sealer fill cracks in the pavement?

NO; pavement sealer will not fill cracks in the pavement.  Crack repairs must be performed before the sealcoating is applied.

What is hot pour crack filler?

Hot pour crack filler is a flexible, rubber like product that is used to repair cracks in asphalt pavement.  It starts out as a solid, rubber block or cube which is melted down in a special kettle.  Once melted, the crack filler is applied over the cracks in the asphalt as a flat strip.

Line Striping Questions

I would like the same exact striping layout repainted after sealcoating.  Is that possible?

YES, we can replace your existing line striping layout exactly where it was before sealcoating.

Can I change to a different striping layout?

YES, we can change your line striping layout if you wish.  Please note that the old layout will most likely still be discernible as a dark, shadow like outline under the sealcoating.

What paint colors are available?

Standard paint colors are traffic white and traffic yellow.  We usually replace the same color lines that were originally present, but you may change from white to yellow, or vise versa at no extra charge.

We have mixed custom paint colors in the past and this is handled on a per job basis as not every color is attainable.

Is there a special type of paint that should be applied to pavement sealer?

The only type of paint that should be applied over newly sealcoated surfaces is water based or waterborne traffic paints.  These types of paints can be applied to fresh pavement sealer without the usual discoloration associated with oil and chlorinated rubber based traffic paints.

Business Owner Concerns

Will I have to close my business parking lot while work is being done?

There are many different ways to plan work on a business parking area.  Much depends on the size of the area and number of access points available to enter the building.  We will consult with you and develop a plan that meets your satisfaction.

Can my parking lot be sealcoated in separate sections?

The larger the work area, the more likely it is that we could perform the work in separate sections.

Can work be scheduled on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday?

Yes, we do schedule work on weekends and holidays.  Minimal disruption of your business operations is a major priority.  We realize that weekends and holidays may be the only times when you can close your parking area in order to give us access.

How soon can I re-open my parking lot to traffic?

We can usually have your parking lot re-opened to traffic the day after work is completed, weather permitting.  Foot traffic can usually be permitted within a few hours of application, depending on the drying conditions that exist on the day that work is performed.

Will you provide barricades for my parking lot?

YES; we will provide traffic cones and barricade tape to ensure that the work area is properly blocked off.