Reputable asphalt companies take pride in their work, so they want the pavements they install to have long, beautiful, trouble-free lives. Therefore, most companies advise an application of sealcoat before the overlay or pavement is 12 months old. Repeated applications are typically required about every 18 months, but some pavements can go two or three years between applications. When you decide that it is time to sealcoat your asphalt pavement, you want to hire a honest, experienced, and dependable contractor. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to spot inept, deceptive, inexperienced, or unreliable contractors. The following pointers can help you find the right sealcoating contractor to sealcoat your pavement.
Five Mistakes You May See From a Sealcoating Contractor
How Did You Hear About the Sealcoating Contractor?
A recommendation from a colleague or family member is one way of learning about a contractor. You can also perform an online search. Virtually all established paving companies and sealcoating contractors have websites that you can explore to find the paving services they offer, read testimonials from customers, or obtain the contractor’s physical address, phone number, and email address. Most contractors also have social media accounts. Therefore, it is not at all difficult to research parking lot maintenance contractors, for example, to create a list of several viable candidates. Once you have prepared a list, ask at least three contractors for a detailed, written quote that itemizes your project’s entire scope. You can then compare quotes to ensure that each contractor is bidding on the same quantities, products, and procedures.
What Guarantees Are Offered by the Contractor?
A reputable sealcoating company will guarantee its work, and the sealant manufacturer may guarantee its products if they are applied by the contractor as specified by the manufacturer. However, unless the contractor promises you at 8 a.m. that your sealant will be applied by the end of the day, you should not count on a guaranteed date, especially if that date is more than a couple of days away. The weather has a major impact on whether sealants can be applied, so sealcoating contractors who guarantee that, regardless of the weather, your pavement will be sealed on a specific day are either deceiving you or themselves.
How Are the Contractor’s Communication Skills?
All contractors have their own style of communicating with potential customers. However, every communication should be respectful and professional, and the language should not be relegated to industry jargon. You should not have to ask the same question three different ways to obtain an answer that makes sense to you. The best parking lot striping and sealing contractors know the questions that customers want answered, so they volunteer the information. They will spend whatever time you need to explain what they plan to do, how you will benefit from each procedure, and whether there are any actions you need to take to prepare for the job. Information about the contractor’s insurance, references, and company history should be provided without hesitation.
Does the Contractor Recommend Additional Procedures?
Some unscrupulous contractors can make asphalt sealing sound as simple as mopping a floor. However, there is much more involved if you want a durable, visually appealing job. Sealcoats will not bond with oil, dirt, or plant sap, so contractors must thoroughly clean the pavement. If there are potholes or cracks, they must be repaired prior to sealing. You will need to repaint your parking lot striping and markings after the sealant cures, so make sure to verify whether the contractor is planning to include that in the quote. Contractors should also recommend a plan to control traffic during and after the work. Depending on the time of year and other factors, you should not allow vehicles on the freshly sealed pavement for at least 12 hours; in most cases, closings last between 24 and 48 hours.
Does the Contractor Claim to Have a Secret Recipe for Mixing Your Sealant?
You may not know it, but sealant manufacturers specify how much water and silica sand should be combined with their product to create a gallon of liquid sealant. These proportions are far from secret. In fact, you could visit the manufacturer’s website to get the recipe. The same is true for additives to accelerate curing, darken the sealant’s color, or otherwise enhance the sealant’s properties. Although there are some situations that require experienced contractors to tweak the recipe slightly, they will not make any significant variations, so there is no secret that they need to conceal. In many cases, a contractor’s secret recipe amounts to reducing or omitting the sand to increase the water, and these secret formulas will do little more than get your pavement wet before they turn to dust and blow away.
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C&C Super Seal offers the services customers need for their residential and commercial pavements in Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Bucks counties. Our paving services include parking lot marking and striping, thermoplastic line striping, asphalt sealing, pothole repair, asphalt paving, and snow removal. We are known for our consistency, professionalism, craftsmanship, and customer service. You can request a free quote by emailing Info@CandCSuperSeal.com, submitting the online form, or calling 267-223-9906.