Why seal coat?
Asphalt sealers, when applied correctly are meant to preserve the oils present in asphalt and prevent oxidation. Oxidation in turn is what causes the drying, cracking and potholing of asphalt. It also helps to keep oil and gas from penetrating the asphalt. Seal coat keeps the
pavement looking black, fresh and clean. In the winter seal coated asphalt will naturally melt snow and ice much faster than very gray oxidized asphalt.
How often should asphalt be seal coated?
Properly applied asphalt seal coat should last residential customers 4-5 years. Commercial properties it should last 2-4 years. This is also dependent on the weather. The more severe the weather (more plowing, sanding, salting) the more wear will show earlier. Don't let other contractor tell you that sealing should be done twice a year, it shouldn't!! We receive phone calls yearly that the competition is out seal coating in the spring charging the customer then again in the fall sealing and charging them again., this is wrong.
How long should we stay off of freshly sealed asphalt?
We highly recommend 24 hours for the best curing time. But our sealer will dry in 12 hours and can be driven on at that time. On days of high humidity or if you have shaded areas present that are being sealed, we highly recommend the full 24 hours.
When does Asphalt Seal & Repair start and stop seal coating?
This is very important....do not let anyone seal coat your asphalt if the frost is still in the ground and the night time temperatures are still in the40's! Don't ever seal coat if there is any snow or ice on the ground! The best time to seal is May through September.
How do I find a reputable contractor?
This is generally fairly easy to do. Check with the BBB of Wisconsin! No reputable local contractor will pressure you into doing work on the spot. Most local reputable contractors will be wearing shirts that identify their company and phone number. If you can't call around to check references or they don't have some sort of presence online, they are most likely travelers that are going to rip you off. There are many instances that traveling seal coaters (gypsies) are making the rounds especially in rural areas, in early spring and very late fall, selling sealers that may be left over from who knows where and who knows how old. They sell an inferior product and extremely high prices and pressure the homeowner to pay in cash. If you are in this situation don't be afraid to call the authorities if you feel threatened. There is a company out there that is not local even though the profess to be from the Manitowoc-Valders area. They are not!
What are the advantages of infrared patching?
Infrared seamless patching is-an economical asphalt repair, for those not ready or able to completely replace a parking lot. Infrared repairs are fast taking half the amount of time vs. a saw cut or milling repair. Infrared is clean, no dirt, dust or debris flying throughout the area of repair. Infrared is also eco-friendly, we recycle the existing asphalt on site, no debris or dirt left on site and nothing to haul to a land fill.
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