Ohio Sealcoating FAQ
How soon can I apply a sealcoat to freshly laid asphalt?
As soon as the asphalt is laid a chemical reaction takes place and it begins to oxidize. When some of the light oils leave the surface it can be sealed. A simple test will tell when it is ready for sealing. Spread some water on the surface. It the water spreads evenly without beading and shows no “rainbows” from surface oils you are ready. This is called a “water break test”. It usually takes about 90 days. We suggest twelve months.
How often should I seal coat my asphalt?
Every one to three years. Many factors must be considered including the amount of traffic and exposure to deteriorating elements. Too much sealer is detrimental. Sealer buildup will cause “mud cracking”, surface cracks throughout the pavement.
How much does it cost?
Asphalt sealing only costs pennies per square foot. Jet-Seal will give you a free, no strings attached quote.
Will Jet-Seal match a competitor’s price?
No. Will a Mercedes dealer match the price of a Chevrolet dealer? However, we are confident that when comparing “apples to Apples” Jet-Seal offers the best value for your dollar.
Does Jet-Seal offer group discounts?
Yes, give us a call and we’ll let you know how our group discount works.
How long does it take to dry and cure?
Drying and curing are two different terms. It is very important to understand the difference. Under normal conditions the sealer will dry to the touch in about an hour. The entire curing process can take up to six weeks as the molecular structure changes and the product hardens. These times will vary based on temperature, humidity and the amount of direct sunlight the area receives. Under most circumstances normal use can resume after 24 hours.
How long should my asphalt last?
The cost of replacing non maintained asphalt costs seven times what it would cost to maintain the original asphalt. A properly maintained asphalt pavement will last up to three times longer than an unsealed pavement. This can amount to thousands of dollars, even for small parking lots or small driveways. A properly installed, well maintained asphalt surface should last 20 years.
What type of sealcoat does Jet-Seal use?
Brewer Cote® is a high solids, concentrated refined tar emulsion pavement sealer produced with a colloid mill for consistent tar particle size and distribution. Formulated with a select blend of fillers proportioned for exceptional wear resistance, Brewer Cote® provides the quality conscious contractor a higher dilution rate for maximum solids content on the pavement. Brewer Cote® exhibits outstanding wear resistance and is highly resistant to gasoline, oil and ultraviolet light, providing superior protection for asphalt pavement surfaces. Brewer Cote® meets or exceeds all composition and performance requirements of ASTM Specification D5727 (formerly Federal Specification RP-355).
Why are there Tire Marks on my Newly Applied Sealer?
This is actually normal and the tire marks will eventually go away. Please reference our article: Why are There Tire Marks on My Driveway? → You can also read this: Official Letter from the Brewer Company →.
What type of crack filler does Jet-Seal use?
For commercial use we use a hot applied rubberized sealant. This product works best but does present the possibility of tracking. For residential projects we use a cold pour product that blends acrylic copolymers and reinforcing fillers specifically designed to outperform traditional asphalt based crack fillers. This product is sold only commercially and is not available at home improvement centers.
What should I do to prepare for my driveway or parking lot to be sealed?
Make sure the cars are off the pavement; residential customers, by 8:00 am, commercial customers by 7:00 am or as agreed upon. Put the pets where they can’t walk across the wet sealer and turn off the sprinkler system.
When can I drive on it?
Typically, 24 hours. We’ll let you know if due to certain circumstances if more or less time is required.
What if it rains the day I am scheduled to have the work performed?
Jet-Seal subscribes to a premium weather forecasting service. But, as we all know even using the most advanced data, forecasting the weather is no more than an educated guess. Typically, after an hour or two, rain won’t adversely affect the sealer. If a shower washes away any sealer, Jet-Seal will touch-up or re-seal, at no additional cost, keeping the customer’s best interest in mind. We will do our best not to compromise the integrity of the work. We cannot however, be responsible for any damage that might occur due to rain.