Commercial Seal Coating FAQs

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Is your commercial asphalt, parking lot, driveway, or sidewalk begging for help? Seal coating may be just the solution you need.

Here are all of your commercial seal coating questions, answered!

Seal Coat Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you've had commercial seal coating done a million times or are brand-new to the process, you may have a question (or ten). Look no further--here's everything you need to know!

What is commercial seal coating?

Commercial seal coating places a clear, long-lasting barrier over your existing asphalt. It creates a "seal" that effectively protects against everything your driveway or parking lot faces on a daily basis: debris, drainage, extreme weather conditions, foot traffic, heavy vehicles, and more.

What does seal coating do?

Seal coating covers up unattractive stains, marks, or discolorations on your pavement. It also seals small- to medium-sized pavement problems like cracks or dents and keeps them from becoming huge, expensive problems in the future.

What does seal coating not do?

Although commercial seal coating is great news for your asphalt, it isn't a cure-all. Seal coating doesn't "fix" cracks or uneven pavement; it simply seals the surface to prevent further damage and make sure your driveway or parking lot is safe for visitors.

Why should I seal coat?

The truth about seal coating is that it's a fast, stress-free, and cost-effective answer to what could very quickly become a huge problem. Pavement gets weaker over time, which can lead to safety concerns, difficult navigation, and lowered customer opinion--but seal coating helps protect the pavement so it remains reliable for longer periods of time in between large-scale repairs. Additionally, seal coating also makes your commercial pavement look clean and attractive--and who doesn't love a good first impression?

What is the process?

For commercial asphalt, a sealant is usually applied in two coats. Sometimes a combination of spray and brush techniques is used, depending on the conditions, the setup of the parking lot or driveway, and your preference.

How should I prepare for seal coating?

You don't have to do anything to prepare for commercial seal coating except A) make sure no vehicles are parked on the pavement, and B) remove any large or obvious debris. It's that simple!

How much does it cost?

Seal coating costs between 10 and 30 cents per square foot, but the real cost depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • type of sealant,
  • size and shape of the parking lot or driveway,
  • number of coats required,
  • asphalt repairs (if necessary),
  • and more.

When is the best time to seal coat?

Commercial seal coating is best done in warm, sunny weather--which means the best window is May through September for most areas. However, if you're in a location prone to rain, you'll need to carefully watch the weather, as wet conditions can interrupt seal coating.

When can I use the parking lot or driveway again?

Seal coating takes eight hours at most to dry. You can usually park and walk on the seal coat after one or two days, but for best results, it's important to keep an eye on conditions and make sure your seal coat is fully set.

Will seal coating harm fences, buildings, or landscaping?

Not at all! Our seal coating experts have all the best tools and training, which means they're very careful around your property. Even if some of the coating were to get on your grass, it wouldn't harm plant life.

How do I know if it's time to seal coat?

If your parking lot is unattractive, unreliable, or just plain frustrating, it's probably time for a seal coat. After that, it's generally recommended that you seal coat the pavement every three to five years, depending on the conditions in your area. Remember, when you're consistent with seal coating, you don't have to pay for large-scale pavement repairs!

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