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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we recommend 2 coats?
Some driveways have never been sealed and have a gray pebbly appearance. With these types of driveways, one application of seal coat may not be enough because the driveway soaks the sealer up like a sponge. Think of your driveway as a wall: painting the wall with one coat may be enough, but the more your paint it, the darker it is and the fewer imperfections can be seen. The choice is entirely up to you which is why we provide you with the option and the price for the 2nd coat to be completed at a later date.

What will happen if seal coat gets on my lawn?
With no brick or stone to edge the driveway, the grass will grow over the edge of the driveway; therefore the excess seal coat from the brush may get onto your lawn. However, because our top grade seal coat is a coal-based emulsion, it will not cause any harm to your lawn. A simple mowing will get rid of it.

When I park on my driveway, why do tire marks appear?
Because the seal coat takes time to fully cure, tire marks sometimes appear 1 to 2 weeks after the seal coat is applied, especially during humid summer months. After the seal coat cures, the tire marks will disappear.

The seal coat dried gray or brown. Why did this happen?
Like any sprayed or liquid-based coating, the sun helps the seal coat dry. In areas of shade, such as under a tree, the seal coat may dry at a different rate than the rest of the driveway. Over time, the seal coat will dry to a uniform appearance and color.

Why do the edges of the driveway look different than the rest of my driveway?
We pay special attention to the edges of your driveway, especially around your garage and stone walls, by seal coating them by hand. These areas of focus often require a thicker coat of sealer, causing them to appear darker in color and take longer to dry. Over time, as the edges dry, the appearance will become uniform.

What happens if leaves fall on my newly seal coated driveway?
Nothing will happen. The leaves eventually dry, crumble up and blow away.

Will I see the crack(s) in my driveway after you repair it?
We strive to make your driveway look its best; however, the crack repair service is not intended to make these cracks disappear. The service is intended to provide a watertight seal between the foundation of your driveway and the weather. After we apply the crack repair, the repair itself may settle: this in no way affects the watertight seal. The repair may also be visible under the seal coat. Many different factors, such as driveway texture, previous seal coats, time of day, and the angle at which the repair is viewed at, have an impact on the crack repair’s final appearance. “Alligator” and “Spider” cracked areas will eventually need repair because it is difficult to fill all cracks. In this situation we will brush the area which will help prolong the time before it needs to be repaired.

I have oil stains on my driveway, will that affect the seal coating process?
To eliminate oil stains from your driveway, we apply an oil spot primer which is brushed onto the stain, preventing it from eating through the new layer of sealcoat. Unfortunately, not all stains can be completely removed but this primer usually eliminates normal oil stains.

How long should I stay off my driveway after it has been seal coated?
We recommend a wait time of a minimum of 24 to 48 hours depending on the weather conditions and the amount of shade that covers your driveway.

Will you block of my driveway when you are finished?
Yes, absolutely. We place “Caution Tape” across the entrance of your driveway.

How often should I have my driveway resealed?
We recommend every 2 years or sooner depending on the weather and the amount of traffic.