Question: When and how often should a driveway be seal coated?
Answer: We recommend sealing your new driveway 3-4 years after it is installed, depending on how your driveway wears. After that we recommend not more than every other year, again, depending on how the previous sealcoat endures. Applying sealcoat too often can cause an excess buildup of material causing a poor surface appearance.
Question: How long do I need to stay off of the seal coat after it is applied?
Answer: We will block the driveway off for you and then you should not drive on the sealer for 24 hours after we complete the application.
Question: What air temperature is required for sealcoat to be applied?
Answer: It must be at least 50 degrees and rising for the entire 24 hours that it is curing. Lower temperatures could cause delayed or poor curing.
Question: Does rain effect the sealcoat application?
Answer: Yes, seal coat should not be applied if rain is anticipated within a 24 hour period.
Question: What kind of asphalt sealer does Fairfax Asphalt use? And is it environmentally friendly?
Answer: We use a product called Pitch Black®. Pitch Black® is a custom rubberized asphalt emulsion sealcoat. It is blended with select minerals, polymers and chemicals to produce the finest finish. The rubber and sand additives used ultimately produce a sealcoat with the deepest and longest lasting color, firmest body, and greatest durability. Best of all, Pitch Black® is non-toxic and eco-friendly!
Question: How will Fairfax Asphalt apply asphalt sealer to my driveway?
Answer: Extra care is taken around the outer edges where we use a brush to apply the sealer, this ensures that there is no over spray. The remainder of the driveway is applied by spraying it on.
Question: How is my driveway prepared prior to the application of the seal coat?
Answer: The surface is cleaned from all loose dirt and material. All asphalt patching and crack filling should be done before the sealer is applied.
Question: What are the benefits of using additives in sealer?
Answer: Rubber additives can help in the drying time especially if 2 coats are applied and they can also help reduce power steering tire marks. Silica sand helps reduce slipping and adds durability to the seal coat.
Secrets to a long lasting driveway:
Find a reputable contractor that is established in your area, check references and check with your Better Business Bureau!
A thick and well compacted base
Proper asphalt thickness (not too thick, not too thin)
Good asphalt compaction
Slope/grading for drainage