Cost Factors for Asphalt Sealcoating
Many people assume that the only information paving contractors need to prepare an accurate quote is the total square footage of the pavement. It might seem that asphalt maintenance professionals know how many square feet a gallon of sealant will cover, so it should be a simple calculation to determine how much sealant would be required for the total area. Since they should also know how many labor hours are required to apply that much sealant, adding the labor and material costs should allow sealcoating contractors to provide an accurate quote over the phone. However, there are several other factors involved that can affect the cost of parking lot or driveway sealcoating.
Cost Factors for Asphalt Sealcoating | What Is the Condition of the Pavement?
Unscrupulous contractors may tell you that they can apply asphalt sealcoating on pavement that is cracked, alligatored or even potholed without making repairs first. You should not believe them. Sealants will not fill large cracks or repair damaged areas, so sealcoating over damages is a waste of your money. The sealant will not adhere properly and will quickly be lost. Furthermore, the damage will continue to worsen until the entire pavement is in jeopardy. At that point, you may have no alternative other than to call a driveway paving contractor to remove your old pavement, repair the subbase and reconstruct the driveway.
The same holds true if you are having sealant applied to a parking lot. Reputable sealcoating and driveway paving contractors will not apply sealant unless damaged areas are repaired before the application.
Regardless of the pavement’s purpose, if repairs are needed, the cost of the sealcoating job will increase. The amount of the increase depends on the type and extent of the damage. To prepare an accurate estimate, the contractor or his agent must first visit the site to determine what the repairs will involve.
What Is the Layout of the Pavement?
Imagine three pavements in need of driveway sealcoating that are each 20 feet wide and 200 feet long. The first pavement is on relatively flat ground and follows a straight path. The second pavement is on a steep slope and has a single, gentle curve. The third pavement is on slightly elevated ground, but it has several sharp curves along its route. The first pavement will typically cost less to sealcoat than the other two. The complexities of the second and third pavements mean that the job will be more complicated and will probably require additional time and personnel. Shrubs, hedges, trees, fences, walls and other fixed objects abutting the pavement can also increase the complications and affect the costs.
What Special Requirements Must the Asphalt Maintenance Contractor Meet?
Homeowners sometimes place special requirements on driveway sealcoating contractors, but commercial paving contractors typically face more stringent requirements. For example, the property manager responsible for an office park may insist that the work be performed on a holiday to avoid disrupting tenants and their customers. A shopping mall may need the work to be performed on one small section at a time. A school may have a narrow window between semesters to have the work completed.
Special requirements can increase costs. Asphalt contractors have a cost factor that they refer to as mobilization expenses. This is the cost of transporting equipment, materials and crew members to the job. The more times the contractor must mobilize, the more the job will cost. If contractors must pay their employees overtime or premium pay for working holidays or extended hours, this can also increase the cost of the job.
How Should You Choose a Contractor?
The right contractor can make the difference between an exceptional sealcoating job and a sealant application that fails within weeks. Here are some tips to help you choose the best contractor for your specific needs.
• Not all driveway paving contractors offer sealcoating, and not all driveway sealcoating contractors handle commercial jobs. When you call potential contractors, be specific about your property type and let them know if you are certain that repairs will be needed. If the contractor cannot handle the work you need, ask him to recommend a reputable contractor who can help you.
• Be wary of driveway contractors who knock on your door, tell you that they have sealant left over from a neighbor’s job and offer to sealcoat your driveway for a ridiculously low price. There is virtually no chance that this is a legitimate contractor.
• When comparing quotes, make sure that you are comparing apples and apples. There are several types of sealants, aggregates and additives that can be used in a sealcoating mix. Reputable contractors will supply you with the name of the sealant as well as the types of aggregates and additives to be used.
If you need an exceptional sealcoating job, contact us. Driveway Sealing Call Frank has been sealcoating driveways, parking lots and other types of asphalt pavement for more than 20 years. We also offer asphalt repairs, parking lot striping, asphalt paving, infrared asphalt repair and concrete work. We serve most towns in Connecticut, including Fairfield, Greenwich, Milford, New Canaan and West Haven. We are known for our outstanding workmanship and high level of customer service. For a free estimate, complete the online quote request or call 1-800-DRIVEWAY or 1-203-378-0080.