HOW WE DO IT
Proper cleaning is the most important step.
We like to compare pressure washing before sealing to priming before you paint. An improperly prepared surface can lead to flaking and then eventually failure. Unlike some of our competitors, we feel that the surface requires more than sweeping and blowing.
A thorough pressure washing will ensure that the surface is free from dirt, dust and debris that could impair the sealants ability to properly cure. It is also important to let the asphalt dry as if it is still wet the water spots will thin the material. This is why we wash on it’s own separate day. Spending a little extra money to do it the right way the first time will end up saving you hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars in the long haul.
Patching prolongs the life of your driveway.
Crack filling is the melting of rubber bricks into a liquid form and then placing the rubber into the crack until it fills. We use the Crafco Supershot which keeps the material at a constant temperature which allows the rubber to set up properly.
After the rubber is placed into the crack using the wand, we take it a step farther by smoothing out the rubber with a v-squeegee to obtain a smooth, flat appearance. By doing so we alleviate any humps that can be torn up in the winter and a cleaner appearance.
Gator-aid is a thick sealer that is applied onto multi-cracked areas to prevent the cracking from growing any further. This does not permanently fix the damaged area but is an inexpensive and helps prevent the area from getting worse.
Oil-Primer is a special liquid that is applied on oil spots to allow the sealer to stick to stains.
A protective barrier is necessary in the Tahoe area.
We use Overkote with 2% latex which is a strong bonding agent that is highly recommended in the Tahoe area. We spread the latex uniformly with squeegees.
To prevent people and vehicles from entering the driveway we block your driveway with a barricade and cones.
For maximum results the driveway should not be driven on for at least 24hrs. Sprinklers that hit the driveway should also be turned off.
To prevent scuffing, avoid cranking tires in one spot on hot days. If the driveway needs to be turned on we recommend doing it in the morning or late afternoon when it is cool out. The scuffs don’t ruin the sealer and can be broomed off.
For parking lots striping is done with a Graco Striper using top of the line striping paints.