FAQs

Why Sealcoat?

Asphalt is made up of stones, fine sands, and asphalt cement. The asphalt cement acts as the glue to hold all of these aggregates together and provides the pavement with the rich, black color.

However, over time, the binder begins to oxidize with exposure to sun, rain, snow, and other elements – this is shown by the pavement color fading to gray. As the asphalt oxidizes, it becomes less flexible and cracks more easily with traffic (such as cars & trucks) and with weather changes (freezing & thawing cycle). Combine this deterioration with exposure to harmful chemicals, like motor oil, landscaping or household chemicals, and your pavement won’t stand a chance.

To prevent the harm caused by leaving your pavement unprotected, sealcoat is applied to “seal” out the sun’s UV rays, rain, snow, and harmful chemicals. In fact, studies have shown that maintaining pavement with sealcoat prolongs the life of your pavement and will prevent the need to repair or replace it for many years.

What is the price of sealcoating?

As each property is unique, each sealing price is different. Based on the size and condition of your pavement, we use our unit pricing model to give you the most fair and competitive price possible.

When you call 1-800-SEALCOAT or email your request for a free estimate, we immediately assign an estimator who will provide pricing in 2 to 5 business days. The estimator will measure and evaluate your pavement and then mail or leave a quote on your door or place of business. In many cases, special discounted pricing is available including neighborhood discounts.

What about the cracks?

Cracks are an invitation to moisture and harmful chemicals to seep into the pavement’s base and ruin your pavement. As this moisture expands and freezes, the pavement will break and the pavement will fail. To prevent this, we install a high-quality, hot applied crack and joint sealant to your cracks before sealcoating. Although this crack-fill is visible, the sealed cracks prevent moisture for causing further damage. The crack filling is included as a line item on your estimate.

What about oil stains?

On highly visible oil stains, we apply an oil spot primer which is brushed onto the stain to prevent it from eating through the new layer of sealcoat. Unfortunately, stains can’t be completely removed, but this primer does help to hide the stain.

How is the sealcoat applied?

As a leader in the asphalt maintenance industry, S & G Asphalt Service’s crews can brush apply, or where feasible, spray the sealcoat onto your pavement. Driveway applications generally only require one coat of sealer, while commercial applications usually get two coats. In our experience, spray application provides a more uniform, neat look and wears more evenly over time. Nonetheless, please feel free to request either application when you request a free estimate at 1-800-SEALCOAT.

How do I pay for the pavement sealing?

S & G Asphalt Service accepts checks, money orders, and Visa or MasterCard. Payment can be left the day of service or pre-payment can be made through our office. Commercial applications may qualify for 30 day net billing.

After sealcoating, when can I park on my pavement?

Dry times for sealcoat depend greatly on the exposure to the sun and temperatures. In most cases, you can walk on your pavement within 4 to 8 hours and open it to auto traffic within 24 to 48 hours after sealcoating. If you have any questions, please call our office at 1-800-SEALCOAT to avoid any issues.

How do I approve the work? When can you schedule my pavement?

To approve the work, please sign the estimate and fax or mail it back to us for prompt scheduling. S & G Asphalt Service operates sealcoat crews throughout Greater Lehigh Valley area and can find a time to suit you, depending on your needs. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to discuss scheduling and confirm dates with you to ensure the process goes smoothly. Please keep in mind that all schedule dates are weather permitting. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of your accepted proposal, feel free to call us.

If the schedule date changes, how will I know?

We will contact you and let you know of any changes and reschedule. If weather or other variables affect your schedule date, one of our dedicated scheduling coordinators will contact you to discuss alternate dates. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-SEALCOAT.

What time will the crew arrive?

Because our crews are sometimes performing sealcoating on several pavements per day, it is difficult to determine when they will arrive at your pavement. However, please feel free to call 1-800-SEALCOAT to get an update of the crew’s progress to help gauge their arrival time if necessary. You do not need to be home for our crews to perform the sealcoat application.

What about the S & G Asphalt Service / 1-800-SEALCOAT signs?

One of the most inexpensive, effective ways to advertise for S & G Asphalt Service is the job sign. Leaving these signs up means we can keep our costs down, which we pass along to you in our competitive pricing. Please leave these signs up as long as you like, and we appreciate your cooperation in showing off our work. You can dispose of the sign or call us to pick it up.

What do I need to do to prepare for sealcoat?

The only thing we need from you as a customer is to clear your driveway or parking lot of all vehicles, equipment, dumpsters, and other things. We do not need you to clean or prepare the pavement in any way. We clean and prepare the pavement for sealing, including lawn edging, when we arrive.

Does S & G Asphalt Service repair broken asphalt?

Please check with our customer service representative for more information on pavement repair options.

When is the best time of year to sealcoat?

Sealcoating must be performed when the temperature is about 50 degrees overnight. This means that the best time to sealcoat is between the months of April and October.

How can I prevent sealcoat from getting on my fence, wall, or stone walkway?

S & G Asphalt Service crews are professionals with many years of experience. We take precautions such as using tape and masking paper, to prevent sealcoat from over spraying on your property. View photos on our Sealcoating page.

If sealcoat gets on my grass, will sealcoat harm my lawn?

Occasionally sealcoat will over spray onto the lawn. The sealer will not harm the grass; after two (2) to four (4) mowings will get rid of the sealer.

When I park on my pavement, why do tire marks appear?

Because the sealcoat takes time to fully cure, tire marks sometimes appear one (1) to two (2) weeks after the sealcoat is applied, especially during humid summer months. After the sealcoat cures, the tire marks will disappear.

Sometimes the sealcoat dries grey or brown. Why does this happen?

Like any sprayed or liquid-based coating, the sun helps sealcoat dry. In areas of shade, such as under a tree, the sealcoat may dry differently than the rest of the pavement. Over time, the sealcoat will dry to a uniform appearance and color.

Why do the edges of the pavement appear different?

In order to minimize over-spray and provide the neatest job possible, sometimes we sealcoat the edges of your pavement by hand. This is especially true around garages and walls, as these areas must be brushed to avoid overspray. Over time, the appearance will become uniform and the difference will not be noticeable.