As a professional asphalt paving company, you only have one chance to get it right.
So, here’s how to keep your clients sweet and complete the perfect sealcoating job!
STEP ONE: PLAN IT
In order to succeed, you need to plan your job right. That starts with making an assessment of the pavement.
Some things to bear in mind are the overall condition and the age of the pavement.
Also, has it been sealed before and if so, what with?
Does the pavement have cracks and how big are they? This is important in order to select the right sort of filler and whether it is hot or cold filler.
Now ask yourself is there any potential contamination – this means oily patches, or even if the pavement is near a wooded area.
If it is, then the lot might need the application of a special primer.
Finally, don’t forget an assessment of the sub base – cracks and drainage issues need to be checked thoroughly here.
Your client is bound to want an estimate of how much the job is going to cost them.
Nobody likes being stung by extra and unexpected charges which weren’t mentioned in the original quote.
To avoid becoming “one of those guys” who dump additional costs on their customer at the last minute, you need some advance planning.
Now is the time to choose which materials you are going to use for your sealcoating.
Things to make sure you add up to give your client a true idea of the costs include;
The sealcoat you want to use.
Whether you are going to fill cracks and how you are going to do it.
Any repairs to the base or subbase.
Any primers which you are going to use (if the paved area is near trees).
The signage or traffic markings that you need.
What the labor costs for the project are likely to be.
What any logistics might cost.
The more that you can flesh out these costs in advance, the easier it will be for all involved!
STEP TWO: CHOOSING THE MATERIALS
There is a lot to think about here. Will you use a premium or standard sealcoat? Have you added in the costs of the other components for the mix?
Are you going to apply one or two coats? If you are working on a residential property, then you will probably only have one coating.
Remember, over applying coats can cause problems such as spider webbing. Check that the sealcoat that you select adheres to all the necessary specs.
In short, you don’t want to use a substandard product on your clients’ driveways, so do your homework thoroughly. Research the sealcoat you are planning on using and make sure it delivers the results you are after.
This means asking about and ensuring it complies with all the relevant regulations.
STEP THREE: THE APPLICATION
Before you begin, read all the relevant information on the sealcoat supplied by the manufacturer and ensure you follow them to the letter.
Don’t be in a hurry when it comes to the application. You need to ensure plenty of time to read the instructions and carry out the job safely and properly.
For example, ensure you have enough product to complete the task prior to beginning – you don’t want to have to keep stopping for more.
Also, check the weather forecast before you begin! Remember that you cannot sealcoat in temperatures below 50F.
Before you start, ensure everyone in the crew has the correct clothing and equipment for the job.
STEP FOUR: THE PREPARATION
Don’t forget the last important step in the job – cleaning the paving thoroughly before the application of the sealcoat.
It needs a good brushing and even maybe pressure washing.
Get rid of all the weeds and do your patch and crack repair in good time before the sealcoat goes on.
Do your homework properly and you will be on track to complete the job successfully!