Q & A
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions...
Q: I have an old driveway but it’s almost 5,000 square feet and then some. I can’t afford a complete re-do. Will your sealcoating really help my driveway that’s pretty beat up?
SCOTTY: If you don’t have the money for a new driveway, you have no choice but to patch it, fill the cracks, and seal it. The patching and crack filling is the most important, but our quality sealant fills the very small cracks and protects them from getting worse. Also our topcoat seals over and protects the crack filler and patching materials. With the weather here in KY and the condition of your driveway (it’s hard to say because I haven’t seen it) you may have to seal every other year to hold it together. Give me a call, my number is 270-617-1000.
Q: My neighbor just replaced their rock driveway with a very expensive asphalt one. Their contractor said that sealing the asphalt was not necessary. What do you say?
SCOTTY: It might not be necessary IMMEDIATELY after an asphalt job. But the simple fact is UV causes damage and even water can be corrosive over time. Not to mention some corrosive liquids can leak from someone’s vehicle onto your driveway in the future. No one can deny that. Picking the right product is the key to longevity, maximum UV protection, and solvent resistance. It doesn’t make sense in making the investment to go from rock to asphalt and not protect the end product. I wonder if that contractor thinks waxing your car, for example, is a waste of time and money. Every dollar spent on sealing saves you $6 on re-paves.
Q: What’s your position on inevitable damage during winter to driveways?
SCOTTY: We live in KY where the temperatures can range from nearly 100 deg F in the summer to 5 below in a rough winter. Depending on our Ohio Valley weather patterns, there can be numerous freeze/thaw cycles each winter and that freezing and thawing can damage an improperly sealed driveway quite seriously. The water simply gets into the pavement and between cracks and then expands when it freezes. That expansion can cause surface damage, large cracks and pavement breakage. Sealing the cracks in the pavement properly before winter is absolutely essential to prevent the damage from occurring. A good sealant job can add years to your driveway in transitional climates such as KY.
Q: Do you do infrared diagnosis?
SCOTTY: Only if we need to. Asphalt damage can occur only in three ways. (1) There is something messing with the foundation (like roots, sink holes, improper drainage, etc.), (2) there is something messing with the medium of the asphalt itself (like freezing and subsequent cracking), and (3) there is something messing with the top of the asphalt (like chemicals or UV damage.) Root damage is pretty obvious from above. If there’s an issue that’s underground, the county does free site analysis regarding where lines lie, etc. But if we absolutely need to do infrared diagnosis, we will.
Q: I’ve heard you say that snowplows are making you money. What’s up with that?
SCOTTY: Well, it’s true. I can inspect a driveway and tell if the snowplow “sparked” the asphalt; if the snowplow left a trail line; or if the snowplow nailed your mailbox and roughed up the installation of the post and ground right near your driveway. Also folks, we just love salt around here in the winter. But salt is one of the greatest enemies to asphalt. That’s why sealcoating is so important here in KY.
SCOTTY welcomes your on-going questions and answers them himself. Email him at email@example.com or give him a call at 270-617-1000.