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How long should I stay off my driveway after sealcoating? It takes 24-48 hours for an asphalt surface to cure after being sealed. The water needs to evaporate from the sealer to allow the curing process. Weather will dictate how long how long it will take to cure. On a sunny day expect 24 hours. If it is cool with no sunlight it can take 48 hours. High humidity can also create longer drying times.
I recently sealed my driveway and have slight tire marks two days after sealing – what can I do?
Not to worry, power-steering/scuff marks are common when the temperatures and humidity are higher. The marks will subside in a week or two’s time, and any blemishes should be able to be swept out with a stiff broom or fade themselves. During this time, it is important to keep your wheels moving when turning as this will eliminate the likelihood of the marks.
We had our pavement crack filled and some of the cracks re-opened? This happens due to the freeze/thaw cycles. Cracks may re-open. Crack filler is not a permanent solution, but a time buying procedure that cannot be guaranteed. Crack filler is a yearly maintenance.
What is hot crack filler? Hot crack filler is a flexible, rubber-like commercial grade product that is used to repair cracks in asphalt pavements. It starts out as a solid, rubber block which is melted down in a special kettle that is heated to 400 degrees. Once melted, the crack filler is applied over cracks and hardens up deep inside the crack, keeping water from penetrating the asphalt to cause further crack development.
Why isn’t the hot crack filler completely hardened? After it has been applied and allowed to cool, hot crack filler is supposed to remain flexible, allowing it to expand and contract with the outside air temperature. If you press it with your finger, it will flex. If you park on it with your car tires, it will temporarily retain the tread pattern. This is normal for this type of material.
Some of the hot crack filler pulled up! What should I do? Hot crack filler can sometimes pull up because of parking directly on it with the hot tires of a vehicle that has just come to rest after prolonged driving at highway speeds. The hot tires can re-heat the crack filler, which then re-cools, adhering to the tire. When the vehicle is later moved, a small portion of the hot pour crack filler is pulled up with the tire. There is not much that can be done to prevent this except try not to park directly on the hot pour crack filler while the tires are still hot.
How soon can pavement sealer be applied to hot crack filler? Pavement sealer can be applied to hot crack filler almost immediately! Hot pour crack filler usually cools enough to apply sealcoating within 5-10 minutes.
Is the crack filler visible through the sealcoat? Yes, you will be able to see the crack fill through the sealcoat because the texture of the crack fill is smoother than the texture of the asphalt. This is unavoidable if you want your driveway protected.
Why can I still see a stain in my driveway after sealcoating? Asphalt sealcoat may fail to properly adhere due the following conditions: Residues left by trees, oils, detergents, pesticides, other sealers, etc. Despite our best efforts preparing the asphalt surface for sealcoating, these residues are impossible to remove from the naturally porous surface. This is not considered a warranty issue.
What is the warranty for sealcoat and hot crack fill?
Sealcoating and crack filling carry a 90-day limited warranty. This warranty does not cover damage due to sprinkler systems left on during or after installation, tire marks, weather related damage (rain, wind, etc.) & people or animals walking across wet sealcoat or paint. Warranty will not be honored on an open invoice. In a seal coat warranty situation, warranty is limited to one (1) follow-up sealcoat application. *The second application does not carry a warranty.