Residential Sealing

When we began in 1982, the focus of Protect-A-Cote was sealing residential driveways. With our decades of experience we have the knowledge and skills to provide you with a long-lasting, well-maintained driveway. To actually work the sealer into the pores of the asphalt it is applied by hand. In larger applications, machine spray application is used. Your estimate will give you the assurance of proper driveway preparation.
What does proper driveway preparation mean? It includes priming all oil spots and car spills as well as sweeping and blowing the driveway clean to allow the new sealer to effectively adhere to the surface. For a stronger surface film that resists scuffing and power steering marks we use X-10 premium sealer hydraulically mixed with Tarmax R-100 additive, and the ratio of water and sand is hydraulically mixed. The result is a consistent homogeneous sealer that provides even protection and a smooth appearance for your driveway. Our method is proven superior to hand-powered mixers and other primitive systems that do not properly fold and blend the sealer, sand, water, and additive together. Your trust can be safely placed in our company, which has sealed thousands of driveways and is focused on minimizing adverse environmental impact.

Proper, timely asphalt repairs and sealcoating are the best investment for protecting the driveway from natural deterioration and weather damage as well as for properly restoring the appearance of pavement to an attractive, desirable look. For top-notch asphalt maintenance and sealcoating services in and around Cleveland, Ohio, contact Protect-A-Cote.

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Residential Sealing FAQS

Q: What benefits does PAC have compared to anyone else?
A:Owner supervision and years of hands on experience. We are a established company with a fixed address, building premises and our own work crews, not reliant on rentals and subcontractors

Q:How long do I have to stay off of a freshly sealcoated residential driveway?
A:24 hours after the work is completed, for commercial surfaces, overnight is recommended.

Q:You have a note that says crackfilling of extreme edge cracks is not included, can you explain this?
A:These are cracks that run parallel to the edge of the driveway where a small sliver of pavement has separated from the main drive. It is not possible to “glue” these back to the main drive with a crackfiller. The crackfiller will quickly reopen.

Q:When is the time to sealcoat a recently repaved surface?
A:We recommend the next work season.

Q:Can sealcoating be used to improve the drainage of my pavement?
A:No. Sealcoating will not in any way change drainage patterns for better or for worse.

Q:What is the drawback to numerous small patches in a surface?
A:The small patches tend to be very thin themselves and are prone to recracking as well as separating from the old surface. The appearance of the patched surface is often less than desirable. Patching often creates new drainage problems.

Q:I am worried about getting black marks tracked into my house or building. What causes this?
A:This is almost always from a sealer, not the asphalt. Poorly mixed or cheap sealer, or material applied to a dirty surface, or applied in inclement weather conditions, can flake off and get walked into the house.

Q:What happens if it rains when my work is scheduled?
A:For sealcoating, we will reschedule, as the job usually will get damaged. For paving work, a small amount of rain will not matter. If it is more than that we will need to reschedule.

Q:Who gets the work permit when one is required?
A:No permit is required.

Q:Why is it that a sealcoat is often times virtually gone by the end of one winter or even sooner?
A:This is the result of a sealcoat that has been excessively diluted and/or applied very thin. When the sealer actually dries, there is very little actual coal tar applied to provide real lasting protection and appearance.

Q:How often do you recommend sealcoating?
A:Every 2 to 4 years

Q:Do you operate and own the equipment being used? Or are using other companies to subcontract the actual work to?
A:We own and operate our own equipment and are not reliant on rental units to get you work done. We are not subcontracting work to other paving companies

Q:I can get this work done for appreciably less than you are charging. Why is that?
A:The material cost is the #1 expense in this work. No other contractor is paying appreciably less for the same materials than we are, no matter what the claim. The only way to lower the price is to use less material or use unskilled transient labor that is available for low prices. Either way, your finished job is severely compromised.

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