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It’s Spring! Set Your Sealcoat Business Up for Success. Spring has sprung! As we leave the colder weather behind and welcome the warm sunshine and blooming flowers, it’s crucial that you and your sealcoat business are ready to hit the ground running. Spring is the perfect time to get your business organized and prepared for the busy sealcoating season ahead. With a little bit of planning, attention to detail and best practices, you can set yourself up for success all season long. Let’s go through some essential tips to ensure that your sealcoat business runs smoothly and successfully this spring.
Check and Clean Equipment:
Before you start sealcoating, it’s important to check that all your equipment is in proper working order. From the pump to the spray tips, everything should be cleaned, inspected and tested. Check for leaks, replace worn parts and ensure that everything is clean and well-maintained. A well-maintained system will deliver consistent results and will save you time and money in the long run.
Check that your materials are still in good condition. Storage conditions should be checked, such as the temperature, moisture and exposure to light. Avoid using materials that are past their expiration date, have been exposed to moisture or have visible contamination. Use a qualitative test to determine if your sealant is still good quality, and if it’s not, dispose of it properly.
Watch Temperature Forecasts:
Check the temperature forecast to avoid sealcoating in adverse weather or less than ideal temperatures. Sealcoating should be done when the temperatures are between 50°F and 85°F. Lower temperatures can cause slower drying times and may negatively impact the curing process. Higher temperatures may cause the materials to dry too quickly, leading to a lower-quality sealcoat. Keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly to get the best results.
Prepare the Pavement:
Proper preparation of the pavement is key to a successful sealcoat. Before the sealcoat application, clean the surface thoroughly of any dirt, debris and other contaminants. Fill in any cracks or holes and be sure to remove any vegetation that may be growing through the pavement. Once everything is cleaned and prepped, you can begin the application.
Assess Condition of Pavement:
Every job is different, and it’s essential to assess the overall condition of the pavement before starting the sealcoating process. Consider any areas that may need special attention, such as higher-traffic areas, areas that are more exposed to the elements or areas that have specific wear patterns.
Select Additives or Crack Fillers:
Consider any necessary additives or crack fillers that may be needed for the job. Mixing additives such as sand, fibers or polymers, can add extra strength to the sealcoat, making it more durable and longer lasting. Crack fillers can help prevent water from seeping through any cracks in the pavement, ultimately prolonging the pavement’s life.
Use Best Practices:
Always use sealcoating best practices to ensure optimal results. Use the right application and spray equipment, maintain proper application rates and always follow manufacturer guidelines. Properly sealcoated pavement will protect against oxidation, damage from the elements and ultimately prolong the pavement’s life.
By paying attention to a few key things this spring, you can ensure that your sealcoat business runs smoothly and successfully all season long. Another way to set yourself up for success this sealcoating season is to make the switch to a cleaner, non-toxic sealcoat product like Pitch Black. With 0.00% PAHs and superior coverage and quality, choosing Pitch Black protects your customers and the environment while allowing your sealcoating company to stand out from the pack. Happy sealcoating!