As paving contractors, we get asked to do a lot of quotes over the phone or via email, without actually seeing the driveway in question.
We always have to politely inform the customer that it is not possible to give an accurate quote for work, without first seeing the lot that they want seal coating.
As an experienced paving contractor, we are more than happy to offer free quotations, but we have to come and inspect the driveway before we can do so.
This is because there are a number of factors at work influencing the cost of your sealcoating job.
THE PAVEMENT IS DIRTY
Sometimes, the cost of a job comes down to how clean the pavement or driveway is.
Of course, this is not the only factor, nor the most important one. But if we come to view a job and the driveway in question is covered by an inch of muck, then it is going to have an influence on the overall price.
If there are gasoline puddles or standing water on the asphalt surface, not only are these ruining the look of the driveway – and potentially damaging it, into the bargain – but you are going to have to pay a contractor more to work on it, too.
This is simply because it is going to take the crew some time to clean the driveway up.
Whereas any professional company will be happy to oblige to undertake such a job, they will definitely add it to the bill!
If you want to save yourself some cash – and speed the job up – then clean the driveway before the contractors come to call!
THE DRIVEWAY NEEDS REPAIRING
As a professional paving company, we will simply not sealcoat over potholes and cracks. And if any contractor tells you that they are happy to do so, then they should be avoided!
The amount of cracking and holes within your driveway strongly influence the cost of the job.
This is because the cracks will need filling in, before the sealant is applied and it is going to cost more.
The good news is that when this is done, the driveway will be as fresh as the day it was laid.
IT’S A LONG WAY FROM HOME
Another factor in the overall cost of a project – and not always one that a homeowner can do an awful lot about – is the simple fact that the location of the customer’s home is a long way from where the contractor is based.
This means the contractor has had to factor in logistical issues, such as moving all the vehicles and equipment over to the actual physical location of the client.
To get a lower quote, it might be best to try a contractor who is closer to you – although this is not the only consideration to make when deciding on the right provider.