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Old 08-17-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any driveway sealing companies that they would recommend?
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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Sealing a driveway is not necessary. Now if you are interested in aesthetics by all means go ahead and seal. Easy to do yourself.
Look at the roads we drive on and they are not sealed and last 20 years or more depending on use and area of the country. Most important is the foundation under the drive. Some towns lay down a slurry to fill cracks and give some new life to local roads.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:22 AM   #3
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Does anyone have any driveway sealing companies that they would recommend?
Yes, just had a very long and winding driveway sealed by Porter Paving and they did a great job. They were very meticulous and completely protected my home and landscaping from any overspray. The sealer they use is high quality (Gemseal) and any cracks that had to be sealed were done so well you can hardly tell a crack was ever there.

I have had a few driveways sealed over the years and this company impressed me the most!

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Old 08-17-2016, 12:39 PM   #4
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Concur with Woody on this topic. Had a new drive put in years ago in Mass by a couple old Italians who had been in the business years and years. They strongly urged me to not seal it and let it go "natural." I don't remember all their reasoning now it was around 12 yrs ago but at the time they offered compelling arguments against it. Still not sealed to this day and looks fine. Yeah it's lightened up some in color but who cares, not me...
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Sorry Woodsy;

You simply can't compare a highway or road to a home driveway. Asphaltic concrete for a highway is a completely different mix and thickness than your home driveway, it is also under a totally different stress load than your driveway.

The reason they don't seal roadways besides the expense is traffic volume and truck weight would simply wear it off in short time and since most roads need to be repaved every so many years, it makes no sense whatsoever, which brings us back to expense for no reason...

Your home driveway should last many more years than a roadway considering low traffic volume and no constant trucks with weight driving over it.

The idea of sealing it is two fold...#1 to protect moisture from entering through the porous surface and eventually destroying the gravel base or heaving during the winter months and #2 to protect the surface from harmful UV rays. UV rays pull the oils right out of the asphalt and make it brittle and crack.

Your analogy is like saying painting a wood house is not necessary after all look how long the old wooden Weirs boardwalk lasted....

Sorry but them's the facts!

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Maybe someone here should talk to a contractor who knows the topic. If that drive was installed properly (most probably weren't) it will last for decades.
If it is porous the job was not done correctly. We had a driveway in our first house (100 yo house) that never had anything done to it and there was no water seeping through. The color changes naturally due to the content.
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Maybe someone here should talk to a contractor who knows the topic. If that drive was installed properly (most probably weren't) it will last for decades.
If it is porous the job was not done correctly. We had a driveway in our first house (100 yo house) that never had anything done to it and there was no water seeping through. The color changes naturally due to the content.
As an FYI...I worked for an engineering firm and did roadway inspection including batch plant inspection for a number of years. The reason for the color change is the breakdown of the binding agent in the wear layer and the exposure of internal aggregate....

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Sorry Woodsy;

You simply can't compare a highway or road to a home driveway. Asphaltic concrete for a highway is a completely different mix and thickness than your home driveway, it is also under a totally different stress load than your driveway.

The reason they don't seal roadways besides the expense is traffic volume and truck weight would simply wear it off in short time and since most roads need to be repaved every so many years, it makes no sense whatsoever, which brings us back to expense for no reason...

Your home driveway should last many more years than a roadway considering low traffic volume and no constant trucks with weight driving over it.

The idea of sealing it is two fold...#1 to protect moisture from entering through the porous surface and eventually destroying the gravel base or heaving during the winter months and #2 to protect the surface from harmful UV rays. UV rays pull the oils right out of the asphalt and make it brittle and crack.

Your analogy is like saying painting a wood house is not necessary after all look how long the old wooden Weirs boardwalk lasted....

Sorry but them's the facts!

Dan
I absolutely agree with ishoot 308. My driveway is 5 years old. It had scars from snowplowing and UV started bleaching it out. I used Andrade Sealcoating out of Alton 603-435-3704. Cindy and her husband were terrific. Very reasonable and did a wonderful job. Had a Wedding Rehearsal party this weekend and everyone commented how great it looked.
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You nailed Dan. Can't compare the two for all reasons you stated.
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We plan on using Bryant Paving.......we need some paving repairs as well as sealcoat so we'll see how it goes.
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