Newly installed asphalt must be allowed to cure sufficiently to allow the oils in the new asphalt to oxidize and dissipate. In most cases we recommend at least 90 days in warm weather.
It is recommended to keep off your driveway for 24-48 hours. You will be able to walk on the sealed driveway much sooner than this, but if it all possible do not drive on it for at least 36 hours.
Absolutely, you can drive on your driveway. 100% cure may take longer, but after 36 hours it will be cured to 95% and you will not hurt your sealcoat. That last 5% of the cure takes the longest.
Nothing is wrong! This is a normal part of the process. the material used to seal your driveway is thermoplastic and the marks left by your tires will run themselves out and disappear. Once your pavement has reached 100% cure your tires will no longer leave marks.
Yes, try to avoid turning your tires very had or turning the wheels while the vehicle is in in motion. Again, if you do leave marks.. they will eventually go away!
I have sealed all kinds of different asphalt but am a firm believer in giving an honest assessment. Unfortunately I have had to discourage clients against it. I often say "the sealer is only as good as the asphalt." Much like painting a rusted car, I can make it look better but for how long? Many clients don’t like to hear this but unfortunately seal coating is not a cure all and not for everyone.
I hate to give you this answer but there are too many variables that go into pricing such as: size, shape, location, condition of asphalt are all factors in determining price. If you call me I will ask you about these things and sometimes I can google earth your location which gives me layout of your area and possibly provide a ball park figure to go from there.
You can be sure though that my price will be the most competitive since I have the material, equipment and expertise to do it right for you!
Typically 3 years. Some after 2 years look like they could be re-done some still look good at 5 years. Many variables determine that; such as if you have a slope in your driveway that creates any standing water (sealer’s worst enemy), how clean your driveway is, at what point in it’s life cycle did you first seal etc. I usually find that if I am able to seal new asphalt before first winter is where I get best results.
This is one I am getting more and more since recycled asphalt is becoming very popular. Unfortunately recycled asphalt does not bind together as well as hot-mix therefore the sealer would wear off prematurely so I do not recommend it.