Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gloves for Sealcoating and Cracksealing

Contact Matt at SealMaster: to request your FREE SealMaster gloves as seen on the cover of the SealMaster catalog. (while supplies last).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Wishes

Hope all had a great Thanksgiving!  Now let the official holiday shopping season begin!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Congrats to SealMaster/Denver

SealMaster/Denver Wins Bids
With La Plata County

September 20, 2011


SealMaster/Denver was recently awarded bids for Pothole Patch as a winter mix and won the bid for hot pour crack sealant for La Plata street maintenance program.

La Plata County put out the patch bid as High Performance Winter Mix requirement.  SealMaster/Denver won the 600 bag procurement by outbidding the other suppliers such as
EZ Street, Seaboard Bond-X Green, UPM and Dayton Superior.

The county also put out bids for crackfiller material to meet ASTM D6690 Type I or II requirements.  SealMaster/Denver proposed  CrackMaster P.L. and won out over Crafco and Deery for the project.  The amount is 15,000 pounds.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What is Sealcoating

Asphalt pavement to keep in simple terms is primarily rock and/or stone and gravel along with a binder.  The rock or aggregate is held together with this binder also known as asphalt cement.  The binder is created from the distillation process of certain crude oils.  Maintaining this binder is essential in prolonging the deterioration of asphalt surfaces.  Rain, U.V. rays, and chemicals as they are introduced into the asphalt will degrade the binder and thus begin the degradation process of the asphalt and will create a surface that turns brittle.   To reduce the effects of these elements, it is important to implement a maintenance program that utilizes sealcoating to extend the life of your parking lot or driveway.
Sealcoating will provide a layer of protection blocking out the elements of water and oils and U.V. damage. In addition, when applied to manufacturers’ specifications, sealcoating provides a slip resistant surface with a deep black finish that beautifies the parking lot or driveway as well.  Sealcoats are typically bituminous based products or acrylics.  The sealcoat is in a liquid formulation of one of the above emulsions mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives and other proprietary fillers and solids.  These products can be applied by brush, spray or squeegee.  A regularly scheduled sealcoating program will more than double the life of the asphalt saving you significant dollars down the line.  Instead of having to pay thousands of dollars for new pavement, it is more cost effective to spend only pennies on the dollar per square foot to maintain.
When applying a sealcoating product, follow the important steps referenced below to get the most protection and optimum performance.  A minimum of two coats should be applied.  Temperatures must be a minimum of 50 degrees and rising for a period of not less than 24 hours.  Do not apply when temperatures are forecasted to get below the 50 degree mark.  Also, do not apply if rain is imminent within the same 24 hour period.  Once finished with the application of sealcoat, allow to cure 24 hours before allowing vehicle traffic back on the surface. 
To summarize, sealcoating every two to three years will certainly extend the life of your asphalt pavement for minimal cost. When applied appropriately and at the right time, sealcoating prevents oxidation, sealcoating stops weather damage and sealcoating beautifies pavement. 
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Our recommended sealcoating product

I would promote as an overall great sealcoating product is the Polymer-Modified MasterSeal (PMM). You can read about it hear:

First fact is since it is an asphalt emulsion, contractors will love it. No odor and no burn!  In addtion to that PMM for sealcoating provides outstanding peformance with proven polymer technology.  Elastomeric polymers are hot blended into PMM during the manufacturing process to produce a sealcoating with added toughness, flexibility and weather resistance without the use of additives. 

Another benefit to the contractor unlike conventional sealers that require dilution of up to 50% with water, PMM allows for application at full strength without dilution.  At about 60% solids compared to conventional sealers carrying only 40% solids, PMM will out last your basic coal-tar sealcoat.  One of the leading causes of pavement sealer wear is aborption of water into the dried sealer.  Specialty surfactants are blended into PMM during manufacturing which produce a sealcoating with exceptional water resistance and greatly enhances wear characteristics. Contact your local SealMaster at 800-395-7325 to learn more.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Selecting the right sealcoating contractor

Questions to ask when selecting a sealcoating contractor:

Your investment in asphalt pavement, whether it is a parking lot or simply a residential driveway, will require maintenance to extend the life of the surface.  It is the “welcome mat” to your business or a vital part to the curb appeal of your home or residence.  Maintaining the asphalt is important and sealcoating with SealMaster sealer such as MasterSeal or Polymer-Modfied MasterSeal (PMM) is one of those steps.  However, selecting the appropriate contractor for sealcoating is as important as just making the decision to protect the asphalt to begin with.
The first thing to look for in a sealcoating contractor is their history or reputation.  Can they provide references?  Will they offer you properties to look at to see the quality of their work?  You can also contact your local SealMaster at 800-395-7325 for contractor referrals.  Avoid those individuals that are going door to door and offering to sealcoat your driveway at a great price because they have left-over material from work before.  More often than not you’ll never hear from them again.  That’s not good if any issues arise and you need them to make good on any mistakes. 
Secondly, you should compare warranties on workmanship between sealcoating contractors.  How long do they claim their application will last or wear? Also, what is included in the quote?  Are they including any crack repair or PatchMaster pothole repair?  And remember to get any promises in writing and collect any additional information from them such as business cards, reference lists etc…If any striping is necessary, ask if they are doing the work or if it will be subcontracted out.  If they are hiring another contractor to do striping, be sure to check them out as well.  Once you’ve selected a contractor, make sure they have insurance to protect you and your property from any damages or loss.
Before any work begins, do not be afraid to ask what equipment they have or how the sealcoat will be applied?  SealMaster’s asphalt-based sealers like MasterSeal or Polymer-Modified MasterSeal (PMM) can be applied by spray or squeegee.  Based on the size of the job, you need to be sure they have the appropriate tools to clean and prepare the surface and the necessary tools or equipment to apply the sealcoating or other materials in an efficient and timely manner. 
If you are the property owner of a facility involving a decent size parking lot, you will want to be conscience of how the work is completed and the time involved.  If the sealcoating crew is only preparing the lot with brooms without the use of blowers and if they are applying sealer by hand instead of a spray machine or squeegee machine, that will cost you in the end in additional labor costs.
What do you need to know about the sealcoating material?  Ask them how many coats are included in the quote?  It is best practice to demand or specify two coats.  The first coat of MasterSeal or PMM will fill in the voids and porosity of the asphalt surface.  The second coat is the wearing layer.  The second coat is important to get longevity.  The top of the rock or smooth sides of the rock in asphalt tend to wear quickly and a second coat of sealer will help reduce that wear.  Also, verify the contractor is following SealMaster’s specifications for mixing and applying sealcoat.  With that, it is important you know the square footage of the area getting sealed so you have an idea of how much material should be applied.  You can view specifications and application instructions at
Other tips to follow include keeping an eye on the weather.  Do not allow application if temperatures are expected to fall below 50 degrees for 24 hours and make sure no rain is forecasted for the same 24 hour period to ensure proper curing and performance.  Once the sealcoating is complete you must keep vehicles off the driveway or parking lot for 24 to 48 hours.  Following these few steps will ensure the sealcoating will beautify and protect your asphalt pavement for years to come.
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