Big Joe’s Sealcoating offers a wide range of asphalt driveway repair and maintenance services. Choose the ones that best fit your specific needs.
Hot Crack Rubber Repair (Optional)
This long-term crack repair option is the same type of crack repair used on roads and parking lots. We charge a minimum of $125 for hot rubber crack repair. This process requires that a separate crew come out and complete the work prior to sealcoating. The product used is extremely difficult to work with — it must be over 400 degrees when applied — but this is the only type of crack filler that actually works.
This type of repair is not suitable for all cracked asphalt repairs. Hot rubber can only be applied to cracks that are a minimum of 3/8 of an inch wide and 3/4 of an inch deep.
Trowel-Grade Crack Filling (Optional)
This very short-term and cheap option is totally unlike hot rubber crack repair. Trowel-grade crack filler is also referred to as “bucket crack filler” or “cold pour crack filler.” We typically do not recommend this option because, in our opinion, it’s a waste of your money. We only carry this product because every other sealcoating company does, and we’ve concluded (after years of frustration and subsequent research) that any “bucket crack filler” and some spare change will get you a cup of coffee — and nothing more!
Be aware that some sealcoating companies have gotten sneaky. They’ve started using the term “rubberized crack filler” in an effort to fool customers into assuming that this is the same as hot rubber crack repair. Unfortunately, “rubberized crack filler” is just a fancy way of saying “bucket crack filler.”
Slurry Sealcoating (Optional)
This is the process of mixing special-grade silica sand into the sealer to create a thicker sealer. Sand is added at a ratio of 2 – 5 pounds of sand per each gallon of bulk sealer. Slurry sealcoating will not make your driveway look brand new, but it will do a lot more than sealcoating alone can do.
You might be thinking:
- What is the point of a thicker sealer?
A thicker sealer is great for filling in all the dimples and cracks on an old, beat-up driveway.
- Why not just repair the driveway?
Addressing every problem of an old driveway with specific repairs like hot rubber crack repair can become outrageously expensive. Sand is cheap, so applying a slurry seal is a much more affordable option for an old, tired driveway without much life left in it.
- Why can’t you do a slurry seal on every driveway?
While slurry sealcoating is an amazing solution for a very old driveway, it has some drawbacks:
- Slurry seals wear away faster on smooth surfaces due to the added traction from the sand.
- The sand in the slurry seal can get streaky on smoother driveways, leaving an unappealing finish. When this happens on old, beat-up driveways, it’s not very noticeable, and even if there is minimal streaking, the old driveway still looks ten times better afterward than it looked prior to sealing.
Pothole Patching (Optional)
Patching and pothole repair is an essential part of asphalt maintenance. Patching is necessary to prevent localized pavement distress and avoid safety hazards. It is important to repair a pothole in your driveway before it gets larger. If not addressed, the pothole will continue to expand over time until the structural void is filled in.
Pothole patch cannot be used for every depression in a driveway. The patching material requires a definitive significant depression with steep angles. Patch cannot be used in shallow depressions or to level an uneven driveway. The illustrations below show which type of repair can be made using asphalt patch.