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Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by ddlandscaping, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. ddlandscaping

    ddlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Male, from poconos of pa
    Posts: 83

    I just want to quickly post on how things have been going with adding seal coating to my landscape company, I got myself a small 275 gallon tote system, from NAC supply, I really like it. Been doing a lot of flyers in large communities , just no results: cry: I'm offering 50.00 off any size driveway till October 31. I did land my first commercial job, one of my banks that I do lawn care for, seal coating the drive thru this weekend:clapping: So whatever happens the rest of the season who knows, looks like good sealing weather for the northeast at least through mid October.
     
  2. AffordableSealcoatingLLC

    AffordableSealcoatingLLC LawnSite Member
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    Good luck! In your area with snow and ice. You want to put sand in the mix. For wear and also traction. In the future look for a used tank with agitation. Either hydraulic or manual. You wont regret it later. Saves you a lot of headaches! Just like with a lawn service..it's like buying a 21" push mower to mow 100 accounts a week with instead of a walk behind and Z-turn...! It's a start and you will learn as you go. Offer a good product that is good for your area. You will always get the brush/squeegee is better then spray..as far as applying it. We use it to cut in and spray the rest.

    We use Seal Rite equipment and SealMaster product. Its thick and my pump pushes 3lb per gallon sand load no problem. This stuff is like jello pudding in the tank. There are others manufactures out there? Just try them all and decide.
     
  3. ddlandscaping

    ddlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Male, from poconos of pa
    Posts: 83

    i think the sealer i'm using is seal master, just because they carry seal master products, but its certainly not junk. Did my first commercial over the weekend it came out awesome, about 4 hours to do 7,300 sq ft drive thru bank, took my time, cut everything in slowly I don't wanna be messy, sealed all the cracks. FYI I work by myself
     
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  4. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    dam 4 hours for 7300 square feet is good, But I am sure you didn't had time to route all the cracks, seal them, sand them etc lol.

    Temperature are still good for sealing up here in Canada, I have 6 banks to seal in the next 2 weeks... All of them are over 15k square feet.
     
  5. ddlandscaping

    ddlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Male, from poconos of pa
    Posts: 83

    I got kinda lucky very little cracks, I used about a gallon of crack seal.
     
  6. ddlandscaping

    ddlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Male, from poconos of pa
    Posts: 83

    since the last time I posted, I picked up only 2 driveways one was about 2,500 sq ft, and the last one of the season was 10,000 sq. So next season I hope to get bigger with the seal coating, it was a nice learning experience, and its kinda relaxing spraying driveways while jamming to music.
     
  7. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Takes time man.... :)

    I'll give you an example: I've been trying to get the contract for my local bank for the past 2-3 years. Was sending out emails to the banks, was showing up to the bank to talk to the manager, no luck. It was always getting sealed by my biggest competition, who isn't even local. This year I have got the contract for not just the 1 local bank, but for the 3 others surrounding my area, so 4 banks in total, close to 50,000 square feet. Just by word of mouth. I did a sealing job for a small house for one of my client, who works at the bank. He then passed the word to the general manager of the 4 banks. I started by sealing the private home of the general manager, small driveway of 800 square feet, he loved the work, so he gave me the 4 banks to seal :)

    Just be patient, if you continue doing good work, around your local township, with everyone seeing your work + truck and equipment, the word will spread eventually. But unfortunately it does not happen in a year :p
     

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