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Thinking of doing a small side seal coat job - need feedback

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by lego, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    Amish country.
  2. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    What do you guys think of the emulsion polymer modified sealants?
  3. ddlandscaping

    ddlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Male, from poconos of pa
    Messages: 91

    the company that got the job does have the right equipment, they do a lot of paving. I'm just happy to get some experience this season, next season I plan on investing in a small sprayer system.
  4. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 255

    I have tried a few and have one we liked but are having a problem with the supplier, or they have their own problems I should say. Goes down nice no brush marks where spray meets, clean up with water, so far the jobs look good 3 years later. I will not comment on the co. name because their is a law suite over some issues and I have been notified. Hope they work it out because I would love to start using it again. But the coal tar is my choice over all for now.
  5. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 255

    If you are serious about it next year, I would be selling it now and thru out the winter months. Offer your current customers a discount. Residential we offer a package for everything including the seal coating, this has worked out great in certain areas. Glad to see other adding this service to the list, the pay off can be huge.
  6. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    What do you mean package? What all does it include? Spring and fall cleanup, mowing, seal coating, gutter cleaning etc. etc.? That is a good idea.
  7. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

  8. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 255

    Right now I use star seal coal tar, never heard of the FBC, but I wasn't looking for in either. It wont hurt to make some phone calls to other seal co. in the area and see if they will sell to you. I have guys that call me just for that, and when I have extra I sell it depends if we are slow.
  9. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 255

    Yes, we offer just that but no gutter stuff. Most people do the mulch, edge, flowers, shrub trim, and seal coat. For current customers we offer discounts on sealcoating, if they are getting full service.
  10. BCboy

    BCboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I have not posted here in some time, just too busy with the lawn maintenance.
    But this thread peaked my interest as I have also done some of this driveway and patio sealing.

    Check out this site www.nox-crete.com
    I use "Sparkl seal". Works great. $200/5gal

    I have to say I am shocked at the prices you guys are charging.

    My average price per sq. foot is 60-70 cents and some guys are charging $1 and up.
    So a smaller driveway will easily get $700. I just power wash it one day and go back when it's dry and seal it. Total time not including driving is about 4 hours. Less the cost of products such as cleaner & sealer I net $400-500 a drive way.

    I'm not saying this to impress you or tell you to come north but perhaps you may want to increase your pricing. We all have to show the customer the benefits and value that we offer and how it will increase the life of the concrete.

    Just a final suggestion.
    Go to Home Depot and purchase 3 smaller exposed aggregate patio blocks, small enough you can carry them with out hurting your back. Or just one large one and divide into 1/3s.
    Power wash all 3.
    Leave one exposed.
    Seal one with Home Depot inexpensive sealer.
    Seal the final block with a good quality sealer.
    Then leave all 3 out side in the elements.
    Bring them with you to show potential customers why they should have their exposed concrete sealed and why you use a quality sealer.
    And bring a bottle of water to demonstrate how water beads on the sealed patio block.

    This kind of demo can be a powerful sales tool.

    Good luck :canadaflag:

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