The Price and Process of Sealcoating a Parking Lot
Parking lots can be sealed with either asphalt or coal tar emulsion pavement sealer with a price ranging from $0.15 – $0.25 per square foot. The price of Sealcoating depends on many variables and factors. It is absolutely vital to properly qualify a contractor first and then consider the price presented to you when collecting proposals. Contractors must be able to prove to you that they are capable of seamless communication throughout the entire sealcoating process. In order to have a sealcoating job done on time and on budget, your contractor needs to have a staging process in place and backup plan in the event the weather does not cooperate.
In order to seal a parking lot, temperatures must be consistently over the mid 50s and it cannot rain while sealcoating or during the curing process. The curing process of sealer can range from 20 minutes up to 24 hours. It depends on how high the temperatures are, how much sunlight exposure there is, and humidity levels. Contractors assume the risk and must have up to the minute weather reports the day of the job to insure that sealer is being applied during the appropriate time.
The amount of mobilizations directly affects the price of sealcoating a parking lot. Typically a parking lot will have 2 mobilizations to complete the job which is built into the original cost. However, in the event that is it not possible to complete a parking lot in 2 phases, anticipate an extra mobilization charge of equipment and crews ranging from $500 – $1,000 for each day.
The condition of the parking lot and how dirty it is affects the price. You must consider the amount of cleaning and the extra time it will take using powerful air blowers and steel wire hand brooms to prep the lot for a sealcoat. It is vital to have the asphalt clean prior to applying sealer for it to properly adhere. Also the amount of oil spots the lot has is another factor to consider as preparation and priming with a latex based oil spot primer is required prior to sealing over those areas.
The layout of the Parking Lot is another factor to consider. Wide open parking lots can be done in optimal time and cost much less when it is possible to use a sealcoat truck equipped with a spray bar. However, it is not always possible to apply with this method and often times contractors must apply sealer by hand which takes much longer.
The most important factor to price is the ability to select the best contractor for the job. When collecting proposals pay careful attention to what is being presented to you. Many contractors pose to be legitimate professional sealcoating contractors and that is not always the case. Make sure they show proof of liability, automobile and workman’s compensation insurance. Ask to see pictures of their crews and make sure they are not using illegal workers on the job. Ask to see specifications of the sealer they will be applying. Selecting the cheapest contractor will end up costing you more money than selecting the best contractor for the job.
ALL OUT Parking Lots is a contractor you can trust to be the best contractor for you. We act as strategic parking lot planners. We provide and produce the best solutions to maximize the life expectancy, accessibility, and beauty of parking lots. We specialize in sealcoating, pavement marking, concrete, repaving, and asphalt repair. Most importantly we implement maintenance programs that are engineered to save our clients’ money, and keep their properties looking great.
We are successful because we do not sell. We listen, comprehend, and then utilize a reliable 7 Step Process. Step 1 begins when you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about your parking lot.