Having the right kind of sealcoating equipment is important, regardless of whether you are a veteran or just starting out in the asphalt maintenance industry. What equipment do you really need to work faster, smarter and more cost-efficiently?
Here are the ABC’s that you need to consider when putting together equipment and machinery for your sealcoating business.
1. A reliable and durable sprayer system
You want to get the job done quickly and appear professional at all times, so ditch the buckets, trays and squeegees. A proper sealcoating sprayer system makes you appear more businesslike and professional to your potential customers, uses less sealer, and saves you time.
Since no two jobs are the same, your sealcoating sprayer system should be appropriate to the size of the jobs you book. If you are just starting out and if you have a small two- or three-man team, most likely, you are booking residential driveways and small parking lots with less than 20 stalls. If this is the case, you wouldn’t want to get a large sprayer tank meant for sealcoating mall parking lots. You can start out with a portable sprayer system, which is ideal for small jobs. You may also opt for sealcoating sprayers that you can connect directly to drums or totes.
If you don’t want to waste time switching drums or totes, a sealcoating tank that holds 130 or even 230 gallons of sealer is the right option for you.
Bear in mind that as your business grows, so do the requirements of your jobs. Action Seal has a large line-up of sealcoating sprayers that can cater to all types of projects, whether it is large or small, commercial or residential.
2. Buy proper surface preparation equipment
You don’t just walk up to a lot and start applying sealer immediately. The surface needs to be cleaned and prepped to make sure that the sealer bonds properly to the pavement.
Your first step is to clean off any debris, vegetation, or chemical stains that can prevent the sealer from adhering to the asphalt. Use a professional crack cleaning machine to remove debris and vegetation. This not only saves you time from manually removing weeds, it also allows you to work fast and efficiently without sacrificing the output. A longer-lasting job means happy clients.
If the parking lot or driveway you are working on is full of fallen leaves and twigs, use a proper gas-operated push or walk-behind blower, such as the Billy Goat Wheeled Blower or the LandShark Walk-Behind Blower. Our line of blowers ranges from residential to commercial, so you will always have the right type based on the size of your job.
If you need to seal cracks, always use rubberized hot-pour crackfill, as it lasts much longer than its water-based cold-pour counterpart. Use an industry-grade crackfill melter applicator, such as the RY10 Pro and RY10 Elite, that melts cubes of rubberized crackfill faster than torch-fired models while using less fuel. You’ll have hot, ready-to-apply crackfill material by the time you are done prepping the asphalt surface.
For larger jobs, having the RY30MK Melter Oven and RY10 Pro Combo is a smart investment. The RY30MK’s 30-gallon capacity ensures that you won’t run out of melted crackfill in the middle of a job!
3. Curbs, walls and flagstones are not canvases
Yes, you may have used boards and sheets of plywood before to cover areas where sealer should not be sprayed. However, this means assigning two persons to get the task done – one person to operate the sprayer, and another to place and relocate the plywood or cardboard sheet where it is needed. In the long run and as your business scales up, this method is both time-consuming and inefficient. If you are working on a large site, you can easily have both crew members operate sealcoating sprayers to speed up the job instead of having both work on the same section of asphalt surface at the same time.
Using a Sealcoating Edger greatly improves work efficiency, especially in spots where the driveway and garage concrete or house walls meet. This also means not having to spend extra money covering surfaces with plastic or paper where you don’t want sealer overspray to get to. Simply attach the edger onto your sprayer wand and spray away!
Sealcoating is a lucrative business, and can serve as your bread-and-butter. However, investing in equipment and machinery that can ensure a consistent professional output in every job should also be considered at all times. This is how you earn your customers’ trust and loyalty. If customers are satisfied with the job you did for their driveways or establishments, they will surely recommend you to friends and colleagues who are also looking to hire a pavement specialist.