Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the best time of the year to seal my driveway or parking lot?

    Absolute sealing generally does sealing work from April 1st through the end of October (give or take a couple of weeks). The outside temperature must be above 15 degrees celsius in order for the sealing process to cure correctly.

  2. Does weather make a difference in the sealcoating process?

    Yes. If it has rained the previous evening or if rain is in the forecast for the day scheduled for work, Absolute Sealing may call to reschedule your appointment. We recognize this is an inconveience, but dry pavement is important to proper curing of the sealant. If it rains during or immediately after work and drying of the sealcoat is adversely affected, Absolute Sealing will take responsibility for any problem areas and correct them at our cost.


  3. How long does sealer have to be down before rain will damage it?

    4 to 8 hours

  4. How soon until you can walk on a driveway after seal coating?

    Generally 6-8 hours, but your Absolute Sealing representative will advise you on the drying time for your particular job.

  5. How soon until you can drive on a driveway after seal coating?

    Generally 24 hours, but your Absolute Sealing representative will advise you on the drying time for your particular job.

  6. My driveway (or parking lot) is brand new. Should it be sealed? If so, when?

    It is recommended that a newly asphalted surface should be sealed within its first year, but no sooner than 8 - 12 months. The longer it cures the harder it becomes.

  7. How often should I seal my driveway or parking lot?

    On average, every 2-3 years. Some poorly laid or older asphalt driveways need sealing every 1-2 years to prevent early cracking and pot holes. Cracks should be filled and repaired every year.

  8. How often should I fill the cracks in my driveway?

    Yearly. The asphalt will continue to expand and contract with the warm and cold weather. The crack filler will prolong the life of the asphalt by preventing water getting into the asphalt foundation.

  9. If I see cracks in my driveway, is it time to seal coat?

    Cracks are a sign that the driveway is in need of mainteance and repair.

  10. There are a lot of cracks in my driveway. Can you still seal it?

    Sealcoating is a preventive measure, but will not "fix" cracks. Cracks that are more than an 1/8 inch in width should be filled first. Absolute Sealing, will fill the cracks prior to sealcoating.

  11. Do I need to do anything to prepare for my driveway or parking lot to be sealcoated?

    If you fertilize your lawn or plantings, please don't fertilize for a week prior to our visit. Fertilizer products will discolor the sealer products. The pavement must be dry. Please don't hose off the parking lot or driveway in the 24 hours prior to sealcoating. Otherwise, just be sure that the work area is clear from all vehicles.

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