Cost Breakdown: DIY vs Contractor
There are some things that are easy to do on your own. There are some things that are better left to the asphalt professionals. So how do you know when and if you should get a sealcoat contractor? Well, first of all, you have to be able to accomplish the job. Do you know anything about asphalt sealcoating? What kind of sealant to use? Which kinds are eco friendly? Do you have the tools? I could go on and on with questions. Secondly, and maybe as important as the first question. How much does sealcoating cost? We’ll break it down and see what works best for you.
DIY Sealcoating At Home
Let’s take a look at what you would need to have to get things done like the pros. Let’s be honest, it takes a lot of prep, materials, and equipment to get a job like this done. The honest truth is, you could never afford to do it as quickly and efficiently as the sealcoat pros. So let’s look at what you would need to do at bare minimum.
Asphalt Prep – The cheapest way is to just use an industrial push broom. The other option is to get a power blower to blow the debris away. They usually run about $1500 to start.
Crack Sealing – You’ll need to clean out any cracks of debris or weeds and then seal them. This would require a material melter, which start at about $750 for the smallest size. You would also need something to apply the crack sealant like a pour pot, which can run from $100 – $400. The material runs about $24 per box for approx. 150-200’ LF.
Asphalt Sealant – Tanks are going to run at least 3800 to start so you are better off going with the old fashioned squeegee or a power brush for this one. Those run around $30 to start. Safe Seal, which is an eco friendly sealant starts at $40 for a 5 gallon bucket which usually covers about 70 – 80 sq. ft.per gallon A typical driveway is around 2000 sq. ft. So you would need 6 to 8 buckets of sealer to do a driveway. These items get you in the ball park , don’t forget to wear old clothes and shoe , If you have a parking lot this is going to be significantly more.
Ok, so let’s tally all of that up.
$1000 – 3800
6 X $40 (more depending on the size)
$3,614 = $2-5 dollars per sq. ft.
Hiring a Contractor for Sealcoating
This is goanna be an easy one. First of all, a sealcoating contractor knows exactly what they are doing. You will get the best possible job done because they will probably have better equipment, and the best part? It costs way less. Per home advisors “Asphalt sealing costs an average of $446 with the typical cost range of $300 and $656. On average, sealcoating costs $0.14 to $0.25 per square foot plus crack seal work.”
So there you have it. You’re going to save a ton and have a better surface with a contractor. So now that you know, you can contact B&E Coating Services , LLC for your next asphalt sealcoating or concrete sealing project by clicking here.