Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Reducing Your Asphalt Sealcoating Costs

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Maintaining a well-groomed parking lot is a simple way to ensure that your customers know you take pride in your business. If you have an asphalt parking lot, investing in the application of a sealcoat can help you restore worn asphalt to its original condition.

Finding ways to reduce the total cost of sealcoating doesn't have to be challenging; it just requires a little bit of work. Here are three tips you can use to keep your sealcoating costs low as you maintain your company's asphalt parking lot.

1. Remove debris from your parking lot.

In order to begin the sealcoating process, an asphalt contractor will need a clean area to work in. You can eliminate the need for the contractor to charge you for cleanup services by removing debris from the parking lot yourself.

Picking up large pieces of trash and using a leaf blower to direct leaves and smaller pieces of trash into a pile that can easily be disposed of will ensure that your parking lot is prepared for sealcoating without incurring the added expense of a contractor cleanup.

2. Get rid of mud and dirt.

After you have given your asphalt parking lot a once-over with the leaf blower, you may find that there are still some stubborn mud spots or dirt piles left on the asphalt's surface. These will need to be removed before sealcoating can begin.

Purchase a wire broom from your local hardware store and use this broom to thoroughly sweep your parking lot. The stiff wire bristles will be able to scrub away any stubborn dirt areas and get your parking lot ready for a sealcoat application.

3. Treat stains with a primer.

To ensure that the sealcoating product will successfully adhere to the surface of your parking lot's asphalt, you must remove any oil or antifreeze stains. The residue within these stains can prevent proper adhesion, causing your sealcoating to fail sooner than expected.

Covering stains in your parking lot with a latex-based primer gives the sealcoating an optimal surface to adhere to. Be sure that you take the time to prime stains in your parking lot if you want your sealcoating to last.

Reducing the cost of parking lot sealcoating is simple. All you need to do is take the time to clean up any debris from the lot, remove caked-on dirt with a wire broom, and prime any stains to allow for proper adhesion.

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27 October 2016