Driveway sealing/paving recommendation?

cracked driveway pavementGary emails:

Our driveway is in need of some attention this spring, can you recommend a good sealcoat/paving co. in Albany?

At some point during the summer crews starting moving through neighborhoods, knocking on doors pitching driveway fixing/re-sealing. We gotta admit we're skeptical of the "hey, we just did your neighbor's driveway" pitch (maybe unfairly). So some solid suggestions could be a help to Gary and others.

Got someone you can recommend? Please share!

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I read a very interesting article in one of my homebuilding magazines a few years ago - I think it was Fine Homebuilding... Anyway the point of the article was that sealing driveways did not make them last any longer, it just made them prettier. I have also read that a high sand content in your sealer is very important and that the tank of sealer most guys tow behind them has no sand at all and doesn't last long. If you are going to have it done, the highest quality job is likely to be having someone do it with 5 gal buckets of sealer with a high sand content.

I highly recommend The Asphalt Doctor http://www.theasphaltdoctor.com/

They're very professional and timely. They came the next day to look at the driveway with me and discuss its needs, as well as how good a "quality" of a job I was looking for. (Basically a lasting quality at a higher cost, or a lower cost job that wouldn't last as long.) The estimate papers came in the mail two days later. They included customer reviews, and their Better Business Bureau rating, and also recommended I check them on Angie's List if I still had doubts. (They are top rated.)

Several other people in my neighborhood have used them also and been satisfied.

An anonymous recommendation via email:

"The Asphalt Doctor in East Greenbush. He’s not the cheapest (you get what you pay for) but he’s reliable, easy to work with and does a high-quality job."

Not sure exactly what you need done, but we used Van De Wal Coating in Schodack Landing to sealcoat our driveway for the first time last summer...they were excellent!

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