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!

Comments

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!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of autumn

From a parking lot in Albany's University Heights neighborhood on Friday. It looks like we're headed for more splendid September sun this week.... (more)

Albany » Hartford » Landon's last game

The US men's national soccer team is playing a friendly in Hartford October 10 against Ecuador, and the American Outlaws Albany chapter has organized a... (more)

"I have no idea what we're going to play. I won't be able to tell you until it's about to happen."

Jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris -- an Albany High School grad -- is playing at Proctors this Thursday. And while doing a little bit of... (more)

Saint Rose adjuncts vote to unionize

Adjuncts at the College of Saint Rose have voted to unionize with SEIU Local 200 by a tally of 175-61. In a statement, Saint Rose... (more)

Margination: An attempt to create a different sort of local economy

In North Troy there's a group of nine individuals trying to promote economic development and social change with very different approach. This collective, working under... (more)

Recent Comments

Dutchfest. Dutch food, Dutch beer, wooden shoes, Vincent van Gogh lookalike contest. Everybody pays their own way (goes Dutch) and arrives by bicycle...

Drawing: Oktoberfest

...has 53 comments, most recently from Tyler W

Saint Rose adjuncts vote to unionize

...has 2 comments, most recently from LB

Margination: An attempt to create a different sort of local economy

...has 2 comments, most recently from Harold

The latest One Monument Square plan evolves

...has 12 comments, most recently from ace

Help with kitchen renovation design?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Elisabeth