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How to Repave Your Driveway: An Interview with Robert Frihart of Driveways Doctors Inc

By Robert Frihart

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

In 1989 I was looking to start my own company after running companies for other people and organizations. After much research I made the decision that this was the type of company I wanted to start. In 1990 we started doing driveways with hand tools and working part-time. After that first year and a modest profit I decided it would be a profitable and long term seasonal business. That winter I purchase equipment that enabled me to do not only driveways which I still consider my bread and butter, but larger commercial jobs as well. After ten years we added the infrared patching service with the purchase of an additional truck and equipment.

Please explain more about the products you use to re pave:

We use four basic products: a heavy bodied coal-tar emulsion sealer made by The Brewer Company for the seal-coat: Deery 102 crack-sealant for sealing the cracks; asphalt surface mix provided by a local asphalt company: and a traffic paint that I purchase from Sherwin-Williams Paint Co.

If you could, please list the steps of re paving a driveway

In patching the steps are very simple, we place our heaters over the asphalt in order to raise the temperature of the asphalt to about 330 degrees to a depth of 1 and 1/2 inches, we then rake the asphalt loose and add additional hot mix asphalt that we carry on that truck, we then lute or rake the asphalt to get it as level as we can before we re-compact the asphalt in place. The customer needs to do nothing prior to our arrival.

With seal-coating the only things we suggest our customers to do prior to seal-coating is to bleach the surface where there might be tree sap on the surface and to spray a vegetation killer on the grass or weeds in the cracks prior to our arrival. We could perform these services ourselves but we feel we save the customer a great deal of money because they are things that they can do very easily themselves.

How do you suggest clients prepare for a this process?

When we arrive to do the work we trim the grass along the edge of the driveway with a string trimmer. We then clean the cracks free of dirt and debris with air pressure. We put on a primer for oil stains. After this is done we clean the surface with wire street brooms and a power blower. We then install the Deery crack-sealant into and over the cracks. After that material sets up which is only minutes we then apply the sealer with brushes next to the house, concrete or any landscaping. The rest we apply by spraying the sealer on the surface which actually applies it in a thicker coating.

How can a homeowner known when it is time to re paving their driveway?

When the customer sees the gray of the asphalt showing through or the cracks need attention again or there are new cracks is when they should contact us for resealing. This is usually in 3 to 4 years.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

The best way to contact us is at our web-site which will direct them on how to leave an email message. The web address is: www.drivewaydoctorsinc.com

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