As an asphalt maintenance contractor, you're bombarded with questions about sealcoating and crack filling prices every time you talk to prospective clients. But since no two parking lots are alike, so you're always left scratching your head when it's time to give your client an estimate. To make it easier for new contractors like you, we at Asphalt Kingdom have come up with a blog post about the factors you must consider when pricing a crack sealing job. Let's get started.
The primary thing to consider when determining the price of a crack sealing job is the length of time you're going to need to clean and prepare the surface. Let’s say you’re working on a vast parking lot with thousands of feet of dirty cracks. You have to clean out all that dirt, debris, and vegetation before using a gas-powered blower to remove fine dust. After piling up all that dirt and debris, you have to load them on your truck and take them away.
You're going to spend several hours cleaning the area before you can finally start applying asphalt crack filler itself. This requires a lot of work compared to working on a small residential driveway.
The Amount of Crack Sealing Material You're Going to Use
The second thing you must consider when determining the price of an asphalt repair job is the amount of material you're going to use. Massive and old parking lots tend to have larger, more extensive fissures, so you're likely going to use up a few blocks of asphalt crack filler to finish the job.
Some parking lots and driveways even have large, deep cracks which can easily use up a block or two of crack filler. To save on cost, make sure to fill up the hollow spot with sand before adding half an inch of crack sealer.
Labor cost is another crucial factor in determining the price of a crack sealing job, so carefully consider the number of people you will assign to the job site. More laborers simply mean that the price for the job is going to be a lot higher.
If you want to cut down on labor costs, make sure to work smart and think of ways to boost your team’s efficiency. For example, invest in and use a gas-powered asphalt crack cleaner machine instead of a wire street brush when repairing a massive parking lot. You can also use a crack sealing machine instead of breaking your back manually applying crack fill.
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