Making the Big Switch to Asphalt Sealcoating Business

Burnt out and thinking about joining the Great Resignation but have no idea what to do next? Why not venture into asphalt sealcoating business?

Judson Burdon
Posted by Judson Burdon on March 14

Over the past months, millions of workers all over the world quit their jobs. According to Bloomberg, the Great Resignation (or "lying flat" as it's called in China) has been the trend in China, Europe, and the United States and it's not showing signs of fading just yet.

If you're also thinking of joining the ever-growing crowd of people who want to quit their jobs and switch to something else, then the question of what you are going to do next undoubtedly lingers on your mind. Staying unemployed is definitely out of the question because you have a family to feed.

So here's an opportunity you can explore after leaving your current job: asphalt maintenance and rehabilitation.

But why venture into an asphalt maintenance business?

Asphalt is literally everywhere. Your neighbors' property, your local coffee shop's driveway, the parking lot of an apartment complex downtown... You name it, that property almost always has asphalt pavement, and most of them are probably in bad shape. And that's where you come in.

So what can prospective asphalt maintenance contractors like you offer to customers? And how profitable is it exactly? Let's find out.


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Asphalt Business Solution #1: One Piece of Equipment

If you don't have a lot of capital to invest in asphalt maintenance equipment right off the bat, then maybe you want to explore "à la carte" business solutions. Maybe you want to start by offering sealcoating or crack repair services first. If that's the case, then check out our wide selection of sealcoat sprayers and crack repair equipment and supplies or call us for personalized advice.


The first pieces of equipment we're going to introduce are the AK55 Sealer Sprayer for Drums and the AK275 Tote Sealcoating Spray System. These sealer sprayers are ideal for contractors who are just starting and have a limited budget.

These pieces of equipment allow you to start your own sealcoating company for less than $2,000. Plus, they can be transported easily from one site to another — just haul them on the back of your pickup truck, and you're ready to roll.

Related: Sealcoating and Crack Repair Safety Checklist

But if you have something saved up and you want to invest in something larger and more heavy-duty from the get-go, then check out our other sealcoating machines. They typically range from $3,000 to $5,000, and the tanks can accommodate anywhere between 130 and 300 gallons.

Crack Repair

Crack repair is another lucrative business venture you can get into while you're still a new asphalt maintenance contractor. To make it easier and faster for you to get your business off the ground, we recommend these pieces of crack filling equipment.

Getting started with crack filling is easier with the RY10 Asphalt Crack Fill Machine. This starter machine can accommodate up to 12.5 gallons of crack fill, and it allows you to fix cracks at walking speed. Its innovative yet beginner-friendly design allows you to repair cracks like you're using a pushcart. With this machine, you can earn $10 in just 15 seconds!

See the RY10 Asphalt Crack Fill Machine below.

Asphalt Crack Repair Machine - Fill Cracks at Walking Speed!

The RY10 Pro Crack Seal Melter & Applicator Machine is a step above its sibling. It melts crack filler 50% faster than traditional melters and features a flame-out sensor to ensure you are always safe during operation. Plus, it has a more stable four-wheeled design, and the height is adjustable for greater operator comfort.

Asphalt Business Solution #2: Turnkey Business Packages

Buying asphalt maintenance equipment one by one can be quite tedious, so we recommend that you purchase a contractor's package instead. 

As a prospective contractor, you're probably unfamiliar with a lot of the asphalt repair supplies and equipment we offer and we understand that.

We've taken away the tedious task of painstakingly choosing and comparing which product to buy by curating three different contractor packages for you. These are essentially turnkey businesses in a box that will assist you in getting started with asphalt maintenance.

First off is the Contractor's Silver Package. It includes:

  • A pallet of rubberized crack filler
  • A pallet of asphalt sealer
  • An RY10 PRO Crack Seal Melter & Applicator Machine
  • An AK230 Pro Sealcoat Sprayer
  • A Walk Behind Leaf Blower

Next up is the Contractor's Gold Package. It comes with all the supplies and equipment the Silver Package has except that it has additional boxes of crack filler.

It also comes with an Asphalt Crack Cleaner Machine for more efficient surface preparation process, plus a Wand Wizard Edger for mess-free sealcoat applications along edges and walls.

The most complete package Asphalt Kingdom offers is the Sealcoating Pro Business Package. It has all the asphalt maintenance supplies and equipment you'll need to start and grow your business right off the bat:

  • A walk-behind leaf blower and an asphalt crack cleaner machine to prepare the pavement
  • The contractor-grade RY10 Pro machine and 75 boxes of crack sealer for repairing cracks which alone can make you $15,000 in revenue
  • AK300-AIR 300-gallon air operated spray system and 4 pallets of sealer, which can be used to earn up to $22,000
  • PowrLiner 3500 line striping machine and our Contractor's Premium Stencil Package to paint lines and stencils on commercial parking lots, which will bring you repeat business with business owners in your area

All of these packages are completely customizable and can even be financed. If you're unsure of what package would work best for you, give us a call at 1-866-399-5562 to talk to our experts pressure-free.

How  To Start Your Own Asphalt Business

Asphalt Business Solution #3: Line Striping Equipment

Line striping is a service that asphalt contractors frequently include in their list of services. You're taking care of the customers' parking lot anyway, so why not offer line striping, too?

But if you're not ready to dip your toes into sealcoating or crack filling yet and you're happy to offer line striping for now, then you can do that, too. What you can do is partner with a sealcoating company that outsources their line striping services and work only when you're needed.

If you want to know everything about line striping, then check out our Free Line Striping Course. In this comprehensive course, you'll learn everything about surface preparation, the different types of line striping, and the equipment you'll need to purchase to get started.

We also have the ultimate video guide on how to price a line striping job.

Linestriping Job

Asphalt Business Solution #4: Infrared Patching

Asphalt maintenance begins in spring and ends in summer/early fall. Once fall and winter arrive, you'd better make sure that you have a plan B in place to tide you over these months.

Asphalt Kingdom Mini Infrared Asphalt HeaterAsphalt Kingdom's Mini Infrared Asphalt Heater

But the good news is there's always a plan B for asphalt maintenance contractors and that comes in the form of the Mini Infrared Asphalt Heater.

It might seem like an unassuming piece of equipment, but don't underestimate it. This machine can be used to repair potholes and distressed asphalt during the winter months in less than ten minutes. And yes, even when it's snowing.

So how does it work?

The infrared asphalt heater works by reheating and softening the asphalt underneath. Once the section of the pavement becomes soft, you can now remove the machine and then carefully rework the asphalt with a lute.

Add some asphalt millings and put some finishing touches by applying a rejuvenator to improve adhesion and color. The last step is to flatten the area using a tamper tool.

The good news? The area can be used within the same day.

Even better, you can earn $95 per press. Let's say that you have a customer who has three potholes that need to be repaired. In less than one hour, you can earn $285. This allows you to recoup your investment for the machine in less than 20 presses.

Ready to Start Your Asphalt Sealcoating Business?

There you have it. If you're planning to quit your job and make the big switch to asphalt maintenance, then these are the services you can offer and the supplies you can use to hit the ground running. You don't need any college degrees or years of training to get this business going and running successfully.

If you have questions about the products and packages we mentioned, or if you need expert advice on starting and running an asphalt maintenance business, then give us a call at 1-866-399-5562. We're looking forward to hearing back from you.

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