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Isn’t all sealant the same? Shouldn’t I just go with the cheapest price?

There is a very wide range of quality of sealant on the market today. Quality First Asphalt starts with the best products and adds the perfect mix of additives, precisely measured and adjusted for the current conditions- MADE IN TWIN FALLS for the rugged Idaho environment. Quality First Asphalt’s sealant is unmatched in quality and longevityfrom the brand Pro-Spec.

We add premium additives like latex rubber for flexibility and durability, and sand for slip resistance. Quality First Asphalt’s one-of-a-kind sealant is non-tracking and naturally a dark slate-black.

Quality First Asphalt uses the toughest industrial grade sealant and crackfiller in Idaho. However, the lifetime of any job is unique to the existing condition and level of use of the asphalt.

Factors that decrease the sealcoat include: crumbling surface, high vehicle traffic, heavy-duty vehicles, overhead vegetation, harsh winter temperatures, scraping from snow plowing, chains on tires, chemical spills, low spots that hold water, and more.

The longevity of the hot rubber crackfiller is mostly dependent on the amount of shifting of your asphalt surface during freeze/thaw cycles. To get the best estimate of how long the sealant will last, ask your local Quality First Asphalt professional when they inspect your driveway.

There are a few fly-by-night sealcoaters. They are here today and gone tomorrow. If you have problems or questions after the job is done, they may not be around to take care of it.

Stick with a company who has been around, and will be, if there are questions or problems.

We will always be accountable for any legitimate problems that may arise. Other things to look for when choosing a sealcoating contractor:

  • Are they fully insured, including workers’ compensation?
  • Ask for proof of this insurance. Otherwise, you will be responsible for property damage or injuries that could happen if the workers are uninsured.
  • Do they employ quality workers who are fairly paid and highly trained?
  • Are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau?
  • Can they provide references you trust, plus can you go inspect their work?

Quality First Asphalt uses premium rubber crack filler that is heated to 400 degrees and poured into the structural cracks. The hot rubber is then scraped out and allowed to cool, sealing the crack.

The highway grade rubber is very flexible, allowing the asphalt to shift in winter temperatures, resisting splitting. There are no viable, do-it-yourself options for good crack filling.

We use the professional grade sealant from Road Work Ahead Construction Supply of Twin Falls.

That is a myth, because: blacktop is abundant in oils and glues, which provide a smooth surface and flexibility for ground shifting. But sun, heat, cold, salt, rain and other factors cause the pavement to dry out, lose flexibility, and quickly fade to a light gray color.

The end result is a brittle, cracking surface that will need to be replaced.

Quality First Asphalt sealant is much stronger than the asphalt itself. It will take the beating from the outside factors, protecting the blacktop and greatly increasing its lifetime, while maintaining pleasing black color.

Anyone who states that sealcoating is bad for pavement is just misleading you.

Sorry, not exactly. While our industrial grade sealant is extremely strong and durable, it will not be thick to the point of making a bad surface like new again (nor will any other sealant).

However, even bad surfaces will be like new again and protected by the sealant.

Your Quality First Asphalt professional will provide honest answers to the question of how much sealcoating will benefit your specific parking lot or driveway, plus what you can expect for results.

When driveways are in very bad condition, we may recommend replacing the asphalt.

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Denny and his seal coat team are the best! If there is ever a problem, they come back and fix it for free.

client 01
Jim M
Twin Falls

Good visit. They pointed out some issues I missed and didn't charge me to fix the driveway pothole. Highly recommend!

client 02
Troy Gordon

Best in town! No disruption to the shoppers. They started Sat morning seal coating and next morning it was done. Looks beautiful.

client 03
Ashley Poore

Still Magic Valleys Oldest & Largest Asphalt Maintenance Company

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