JEFF SIMMS of Aspen Seal Coating can fill that cracked driveway and seal coat against the elements. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

JEFF SIMMS of Aspen Seal Coating can fill that cracked driveway and seal coat against the elements. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

Spring Home Show 2011

Sealed for all seasons with Aspen Seal Coating

By From page C16 | April 20, 2011

One of the best things about living in El Dorado County is the chance to experience all four seasons. Two of those spectacular seasons wreak havoc on our driveways.

“The sun beating down on an asphalt driveway during the hot summer months causes oxidation,” said Jeff Simms, owner of Aspen Seal Coating. “The actual asphalt can decompose or breakdown during summer months.” Simms knows firsthand what happens to asphalt in higher elevations during the winter months. He, his wife and two daughters live in Pollock Pines where any imperfection or crack in your asphalt can get water in it, freeze up and destroy the integrity of the driveway.

This past winter was a test for a lot of us who live in higher elevations as well as a few of you who live in areas that typically don’t get snow. Tractors and snow removal equipment have chipped away at our roads and driveways, leaving marred or blemished blacktop. Besides being unpleasant to look at, that wintertime abuse leaves your driveway vulnerable.

Picture it: It’s Saturday morning and the first warm day of the season is upon you. Your driveway is a mess and has been neglected for at least two seasons. And you know, you just know that it’s time to seal it. Some of you will consider doing it yourself and will spend Saturday prepping the driveway. If you make good time, you might get down to the local do-it-your-self home and garden store where you will struggle to load 5-gallon drums of road surfacing sealer into the back of the hatch-back family car. And so, bright and early on Sunday morning, a morning where a lot of guys would be having coffee on the back deck or maybe attending church, you garb yourself in overalls and your best wood-splitting gloves and begin. And when the sun goes down that Sunday night, you’re half-way finished.

“We pride ourselves in saying what we do and doing what we say,” Simms said, respecting the homeowner who wants to seal his driveway as affordably as possible. “But they may want to consider that we will seal 1000 square feet for $199. And when it’s over, you don’t have a pile of stained clothes and sticky stuff in your hair.”

Simms has lived in El Dorado County since 1999 and created Aspen Seal Coating in 2001 after recognizing a need for professionalism in the business. They offer a single or double application using a product called Steel Guard, which is a commercial grade sealer. So often his clients need repairs done and this is done with a product called Super Flex which is the same product that Caltrans uses to repair cracks in the highway. Crumbling or cracking can be repaired while you are having your surface seal coated. And when the job is done, there is a finished surface that is as appealing to the eye as it is durable and will take you through many seasons to come. At this year’s home show, Simms and his crew will offer you information as well as make an appointment for a free estimate on your asphalt.

“They don’t need to measure their driveway before coming to the show,” Simms said. “We do it all when we meet with them for the estimate.”

For more information about Aspen Seal Coating find them at the El Dorado County Home and Garden Show or call 530-903-9402. You can also e-mail them at [email protected].

Fern Staton

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