Well pavemanpros, Nashville was a great show this year! I welcomed a couple new manufacturers on the scene who are making asphalt based sealers. Pitch Black from Albany NY. and Seal-tite from Missouri. Both companies were well represented with informative owners and staff, had beautiful booths and lots of info. on their sealers. Welcome to the Pavemanpro arena. I gave my additive seminar and had so many questions to answer, but they gave me only an hour and a half to present a lifetime of information!! Wow the time just flew.. one of my points that i did not have much time to elaborate on due to the time constraints was the ACTUAL COST of adding an additive to your sealer, and the true added cost to the square foot price on the pavement. I also will have this formula in the March issue of Pavement for all to see. Paveman pro’s here, will get an advanced look at the cost breakdown in actual numbers. The formula i used are based on my calling many contractors nationwide getting an average cost of a gallon of sealer, pail of additive. I did not figure any sand, there is such a range and cost swing for sand. So you will have to add your sand in the mix with what you are paying. This formula is how i determined my cost as a sealing contractor for many years.

FORMULA:

Based on ADDITIVE cost of $80.00 pail.

Based on SEALER cost of $1.90 a gallon raw.

Material diluted 30% water.

Sealer applied at .15 gallon per square yard.

Based on a typical 550 agitated sealer rig.

Note (RTU) ready to use sealer.

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NO ADDITIVE

400 gal. raw sealer @ $1.90= $760.00

120 gal. water @ 0.00 =$0.00

Total gallons (RTU) sealer 520 gals.

Total cost of $760.00

520 gals. divided by .15 = 3,466 sq.yds. divided by 9 = 31,194 sq.ft.

$760.00 divided by 31,194 sq. ft. = .0244 or a material cost of 2,44 cents per sq.ft.

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1% ADDITIVE ADDED

400 gals. raw sealer @ $190 gal. = $760.00

120 gals. water @ $0.00

4 gals. additive @ $16.00 gal. = $64.00

Total gallons (RTU) sealer= 524 gals.

Total cost of $824.00

524 gals. divided by .15 gals = 3,493 sq.yds. divided by 9 = 31,437 sq.ft.

$824 divided by 31,437 sq.ft. = .0262 or a material cost of 2.8 cents per sq. ft.

Additional cost of only 18/100 of one penny per sq.ft. over no additive.

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2% ADDITIVE ADDED

400 gal. raw sealer @$1.90 gal. = $760.00

120 gals. water @ 0.00

8 gals. additive @ $16.00 gal.= $128.00

Total gals. (RTU) sealer = 528 gals.

Total cost of $888.00

528 gals. divided by .15 = 3,520 sq.yds. divided by 9 = 31,680 sq.ft.

$888.00 divided by 31,680 sq.ft. = .0280 or a material cost of 2.8 cent a sq.ft.

Additional cost of only 36/100 of one penny over no additive.

NOTE: Certain additives require a 1 to 1 dillution prior to adding to the sealer tank.

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You can see that the addition of an additive is not going to break the bank, and will give your customer a better quality job. The addition of an additive makes sense and is truly an insignificant cost to the benefits you get from an additive fortified sealer mix design. Well there you have a sneak peak at the true cost of adding an additive to your sealer. If you are not currently incorporating additives and want to know more about it call your sealer manufacturer or distributor, or call Maintenance Inc. for a distributor nearest you. 800-892-6701 or look us up online at http://www.maintinc.com and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Mark McLeod/ Maintenance Inc.