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Our partner company, Sweat Venture, interviewed Daniel Bianco, owner of Paver Seal Tampa. Offering paver sealing, travertine sealing, pressure washing, and other related services, Daniel has one of the successful paver sealing businesses in Florida.
A paver sealing business is a company that specializes in the application of protective sealants to pavers—which are often used for driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. These sealants help to protect the pavers from the elements, prevent staining, maintain their color, and increase their lifespan. In addition to sealing, paver sealing businesses may also offer related services such as cleaning and pressure washing to prepare surfaces for sealing and maintain their appearance. A paver sealing business typically serves both residential and commercial customers and may operate in a specific local area or region.
Are you thinking about starting a paver sealing business? If so, consider these takeaways from Daniel’s interview…
What Services Can You Offer?
The owner of a paver sealing business might want to consider these services:
- Paver sealing: Applying a protective sealant to outdoor paver stones to prevent damage and maintain their appearance.
- Travertine sealing: Protecting travertine surfaces by applying a specialized sealant.
- Concrete sealing: Applying a sealant to concrete surfaces to protect them from water, dirt, and other potential damage.
- Pressure washing: Using a high-pressure water spray to clean exterior surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and patios.
- Soft washing: A gentler cleaning method for delicate surfaces like wood decks or certain types of siding.
- Deck sealing/staining: Applying a protective sealant or stain to wooden decks to prolong their lifespan and enhance their appearance.
- Graffiti removal: Using special chemicals or pressure washing to remove graffiti from exterior surfaces.
- Brick and stone cleaning: Offering specialized cleaning services for brick and stone surfaces, which can be more delicate.
- Gutter cleaning: Clearing out gutters to prevent water damage to the property.
- Rust removal: Using specialized chemicals or techniques to remove rust stains from various surfaces.
- Oil Stain removal: Removing oil stains from driveways and garage floors—usually through a combination of specialized cleaners and pressure washing.
- Fence cleaning and sealing: Cleaning and applying protective sealants to wooden fences.
- Roof cleaning: Removing dirt, moss, and algae from roofs using safe and effective methods.
- Pool deck cleaning and sealing: Cleaning and applying a protective sealant to pool decks to prevent damage and maintain their appearance.
- Commercial pressure washing: Offering larger-scale pressure washing services for commercial properties.
- Driveway resealing: Applying a sealant to asphalt driveways to prolong their lifespan and improve their appearance.
- Siding cleaning: Cleaning home siding to remove dirt and prevent damage.
What Equipment is Needed?
The owner of a paver sealing business might want to consider this equipment:
- Pressure washer: A machine that sprays water at high pressure, used for cleaning surfaces.
- Soft wash system: A system that uses lower pressure than a traditional pressure washer and is typically used for more delicate surfaces.
- Sealant sprayer: A device for applying sealants evenly over surfaces.
- Surface cleaner attachment: An attachment for your pressure washer that allows for efficient and even cleaning of flat surfaces.
- Ladders: Various sizes of ladders for reaching high places.
- Extension wands: These are used to extend the reach of your pressure washer and are useful for tall buildings or hard-to-reach areas.
- Hoses and hose reels: Durable hoses for the pressure washer and hose reels for easy storage and transport.
- Nozzles and tips: Various nozzles and tips for your pressure washer to adjust the spray pattern and pressure.
- Protective gear: This may include gloves, safety glasses, waterproof boots, and possibly respirators if you are working with certain chemicals.
- Cleaning solutions and sealants: You’ll need various cleaning solutions for different types of jobs—as well as sealants for pavers, concrete, wood, and other surfaces.
- Brushes and brooms: For scrubbing surfaces as needed.
- Squeegees and mops: For drying or cleaning surfaces.
- Tarps and drop cloths: To protect surrounding areas from overspray or runoff.
- Pressure washer surface cleaner: An attachment for cleaning large, flat areas like driveways or patios.
- Hot water pressure washer: For certain jobs, a hot water pressure washer may be needed—as hot water can be more effective at removing some types of grime.
- Truck or van: A vehicle for transporting your equipment and crew to job sites.
- Storage bins and tool boxes: For organizing and transporting smaller tools and supplies.
How to Get Clients
Getting new clients for a paver sealing business involves a combination of effective marketing strategies, reputation building, and excellent customer service.
Starting with a well-designed, mobile-friendly website is essential. The website should highlight the services offered, showcase previous work through high-quality images or videos, and offer an easy way for potential clients to get in touch. If you have the budget, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be used to increase the site’s visibility on search engines.
Next, leverage the power of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Regularly posting before-and-after photos, tips for maintaining pavers, and special promotions can help engage potential clients.
Another effective strategy is to establish partnerships with local businesses such as landscapers, pool companies, or home improvement stores who can refer their clients. Also, consider joining local business associations or chambers of commerce can provide networking opportunities.
Remember that excellent customer service is the key to repeat business and referrals. Always being professional, punctual, and respectful can leave a lasting impression on clients and lead to more business in the future. Experienced business owners like Daniel who have perfected customer service get enough referral business to where they most likely don’t even need to pay for advertising.
How to Price Jobs
Not sure how to price a paver sealing job? Here’s the general process to help you get started: