One of the first things many customers notice when shopping at Seal-Rite is our lack of labels like “pro” and “economy.” Our philosophy is that every unit we produce should be both of professional quality and as reasonably priced as we can make it. With Seal-Rite, you can expect to get the best of both worlds, which is one of the reasons why we have so many lifelong customers.
When it comes to starting your own sealcoating business, we do think it’s important to consider what your equipment needs are likely to be. We don’t want you to feel pressured to get more equipment than you need, but we also want to make sure you have adequate equipment to streamline the growth of your business.
Invest in Sealcoating Equipment to Streamline Growth
Getting the right equipment at the start helps small businesses grow and compete with big players in their industry. We have seen time and time again that new business owners focus so much on saving money that they fail to prepare for the future. Downtime is expensive, and inadequate equipment guarantees more downtime. That’s why we try to set our customers up for success from the beginning by suggesting the right combination of sealcoating equipment for your business.
We encourage anyone looking to get into the sealcoating business to talk to one of our experts. When you give us a call, there are a few things we are likely to talk with you about that will help you stay on track and grow your sealcoating business more quickly and efficiently. These include:
Ensure Sufficient Capacity
Many new sealcoating businesses need to keep costs down, so they naturally veer towards our smaller units. It makes sense to not get more equipment than you need, but we think it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
A 300-gallon pickup unit is an affordable option to start sealcoating. But that 300-gallon capacity is not a lot when you are sealcoating a mid-sized area. For a business owner who is trying to focus most on sealcoating, a 300-gallon capacity could create more headaches than it solves. On anything but small jobs, you could wind up needing to refill the tank several times. And even with small jobs, if you have more than a few small jobs in a day, you are going to waste a lot of time going back and forth for sealant.
In contrast, a 700-gallon trailer unit would be enough for many new business owners to use for years. It holds enough to get many jobs done without refilling. You can spend more time applying sealant—which is where you make your money—and less time refilling.
Turn Projects Quickly
As a sealcoating business, you make your money by applying sealant. The more efficiently you can apply sealant—without sacrificing quality—the more profitable you can make your business.
When we talk to potential customers, we ask them about what kinds of jobs they plan on doing. For handymen taking care of an apartment complex, it’s fine to get a smaller sealcoating unit. They are only going to use it occasionally and likely not for large areas.
For entrepreneurs who want to make a living from sealcoating, it’s better to get at least a mid-range unit that can push out sealant quickly and evenly over a large area. It’s like if you were to start a lawn mowing business. You can mow lawns with a push mower and do a decent job, but if you want to work more efficiently and retain more profit, a zero-turn riding or standing mower is going to be a much better fit for your business.
Once we know your business plans and what kind of jobs you hope to do, we can tell you the right unit for your business needs now and in the future.
Invest in Equipment That Will Last
All equipment breaks eventually. But the best equipment tends to break less, and when it does break, it can be fixed without jumping through too many hoops.
We manufacture all of our sealcoating units to hold up to serious, consistent use. Every component is chosen to ensure optimum performance, so your Seal-Rite unit should last a long time.
However, if you use it heavily, you can also expect one or more components to wear out eventually. When one does, all you have to do is give us a call and we can get you a new part. We make it a point to keep parts for all of our equipment on the shelf—even equipment we started manufacturing nearly 30 years ago.
We know what it’s like to use a piece of equipment you’ve relied on for years, only to find out that no one makes parts for it anymore. Our goal is to help you avoid that kind of situation with your Seal-Rite equipment.
Downtime is inevitable. There will be times when equipment breaks, you run out of sealant, or other issues pop up that cause business to grind to a halt. But with careful planning, it’s often possible to minimize certain kinds of downtime.
Buying Seal-Rite equipment reduces downtime simply because of the quality of the equipment and its components. High-quality manufacturing leads to equipment that holds up better to use and is less likely to break. Our commitment to maintaining an inventory of parts for all of our equipment also keeps downtime to a minimum. You don’t have to find and purchase a whole new machine if yours breaks. Just let us know what you need and we should be able to get you a part.
Our targeted buying advice is also intended to reduce downtime for your business. We can tell you which models are ideal for your business applications. The right capacity machine is going to let you complete projects without wasting time. We can help you pick the right-sized unit to maximize profitability and keep you and your team working instead of waiting.
Companies are always happy to sell you a product if you are willing to pay the price. But there aren’t that many that stand behind their products with assistance from human experts.
At Seal-Rite, you can contact us and speak to a real person who knows sealcoating and knows your equipment. Things go wrong sometimes. Fortunately, we are here to help when they do. That means you can quickly solve whatever problems you are having with your equipment and get back to work as soon as possible.
Get Help Scaling Your Sealcoating Business
There aren’t many companies out there that know sealcoating as well as we do—including what it takes to scale a sealcoating business. As part of our customer service approach, we strive to help your business get off to a strong start and operate in a way that allows you to scale when the opportunity arises.