(2/16/2009) RESEAL ASPHALT TRACK I don’t know what their budget is but if they are going to spend $6,000 on a seal and paint job they might want to go the whole way and put on a latex track on top of the existing asphalt. I would guess that the total cost for that would be around $15,000 - $20,000 including lines. If they are going to stick with the asphalt then I would seal it with a good grade commercial parking lot sealer then get a painter that specializes in track work to do the painting. If they are concerned about the adhesion of tennis shoes to the surface, then you might have the asphalt company add a couple of tons of silica (white, fine) sand to the sealer before application. Asphalt companies tend to minimize paint so to have an ongoing cash flow from repainting so using a track painter would help, but in my experience 5 years is about all that you can except from a paint job outdoors. In our area Tuscola followed this plan of using the asphalt track until funds became available to do the job right and eventually wound up with an exceptional track facility. I would suggest that Midwest Track Builders (JV Johnson) be contacted at 847-366-7488 to get the specifications for a correct sealer rather than just have a paving company do the work. I do not believe that your common driveway sealer would be appropriate Ridgeview CUSD #19 in Colfax, IL (McLean County) had its all-weather track relined and numbered in July 2008. We used Athletic Marking Co., Inc. out of Palmetto, GA. He was great to work with. His work crew comes out of Marion, IL. Here is the information on the company, including a website which contains the names of the Illinois school districts with whom the company has performed work. You can check with John Wettstein about the question of sealing it or not. The cost for our six lane track (8-lane for hurdles lanes) was $4,500.00. Athletic Mar king Co., Inc. John Wettstein, CT B 7270 Ono Road Palmetto, GA 30268 Cell: 770-356-2446 Fax: 770- 892-3722 e-mail: email@example.com www.trackstriping.com Prior to having it relined and renumbered, we had Track Surfaces Company out of St. Charles, IL come in and make any minor repairs that were needed. They were great to work with as well and were very reasonable. He came down to assess and provide an estimate and the returned to do the work. Aaron Pankoke Track Surfaces Company Polyurethane Running Track 42W698 Falcon Lane St. Charles, IL 60175 Cell: 630-267-7052 Office & Fax: 630-365-2694 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tracksurfacescompany.com Most of my experience is with rubber/asphalt mix, so I don't know about accuracy of my advice. But, I have thought the traction was usually so poor on pure asphalt a seal would not change the surface significantly. Also, I always felt a seal was more for the integrity of the asphalt than the lines. If you get by with just a paint job - do just that. If you really want to take the next step, as you have the foundation of the track in place - find out how much a sport surface company would charge to put down a 1/4" - 1/2" of rubber/asphalt mix. Then you would have a facility that would go 10 years - between service calls and you would have a top level facility. As a younger person I worked for a large contractor that did a great deal of this kind of work. The key question you have to ask - is how important is the facility to the quality of your program. In simpler terms if Track is considered a "big" time activity in your community, I would strongly consider a new seal/paint job, especially if the community laid out a great amount of cash a five years ago. But, if is a facility used mostly for practice and you don't host many meets a track should be able to go 10 years between each seal/paint job. Also, is the track pure asphalt or a rubber/asphalt mix? If it is pure asphalt a seal would do nothing concerning traction, if it is a mix - the contractor needs to know what they are doing. We just installed an asphalt track this fall with striping. I was told the reason you do not seal it is the traction issue. If sealed, the asphalt has a coat over it and will not have the proper traction. However, if you are looking at topping the asphalt with a polyurethane or latex top, that’s an entirely different issue (and costly). Hope this helps. It's ironic. I just had a similar conversation with my AD this morning. We have a 200m asphalt track. I have someone coming this week to look at our playground, parking lot and track to make recommendations on what we should do. I do not want to seal the track, but just repair the larger crack and touch up the lines in those spots. Our track looks pretty good yet, but is about 9-10 years old. I'll see what they tell me they recommend.
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