Jet-Black is in the home improvement industry. Jet-Black beautifies asphalt driveways and parking lots which are considered by many, to be the premier company in the industry. Jet-Black provides a high quality, fast, efficient, and problem-free process that enhances their profitability. Jet-Black franchisees offer driveway repair services including power-cleaning, heat-treating oil spots, seal-coating, patching cracks and caulking joints. Brothers Doug and Andy Hoiland found that most paving companies did seal-coating only on the side, they decided to open their own business, specializing in seal-coating, in May 1988. In 1993, they awarded their first Jet-Black franchise.
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Their hard work has produced a turnkey opportunity in a highly profitable, top-rated franchise structure.
Already experienced entrepreneurs as teenagers, the Hoiland brothers were in college when their parents asphalt driveway was sealed by a local paving company. One look at the slap-dash job convinced them that they could do better. They bought supplies and started working.
As the number of Hoiland-protected driveways grew around town, so did the business. It wasn't long before they realized that they would need to franchise to keep up with the number of clients calling.
The first franchise was awarded in 1993 and Jet-Black currently has 80 franchisees, covering 135 areas in 22 states.
What's the deal about sealing a driveway?
An asphalt driveway is made in three layers. The lowest layer is compacted soil and the middle is compacted and crushed gravel. The top layer, asphalt, depends on the lower layers for its flexibility and is subject to cracking over time. Cracks allow water penetration while freeze/thaw cycles further damage the surface.
When you add in gasoline spills and oil drips, which eat away the asphalt, sunlight, which oxidizes the asphalt binder, and corrosive road salt -- you can end up with a real problem.
Jet-Black®'s sealer provides a protective, low-maintenance surface, which prolongs the life of the driveway and increases its curb appeal.
How does Jet-Black® differ from other sealant companies?
First, they dont do sealing as a side business to paving, like so many others. They are specialists in sealing and have even developed their own product which contains extra grit for a non-slip surface, is 100% non-tracking and has a deeper black color for esthetics.
Second, they started their business to do a better job of sealcoating and that goal has never changed — excellent customer service and complete customer satisfaction is their number one priority. After all, as Andy says, repeat customers are a large part of their business. In fact, most customers have the service every one to three years.
"We also respond to a client request in a timely manner," says Andy. "We can complete an estimate in a few minutes and, if we have crews in the area, often start the job the same day. The usual length of time from a customers call to completion is three days."
Highlights of the Jet-Black® System
- Recession proof — home maintenance continues to be homeowners top priority
- Low overhead — minimal materials expense
- Flexible weekday hours
- Not time intensive — most jobs completed in an hour
- Innovative marketing materials
- Turnkey franchise
- No store front required
- No experience needed
- High volume of repeat business
- High demand service
- Run multiple crews for larger profit
- Largest privately held company in the industry
- Focused, full-service asphalt maintenance services
- Fast Start-up
- LIVE Field Training
- Proprietary Products
- World-Class Support Services
- Multiple Territories Available
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are being added to the Jet-Black® trucks to improve location of a customers home. "No one else in asphalt has merged technology into their business as successfully as we have," adds Doug.
"The overall goal," says Andy, "is to put a professional image on a business that had been previously populated by 'handymen' or as a sideline to other businesses."
As a franchise, Jet-Black® has won numerous awards and is routinely named in lists of top picks — both as a home-based franchise and as an asphalt maintenance service.