We offer your alternative to Coal Tar Sealants!
Coal Tar Sealants are:
Dangerous for People, Animals, Birds and Aquatic Life
Hazardous to our lakes and ground water
High in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - PAHs
Asphalt Emulsion Sealants are:
Protecting more than just your driveway
Deep Rich Black Color
More Flexible - It Won’t Check Crack
Protects Against Chemicals, Moisture and Oxidation
Faster Cure Rate
No PAH threat to the Environment
What You Can Do:
Homeowners and facility managers entities such as Churches, Day cares, health care facilities,
Businesses etc., can now make the choice to go Coal Tar Free by using asphalt
based sealants rather than coal tar sealants.
Urge your neighbors to do the same.
Be an informed consumer before you sealcoat
Asphalt Sealer Comparison
For many years Coal Tar Sealer has been the most common method of sealing asphalt pavement.
Recently there has been a great deal of research into new, and ENVIRONMENTALLY
FRIENDLY, products to use for sealcoating such as Asphalt Based Emulsion sealants.
The EPA believes that coal tar sealers may run off into our water sewage systems where they deteriorate and can cause Ground Water Pollution. Because of this they are encouraging States to Ban Coal Tar Sealants. Several States have already banned their use. Michigan has several counties, and entities such as University of Michigan, that have banned Coal Tar use at their properties. Van Buren Township has recently banned the use of all asphalt sealants containing coal tar.
COAL TAR SEALANT & Its Dangers
Coal Tar Sealants are incredibly high in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. PAHs
are of concern because many of these compounds have been identified as Toxic, Mutagenic,
Teratogenic (causing birth defects) and/or probable Human Carcinogens. Coal Tar
sealants contain 1000 times more PAHs then Asphalt Based Sealants. Studies show up to 50-75% of all
PAHs found in sediments within the Great Lakes region comes from Coal Tar Sealcoat.
PAHs from Coal Tar Sealcoat are released into the environment in several ways. When applied, these compounds volatilize into the air, affecting air quality. As the coal tar sealcoating weathers, dust from the pavement makes its way into homes on shoes and clothing. When it rains loose particles move into the soils, storm water catch basins, lakes and rivers.
Coal-Tar vapor exposure is unsafe for not only the person applying it, but, can be harmful to you, your children, and pets. Coal Tar Vapors linger and can continue causing harm long after the sealcoating is applied.
Aquatic Health Impacts
In rivers and lakes PAHs are found primarily in the sediments. Organisms that spend part
or all of their life cycle in contact with the sediments can experience adverse effects due to
exposure to elevated concentrations of PAHs. Affected organisms include mammals, birds,
fish, amphibians and plants. Studies have linked PAH exposure in aquatic animals to
stunted growth, reduced reproduction, difficulty swimming, liver problems, altered
development, immune system impairment and death.
Human Health Problems
For someone who spends a lifetime living adjacently to Coal Tar sealcoated pavement, the average excess Cancer Risk is estimated to be 38 times higher than the urban background exposure. Much of the risk occurs during childhood. Children that play on or near those surfaces are therefore more likely to play or ingest PAHs associated with Coal Tar Sealants. This is also true as to the particles tracked into homes and deposited onto carpeting where children and pets play.
We offer your alternative to Coal Tar Sealants!
We have partnered up with Masterseal, a nationally recognized manufacturer of asphalt based sealants. This is a COMPLETELY COAL TAR FREE SEALCOAT. This product that is being used by States, Counties, Townships, and other organizations that have banned coal tar sealcoating. The product that we at Tuff Coat emits no obnoxious odors and contains NO COAL TAR. This is an ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY reinforced asphalt emulsion pavement sealant blended with special surfactants for superior adhesion, flexibility and durability. Masterseal is ideal for protecting all types of asphalt pavement surfaces such as commercial parking lots and residential driveways.
We are committed to being Coal Tar Free.
We purchase special formulated semi tankers of this Environmentally Friendly sealant.
Be sure that the contractor that you choose is 100% dedicated to being coal tar free!
Increase the Lifespan of your Driveway... FREE estimates!
What is your driveway made of?
Blacktop is made up of gravel, sand, and asphalt. Asphalt is a naturally occurring by-product of the crude refining process. Asphalt is the bonding agent in blacktop. Concrete driveways are composed almost the same way. Concrete consists of gravel, sand and cement. Cement is the bonding agent in concrete. Blacktop driveways have special needs in order to continue providing an attractive and well-maintained surface. Sealcoating is a major step in protecting your investment. A regular sealcoating schedule will save you money by extending the life of your driveway.
Why should you sealcoat?
Air, sunlight, and freezing causes asphalt to oxidize. This results in the asphalt becoming brittle with cracks forming. Gasoline & oil can literally eat away an unprotected driveway. Proper sealcoating prevents this from occurring.
When should you sealcoat?
A new driveway or parking lot should be sealcoated after it has cured for 90 days of average 70 degree weather. It is important to wait this amount of time in order to allow the asphalt to cure. If a new driveway is sealcoated before the asphalt has cured the area will remain soft for a very long time. This will result in dents caused by kickstands, heavy objects. etc.
Why are there cracks in my driveway?
When cracks appear, they allow dirt, debris, water and gasoline to seep down to the underlying base of the asphalt. Dirt and debris can harbor plant life that is not only unsightly but can cause cracks to be forced larger because of their root systems growing into the base and body of the drive. Freezing water will eventually stress the cracks into ever larger cracks that drastically shorten the life span of the asphalt. Gasoline and oil will eat away at the structure and destroy the asphalt.
How are cracks repaired?
The best way to repair cracks is to first properly clean and prepare the cracks. All loose debris and plant materials need to be removed. This can be accomplished by hand or with the aid of a heat lance. Deep cracks need to be partially filled with sand before repairing. Hot rubberized fillers are the best way to fill cracks. These fillers are heated to a temperature between 380 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This forms a bond with the asphalt and allows the filler to move with the pavement to ensure a good seal. Large holes need to be filled with a cold patch filler.
Should I do it myself or hire a professional?
Simple jobs can be done by the homeowner but the results are usually not good. A professional sealcoating company will have the knowledge and experience to properly protect the asphalt. Professionals have access to the most advanced tools, techniques and products on the market. Remember they do this for a living! Eliminate the guesswork as to how much product, type of product and application to use...hire the professional and get the results you want the first time!
What do I look for in a professional?
Make sure the company is insured. Ask what products they are using and if their products and work is guaranteed. Most of all, get references.
We promise our crew will never look like this bunch of guys.
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