A recent article written by Ryan Gorman caught our attention. In this article
Mr. Gorman related how studies are proving exposure to coal tar sealants cause significantly higher rates of cancer. While
the sealant is used to enhance the look and the life of your driveway, these sealants contain up to 35% coal tar pitch, a
known human carcinogen. According to USA Today, this has resulted in Minnesota and Washington banning its use. Several counties
and cities in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Texas have followed their lead. Hardware manufacturers including Ace, Home
Depot and Lowes have also stopped selling coal tar sealants.
The Chicago Tribunes reported, that the danger
comes when the sealant breaks down, forming a dust that is then washed into waterways by rain or tracked into homes and offices
on the bottoms of our shoes. The United States Geological Survey goes on to explain, this dust can also be inhaled by people
or animals walking across or in close proximity to sealed surfaces. The most toxic chemicals contained in the carcinogenic
muck are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). They not only cause cancer, but can even inhibit childhood development and
cause infertility. “Living adjacent to a coal tar sealed pavement (a parking lot or driveway for example) is estimated
to increase excess lifetime cancer risk 38 times and much of the increased risk occurs during early childhood,” according
to the agency.
Is there a safe alternative to coal tar sealants? Yes!
Blacktop uses and recommends “Asphalt emulsion sealer”.
“Asphalt emulsion sealer” is a custom rubberized asphalt blended with select minerals, polymers and
chemicals to produce the finest product. Each additive is selected for its characteristics that ultimately produce a sealcoat
with the deep long lasting color. It is extraordinarily tough, flexible and it is water repellent.
BENEFITS OF USING ASPHALT EMULSION SEALER:
1. Provides a non-slip
surface for your parking area.
2. Seals in asphalt oils/seals out ultraviolet rays and water.
3. Fills in and
smooth’s pavement voids.
4. Restores the surface to a rich black color.
5. Non-toxic, non-tracking and
easy to clean up.
6. Protects your investment-prolongs the life of your asphalt pavement.
Give us a call today to have
your driveway sealcoated!
Noble Blacktop Corp. 630-737-1604