Asphalt paving is a mixture of rocks, sand and a liquid binder that creates a pliable yet strong surface for residential and commercial use. Having a pliable and forgiving surface in Michigan is greatly beneficial to the property owner because of our seasons and the freeze and thaw cycle. During the snow season, asphalt surfaces tend to melt the snow faster due to its dark color attracting the heat from the sun.

There are many variables when it comes to the break down of an asphalt surface, because of this, every surface will age and deteriorate at its own rate. Without maintenance an asphalt surface will continue to deteriorate until it has completely failed. Research has proven that sealcoating helps to slow down this process and extend the life of your asphalt, saving you thousands of dollars. 

Our goal is to maximize the life expectancy of your asphalt surface as much as possible before having to completely replace it. A properly installed asphalt surface with a regularly scheduled maintenance plan can last up to 20 or 30 years! To achieve this a bi-annual  maintenance plan is mandatory! CONTACT US so that we can customize one to meet your needs. 

Cracks in the asphalt surface should be sealed frequently to help prevent further damage that may need repair. Keeping the cracks sealed will eliminate moisture penetration and help to extend the life of your asphalt surface. Cracks should be sealed with hot rubberized sealer on a yearly rotation.

Aside from your regularly scheduled maintenance there are some things you can do that will also extend the life of your asphalt surface. Keeping grass, weeds and tree roots away from the edges of your asphalt will keep it from growing up through the surface and causing deterioration. Oil and fuel spots should be cleaned up immediately after they happen. Oil that sits on the asphalt can start to break down the surface causing it to soften. Diesel fuel will destroy your asphalt very quickly.  

After your driveway is sealed, there are several things you should keep in mind for the first couple of weeks while the sealer cures fully. 

  • Take caution when driving and making sharp turns on your freshly sealed asphalt surface. Tire tracking can occur due to the weight of the vehicle and power steering. After these marks appear only time can fade them.  To avoid these marks try to make sure your vehicle is in motion before turning the wheel.
  • Avoid fuel and oil spills of any kind. These will not only harm the sealer but could also permanently damage the asphalt. 
  • Refrain from parking any heavy vehicles or equipment for construction on a newly sealcoated surface. 

Coal tar is a thick, black liquid byproduct of the carbonization of coal for the steel industry or the gasification of coal to make coal gas. The coal tar is the byproduct of the coking of coal for the steel industry and coal-tar pitch is the residue remaining after the distillation of coal tar. It contains a pitch of 50% or more PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and is known to cause cancer in humans.

The steel industry is unable to discard the coal-tar byproduct or its residue because of its hazardous properties, enter the asphalt sealcoat industry. Coal-tar based sealcoat products are typically 20% to 35% coal-tar pitch and contain about 1,000 times more PAHs than sealcoat products with an asphalt base. 

PAHs are toxic to mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and plants. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are an alarming group of substances for humans and environmental organisms. PAHs are carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction. PAHs are persistent meaning they stay in the environment for a long time and are rarely decomposed.

Coal-tar vapor exposure is unsafe for not only the person applying it but can be harmful to you and your small children. The coal tar vapors stick around and continue causing harm long after the sealcoat is applied. To learn more about the dangers of coal-tar and why it has already been banned in certain areas visit this BLOG.

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