Protecting Our Lakes: Driveway Sealants

By July 31, 2017January 21st, 2019Uncategorized

One of our primary goals and concerns is protecting the beautiful lakes throughout the New Hampshire Lakes Region. We’re lucky enough to have clients on Newfound Lake, Squam Lake, and Lake Winnipesaukee to name a few. We live and work within a community that is very concerned with lake conservation efforts and as a business we are happy to partner with companies like NH Lakes Association and Squam Lakes Science Center.

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We uphold and maintain a strong sense of responsibility to maintain the natural beauty of our lakes and lands. We enjoy contributing to and educating our clients on lake conservation efforts and environmental regulations. We have extensive experience in working with the NH Department of Environmental Services to attain permit approvals for shoreland and wetland work.

Read our blog post on: Lakefront Living: An Overview of Shoreland Restrictions and Permitting

Driveway Sealants: A Problem For Our Lakes

A potential problem for our lakes, along with lakes across the country, is driveway sealants. Coal-tar driveway sealants are used to maintain and reseal asphalt driveways every two years and they’re a major source of PAHs which contribute to lakewater contamination.

Read more about driveway sealants posing a risk for our lakes and waterlife from our friends at NH Lakes Association.

States all over the country are setting up driveway sealant restrictions and bans. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has a informative article on how PAHs can impact our lakes and aquatic life. Fortunately, in New Hampshire, our lakes aren’t a high risk at the moment but with the state rapidly developing, it’s something to be aware of.

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Alternatives To Driveway Sealants

There are many alternative sealants to coal-tar based driveway sealants including different sealant types and various driveway constructions. Other alternatives are concrete driveways, gravel driveways and concrete paver driveways. Concrete pavers not only eliminate the need for driveway sealants but they also increase your home’s value.

Read more about the pros and cons of concrete paver driveways.

If you have any questions about driveway installations or you’re just looking to update your driveway, we would love to discuss some options with you.

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If you’re interesting in finding out more about protecting our lakes and watersheds or additional information on driveway sealants, please reach out to our friends at NH Lakes Association.

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