Synthetic polymers such as polyvinyl acrylic and acetate polymers are byproducts from the pain and adhesive industries. They are sold as a road maintenance and dust control compounds for unpaved roads, to improve profit margins and reduce disposal costs.
Synthetic polymers have several notable drawbacks. On a chemical level the polymer chains are rather large and tend to bind more with each other than saturate the roadbed. This often causes them to coat the surface of the road without actually penetrating it. By nature, these types of polymers photodegrade, meaning that exposure to direct sunlight causes the polymer chains to break down, thus making them less effective over time.
Earthbind is an environmentally-friendly modified biopolymer that is also non-hydroscopic and formulated with surfactants. This allows it to saturate the road, improving soil stabilization and reducing tension in the road surface.
Earthbind is also a more concentrated product, so you will have to use less of it, while also saving money on transportation and storage costs. Also, since a residual amount of Earthbind will stay saturated in the road surface, you will need to use less of it each year to achieve the same effects.
Earthbind concentrate is also stable at freezing temperatures. If a cold snap occurs in late summer or fall you will still be able to make full use of any Earthbind you have in reserve. Synthetic polymers might break down and effectively be lost, wasting product and possibly incurring additional disposal costs.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of Earthbind, please call Enviroad at 1.800.536.2650 for a consultation or quote. We look forward to providing you with eco-friendly road maintenance options.