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By constantine70043805, Feb 28 2019 07:23PM

We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence in Court Resurfacing from Dalton Enterprises producers of Latex-Ite court coatings. We have had a great relationship over the years, and it has continued to grow. We are excited to display what we have to offer in the tennis world and can’t wait to get started on our 2019 projects. Click to view the press release!

By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2019 02:37PM

Winter time in the northeast means snow and ice events over the next 3 months. As a home owner or business owner you may need to ask yourself; should I be using salt or ice melt?

Rock Salt

This has been the go-to product for melting ice during the winter months of the year. Unbeknown to many people, rock salt (also known as halite) is basically sodium chloride in mineral form. It works by penetrating the surface of ice thus forming a strong solution of water and salt, which is commonly referred to as brine. Since salt and brine’s freezing point is significantly lower than that of water, the ice will start melting, and won’t form again provided that adequate rock salt is available. Typically, rock salt establishes grit and gravel particles that increase traction on driveways, walkways, and even stairs.

Pros and Cons of Rock Salt

Rock salt remains one of the cheapest ice melting products. It is also readily available in retail outlets except when there are extreme shortages due to weather. This means homeowners should think ahead and purchase before they need it What’s more, rock salt can effectively be used to prevent the accumulation of salt in surfaces since it has a low freezing point of 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite its effectiveness, several factors ought to be considered before choosing rock salt. This product may be harmful to plant life. Therefore, it shouldn’t be used near vegetated areas. Rock salt is similarly dangerous to pets since it causes gastrointestinal disorders when ingested.

Ice Melt

Ice melt products are made from magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride or sodium chloride. Ice melt made from calcium chloride is the most effective, and also the most widely used. Ice melt differs from rock salt because it is more pet friendly. In addition, it doesn’t harm plant life as much as rock salt. Nonetheless, some ice melt is coated with Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) to make it safer.

Pros and Cons of Ice Melts

Most ice melting products that contain calcium chloride have the ability to lower the freezing point of water. Ice melt not only forms brine but also has the ability to generate chemical heat. This means it is effective at melting ice, and also does this faster than other products. Besides this, there are different varieties of ice melts, all of which serve different purposes.

Ultimately the choice is up to you. Ice melt will offer other benefits in addition to melting the snow/ice. If you have pets you may consider the additional benefits of ice melt. Of course there is always a price tag along with additional benefits.

By constantine70043805, Mar 15 2018 12:07PM

Money

Sealcoating will lower your cost on asphalt over time. Taking care of your pavement will prevent costly repairs or replacement. Maintenance is the name of the game. Just like changing the oil in your vehicle. Sealcoating helps protect your asphalt surface for pennies on the dollar. Asphalt exponentially deteriorates if you do not address any issues. Asphalt contains oils, sand, and aggregate. Over time without protection those oils will dry out and begin to oxidize. Asphalt is naturally flexible. Overtime it will lose its flexibility and either crack or become brittle which can lead to unraveling.

Weather

Sealcoat protects the asphalt surface from the sun. The sun has UV rays which will cause the damage like I had talked about above. Think of it as a more permanent Sun block. It also acts as a water barrier. Providing a smoother surface for water to run off your surface into proper drains rather than creating damaging pot holes or cracks.

Chemical Protection

Asphalt sealer acts as a protective coating to all chemicals. Some of the more popular include salt, motor oil, antifreeze, gas or diesel. These chemicals provide properties to aid in the deterioration of your asphalt surface.

Appearance

Naturally sealer looks amazing on any residential and commercial application. The asphalt gets that clean jet black look it has right after it has been paved. It makes any home or parking lot instantly stand out.

I have included an estimated cost savings over time with regular asphalt maintenance. Do not hesitate to address and asphalt issues you may have. With anything it gets worse overtime and before you know it you may wish you had acted upon reading this article. Don’t let me say I told you so.

There is also a good illustration of how the sealer acts as a barrier/protectant to the asphalt

Spring is around the corner, well see you soon!

pavement life cycle
pavement life cycle

illustration unsealed VS. sealed
illustration unsealed VS. sealed

By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2018 04:18PM

We lost my Grandfather Bill Constantine Sr. on 1/4/18 to a battle with cancer. My Grandfather helped my father buy Constantine Sealing back in 1979. When I say ‘I wouldn’t be here without my Grandfather,’ that would be an understatement. Not only would this opportunity have not existed but my Grandfather has unconditionally helped me out regardless of any situation in my life, good or bad. I am 30 years old and he has been there every step of the way in my life. He was ready to drop anything, at any given time, to help me or anyone else out that he could. That is the type of person he was. He owned and managed Constantine Hardware of which most of you have visited or have had a lawn mower or snow blower repaired there. You could usually find him out front with a big smile on his face because he was just a happy person. A person anyone could have benefited from knowing or following his example. His heart was full of love for his family and friends. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite memories of my Grandfather.

1) We used to visit him at the Hardware store quite regularly when we were younger. He had the coolest hardware store imaginable because there were toys, bikes, trains, candy etc. It was full of awesome kids’ stuff and of course, my Grandfather, who just couldn’t get enough of all his Grandkids. He had this whiskey barrel out front of the store which was filled with sand. Every time we would come down to visit he would hide quarters in there when we weren’t looking and tell us to dig for them. We would usually use our quarters for the candy machines or kept them for our piggy banks. Just imagine yourself at 4,5,6 year of age digging in the sand to find money... Obviously something I’ll never forget.

2) My brothers and I used to play outside every nice day we could. One day we decided to race our bikes down the hill in our backyard. I wasn’t going to lose to my little brothers so there was no way I was planning on using my brakes, ever. Somehow my bike slipped on all the pine needles from one of the trees and I smashed my face into my handlebars. My nose was bleeding, I was crying, my brother Kyle ran to get my mom… not like she wasn’t used to it at this point. My father was working so she called my grandfather to come over and check on me. He came over and had this comforting presence about him. I felt like when he was there any situation was going to be okay. He started making jokes and got me to laugh and calm down. He put some ice on it and made sure it wasn’t broken (even though today it’s still a little crooked). I remember sitting on the deck; I was bleeding everywhere just looking at him looking at me making sure everything was okay. Which is what the guy always did…

3) One day at the beach he let me take his boat over to Block Island with a few of my friends. Everything was going great, no breakdowns and we were keeping the boat clean. We had a good day over on the island and came back in the afternoon. We got back to the pond and made it through the breach way when one of my friends fell into the windshield and broke it right before we got back to the dock. I was so mad because it wasn’t my fault and the first time he lets me take the boat, I broke it! So after everyone got off I cleaned it and went to the house and said “Pop, we had a little problem. I broke the windshield on the boat” and he looks at me and said “if that’s the only thing you broke then we don’t have any problems.” I offered to pay for it and fix it and he refused to take any of my money. Making sure i was alright and didn’t feel bad was his priority, the boat was secondary.

4) I bought a house in 2014. That summer my water heater started leaking when I wasn’t home. Fast forward a few hours later, I find a flooded basement. I call my Dad for guidance who was busy at work. He told me to call my Grandfather, who I should have just called in the first place. It was 9:00 pm and I knew he had to be relaxing but 10 minutes later he was at my front door with a box of tools ready to fix the problem. He showed me where the shut off was and we turned off the water, hooked a hose to the water heater to drain anything left in the pipes so it didn’t make the basement any worse and started pumping water out. The guy could fix anything, anytime, anywhere.

As you can see my Grandfather had many qualities you would look for in a Grandfather, father, husband, brother, uncle, local business owner, town councilman, fire commissioner, chamber of commerce leader, community advocate, etc. He was a role model to me and I admired everything about the guy. I know that I will miss him along with the rest of our family and our community.

You can click to read the obituary from the Hartford Courant. Service hours are from 4-7 at Mulryan’s Funeral Home 725 Hebron Ave Glastonbury CT In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League Peter P. Monaco, Jr., Detachment 40 at Mcldet40.org.

By constantine70043805, Mar 27 2017 02:41PM

I have dealt with contractors most of my adult life. From having five years experience in the insurance industry, working with home improvement contractors daily, to becoming a contractor myself and working in the industry. You get to meet all types of people. Most contractors are honest, hard-working people like you and me, but for all of the good guys come a few exceptions. Contractors will get greedy and figure out how to cut corners. I have put together a list of what I think is the most important qualities to look for when hiring a contractor, whether it be for asphalt or any trade.

1)Do your homework!

As a kid growing up I hated homework. Now a days its way easier. You can get any answer you want on the internet. I wouldn’t go with the first answer you see but take some time and do some research. Possibly ask for a reference sheet from the contractor to see some other work that has been completed. The internet has a wealth of knowledge.

2)Is the contractor adequately Insured and licensed?

Most trades require a license and you will most certainly want to make sure they carry proper insurance as well as workman’s compensation. Some types of work will require bonds and permits. You have every right to ask to see these documents.

3)Check to see if the contractor is involved in any litigation issues!

Make sure there are no previous issues with the contractor you hire. There is always two sides to every story but just be aware of what you could potentially get into.

4)How many years has the contractor been in business?

Is a good way to tell how reputable the contractor is? If you’re doing poor work eventually word will spread and your company is likely to go out of business. With time also come experience. You can assure yourself your contractor isn’t a rookie

5)What does the contract look like?

Does the contract go into detail or is it vague and unclear. The described work should be clearly outlined. You will want to have a conversation with the contractor to make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting.

6)Ask about payment terms?

Contractors generally require a down payment and final payment upon completion of the job. Make sure the terms of payment are clearly defined before you sign a contract.

7)How soon can this job be completed?

The good contractors usually have work on their schedule and may not be able to start yours right away. If timeliness of your job is more important to you, you can ask if there is anything they can do to squeeze you in. Be mindful that the contractor may have other work in front of yours which is usually a good thing.

8)Understand that price usually affects quality!

The lowest priced contractor may not necessarily be the best contractor to complete your work. Usually the best price may fall somewhere in the middle. Depending on your financial situation this should be something to consider. Keep in mind if the price is too good to be true then it most likely is.

9)Use locally trusted Contractors!

And use your gut instinct. After meeting with your contractor the best game plan can be to go with who you feel is best fit for the job. Staying local will always boost value because most likely the contractor will guarantee quality. Seeing as he will want you to refer his work.

Asphalt contractors are notorious for running scams across the country. This probably isn’t news to you but some types of asphalt contractors to avoid would be:

1)The door to door salesman “trying to tell you he has left over asphalt to complete your driveway that day for cash”

2)Out of state license plates or unmarked trucks

3)Any verbal handshake as an agreement

4)Any time a contractor tries to push you into a quick, high pressure decision should be an absolute red flag.

5)Summer time is the biggest time for a scam so be aware if you are being solicited

With the above in mind, the future of our business relies on the quality, integrity, and work product we produce today. As the next generation (my brothers and I) are getting excited about the future of the business, we want to continue to improve as a company like my father has done for the last 38 years. Repeat business is the best business and that model will hold true for the rest of time.

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