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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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By constantine70043805, Jan 5 2017 03:07PM

We are techincally in the winter months but it has yet to really feel like winter, more like late fall. Temps have been cooler, but we have seen more rain than snow. Most people will call me crazy but there is something about the snow that I love. Maybe it stems from growing up and just loving to be out side. When my brothers and I were little we would always be the first kids outside all bundled up thanks to my Mom. Our activities usually inluded time trials on our little kitty kat snowmobile we used to have, building jumps for sledding, skating in the backyard rink my father used to make for us, or trying to hustle and make money shoveling driveways. Maybe it was the potential to have no school. Either way if there was snow, I was outside playing in it.

Fast forward 20 years later and nothing has really changed except I guess I have to wrok everytime it snows( Call us for your snow removal estimates!) It doesnt really bother me because its snow. Its cool. School doesnt get cancelled anymore but everything turns white and I still get that same feeling. Most people I know will complain about the snow, but they're a few that like to take advantage of what unique activities the winter months can offer.

I was messing around on the Farmers almanac this morning and found some scientific information that made me feel like a weather guy. Unfortunaately for most of you Southern New England is supposed to see more snowfall than average, but we are supposed to have warmer than average temps. Which means it will probably melt and make our cars a salty mess. Good for our car wash owners. I guess well see how accurate this really is.

Which got me thinking, what is the Farmers Almanac and why is it so rellevant. Well the story starts in 1815. Editor Robert B. Thomas wasa writing the alamanc and was interupted, sick, pre occupied with work, there are many reasons, anyways he predicts rain, sleet, and snow in July. Summer 1816 comes around and to the disbelief of many it does snow sleet and rain. Mostly inpart to the eruption of Mount Tambora. Its known as the year without summer. The Farmers Almanac instanly gained its reputation. Today the almanac is more scientific but they still use a "secret formula", which is comprised of histroical data. Its headquarters is in Dublin New Hampshire. The almanac claims a 80% accuracy rate but there is not much data to back it up.

To me it seems more like a generalization but for some reason it has been around for 225 years and continues to stay relevant. Either way it sounds like we just have to wait and see.

By constantine70043805, Jul 29 2016 04:45PM

No Trev is not stuck in a catch basin ( See instagram and follow our account) . But we have been busy as ever and it hasn't rained, like at all. Temperatures have reached over 100 degrees and the humidity of the north east doesnt help.

Public service announcment from Constantine Sealing Service

Its been plenty hot and the ashpalt temperatures are even hotter. Did you know that you can fry an egg in 5 minutes at 131 degrees? When the air temperature reaches 87 degrees, pavement temperatures can be close to 141 degrees. Please keep all of our four legged friends safe before you walk across any asphalt surface. Place the back of your hand to the surface for 7-10 seconds to determine if it is safe to walk your pup across. We dont want any burnt paws.

With that said I have included 5 facts you also didnt know about our Summer at Constantine Sealing Service...

1- We have completed several basketball and tennis court resurfacing jobsthrough out the state, including our most recent playground color project at The Jennings School in New London. This job required four square and hop scotch layouts for the kids.

2- We tackled our biggest driveway to date totalling 400 gallons of sealer and over 2 days of labor. Between our parking lots and driveways we have used over 24,000 gallons on the year.

3- Our line striper (The big boss, my dad) has painted over 100,000 linear feet of pavement markings totaling over 18 miles.

4- Our dump trucks have hauled over 900 tons of new and old asphalt to repair and replace several parking lots and driveways

5- We have celebrated our 37th year in business as well as our 2016 Top Contractor award from Pavement Maintenance Magazine ( stay tuned for a featured article in an upcoming issue).

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying their summer and the heat. Remeber to keep you dogs safe and stay cool. I dont think this heat is leaving any time soon. Enjoy some of the photos below!

The Jennings School Playground
The Jennings School Playground
Marlborough Parks and Rec
Marlborough Parks and Rec
Line Striping National
Line Striping National
Paving
Paving
2016 Top Contractor award
2016 Top Contractor award

By constantine70043805, Jun 23 2016 09:53PM

GLASTONBURY CT (June, 6, 2016) – Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction™, the leading magazineserving contractors in the paving, sealcoating, pavement marking, sweeping and pavement repairindustry, has selected CONSTANTINE SEALING SERVICE as one of the nation’s Top Contractors of 2016.CONSTANTINE SEALING SERVICE was chosen as a 2016 Top Contractors by the Pavement Maintenance &Reconstruction™ editorial staff for meeting a set of criteria and data in sealcoating, line striping and pavement maintenance. Top Contractors were selected in five industry segments: paving, sealcoating, striping, pavement repair and surface treatments.

“It’s exciting to announce the Top Contractors in each specialized category,” observed Amy Schwandt,

publisher of Pavement magazine. “Pavement maintenance contractors work hard to advance their

businesses and there are a lot of balls to juggle when planning for success and growth. Each project takesa lot of thought, planning and time. Congratulations to this year’s recipients on a job well done!”

Allan Heydorn, editor of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction commented, “More contractors than

ever participated in this year’s survey, and that’s an indication they are recognizing the value of these

lists and the data collected in the survey. As the paving and pavement maintenance industry continues togrow, our efforts to develop benchmarking data and verifiable lists of the industry’s top-selling

contractors generates the only reliable data available, which in turn helps contractors improve their

business. We thank all those who participated and congratulate those contractors who qualified for our

lists.”

Additional information on Top Contractors can be found in the June/July issue of Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction™ and in a special online section of ForConstructionPros.com.

Sealcoating top 75 list

Line Striping top 75 list

Pavement Repair top 75 list

By constantine70043805, Jun 18 2016 09:05PM

Last night I took a ride with my Dad to Stafford Motor Speedway to watch a few friends race in the SK modified series. We walked around said hi to some friends and went up to the grandstands to eat some really bad fried food (don't tell my mom). We watched every race and talked about all the races we used to go to when my little brothers and I were little. He used to bring us to Riverside (which is now Six Flags) every Friday night to watch his friends race back in the day when there used to be a track. We used to go run around, get autographs, and take pictures with the cars. I even remember going into some of the guys' garages on week nights and they would be be working on the cars and beating out dents from last weekends wrecks. My dad would put me in the driver seat of the car while he helped. I imagine it's still pretty much the same. These guys work on their cars week in and week out to get ready for the weekend.

As we sat and watched my friends race, their fathers were also there supporting them and working on their cars sharing that father son bond like my dad and I did. None the less, it doesn't matter what you do as long as there is something, a common ground, a hobby, whatever that activity might be (some of us chose to work with the old man everyday). Get out there and enjoy this Father's Day and take some time to remember those times you had with your father. I'm sure he will appreciate it more than you know.

Happy Father's day to all the Dads out there, especially mine. I know I wouldn't be where I am today with out him.

Happy Fathers day to all the Dads out there, especially mine. I know I wouldn't be where I am today with out him.

I've added some photos from when we were little (back to the future days when you had to use film to develop pictures)

Be sure to stay tuned as we have some exciting Constantine Sealing news to annouce in the next few weeks!!!!!

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