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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

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illustration unsealed VS. sealed

By constantine70043805, Oct 9 2017 03:27PM

We recently paved a driveway for a customer who had an awful Angies List experience. Our customer went on Angie' List thinking he would find a well trusted paving company to pave his driveway. Unfortunately the company he hired removed the existing asphalt and never showed up again. The owner continuously gave him dates and kept missing his deadlines. He gave excuses such as his paving box broke down, he didn’t have enough help, he would come when our customer wasn’t home etc. 3 months went by and our customer had finally had enough. He decided to give us a call. Our customer explained his situation and we were able to get it graded and paved in a timely fashion.

As far as I know you have to pay to be a part of Angies List. Meaning any contractor can join. Most of the time I would believe a contractor would pay to join a group because his work product does not speak for itself and is having trouble finding business. I know you have to pay to be a part of Home Advisor as well. These groups sound good on paper but when it comes down to it can they really deliver? In my opinion the better contractor’s don’t need to be a part of these organizations in order to drive business. Obviously everyone has their own opinion and can form their own assumptions. When hiring a contractor usually your local contractor would be the most trusted and loyal in your community. Your local contractor usually has ties to the community. We put our last name on everything we do. With that comes a social responsibility to our family and our customers. We understand the future of our business heavily relies upon our work product we create today.

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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, Aug 2 2016 07:11PM

After being featured as a 2016 Top Contractor, we are proud to announce Pavement Maitenance Magazine has published an article in their latest issue featuring Constantine Sealing Service.

Check out some of our own history and how we have continued to grow and adapt to industry needs

Click here to view the article

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