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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, Jul 14 2017 01:35PM

I am proud and extremely honored to announce Constantine Sealing Service has been named to Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine's TOP 50 Contractors list in 3 categories; Pavement repair, Sealcoating, and Line Striping. The list is made up of contractors across the country who all meet a certian criteria determined by the editors.

This is the second year in a row that we have made the list and it is a humbling experience. It honestly keeps me motivated to make it again next year. This list shrunk from 75 contractors to 50 this year. There are alot of pavement concrators across the country and let alone in Connecticut. As the competition gets bigger and the list gets smaller we have to adapt to changing market conditions.

My fathers work ethic is unmatched and is the biggest reason we have been fortunate to make this list 2 years in a row. With out him this doesnt exist nor do we even come close to this honor. I would like to personally congratulate him on his current and continued success!

You can check out the article online by clicking here or the top 50 lists by clicking here

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, 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 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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