I Hate Stinky Asphalt and So Should You

I was having lunch yesterday with a friend and we wanted to sit outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but we couldn’t. The parking lot was being resurfaced and it was foul smelling.  Here in Colorado that asphalt stink lasts once the snow melts until it starts snowing again in a mad rush to replace and repair roads and parking lots damaged by the winter conditions. Let’s call it “Stinky Asphalt Season.” Not only was I unhappy I had to sit inside (because we’ve had a lot of rain and it was sunny for once this summer) but I was unhappy because I knew the product the contractor was using was Eco-Unfriendly and was just one more reason we are dependent on oil in this country. I wondered why was this contractor still using the noxious, oil-based asphalt resurfacer of the past. Frankly, I don’t think he knew that there are alternatives available that not only don’t smell unpleasant, and aren’t oil-based, but last a long, long time.  Let me show you an example of an ugly, damaged parking lot and what the parking lot looks like now. Here you go:

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Pave Top Asphalt Resurfacer Before and After

This is certainly an ugly parking lot. It really looks like it should have been completely torn up and replaced, but that’s pricey.  This contractor, Joe Wadkins Consulting out of Las Vegas, NV, used some Calico Quick Patch to repair those giant cracks and then used Calico Pave Top and Calico Liquid Emulsion to resurface this unsightly lot without the stink and without sending more money to some unstable, oil rich country overseas.

There are some real benefits to using this product.  It’s unaffected by ultraviolet rays, water, auto fluids, oil, and gas. It requires LESS maintenance than typical asphalt coatings and contains NO OIL. It has a 20 year life span.  This Continue reading

CONCRETE STAMPING MISTAKES TO AVOID

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Avoid Mistakes!

 I can match that color!

No, you can’t. Color is tricky business and photographs of concrete stamp jobs will look only as accurate as your computer or phone allows and still may not be that accurate.   Do not guarantee that a color will come out exactly the same as a picture. Let your customer know that what looks like a soft beige in a picture on a website may in fact be nothing close to a soft beige. If you are unfamiliar with a color combination, make a sample and show your customer ahead of time.

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