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:
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 product requires no special equipment to install. Now the really cool part, the area can be reopened to traffic in 6 – 24 hours depending on the job conditions. It comes in many different colors other than the black seen in the picture. Calico Construction Products also has a similar product for concrete resurfacing that you can use to repair tennis courts, etc. Here’s the link for more information on this product and products associated with it: http://calicoproducts.com/43-asphalt-resurfacing-products. No more stinky asphalt!