DirtGlue: Firm sticks with versatile products
Rocky Hutson sells products that suppress dust, stabilize soil and even plug potholes.
Those products don’t wash away or harm the environment, Hutson said. And they last longer than alternatives that might cost less, but also are less durable. “It’s not cheap. But for what it does, it’s well worth the money,” he said.
Hutson and Barney Barco recently launched Colorado DirtGlue. The Grand Junction company sells products manufactured by DirtGlue Enterprises based in Massachusetts. The product lines includes DustLess, a dust control made of organic fluids; DirtGlue, a polymer that binds dirt together; and PotHoleGlue, a polymer combined with aggregate.
Hutson and Barco have completed two projects for the energy industry in applying DustLess to suppress dust on two roads and three large parking lots.
In addition to the energy industry, though, the products offer applications for road construction and maintenance, commercial and home construction and irrigation, Hutson said. Colorado DirtGlue operates in a territory that covers Western Colorado. The company also can sell products in New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Applied in the proper amounts, Dustless can suppress about 95 percent of the dust that otherwise would come from roads, construction sites and other surfaces, Hutson said. The product is made to be used where surfaces will be continually disturbed by traffic or other uses. “It binds with the dirt and doesn’t leave it,” he said.
DustLess doesn’t evaporate or wash away in rain, Hutson said. “The only thing going in the ditch is the water.”
Consequently, an initial application lasts a year. The second-year application requires only half the amount of product to maintain dust control. Subsequent annual applications require a quarter of the amount, he said.
Unlike magnesium chloride dust suppressants, DustLess doesn’t corrode metal or harm nearby vegetation or aquatic life, Hutson said.
DirtGlue also can be used to control dust, binding soil particles together to stabilize the soil and create a protective barrier. Spraying DirtGlue on a mound of dirt at a construction site will eliminate dust and sediment runoff, Hutson said.
In addition, though, DirtGlue creates a strong barrier similar to concrete that can be used to stabilize road beds or create a moisture barrier when pouring concrete foundations for homes and buildings, he said. DirtGlue also could be applied to irrigation ditches to reduce leakage and prevent erosion.
PotHoleGlue is a dry formulation that includes a polymer, a curing enhancement element and an aggregate. Within 30 minutes of filing a pothole, the mixture hardens and can be driven over. Repairs last indefinitely, Hutson said.
Durability makes Colorado DirtGlue products cost-effective, Hutson said. “It’s more expensive up front, but cheaper in the long run.”