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The Many Benefits of Sealcoating

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Sealcoating vs. Unsealed Parking Lot

Sealcoating protects a parking lot and makes it look fresh, new, and clean.

Sealcoating a thin liquid layer added over a paved surface serves to protect it from damage caused by UV rays, rain and snow, and fluids from vehicles.  Sealcoating won’t cure existing issues, like cracks, but it will help prevent such damage from forming in the first place. Aside from keeping out damaging elements, properly applying a sealcoat is important to extend the life of asphalt paving. Sealcoating protects and prolongs the life expectancy of asphalt pavement by filling surface damage and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging UV rays, vehicle fluids and water. (more…)

What Is Asphalt Seal Coating?

Friday, August 4th, 2017
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Sealcoating is a crucial set in proper asphalt maintenance.

Seal coating is a true barrier between asphalt surfaces and the destructive elements. The term “seal coating” means keeping the redeeming properties of asphalt sealed in to prolong the pavement life and preserve its functional properties. The primary reason to sealcoat an asphalt pavement is to protect the pavement from the deteriorating effects of sun and water. When asphalt pavement is exposed to sun, wind and water, the asphalt hardens, or oxidizes. This causes the pavement to become more brittle. As a result, the pavement will crack because it is unable to bend and flex when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. (more…)

What to do When Your Pavement is Discolored

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Pavement discoloration can ruin a beautiful paving job, and can happen easily without proper care.

While we may ideally all want perfectly even and consistent concrete, and finishing can get us very close to that goal, the reality is that this will never be one hundred percent perfect. No matter how much effort you pour into a project, there will always be even minor inconsistencies due to several factors. These include ingredient mixing, methods of application, the weather, and curing time. Here are some ways to take on discolored pavement issues.


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4 Helpful Parking Lot Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Serious and undiagnosed pavement issues can end up destroying an entire parking lot, and it’s incredibly easy to let things get away from you.

A beautiful parking lot gives your customers a wonderful impression of your business.  When well-kept, customers will feel incredibly comfortable parking at your storefront.  But it’s also important to keep your parking lot looking fresh, because damages will cost you in the long run.  Serious and undiagnosed pavement issues can end up destroying an entire parking lot, and it’s incredibly easy to let things get away from you.  Here are some quick and easy maintenance tips for you to try out, so you don’t have to worry about your parking lot expiring too early.

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Why Are Tire Tracks Left on Pavement and How Can You Remove Them?

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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You’re familiar with tire tracks being left on pavement; but have you ever wondered why there might be residue left after a tire has rolled over the surface of pavement?

You’re definitely familiar with tire tracks being left on pavement, whether they’re left over time or if they’re caused because of a sudden stop.  But have you ever wondered why there might be residue left after a tire has rolled over the surface of pavement?  And, of course, they seem impossible to remove.  But as with everything, there’s always a way to get your pavement looking brand new all over again.  To find out about tire tracks on pavement and how you can remove them, read on.

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How to Prevent Weed Growth Between Pavement Cracks

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Are you tired of constantly buying chemicals in order to rid your pavement of weeds?  It can be a chore to remove them by hand, and power washing can sometimes damage pavement.

Are you tired of constantly buying chemicals in order to rid your pavement of weeds? It can be a chore to remove them by hand, and power washing can sometimes damage pavement.

Are you tired of constantly buying chemicals in order to rid your pavement of weeds?  It can be a chore to remove them by hand, and power washing can sometimes damage pavement.  Weeds can crack pavement and damage it, as well as causing other issues like tripping hazards.  It’s also pretty ugly once the weeds grow in too much, and then you’ve got a huge problem on your hands.  So, how can you prevent the growth before it starts?  Read on to find out!


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Which Winter Asphalt Maintenance Solution is Best?

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

When it comes to wet, sloppy, snow-covered parking lots, there are a few things you can do. But which one is best? Ultimately, the best thing you can do to protect your asphalt in the winter, while also up keeping asphalt maintenance during snowstorms, is good preventative maintenance. But if you’ve missed your window, and need to know your options, we’ll cover them here.

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Be proactive in the removal of snow and ice for winter asphalt maintenance.

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The Effects of De-Icing Chemicals on Asphalt and Concrete

Friday, January 16th, 2015

De-Icing Chemicals for Asphalt and ConcreteYou see salt boxes on many street corners in snowy weather, but using chemicals on concrete is actually damaging to asphalt and concrete. Protect your storefront or businesses curb appeal by not using the following De-Icing Chemicals to melt snow or ice in the winter.

  • Sodium chloride or rock salt (NaCL)
  • NaCL with MgCl2 and OBPE
  • NaCL with Magic-O – a proprietaryblend of OBPE and 30% MgCl2

Why not? Using these types of de-icing chemicals (among others not listed) can cause cracking in your pavement and chemically alter the aggregate that you paid for to put in. “No de-icing chemicals are safe,” explains Patrick Gillen III, owner of PTG Enterprises.

Highways across the United States contain about fifteen million tons of road salt each winter. While this provides traction on the road for our cars and pathways to walk, it puts more strain on economic factors.  Even road salt that seems innocuous can be destructive to plant life underneath. Forget bringing your pets around the block to do their duty. Chemicals on the ground can hurt animals as well. Think again about accepting your dog’s warm, wet puppy kisses after a walk if he licked anything. You could get sick from ingesting these chemicals as well.

We agree that de-icing is necessary in some areas, so business can continue as usual. There are alternatives to melting snow besides chemicals. For example, Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), sand, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium chloride, and beet solution are eco-friendly ways to reduce the amount of ice on the concrete.

Using sand or the other materials mentioned above is more cost-effective and safer for the environment. You will still be able to clear the lot for driving customers and make it safer for all living beings involved. To find out how else you can protect your pavement this winter season, contact PTG Enterprises.

PTG Enterprises is a commercial concrete contractor in the Baltimore area. Our crews are extremely familiar with all types of concrete paving, so you know the job will look professional and last for years to come. Give us a call and let us help protect your pavement from Mother Nature.

If you have any questions about de-icing chemicals, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties in Maryland

Friday, February 7th, 2014

As a business owner, snow is the last thing you want to see. Snow means downtime. If employees and customers can’t make it to your business, you don’t make money. Snow also means snow removal, which isn’t cheap. And this has already been a rather snowy winter here in Maryland and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, everyone’s favorite groundhog just predicted 6 more weeks of winter. So get ready for more frigid temperatures, more snow, and more costly snow removal.

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Snow Removal for Commercial Properties in Maryland

Not only is removing snow from your parking lot an expensive endeavor, it can also damage your asphalt, costing you even more money down the road! So please, follow these snow removal tips for commercial properties in Maryland:

  1. Prompt Snow Removal: Not only is it a good idea for your business to remove snow as soon as possible, but it is important from a legal standpoint as well. After all, the last thing you want or need is for a customer to slip and fall outside your business because you didn’t properly clear the walkway and parking lot. If this happens, you could be held liable.
  2. Professional Snow Removal: While you can try and tackle snow removal yourself, it is often better to leave this job to the professionals. They have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done right. Plus, a professional plowing service is far less likely to damage your parking surface. Still, accidents do happen.

If you notice any asphalt damage, whether the result of a snow plow or the constant Freeze-Thaw Effect of winter, you need to address the damage as soon as possible. Timely repairs are extremely important. If you notice a crack, pothole, or other form of asphalt damage, it is important to have it repaired quickly to avoid the issue worsening.

So pick up the phone and call  an experienced asphalt company today – a company like PTG Enterprises. The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of pavement repair projects and have the experience you need.

If you have any questions about Asphalt Repair or if you are looking for an asphalt contractor in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Give me the opportunity to impress you. I can be your one stop ‘Pavement Guy,’ for any pavement project regardless of size or scope.

The Benefits of Sealcoating explained by your Baltimore Asphalt Contractor

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Asphalt will deteriorate over time. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your asphalt parking lot or other asphalt surface looks great for as long as possible, from preventative asphalt maintenance to timely asphalt repair to sealcoating. But of all the precautions you can take to ensure your parking surface lasts for a long time, sealcoating is perhaps the most important.

The Benefits of Sealcoating

  1. Slow Oxidation: Overexposure to oxygen hardens asphalt binders, causing the asphalt to crack. Sealcoating provides a protective barrier for your parking lot.
  2. Slow Water Penetration: the cracking caused by oxidation allows water to penetrate deep into the asphalt, further weakening the entire parking surface. Sealcoats fill surface voids, limiting water penetration and prolonging pavement life.
  3. Shield Ultraviolet Rays: UV rays break the lines between carbon bonds and your asphalt. Sealcoating prevents UV rays from further damaging the asphalt pavement.
  4. Easy to Clean: Sealcoating makes your asphalt surface easy to clean, reducing the depth to which oil or gas can penetrate.
  5. Cost Effective: The cost of sealcoating is only pennies a square yard versus repairs and rehabilitation which can be as much as twenty times higher.
  6. Aesthetic Appeal: Sealcoating gives asphalt a beautiful finish.

PTG Enterprises: Your Baltimore Sealcoating Contractor

There are many more options available to property managers and owners today than there was when I started in the Industry. This works to the advantage of the property and to the pavement. Now, depending on the current condition of the asphalt, I have the ability to recommend several different options depending on the condition of the lot, previous maintenance schedules and budgets.

Give me the opportunity to impress you. I can be your one stop ‘Pavement Guy,’ for any pavement project regardless of size or scope.

If you have any further questions, please contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of Maryland, DC, and Virginia pavement projects and have the experience you need.

Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!