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How Striping Your Parking Lot Can Increase Curb Appeal

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Parking lot striping is necessary in order to follow ADA regulations. However, there are many benefits and advantages that come with properly striping your parking lot.

Parking lot striping is necessary in order to follow ADA regulations.  However, there are many benefits and advantages that come with properly striping your parking lot.  A freshly paved parking lot in particular should have bright and clear striping in order to create a beautiful curb appeal.  If you’re wondering about the advantages that come with a newly striped parking lot, read on.

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Why Can’t You Just Pave Over Parking Lot Structural Problems?

Friday, January 6th, 2017
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Urban Heat Island is essentially the fact that cities, or more populated urban areas, have a higher pavement to plant life ratio than sparsely populated areas.

Are you seeing cracks, potholes, and drainage issues when you inspect your parking lot?  Are you thinking you might just be able to pave over them?  Unfortunately, repairing and maintaining a parking lot isn’t that simple.  Repairing asphalt is a very intensive job and, when done incorrectly, can cause serious damage.  Don’t go the cheaper route just to save money, because you’ll end up costing yourself more in the end.  Why?  Read on to find out.


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The Importance of Proper Base and Subgrade Construction in Parking Lots

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Aggregate Base Subgrade Parking Lots

As Meghan Trainor sang, “I’m all ’bout that bass.” Well, here at PTG Enterprises, we are all about that base…and subgrade. It doesn’t matter how good the asphalt is if the aggregate base and subgrade are not properly prepared. These are quite literally the foundation of your parking lot. Without a strong foundation, your parking lot simply will not last. If something goes wrong with the foundation, the entire parking lot – or at least a section of the parking lot – could fail prematurely. (more…)

Concrete vs. Asphalt Parking Lots

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Concrete Asphalt Parking LotsWhen it comes to repaving an existing parking lot (or paving a new parking lot) there are two options: asphalt and concrete.  It is a hotly debated topic that has many scratching their heads. Which pavement has the most benefits? Which will last longer? Which makes the most sense for your specific job and, most importantly, your budget? Quite frankly, which pavement is the best?

“Concrete and asphalt are comparable in many ways,” said Scott Haislip, director of streets and roads with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA). (more…)

Proper Base and Subgrade Construction for Parking Lots

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A few weeks back, we discussed the Asphalt Installation Process: a quick overview of each and every step. This week, we are going to take a closer look at a single part of the process: Proper Base and Subgrade Construction. When it comes to paving parking lots, roadways, and other asphalt surfaces, there is perhaps no more important step than the base and subgrade. This is the foundation of your entire asphalt surface. If something goes wrong with the foundation, the entire parking lot – or at least a section of the parking lot – could fail prematurely.

Proper Base and Subgrade Construction for Parking Lots

Strength is essential for a long-lasting paving project. And it all begins with the base and subgrade. In fact, 80-90% of the strength of a road or parking lot is provided by the aggregate base.

  1. All underground utilities must be protected or relocated.
  2. Topsoil is removed.
  3. Analyze drainage concerns, soil quality, and traffic patterns.
  4. Low-quality soil should be improved upon by adding granular materials: lime, asphalt, etc.
  5. Remove rocks, debris, and vegetation.
  6. Grading.
  7. Subgrade soil must be compacted to an adequate density. Poor compaction can lead to premature pavement failure.
  8. Next, we calculate the total “base section.” This is the “gravel equivalency” or GE for this area. After the GE is calculated, for flexible pavements, asphalt concrete has a Gr of roughly 2.0 (twice the total strength) for standard use pavements.
  9. The base is placed directly on top of the subgrade, before being spread and compacted to proper thickness levels.

Pavement design is like baking a cake. If you do not follow the recipe, it could spell disaster!

Base and Subgrade Construction Parking Lots

Parking Lot Construction with PTG Enterprises

PTG Enterprises is a full service commercial pavement contractor. We have been in the paving business for more than a decade and have managed hundreds of pavement projects throughout Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. When you call PTG Enterprises, you can expect a fair proposal, professionalism, and quality work. Our crews work quickly and professionally.

Unlike those other asphalt contractors, we care about you and your business. In fact, when you hire PTG, you’ll work with owner Patrick Gillen from start to finish, from the initial site visit and pre-construction meeting to the final walk-through.

If you have any questions about Proper Base and Subgrade Construction for Parking Lots, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Why Asphalt? Frequently Asked Questions Answered by My Pavement Guy

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Highway engineers, business owners, and more continue to choose asphalt time and time again, but why? Why is asphalt used for roads, parking lots, and everything in between? What benefits does asphalt offer over other pavement materials?

The Benefits of Asphalt Pavement

  • Perpetual Pavements: Asphalt perpetual pavement is built to be maintained, lasting virtually forever with routine maintenance, periodic milling and overlaying.
  • A Smooth Ride: A smooth ride is not only beneficial for comfort reasons, but studies have shown that smooth pavement has a huge effect on fuel economy. And with today’s economy, fuel efficiency is a huge concern! Oh, and did we mention that smoother pavements also last longer? Studies show that improving pavement smoothness by 25 percent results in almost a 10 percent increase in pavement longevity.
  • Quiet: Asphalt greatly reduces the amount of noise pollution produced by motorists.
  • Construction Speed: Paving with asphalt greatly reduces construction times. And for anyone who has ever been stuck in traffic because of roadwork, this is a big deal!
  • Maintenance: With asphalt, maintenance is quick, easy, and cost effective.

So the question is: Why would anyone pave with anything else!?

If you have any further questions about Asphalt or if you have a project that you need completed, then 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.

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

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Asphalt Cleaning Tips: How to Remove Oil Stains from Parking Lots

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A clean parking lot says a lot about your business. It says you care about the little things. It gives your customers/clients that extra sense of calm knowing that you will take care of them the same way you take care of your parking lot.

Seems crazy, doesn’t it. Well, it is not far from the truth.

Like the cover of a book, the exterior of your building and your parking lot are what your customers base their first opinions on. I know, I know…don’t judge a book by its cover. Well, guess what? People still do. That is just the way it is. And you only get to make one first impression, so it is important to make it a good one. After all, who wants to lose business because their parking lot is a mess? So if you find an oil stain on your parking surface, act quickly.

Here are 10 unique ways to remove oil stains from asphalt surfaces:

1. Soap and Water: If you come across a fresh oil spot, emulsify it with a mixture of liquid soap and water. This will keep the oil from drying and staining the asphalt. The soap surrounds small droplets of grease and does not allow it to congeal into a solid.

This will not remove the oil all together, but it will make complete stain removal significantly easier.

2. Kitty Litter: First mop up any excess oil. Then cover the oil stain with a bag of kitty litter. Begin stomping on the kitty litter (this will help absorb the oil). Leave the kitty litter out overnight. Then come back the next morning and scoop up the kitty litter and dispose of the waste. Remember, the kitty litter now contains oil, making it a bihazardous material.

Kitty litter is effective method on wet areas, not on established oil stains.

3. Baking Soda: Baking soda is great for absorbing excess oil. Sprinkle baking soda onto the oil stain and scrub with a stiff brush. Allow the baking soda to sit for a half hour and then rinse it away with a hose.

Once again, this method is only effective with fresh oil spills.

4. Coca-Cola: No, not because getting rid of an oil stain works up a thirst! Coke can actually be used to remove oil stains. First, wipe up any excess oil. Next, pour a couple cans worth of coke onto an oil stain and allow the soda to sit overnight. Then clean the area with a clean cloth.

While this is not the MOST effective method to remove oil stains, it is economical. So why not give it a shot before moving on to more expensive solutions.

5. Steam Pressure Washing: The heat of the steam will liquefy the oil as the pressure whisks it away.

This is one of the most effective methods of removing oil stains!

6. Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP): This substance can be quite dangerous, so use caution.

First, make a paste using TSP and water. Then scrub the paste onto the oil stain with a scrub brush. Let the paste sit for thirty minutes to absorb the oil and then rinse it away.

7. Laundry Detergent: Sprinkle the powdered laundry detergent onto the stain, add water, scrub with a stiff brush and then let the solution sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, wipe the surface clean!

8. Commercial Degreasers: Commercial degreasers for asphalt surfaces work by breaking down the oil into a bio-degradable substance that is safe for the environment and your driveway.

9. Muriatic Acid: Muriatic acid should be a last resort as it will harm your skin and eyes. Wear protective eyewear and gloves when using this substance.

Mix a mild solution and allow it to sit for about a minute. Then rinse with a pressure washer.

10. Sealcoating: If you come across a stain that seem impossible to remove, asphalt sealer may be your best option. Cover your parking lot with a fresh seal coat and move on.

If you have any questions, then contact an experienced asphalt company today – a company like PTG Enterprises. The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of pavement projects and have the experience you need. So contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today!

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

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10 Ways to Remove Oil Stains from an Asphalt Driveway

The Importance of Crackfilling: Don’t Let Your Parking Lot Waste Away

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Cracks in your asphalt parking surface are an immediate cause for alarm. If left untreated, cracks will allow water to penetrate the surface, softening the stone base and leading to alligator cracking, spider webbing, pot holes and other forms of parking lot degradation. And as the weather quickly begins to cool this time of year, these problems are compounded. The freezing and thawing cycle can turn even the smallest of crack into a big problem.

If you don’t attack cracks while you have the chance, you may find yourself paying for premature and costly resurfacing. Crack filling may be your best solution. It can reduce pavement deterioration by restricting water penetration into the base and sub-base layers.

Crack sealing/crack filling of your asphalt pavement – driveways, parking lots and roads – is a necessary preventative maintenance measure, extending the useful life of your pavement and yielding long-term financial savings.

However, to experience the best results possible, you should leave your asphalt maintenance to a proven pavement professional with a track record for quality work, like PTG Enterprises, Inc.

“Properly crackfilling your parking lot is the single best thing you can do to maintain its life,” says PTG Enterprises owner, Patrick T. Gillen III. “Left untreated, small cracks will allow water in and become big cracks eventually penetrating through the asphalt and contaminating the sub-grade.”

So don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today!

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

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The Basics of Crack Filling

Asphalt Pavement Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, October 7th, 2011

At PTG Enterprises, we get tons of questions about asphalt pavement. What is it made from? Can it be recycled? Is it cost-effective? Well, we will answer those questions and more. Below you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions about Asphalt Pavement:

Q: What is Asphalt Pavement made from?

A: Asphalt pavement is made from heated Asphalt cement mixed with crushed, dried stone called aggregate.

Q: Isn’t Asphalt pavement made entirely of price-sensitive petroleum products . . . crude oil.

A: No. Only about 5-6% of asphalt pavement is actually petroleum based.

Q: Is Asphalt Pavement cost-effective?

A: Yes. When compared to other pavement types, asphalt is the economical choice in both the short and long run. When you combine asphalt’s strength and durability with its affordable installation and maintenance, asphalt just blows other pavements away.

Q: Does Asphalt production contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming?

A: No. Asphalt has the smallest overall carbon footprint of any pavement and neither the asphalt itself nor its production are major sources of green house gasses.

Q: Can Asphalt pavement be recycled and reused?

A: Yes. It is by far the most reusable pavement material in the U.S.

Q: Is Asphalt good for anything other than roads?

A: Yes. Asphalt can be used for parking lots, airports, sidewalks, driveways and basketball courts…just to name a few of its uses.

If you have any additional questions, contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy by calling 410-636-8777or click here today!

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Benefits of Preventative Maintenance Pavement Sealers

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Even the best pavement will crack and deteriorate after time. But there are ways in which you can extend the life of your pavement. One of these ways, as this article from PaveManPro.com explains, is Pavement Sealer.

Asphalt hardening is an oxidation process and is a function of its exposure to air on the surface and within the pavement. If circulation of air through the interconnected void spaces in the pavement can be prevented or reduced, the rate of hardening of the asphalt will be slowed and the life of the pavement extended. Pavement sealers are used to do just that – close the surface pores to lengthen the life of the pavement.

Pavement sealers come in two basic formulas: Refined Tar-Based Sealer and Asphalt Based Emulsions.

Refined Tar-Based Sealer

Refined tar is a by-product of the distillation of crude coal tar. Refined tar differs from crude coal tar in that during the distillation process, the lighter end oils are removed from the refined tar. Refined tar based sealer is resistant to attack from petroleum based products. This property makes it ideally suited for parking lots or other locations where concentrations of oil and grease leaks are common. Refined tar-based sealer is also highly resistant to ultraviolet light bleaching. It is stable, homogeneous, easy to apply, and has been handled safely by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for decades. Refined tar based sealer has traditionally been used at gas stations, truck and bus terminals, airport aprons and taxiways as well as on residential driveways and commercial parking lots.

Asphalt based emulsions

Asphalt-based emulsions have many of the same beneficial properties as refined tar- based emulsions, but they are less resistant to corrosion by petroleum-based products, ultraviolet bleaching, and salts. An asphalt emulsion is a mixture of liquid asphalt and water. Manufacturers add special chemicals and pigments to the asphalt emulsions to improve performance but they remain susceptible to the damage caused by petroleum products.

Pavement sealers allow homeowners and businesses to maintain their asphalt effectively and economically. Research has shown that when asphalt pavement is maintained properly, the owner can extend the life of their pavement and delay costly reconstruction.

If you have any questions or if you think asphalt pavement might be right for your next project, contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy by calling 410-636-8777 or click here

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