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Planning 2015 Pavement Projects

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

2015 Pavement ProjectsAs 2014 comes to an end, many of us will look back at our accomplishments, at what was. But property managers do not have that luxury. They must continue to look to the future, forecasting potential problems and taking preventive measures to avoid expensive repairs. And you know what that means, right? Planning and budgeting (reserve study).

The annual budgeting process looks something like this:

  1. Interview site staff to obtain their input.
  2. Review the operating expenses from the past year to help predict future expenses.
  3. Verify annual contract amounts.
  4. Complete an annual site plan.
  5. Complete an annual staffing plan.
  6. Draft your budget.

But before you can really draft your budget for 2015, you must first analyze your pavement needs.

Planning 2015 Pavement Projects

This is the time when property managers should prioritize pavement projects for the coming year and allocate the appropriate funds to cover these projects. But what projects require your immediate attention and which can be pushed back another year? Do the sidewalks need to be repaved? Does the parking lot need to be re-striped or re-sealed? Do your retaining walls require your attention or will they retain their integrity for another year? The only way to know for sure is to employ the help of a professional pavement contractor, like PTG Enterprises.

PTG Enterprises has been in the asphalt paving, concrete, and masonry business for more than a decade and stands out as an industry leader due to our methodology of pavement management planning: a systematic, long-term approach to managing and extending the life of your pavement. As a member of the Community Association Institute (CAI), National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT), and Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) we are well-positioned to help you make the right financial decisions for your property or community association. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy to extend and maximize the lifespan of your asphalt and concrete surfaces.

If you have any questions about Planning 2015 Pavement Projects, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

What Causes Asphalt Pavement Deterioration?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Asphalt pavement is both durable and resilient. And it has to be. Asphalt pavement takes a beating on a daily basis. Between regular traffic and Mother Nature, your pavement needs to be strong. However, over time, even the toughest asphalt will start to deteriorate.

What Causes Asphalt Pavement Deterioration?

There are actually a few likely causes of pavement deterioration, including:

  1. Natural Wear and Tear: Over time, the materials that make up asphalt begin to deteriorate. The liquid asphalt binder, the glue that holds the pavement together, begins to lose its natural elasticity and starts to break down. During this process, the asphalt also loses its natural resistance to water, making the pavement even more susceptible to rain, snow, freezing and thawing, and more. Once this happens, cracking and other forms of deterioration are not far behind.
  2. Failures in Construction: Improperly installed asphalt can be a large reason for the deterioration of your pavement. Failures in construction can include: improperly compacted base, over or under compaction of the asphalt, improper temperature during application, poor drainage, and so much more.

Types of Asphalt Deterioration

  1. 1. Cracking: Cracking comes in many different forms, from alligatoring and edge cracks to slippage, reflection, and more.
  2. 2. Disintegration: This type of deterioration includes potholes, raveling, and the like.
  3. 3. Distortion: The result of improper pavement construction and the deterioration of the underlying base, distortion includes channels or ruts, corrugations and shoving, grade depressions, upheaval, and utility cut depressions.

When asphalt is installed properly and well maintained, it can last for 25 years or more! So trust your asphalt to a contractor with a proven track record of success, a contractor like Patrick Gillen of PTG Enterprises.

PTG Enterprises: Your Baltimore Asphalt Contractor

The asphalt experts at PTG Enterprises have managed hundreds of Maryland, DC, and Virginia pavement projects and have the experience you need.

When you hire PTG, you can be rest assured that you will receive the best customer service in the industry. PTG provides prompt proposals, competitive bids, and top notch management to every aspect of the project from beginning to end. We will show up as scheduled, perform the project as contracted, and leave you with a smile on your face!

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

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Last Minute Pavement Projects before Winter :: Baltimore Asphalt Contractor

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

As a business owner or building manager, you are quickly running out of time to finish those lingering pavement projects before winter. Whether it is a pesky pothole, broken sidewalk, or cracking asphalt parking lot, it is important to address these issues before Old Man Winter makes them worse.

PTG Enterprises can help!

When your parking lot, or pavements, are beginning to show signs of wear and tear, you need an expert. PTG Enterprises has been in the asphalt paving, concrete, and masonry business for more than a decade.

  • Asphalt Projects: Asphalt may seem tough and durable, but add up the effects of traffic and the elements, and you’ll see how quickly commercial asphalt can wear down.
  • Concrete Projects: When concrete becomes cracked and broken, it not only detracts from the overall look of a property, it can become a safety hazard.
  • Masonry Projects: We’re also experts at masonry jobs, whether it’s repairing retaining walls, architectural elements, dumpster corrals or storm drains, PTG Enterprises knows how to handle it. Our professional crews rebuild retaining walls that are broken or weakened by hydrostatic pressure, normal wear, and erosion.
  • And more!

When you contact PTG, we’ll meet with you and perform a site visit to ensure we’re familiar with every aspect of the project. You’ll receive a thorough, detailed estimate and proposal written in an easy to understand format. The next step is simple: we show up as scheduled, perform the project as contracted, and leave you, the client, feeling satisfied!

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.

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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Concrete Tips for Harsh Winter Weather :: Baltimore Pavement Contractor

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The cold Maryland weather can really affect newly poured concrete. But this doesn’t mean that concrete cannot be placed, finished, and cured during the winter. It just means that you need to take extra special care when doing so.

Cold weather causes fresh and newly-hardened concrete to lose moisture and heat incredibly fast, which could negatively affect the concrete’s strength and life expectancy. To counteract this, your pavement contractor must observe proper design of mixes, proper mixing and transporting, proper placing, and proper finishing practices. If just one of these steps is neglected, the integrity iof the concrete could be in jeopardy. Because of this, it is important to rely on a concrete contractor you can trust, a contractor like PTG Enterprises!

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

Cold Weather Concrete Tips

  1. Have the proper equipment and manpower needed to get the job done right.
  2. Plan for bad weather and ensure the working environment and concrete maintains proper temperatures.
  3. Low slump concrete can be a great alternative for cold weather flatwork.
  4. Consider using concrete mixes containing accelerated admixtures or Type III Hi-Early cement, which require shorter protection time from freezing.
  5. Utilize a heated mix or order 100 lbs of extra cement for each cubic yard of concrete to help develop early strength.
  6. Trust PTG Enterprises!

The asphalt experts at PTG have managed hundreds of Maryland, DC, and Virginia pavement projects and have the experience you need. PTG Enterprises performs concrete work for:

For more information, or to schedule a site visit, contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today!

When you hire PTG, you’ll work with owner Patrick Gillen from start to finish. This process begins with an initial site visit, a pre-construction meeting and setting expectations for the client and crew. Communication is our watchword, and you’ll receive regular reports on your project.

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Asphalt Education: The Incredible World of Asphalt Pavement

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The American dream would not be possible without asphalt. It is one of the building blocks of America. In fact, 94% of the more than 2 million miles of paved roads and highways in the United States are paved using asphalt.

Other Interesting Asphalt Facts and Statistics

  • There are about 4,000 asphalt plants nationwide.
  • There is at least one asphalt plant in each congressional district.
  • Asphalt plants produce 500-550 million tons of asphalt pavements annually.
  • Asphalt plants produce in excess of $30 billion in asphalt annually.
  • The asphalt industry employs more than 300,000 Americans.
  • Asphalt pavement is composed of about 95 percent stone, sand, and gravel by weight, and about 5 percent asphalt cement, a petroleum product.
  • Asphalt is America’s most recycled material.
  • Asphalt is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly pavement.
  • Between 1960 and 1999, while production of asphalt pavement material increased by 250 percent, total emissions decreased by 97%.
  • Asphalt pavements require about 20 percent less energy to produce and construct than other pavements.

The Benefits of Asphalt Pavement

  • Asphalt perpetual pavement is built to be maintained, lasting virtually forever with routine maintenance, periodic milling and overlaying.
  • 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.
  • Asphalt greatly reduces the amount of noise pollution produced by motorists.
  • 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!
  • With asphalt, maintenance is quick, easy, and cost effective.

If you have any further questions about Asphalt Pavement 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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How is Asphalt Made? Frequently Asked Questions Answered by My Pavement Guy

Friday, June 29th, 2012

You use asphalt every day. But have you ever stopped and wondered to yourself, “Hey, how is asphalt made?” If so, you are not alone. Despite being such an integral part of everyday life, few people know how asphalt is made.

So, without further ado, the process for making asphalt!

  1. Predose: A belt weigher is used to weigh the aggregate components of asphalt pavement. A belt weigher is used so that the materials can simultaneously be weighed and taken to the next step in the process.
  2. Drying: The asphalt components are dried in a rotary drying drum at roughly 300 degrees.
  3. Reweighing: Since drying can alter the weight of the aggregate, it has to be reweighed after drying.
  4. Storage: The dried components are then sifted and store in silos.
  5. Mixer: After being transferred to the mixer, binding element, or liquid asphalt is added to the aggregate. Both aggregate and binder are mixed thoroughly to form the paving material.
  6. Storage Round 2: After mixing, the asphalt is stored in a heated silo. If the asphalt mix cools it cannot be compacted.
  7. Application: The asphalt is transported by dump trucks to the job site for application.

Hopefully now you know a little bit more about asphalt than you did before!

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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How Does the Pavement Deteriorate?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

It has been estimated that ninety percent (90%) of asphalt roads in the United Sates have significant problems due to the deterioration of the base and sub-base material because of water infiltration.

Pavements where cracks have not been sealed, offer many routes for water entry into the base and sub-base courses. Water will penetrate through cracks that are over 1/8th to ¼ inch wide. Finer cracks also allow water infiltration into the pavement through the pumping action of the traffic; the surface water is pushed into the cracks when vehicles pass over the cracks. For cracks larger than ¼ inch, water flows in under gravity into the surface and the base course. Once water enters the base, the aggregate (limestone) absorb the water expand in volume and become soft, thus causing internal stress which accelerates the development of more and larger cracks.

There is no assurance that the pavement is not damaged if it looks fine on the surface. Not all deterioration will be visible. A study by Ontario’s Ministry of Transpiration, reported that on heavy traffic roads, half or more of the original asphalt pavement may disintegrate from the bottom up. In regions with extensive freeze-thaw cycles, with continuous thermal expansion and contraction of the pavement, the base and sub-base deteriorate much faster than in regions with moderate climates.

De-icing salts used in winter months further aggravate the problem. De-icing salt mixes with snow and forms a brine solution, which gets into the pavement and slightly melts ice in the base course. This produces even more thermal movement within the crack. The pavement weakened by a saturated base may experience localized failures when subjected to traffic. All cracked pavements will disintegrate and spall to various degrees depending upon the traffic volume or weight of the traffic load.

PTG is here for your pavement deteriorating needs. Please call us for a proposal request or visit our website at www.mypavementguy.com.

If you have any further questions about Pavement Deterioration or Asphalt Crack Sealing or 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 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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The Ins & Outs of Crack Sealing :: Pavement Maintenance Tips

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Asphalt may seem tough and durable, but add up the effects of traffic and the elements, and you’ll see how quickly commercial asphalt can wear down. So, like it or not, your asphalt pavement will eventually crack. That is just the nature of asphalt. What you do after your pavement cracks, though, is entirely up to you. And you have two choices:

  1. Do nothing and watch that small pavement crack quickly grow into a large problem. Once cracks develop, water easily penetrates into the base and sub-base of the pavement and damages the structural integrity of the aggregate materials.
  2. Crack Sealing!

Crack sealing is designed to minimizing water infiltration, thus protecting your pavement. In fact, crack sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to prolong the pavement life. While crack sealing is a more costly option than crack filling, it does provide a longer life expectancy – lasting as much as 8 years or more.

Crack sealing – which utilizes a flexible, specially prepared hot pour rubberized sealant – is considered a permanent treatment and is the only effective treatment for active cracks that contract and expand between seasons.

Your Maryland Crack Sealing Professionals

Some fillers are ready to go out of the box, for those do-it-yourselfers out there. But to get that professional look, you should probably use a professional asphalt contractor, like PTG Enterprises.

If you have any further questions about Asphalt Crack Sealing or 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 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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What is Asphalt Pavement? :: Baltimore Pavement Contractor

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Asphalt pavement is made up of several components, including stone aggregate, sand, additives, and liquid asphalt (petroleum). Once combined, the final product consists of 90-95% aggregate and 5-10% asphalt.

Creating Asphalt Pavement

  1. Predose: The aggregate components of asphalt pavement are weighed using a belt weighing instrument, so that the materials can simultaneously be weighed and taken to the next step in the process.
  2. Drying: A rotary drying drum is used to dry the components at around 300 degrees.
  3. Storage: The preheated or dried components are now sifted and store in silos.
  4. Mixing: The aggregates are then transferred to the mixer. Both the aggregate and binder are mixed thoroughly to form the paving material.
  5. Storage Round 2: After the hot asphalt mix is created it is transported to a heated silo, where it is stored and kept hot until it is ready to be used.

Surface Preparation

There is a great deal of surface preparation that must be performed before the asphalt pavement can be applied. This process includes proper clearing, excavation, ground compaction, and the application of liquid asphalt binder and base materials (compacted stone or asphalt base).

Without proper surface preparation, the life of the paved surface is greatly reduced.

  1. The application of liquid asphalt binder helps the newly paved surface create a greater bond between it and the surface.
  2. The asphalt pavement mix is laid using an asphalt paver and compacted using asphalt rollers. Proper rolling methods have to be used to ensure proper compaction.
  3. Once the asphalt is compacted, it is left to solidify for a minimum of 24 hours.
  4. Enjoy (after you sealcoat your asphalt surface, of course)!

If you have any further questions about Asphalt Pavement or 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 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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Sealcoating: Is 50 Degrees Really Warm Enough?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Most (if not all) sealcoat manufacturers recommend a minimum application temperature of 50 degrees. And I know what you are thinking; “is 50 degrees really warm enough?” Well, yes and no.

50 degrees should be the minimum temperature you BEGIN sealing at. And this is only acceptable when you have at least 3 hours of sunshine and the temperature will stay above the 50-degree mark during the application process. Otherwise, you risk complications.

Remember, 50 degrees is a MARGINAL starting point only. If you have any doubt about the weather or temperature before you begin sealcoating, be safe and do not begin the application process!

To ensure that your sealcoat project is performed correctly, contact an experienced asphalt company today – a company like PTG Enterprises.

Asphalt parking lot maintenance is important. But of all the precautions you can take to ensure your parking surface lasts for a long time, sealcoating is perhaps the most important. So do the right thing for your parking lot and have it sealcoated every 2-7 years, or as needed. This will protect your asphalt surface and greatly minimize the need for constant maintenance and repairs.

If you have any further questions about Sealcoating or have a Sealcoating 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 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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