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Benefits of Dumpster Corrals

Friday, October 27th, 2017
Property owners and commercial business owners should have dumpster corrals on their property.

Property owners and commercial business owners should have dumpster corrals on their property.

As a property owner or commercial business owner, you should already have a dumpster corral on your property. They offer countless benefits for your customers, your residents, your employees, and your business. What are dumpster corrals, and why are they so transformative for business owners? (more…)

Why Does Asphalt Crack?

Friday, June 9th, 2017
Asphalt Defects

There are many reasons that your asphalt may be cracking — and it’s always best to keep some maintenance tips in mind.

Asphalt is a sticky, black and highly glutinous liquid, or semi-solid form of petroleum. Its primary use is for the construction of driveways and road and occasionally used to seal flat roofs, where it is used as the glue or binder mixed with combined particles to produce asphalt concrete. The most common occurrence of cracked asphalt happens when water seeps into the pavement through open cracks, and potholes occur. When the water freezes, expansion occurs thus widening the crack further. During warm weather, the iced water melts away leaving the cracks with open voids. A pothole emerges when the surrounding walls fall into the void. (more…)

The Dangerous Hazards of Driving in Autumn

Friday, October 28th, 2016
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Most people associate dangerous driving conditions with Winter, specifically. But did you know there are many hazards that occur during Autumn, as well?

Most people associate dangerous driving conditions with Winter, specifically.  But did you know there are many hazards that occur during Autumn, as well?  There are actually several factors that come with Autumn weather that you, as a driver, should be wary of.  Last week, we discussed why frost was a problem for many drivers and how you can avoid it.  This week, let’s explore the dangers Autumn can present.

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The Shocking Results of Walking Your Dog on Hot Pavement

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Most people don’t even think about how hot pavement could affect their dog’s paws, even though it’s a huge problem that can cause serious burns.

Most people don’t even think about how hot pavement could affect their dog’s paws, even though it’s a huge problem that can cause serious burns.

If you’ve ever experienced being barefoot on hot asphalt, you know that it’s almost impossible to stand on it for more than a few moments without burning your feet.  Why would it be any different for our furry friends?  Most people don’t even think about how hot pavement could affect their dog’s paws, even though it’s a huge problem that can cause serious burns.  But there are ways to avoid these burns.  Read on to see what they are.


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How to Make Your Pavement Last Longer

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Asphalt Patching: Cold Patch vs. Hot Mix

Pavement, as with anything, requires regular maintenance. Many people forget this, and their pavement cracks or erodes far before they’re prepared to replace it.

If frequently replacing your pavement is a hindrance in your life, you’ve come to the right place.  Pavement, as with anything, requires regular maintenance.  Many people forget this, and their pavement cracks or erodes far before they’re prepared to replace it.  To allow your pavement to last for ages, you should follow these tips.


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Asphalt Reconstruction: Mill and Pave Projects

Friday, May 20th, 2016

 

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The mill and pave method is a great way to repair your asphalt.

Pavements can take a beating, but even the best asphalt won’t last forever. Time, weather, and use will deteriorate your pavement but you have options to restore it. Today we’re going to be talking about mill and pave projects. This is one of the best options for people who have a large surface area to repair as well as those who enjoy an environmentally conscious option for their pavement repair. So, would you like to learn more about mill and pave projects? Well, here we go! (more…)

Baltimore Winter Concrete Pavement Do’s and Don’ts

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Every business wants to be prepared when it comes to grounds maintenance during the cold Baltimore winter months. However, not all options available on today’s market for concrete pavement are good options. In fact, as covered in previous posts, there are many dos and don’ts of winter concrete maintenance. Using the right tools and having the proper knowledge are both very important for keeping your pavement in tip top shape until spring.baltimore-concrete-pavement-concrete-maintenance

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How Crack Fill can Benefit Your Baltimore Business

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

After a few years under the hot Baltimore sun, your once dark and pristine asphalt surface will start to show its age, losing its color and beginning to develop fractures and cracks. Aside from looking poorly maintained and creating an uneven driving surface, this kind of damage can significantly reduce the life of your parking lot or driveway and needs to be properly addressed. To make sure you get the full value out of your asphalt installation, it is important to be able to identify the signs of damage and know how to properly address them. Thankfully, most damage to an asphalt surface, especially that which is done within a few years of its installation, can be easily repaired with crack fill.

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Reserve Study: Planning Pavement Rehabilitation

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Reserve Study - Pavement RehabilitationThe year is quickly coming to an end. Now comes the time when businesses, communities, and homeowners associations begin to plan for the new year. And you know what that means, right? Budgetting! Yay! It is every decision maker’s favorite time of year. If you can’t tell, there was a bit of sarcasm in that last sentence. No one likes budgeting. How do you prioritize? What deserves attention now and what can be put off for another year? As we have said before, it’s a juggling act. Except there is one major difference between budgeting and actual juggling. When you are juggling and something goes wrong you simply bend over and pick the ball up off the floor. When you improperly budget for something like pavement maintenance, you face expensive repairs, exposure, and even liability.

The solution: schedule a Reserve Study.

Reserve Study: Planning Pavement Rehabilitation

Your annual budget dictates and prioritizes your spending for the coming year. How will your money be used? Do the parking lots need to be resurfaced or can that wait another year or two? What about seal coating? Then comes the sidewalks. Do they need immediate attention? What about the retaining walls? Which projects demand your attention this year and which projects can wait?

The only way to make an educated decision is to have a professional inspect your pavement and provide recommendations. This is the point of a reserve study: an in-depth analysis of a property’s or HOA’s physical components and an analysis of its financial obligations to preserve those components. In layman’s terms, a reserve study is like a roadmap that allows decision makers to make more well-informed choices.

A reserve study is threefold:

  1. Physical Analysis: Your contractor will inspect your pavement and assess the condition of your parking lots and sidewalks, providing life and valuation estimates.
  2. Maintenance Suggestions: Your contractor will make maintenance and repair suggestions.
  3. Financial Analysis: Your contractor will help you understand the repair and replacement needs of your parking lots and sidewalks over the next five years, allowing you to more accurately budget for pavement maintenance and repairs.

Schedule a Reserve Study with PTG Enterprises

PTG Enterprises has been in the asphalt paving, concrete, and masonry business for more than a decade. We have seen it all before and we know the telltale warning signs of asphalt and pavement failure. And 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.

PTG 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. 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 a Reserve Study or Planning Pavement Rehabilitation, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Concrete vs. Asphalt

Friday, June 6th, 2014

When it comes to pavement projects, there is an ongoing debate to which material is better to use; concrete or asphalt. To make the best decision for your project, ask yourself a few questions and then research to see which option would be best for you. Things to consider include:
1. Restrictions of material
2. Cost
3. Maintenance
4. Aesthetics
5. Climate

Concrete vs Asphalt

Asphalt

Let’s look at asphalt more closely. Asphalt typically lasts from 15 to 18 years, depending on maintenance and outstanding conditions. Asphalt tends to soften in high temperatures; however repairs can be made easily. As far as maintenance, asphalt needs resealing every 3 years minimum. Asphalt comes in mainly black and doesn’t have any finishing options with it, making customizing its look difficult. Asphalt can become damaged by oil and grease that drips onto the surface. Constant exposure to sunlight and moisture, such as rain, can cause asphalt to break down and eventually crack or ripple. Based on square feet, asphalt tends to be a little cheaper than concrete to install.

Concrete

Now to give concrete some face time. When concrete is laid correctly, it has a life of about 30 to 40 years. It is considered more durable than asphalt overall, but can still crack when exposed to cold temperatures. Repairs to concrete are difficult to make, but do not to be made very often. Concrete can come in a number of different colors and has various finishing options. If substances such as grease or oil should come in contact with concrete, simply rinse them off with no damage done. Based on square feet, concrete can be a tad more expensive to install than asphalt depending on how large of an area you are paving.

PTG Enterprises

When it comes time to making the decision, there is never a black and white answer when faced with either concrete or asphalt. Let the specialists at PTG Enterprises help you make the decision for your paving project. We are trained in handling both materials and will be able to aid in the decision making based on the parameters of your project.
If you have any questions about Concrete vs. Asphalt, please contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also follow PTG Enterprises on Facebook and Twitter!