Archive for the ‘Baltimore Crack Filling’ Category

The Importance Of Crack Filling Your Parking Lot

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Crack filling

Learn the importance of crack filling your parking lot.

Asphalt parking lots look great when well-maintained, but every parking lot is bound to experience cracks at some point. Sealcoating allows parking lots to last at least three to five years before any cracks show, but when these cracks appear, they should not be ignored. Cracks can quickly cause more damage or can turn into potholes in your parking lot, so it’s crucial to fill cracks as soon as possible. (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…)

Why You Should Be Filling Cracks in Your Pavement

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Asphalt Maintenance

Cracks aren’t something you can just put behind you; cracks in pavement are actually one of the biggest causes of further destruction.

Cracks happen in all kinds of pavements eventually.  No matter how well the pavement is installed, wear and tear is inevitable.  But cracks aren’t something you can just put behind you; cracks in pavement are actually one of the biggest causes of further destruction.  Filling cracks as soon as you see them is vital.  Your pavement needs to be maintained properly, and filling cracks is an important step.  Don’t believe us?  Here are some reasons why you should be filling the cracks in your pavement.


Shocking Ways the Environment Can Affect Your Pavement

Friday, September 30th, 2016
As we approach fall weather, the defects caused by the environment are going to be more apparent during the season change.

As we approach fall weather, the defects caused by the environment are going to be more apparent during the season change.

Wear and tear on pavement is a natural process and can’t be avoided.  You can always protect your pavement through sealing and frequent maintenance, and also by addressing defects quickly.  One huge factor that causes defects is the environment.  As we approach fall weather, the defects caused by the environment are going to be more apparent during the season change.  And fall isn’t the only season that causes pavement damage.  If you’re wondering how the environment can affect your pavement, read on.


We Repeat: Do Not Use De-Icer!

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Baltimore Concrete SealerWe’ve been telling you for months that Winter is coming and that you needed to prepare and have warned you about the dangers of de-icer. Now, Winter isn’t coming. It’s here. So, have you prepared? Are you in the process of any proactive winterizing measures? (more…)

Why You Need to Crack Fill before Winter Hits Maryland

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Crack FillWe may not have it as bad as some other states, but Maryland can have its fair share of very harsh winters.

If there is any damage to your pavement, you will want to crack fill before the snow and ice arrive. We can’t over-stress the importance of crack fill before the harsh realities of a Maryland winter set in. (more…)

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.



Crack Sealing: Combating the Effects of Freeze-Thaw Damage

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Crack SealingWith the impending snow storm coming through Maryland, it is necessary to prepare to repair freeze-thaw damage to your concrete pavement. Freeze-thaw damage is done when water seeps into small cracks in the pavement, freezes, and expands the crack. The resulting larger spaces in the concrete will then thaw when the temperature goes up, displaying a bigger problem than you had before. Sealing these gaps is a common maintenance activity done by PTG Enterprises.

Crack sealing the asphalt prevents water and other materials from seeping into the cracks. Filling the concrete should be done before it snows or before a rainy season. The idea behind this is that there will be less repair work to complete. If no preventative maintenance is done, larger gaps in the concrete will need to be filled, which is more costly. Filling cracks will happen a few times over the winter since water will sneak through each time there is a snow day.

The Federal Highway Administration did an extensive study on what type of materials should be used to effectively seal cracks in the pavement and to what magnitude these materials should be used. The findings for normal cracks (2.5-5 millimeters) are as follows.

  1. Short-term crack sealing: Rubberized asphalt should be positioned in “Band-Aid” arrangement if the pavement has ordinary cracks, to perform for a term between one and three years. The study also found that this will work with average traffic levels.
  2. Medium-term crack sealing: This time span will be between three and five years, with moderate traffic and two varying types of asphalt. Rubberized asphalt may be placed in the cracks in a recessed “Band-Aid” configuration or a modified rubberized asphalt can be inserted in a simple “Band-Aid” alignment.
  3. Long-term crack sealing: A modified rubberized asphalt sealant is to be used in a simple or shallow recessed “Band-Aid” configuration. This would be for a time span of five to eight years in moderate traffic.

The study revealed that quality control is essential, and crack sealing should be done precisely and carefully. Water that penetrates these normal cracks will soften the stone and shorten the lifespan of the asphalt pavement. More damage can be done if not taken care of such as pot holes; common in Baltimore City. This winter, freeze-thaw destruction will create these large openings and should be fixed as soon as possible.

PTG Enterprises: Baltimore Crack Filling

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. PTG Enterprises has paved thousands of miles of asphalt lots, and our crews work quickly and professionally.

If you have any further questions about Crack Filling, please contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Dealing with Concrete Cracking

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Dealing with Concrete CrackingAnother new year means your concrete surfaces are another year older. And if your concrete sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and roadways are starting to show their age, it is important to act fast. As the old saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine. Well, in this instance, dealing with concrete cracks early saves your concrete from premature failure.

Dealing with Concrete Cracking

All good things must come to an end. Nothing lasts forever, but if paved correctly and properly maintained, your concrete sidewalks could last 20 to 40 years. But the key phrase here is “properly maintained.” This means dealing with concrete cracking as it happens. Addressing small cracks when they happen is much easier and much more cost-effective than trying to fix larger cracks, which result from neglect. This is especially the case in winter.

When water penetrates concrete cracks in the winter, the water freezes, expands, and widens these cracks. This happens numerous times over the course of a winter, worsening cracks each and every time and degrading your asphalt surface from the inside out.

“Any time you have weather where it is 60 degrees one day and 20 degrees the next, you’re going to have a significant impact on the pavement,” said Rob Morosi, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman.

This is why concrete cracking needs to be dealt with as it happens.

“Crack sealing and filling are imperative preventative maintenance tools,” sates the Federal Highway Administration Manual of Practice (FWHA Report Number FHWS-RD-99-147). Crack filling helps reduce pavement degradation by restricting water penetration into the underlying bas and sub-base.

Crack Filling and Sealing from PTG Enterprises

Cracking is inevitable. All concrete cracks eventually. How severe that cracking becomes is up to you. When your concrete pavement begins to show signs of wear and tear, you need the help of an expert. You need PTG Enterprises. We are experts when it comes to commercial concrete jobs. 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.

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

Patching Your Asphalt this Winter

Friday, December 12th, 2014

asphalt patchingThe winter months can be tough on your asphalt. Last week we talked about winterizing your asphalt to prepare for the tough Baltimore winter ahead. Today we’ll walk you through why you want to winterize your pavement and what repairs could be necessary if you haven’t taken the necessary precautions (or if this winter turns out to be particularly snowy).

Why Is Winter So Hard on Asphalt?

The freeze thaw cycle can cause cracks and even holes in your asphalt. What may start off as a small crack can expand significantly throughout the winter months. Snow or rain in a small crack can freeze, causing the asphalt to expand, and the crack to widen. Couple this cycle with cars driving over weakened asphalt or salt making its way into the cracks and you get a recipe for potholes! Some things can be left until spring to patch, but many times it’s best to go ahead with a cold patch to avoid wear and tear to vehicles.

What Are My Options for the Winter Months?

  • Preventive Measures – First thing first, it’s always important to take steps to prevent cracking and wear in the first place. Making sure that your asphalt is regularly seal coated can help prevent cracking and potholes in the winter months. You may have heard the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” before. While it may be an old cliché, it is still relevant today.
  • Asphalt Patching – Cold weather patching used to be complicated and cumbersome, but it has gotten easier over the years. If you already have sizable cracks or holes, you should consider asphalt patching. Cold patches aren’t as strong as warm mix or hot mix asphalt, but they’ll help protect the rest of your asphalt until the weather warms up and we can provide a more permanent solution.
  • Crack Fill – This one goes along with prevention. There’s no point in letting cracks get any bigger. While there are still a couple of warm days left, we advise that you have any cracks filled. It’ll stop the freeze thaw process in its tracks and mean less work for you during the spring and summer months.

Call PTG Enterprises For Your Winter Patching Needs

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 winter patching or crack fill, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Fix Asphalt