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Asphalt Index 101: What It Is And How It Affects You

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Repaving Asphalt Parking Lot

Learn more about the asphalt index and how it affects you.

Have you noticed that the price of asphalt changes frequently? This is because the cost of asphalt is dictated by the Asphalt Index, which changes every month. Maryland’s asphalt index is determined by The Maryland Asphalt Association, which updates its website every month with the new price. As of June 1, 2018, the Maryland asphalt index is $516.67. Continue reading to learn more about the asphalt index and how it affects you.   (more…)

Why Does Asphalt Deteriorate?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Asphalt Defects

While asphalt is one of the most durable materials used in construction, it can also deteriorate over time from errors and improper maintenance.

As one of the most durable materials used in construction, asphalt adds dependability and strength to all paving and building projects. Aside from those factors, the result is also a sleek, professional look that will make people marvel. However, like any other material, over time asphalt will start to show signs of its age and exposure. Even asphalt that is well maintained will begin to deteriorate after some time, depending on its environment and how it’s used. Here are some reasons why asphalt deteriorates.   (more…)

Asphalt is America’s Most Recycled Material

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Believe it or not, asphalt is America’s most recycled material! In fact, asphalt pavement is now being recycled and reused at a rate over 99%.

“Every year, approximately 73 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) are reused, or nearly twice as much as the combined total of 40 million tons of recycled paper, glass, aluminum and plastics,” said Mike Acott, former president of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).

Recycled Asphalt

This is great news, because there is a lot of asphalt out there and, despite being incredibly durable, your asphalt pavement will not last forever. Around 3-5 years, asphalt will begin to show its first cracks. Around 5-7 years, asphalt will need its first patch. Then around 15-20 years, asphalt will need to be replaced. Fortunately, “asphalt is a 100% recyclable material,” according to Dr. Zhanping You, P.E., Ph.D., professor of transportation engineering and materials at Michigan Technological University.

Benefits of Recycled Asphalt

  1. In 2011, 66.7 million tons of RAP was collected in the United States for use in new pavement.
  2. The use of RAP in 2011 translates to a saving of 21.2 million barrels of liquid asphalt binder and $2.2 billion.
  3. RAP does not leach petroleum into the earth.
  4. Asphalt pavement has a small carbon footprint. “When determining the carbon footprint of anything, it’s important to count everything, and to make sure you don’t count anything twice,” said Dr. Howard Marks of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. “Both initial construction and a 50-year life-cycle were analyzed. In all cases, the carbon footprints of the asphalt pavements were found to be less than 30 percent of equivalent Portland cement concrete pavements.”
  5. In 2011, 19% of all asphalt produced in the country was made using warm-mix asphalt (WMA).

From production to paving to rehabilitation to recycling, asphalt pavements minimize impact on the environment.

If you have any questions about Asphalt, America’s Most Recycled Material, 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!

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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Asphalt Pavement Deterioration: Maryland DC, & Virginia Asphalt Contractor

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Asphalt is used everywhere, from roads and parking lots to runways and more. And why not? Asphalt boasts several benefits, including:

  • Asphalt has excellent waterproofing properties.
  • Asphalt has excellent binding (or cementing) properties to hold the aggregates in the pavement.
  • Asphalt pavement has a long life & resurfacing is quick.
  • Asphalt is America’s most recycled material.
  • Asphalt is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly pavement on the market.
  • And more!

Still, asphalt has a few major deficiencies as well. Asphalt has very poor resistance to weathering and is easily attacked by chemicals, gasoline, oils, and deicing salts. All of these elements work together to break down the asphalt, degrading the asphaltic oils from the surface as chemicals dissolve them away. And with the loss of asphalt cement, the aggregates in the top layer begin unraveling and develop the first sign of pavement deterioration; the appearance of minor surface cracks.

Over time, cracking will become more prevalent. And if not repaired, these cracks will allow water to penetrate sub-base and base layers, causing them to lose their ability to effectively bear traffic loads. Eventually, this will cause the asphalt pavement to fail.

To prevent further erosion of your asphalt pavement, or to fix a problem so it does not get any worse before winter, call PTG Enterprises for a property evaluation. You can expect a fair proposal, professionalism and quality work.  A good contractor is hard to find!

Discover the difference with PTG Enterprises!

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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Quality Asphalt from Your Pavement Guy at PTG Enterprises, Inc.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

With the weight of vehicles that it bears and the perpetual usage it undergoes, it may seem as though asphalt is a naturally indestructible material. But it’s not – the effects of traffic and the elements will wear the material down over time, just like the tires on your car.

That’s why whether your asphalt needs are residential or commercial, paving needs to be taken on by a professional contractor, like the qualified experts at PTG Enterprise, Inc., your “pavement guy” from Baltimore. We’ll offer you a guarantee you can’t resist, and we have the right equipment, materials, and experience to ensure that your newly paved road, parking pad, or other asphalt surface is as smooth as tumbled stone. Whatever type of job you choose us for, we’ll make sure you can drive or park your car easily and safely with our asphalt laying proficiency.

For all your Asphalt, Concrete and Masonry Needs you can count on the quality and professionalism that PTG Enterprises provides.  Call us today and see the difference!

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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Need an Asphalt Contractor around Baltimore, Maryland? PTG Enterprises!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

When your parking lot or pavement is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, you need to call on an expert contractor, like PTG Enterprises!

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. Then the next step is simple: we’ll show up as scheduled, perform the project as contracted, and leave you with a smile on your face!

For more Information, just check out MyPavementGuy.com!

The website is designed to be a user friendly tool for anyone interested in learning about the pavement industry and the many asphalt and concrete services PTG offers. The site contains many tools for Property Managers, Business Owners or anyone needing pavement services!

Pavement Services provided by PTG Enterprises

  • Asphalt Paving Services: Whether you need a small patch repair or a complete parking lot renovation, PTG will provide a prompt proposal, competitive bid and top notch management to every aspect of the project from beginning to end.
  • Asphalt Maintenance Services: From the time asphalt is first installed it requires constant and continuous maintenance. PTG provides a full range of maintenance services and cost effective solutions.
  • Concrete Services: If you can form it, we can build it with concrete. Regardless of the size or scope of the concrete project, PTG can make it happen! From design to finish, PT will ensure a successful project.
  • Concrete Repair Services: Just like all pavement, concrete requires upkeep and repairs. PTG has the experience and the knowledge to analyze and diagnose any problem and offer the correct fix at a reasonable price.
  • And Much More!

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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Black is the New Green :: Asphalt Pavement and Sustainability

Friday, August 24th, 2012

As Americans become increasingly concerned with the concept of Going Green, environmentally sustainable pavements are also rising in popularity. Fortunately, the asphalt pavement industry has been working for decades on making its pavement greener.

  1. Asphalt is America’s most recycled material.
  2. Asphalt is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly pavement on the market.
  3. While production of asphalt pavement material increased by 250% between 1960 and 1999, total emissions decreased by 97%.
  4. Warm mix asphalt reduces the demand for energy in the production and construction of pavements.
  5. Asphalt is a low carbon footprint pavement.
  6. Asphalt pavement has a long life & resurfacing is quick.
  7. Porous pavement helps improve stormwater management.

From production to paving to rehabilitation to recycling, asphalt pavements minimize impact on the environment.

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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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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Can Asphalt be Recycled? My Pavement Guy Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Not only can asphalt be recycled, but it is America’s most recycled and reused material, with about 70 million tons of asphalt pavement material being reclaimed! In fact, asphalt is being recycled and reused at a rate over 99 percent, which is amazing, especially when you consider that 94% of the paved roads in America are surfaced with asphalt.

A study conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association – titled Asphalt Pavement Mix Production Survey: 2009-2010 (NAPA Information Series 138) – examined the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) between 2009 and 2010. The report found that RAP, RAS, and WMA…

  1. Conserve raw materials
  2. Conserve energy
  3. Cut emissions from production and paving operations
  4. Improve conditions for workers

To view/download the full report Asphalt Pavement Mix Production Survey: 2009-2010, click here.

More Facts about Asphalt and the Environment

  • Between 1960 and 1999, while production of asphalt pavement material increased by 250 percent, total emissions from our operations decreased by 97%.
  • Asphalt is an environmentally sustainable pavement.
  • Once constructed, asphalt pavements have minimal impact on the environment. Studies show that asphalt pavements and stockpiles of reclaimed asphalt pavement do not leach.
  • Asphalt and the processes used to produce asphalt are green.
  • Asphalt pavements require about 20 percent less energy to produce and construct than other pavements.
  • Porous asphalt pavements offer a tool for storm water management with both environmental and economic benefits.
  • Warm-mix asphalt reduces fuel consumption, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, and enhances the quality of pavement.
  • Porous asphalt pavements have been shown to lower nighttime surface temperatures as compared to impervious pavements.
  • Asphalt pavements are faster to construct and rehabilitate.

If you have any further questions about Recycled 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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