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Is it too cold to pave? FAQs answered by a Baltimore Asphalt Contractor

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The installation of asphalt is the most critical phase of paving. Because of this, it is no wonder that many people ask us the same question this time of year: “Is it too cold to pave?” Well, the answer is yes…and no. Cold weather creates a slew of unique challenges for asphalt paving contractors. These include:

  1. Transportation: It is much more difficult to transport asphalt from the plant to the job site in cold weather. The hotter the asphalt the easier it is to work with. Conversely, the colder the asphalt gets, the trickier paving becomes.
  2. Laying and Compacting: It is tough to lay and compact asphalt in cold weather before it cools down.

In the winter months, it takes an organized crew and a knowledgeable asphalt contractor to deliver a high quality paving job in cold weather. Luckily, when you hire PTG Enterprises, that is exactly what you get.

We make paving look easy! But trust us when we say that it is not…

The Asphalt Paving Process

  1. There will be a man designated to either spray or spot apply tack coat material along any concrete gutter pan or sidewalk reveals.
  2. There will be ground personnel responsible for controlling the asphalt trucks, because it is incredibly important that the next truck is ready to go when the one ahead of it is finished.
  3. Now for the good stuff. The asphalt is dumped from the truck to the paver, with two men controlling each side. One is responsible to make sure the joint lines up with the previous paving pull, while the other is responsible for determining thickness, grade, pitch and fall.
  4. Accompanying the paver are usually two ground personnel called “Lute Men,” who take direction from the paving foreman, spreading or raking out high and low spots.
  5. Finally, there is the roller man. He is responsible for the compaction of the freshly laid asphalt. Usually this person will work the roller and also plate tampers and hand tampers in the tight areas where pavers and rollers cannot go.

PTG Enterprises: Your Baltimore Asphalt Contractor

At PTG Enterprises, we are experts when it comes to commercial asphalt jobs.

We have been in the asphalt paving business for more than a decade and we’ve worked with homeowners, property managers, architects, and business owners, just like you. We work closely with our clients to ensure the details of the project are fully understood, and that timetables are met.

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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