Posts Tagged ‘pavement repair’

5 Steps to Prepare Your Pavement for Spring

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
ptg prepare pavement for spring sealcoating

Sealcoating is one step you can take to prepare your pavement for spring weather.

The long winter months can easily wreak havoc on various parts of your property. Your pavement, pipes, and any outdoor features can break down under the fluctuating weather conditions. As the weather begins to warm up enough to make pavement repair easier, you should inspect your property’s pavement for a few signs that indicate a repair is necessary. To keep your pavement in excellent shape as the seasons change, follow these five steps to prepare your pavement for spring and the subsequent weather conditions it will face in the next few months.  (more…)

3 Parking Lot Maintenance Essentials

Thursday, January 9th, 2020
parking lot maintenance needed for cracked pavement

Parking lot maintenance includes sealing cracks before they lead to larger problems such as potholes.

When maintaining and preserving a business’s parking lot, property managers should be on the lookout for three key signs of wear: potholes, cracks, and damage so severe that it needs to be replaced. Customers or visitors do not want their cars to be jostled by potholes, and they don’t want to trip and fall over large cracks or ruts in the parking lot. These pavement troubles can lead to consequences ranging from a personal injury suit to decreased business and a negative reputation. If you want to maintain a successful business that is safe and inviting, parking lot maintenance is essential. If you take care to spot and quickly fix any potholes, cracks, and severe damages, you can be sure that your business will stay booming.  (more…)

Now Is the Time for Asphalt Patching

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
A pothole in need of asphalt patching

Asphalt patching is necessary for covering up dangerous potholes before winter.

We’re already halfway through November, and temperatures are steadily dropping. You may think the imminent arrival of winter weather means that it is too late for asphalt patching. However, many asphalt patching services are available through December, up to temperatures officially drop. Learn how you can prepare for asphalt patching in November and why it is important to repair any damaged pavement before winter arrives.  (more…)

Four Types Of Asphalt Repairs

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Mill and pave

Learn about four types of asphalt repairs.

No matter how well your asphalt is installed and cared for, over time, it will need repairs. In the Maryland area, we have a reasonably diverse climate range. Quick freezes and thaws can be common for us in winter, and while this makes for a fairly temperate environment, it is hard on concrete and asphalt. Knowing how to identify problems and anticipate repairs can help ensure that your home or commercial asphalt stays in better condition. Remember, the sooner issues are addressed, the less impact they will have on the surrounding areas. If cracks and potholes are left too long, they can grow and create more serious issues that can lead to full repavement rather than simple fixes.  (more…)

When Do You Need a Retaining Wall?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Retaining Wall

To keep your complete landscape beautiful, a retaining wall is a perfect addition.

Think about the places you’ve been? Do you remember seeing a retaining wall?

Chances are you have seen many, you just may not remember. Retaining walls are

everywhere: Schools, homes, and businesses all use them. A properly built retaining

wall is a functional and beautiful addition to any property that might need one. Here

is a little more information about retaining walls you may find helpful. (more…)

Pavement Repair Services in Baltimore

Friday, June 13th, 2014

If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times. This past winter in Baltimore was harsh. Period. End of story. As a result of the freeze-thaw cycle, you may have noticed some damage to your concrete and asphalt surfaces: cracking, potholes, and more. It is important to address this damage before it worsens. As water penetrates the surface of your sidewalk, parking lot, or other pavement surface through the damaged area, it begins to deteriorate the pavement from the inside out. The longer a crack or pothole goes uncorrected, the greater the damage to the base and the greater the likelihood of further damage.

Types of Pavement Damage

  1. Cracks.
  2. Potholes, a car’s worst enemy.
  3. Corrugation, or waves in the pavement.
  4. Flushing.
  5. Ruts in the wheel path.
  6. And More!

If you notice one (or several) of the above issues, contact your local, Baltimore pavement repair contractor as soon as possible. Allowing minor blemishes to worsen will both increase costs and lower the aesthetic appeal (curb appeal) of your facility. This is why timely repairs are so important.

  1. Crack Sealing: Crack sealing will help prevent water from entering the subsurface through cracks. It is that simple. Addressing small cracks now is the best way to prevent large problems later.
  2. Cut and Patch: When damage cannot be corrected with simple crack sealing, spot repairs may be the next step. This involves removing a portion of the pavement surface and repaving that section. This technique is ideal for areas comprising less than 15% of the total pavement surface.
  3. Overlay: An overlay is when a new pavement surface is paved over the existing surface. If cracks are present in the existing surface, a crack retardant fabric is placed between the old and new pavement to ensure the cracks do not prevent themselves in the freshly paved surface.
  4. Repaving: If the entire parking lot surface (or more than 15%) requires repair, you should strongly consider replacing the pavement surface.

Preventative Maintenance

A well-planned preventative maintenance program can help extend the life of your pavement and help reduce maintenance and repair costs. Ca-ching! Even if you do not notice any visible signs of damage (luck you), that does not mean your pavement is a-okay. Over time, sun, rain, and wind age your pavement, making it more brittle and prone to damage. Fortunately there are several ways for you to fight back!

  1. Sealcoating your asphalt parking lot carries many advantages—it makes your lot more weatherproof, nicer to look at, and—in the long run—less expensive to maintain.
  2. Of course, one of the best preventative maintenance measures you can take is proper installation. That is why you should trust all of your pavement projects to a professional pavement contractor, like PTG Enterprises.

Pavement Repair Services in Baltimore

PTG Enterprises is a full service commercial pavement contractor in the Baltimore, Maryland area. We have been in the paving business for more than a decade, paving thousands of miles of asphalt lots and concrete surfaces. Our crews work quickly and professionally.

Pavement Repair Baltimore

If you have any questions about Pavement Repair, please contact PTG Enterprises today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! Unlike those other asphalt contractors, we care about you and your business. In fact, when you hire PTG, you’ll work with owner Patrick Gillen from start to finish, from the initial site visit and pre-construction meeting to the final walk-through.

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Commercial Snow Removal in Baltimore

Friday, January 4th, 2013

January is here and we have already had our first snow sighting. This is great for the kids, but a headache for business owners, like you. Snowfall means a disruption to your normal business. And in today’s economy, you cannot afford to lose a day of income.

But here are a few things to keep in mind this winter season:

  1. Safety is Important: Ignoring snow removal could be more costly than paying a commercial snow removal company. For starters, ignoring snow removal means a disruption to your business, a disruption you most likely cannot afford as a small business owner. Secondly, if you ignore snow removal and a customer slips and injures themselves on your property, you could be in for some trouble. If this happens, you could be held liable. So don’t ignore snow removal.
  2. Professionals are Professionals for a Reason: We understand that commercial snow removal can be expensive, but trying to tackle the job yourself could be damaging to your asphalt parking lot, which could cost you even more money! It is probably best to leave this job to the professionals. They have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done right without damaging your parking lot.

Still, if damage does occur to your asphalt parking lot, don’t panic; pick up the phone and call PTG Enterprises. The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of pavement repair projects and have the experience you need.

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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How to Repair Your Old Asphalt Driveway

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Is your driveway in rough shape? Will repairs do the trick? Does it need to be resurfaced? Should you have it redone professionally? These are all questions that homeowners ask themselves when faced with a dilapidated driveway. Ultimately the best thing to do is the contact a professional like My Pavement Guy, but there are some things you can consider on your own.

According to this article on EzineArticles there are some important things to think about before consulting your contractor:

Maintenance is good medicine, but it’s not foolproof

Asphalt driveways don’t remain smooth and black forever. You can take steps to maintain your driveway by sealing and protecting it, but often the effects of heat, ultra-violet rays, and substances such as salt, oil, gas and grease take their toll. And if those don’t get you, then cracking and water penetration eventually will.

Your driveway may be corroded, worn out, or have cracks, which could all warrant a resurfacing job if the condition is severe enough. As a general guide, if repairs are needed on more than 25 percent of the surface, it is more cost-effective to do a hot mix asphalt resurfacing job over the entire driveway.

Say no to cracks!

Asphalt pavement is hard and brittle, and as a result, cracks will develop over time. Ranging from hairline to an inch wide or more, cracks are your driveway’s worst enemy because they let water in. In colder climates, freeze-thaw cycles can be very destructive, and can wreak havoc on your driveway if water penetrates the cracks, then expands as it turns to ice. And even in warmer climates, water penetration can cause serious damage. The larger the crack, the more serious the problem, and the sooner it needs to be fixed. Cracks that are left un-repaired will lead to serious deterioration of the pavement and even to the base layers, requiring complete replacement of the driveway – sooner rather than later in colder climates.

Can it be fixed or do you need a new driveway?

Whether you’ll need to rip out your existing driveway and install a new one, or if you can get away with resurfacing – or even some patchwork and crack-filling – depends largely on the condition of the base layers, or foundation. However, if cracking covers 3/4 of the driveway, the surface is too far gone to repair. The root of the problems may come from lower down, and a complete overhaul should be considered.

If your driveway has been resurfaced several times with hot mix asphalt and keeps deteriorating prematurely, it is likely a problem with the foundation, and you should consider installing a whole new driveway. Likewise, if there are areas that have depressions or mounds, they should be completely reconstructed from the base. If you have several of these areas, a new driveway might make sense.

For any of your asphalt needs or if you have any questions, contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy by calling 410-636-8777 or click here

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Pothole Repair: It’s a Bigger Job Than You May Think

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It’s a hole in the road. How hard can it be to fill a hole, right? Well, you might be surprised. Pothole repair is tough work and requires a trained crew and some specialty equipment. This article from explains the lengthy repair process.

How to repair a pothole:

1. With a pavement saw or pneumatic hammer, cut the outline of the patch, extending at least 0.3 m (I ft.) outside of the distressed area. The outline should be square or rectangular with two of the sides at right angles to the direction of traffic.

2. Excavate as much pavement as necessary to reach firm support. If a patch is to be an integral part of the pavement, its foundation must be as strong or stronger than that of the original roadway. This may mean that some of the sub-grade will also have to be removed. The faces of the excavation should be straight and vertical.

3. Trim and compact the sub-grade.

4. Apply a tack coat to the vertical faces of the excavation.

5. Backfill with the asphalt mixture. Using a shovel or skid steer loader place the mixture directly from the truck into the prepared excavation. The maximum lift thickness largely depends upon the type of asphalt mixture and the available compaction equipment. Asphalt concrete can and should be placed in deep lifts, since the greater heat retention of the thicker layers facilitates compaction. From a compaction standpoint, patches using asphalt concrete can be backfilled in one lift. However, when placing a patch that is deeper than 3 cm (5 in.) it is often useful to leave the first lift 2.5 to 5 cm (I to 2 in.) below the finished grade, making it easier to judge the total quantity of mixture required for the patch.

On the other hand, patches constructed with mixtures containing emulsified or cutback asphalt must be placed in layers thin enough to permit evaporation of the diluents that make the mixture workable.

6. Spread carefully to avoid segregation of the mixture. Avoid pulling the material from the center of the patch to the edges. If more material is needed at the edge, it should be deposited there, and the excess raked away. The amount of mixture used should be sufficient to ensure that the after compaction the patch surface will not be below that of the adjacent pavement.  On the other hand, if too much material is used a hump will raise.

7. Compact each lift of the patch thoroughly. Use equipment that is suited for the size of the job.  A vibratory plate compactor is excellent for small jobs, while a vibratory roller is likely to be more effective for larger areas. When compacting the final lift (which may be the only lift), overlap the first pass and return of the vibratory roller or plate compactor to no more than 5 cm (6 in.) on to the patch on one side. Then move to the opposite side and repeat the process. Once this is accomplished, proceed at right angles to the compacted edges, with each pass and return overlapping a few inches on to the uncompacted mix. If there is a grade, compaction should proceed from the low side to the high side to minimize possible shoving of the mix.

8. When adequate compaction equipment is used, the surface of the patch should be at the same elevation as the surrounding pavement. However, if hand tamping or other light compaction methods are used, the surface of the completed patch should be slightly higher than the adjacent pavement, since the patch is likely to be further compressed by traffic.

9. Check the vertical alignment and smoothness of the patch with a straightedge or string line.

So next time you complain about that pothole down the street not getting fixed or next time you think to yourself, “hey, I could do that in half the time,” remember that pothole repair is not a quick fix. Properly patching a pothole takes time, know-how, and a lot of energy.

If you have any questions, contact PTG Enterprises by calling 410-636-8777 or click here

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How to Rid Yourself of Pavement Ants in Your Driveway

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Pavement ants, also known as house ants or sugar ants, can be quite a nuisance. They set up camp in your yard or inside the cracks in your pavement and eventually work their way into your home. The best thing to do when you find pavement ants is to rid yourself of the infestation as soon as possible.

But how can you do that? You are no exterminator and you don’t want to have to run to the hardware store to buy ant spray, right? Well, you can use one household item to help assist you in your quest for an ant free existence – salt.

That’s right, all you need is everyday salt. This article from explains several solutions to rid yourself of those pesky pavement ants using nothing but common table salt.

1.   Sprinkle ordinary table salt on cracks in the driveway, along the sides and where the ants are present. Make sure the driveway and surrounding areas are dry before applying salt for the best effectiveness.

2.   Repeat weekly until the ants are gone. After consuming the salt, the ants will drink water or other moisture until they essentially explode. Be aware that the salt will also kill any weeds or plants present, so use caution.

3.   Draw a line with salt at the end of the driveway on the pavement to prevent the ants from crossing over into the lawn or home.

4.   If table salt is not effective, purchase a sweet ant bait trap that contains boric acid salt. (Boric acid is a hydroponic salt.) The ants are attracted to the sugar in the bait, consume the boric acid salt with the sugar, and then take the poison back to their home, where it spreads to the other ants.

5.   Place the ant baits along the sides and ends of the driveway. Use caution when using ant baits because boric acid can be toxic to pets and humans as well as insects.

If you have any questions, contact PTG Enterprises by calling410-636-8777 or click here today!