Posts Tagged ‘Professional’

Hiring a Professional to Build Your Retaining Wall

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Looking along a red brick wall.Retaining walls are used when you want to keep earth from shifting and water to stay where it belongs. You can see where this could cause a problem if you decide to make your retaining wall into a DIY project. If you make any kind of wrong assessment or use the wrong types of materials, you may find yourself in a worse mess after building the wall than you were to begin with.

One of the biggest problems that DIYers encounter when building a retaining wall is the angle at which to build the wall. Usually you’re trying to keep soil from sliding into your house or other areas where it is not desired. If you build the wall at the wrong angle, the wall will not be doing its job. It is also important to have the correct drainage system included with your retaining wall so that you can avoid flooding or other water mishaps and damage that can come from not knowing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. The water could even end up flooding neighbors’ properties, which is never good.

PTG offers masonry services with a specialty in retaining walls. We really know how to “hit the bricks” when it comes to masonry work and retaining walls. We know just how devastating it can be if the earth or water that you are trying to keep at bay somehow slips through the cracks. We’ll prepare the site and make sure to install your retaining wall at the right angle. PTG works quickly yet efficiently and we pride ourselves on cleaning up after we install your retaining wall.

If you have any questions about Hiring a Professional to Build Your Retaining Wall or if you are looking for an asphalt contracting in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777, or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source: Why You Should Hire A Professional to Build Your Retaining Wall

Sealcoating Should be left to the Professionals

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Anyone who has had a bad sealcoating job can attest to the value of choosing a qualified contractor. Look for a professional to do the work and stay away from amateurs. With sealcoating work, you really do get what you pay for

This article from explains the pitfalls of trusting your sealcoating to an amateur.

A new sealcoating business is fairly easy to start. Supplies are easy to come by, but experience takes time. It is important to be able to differentiate the professional pavement company from the guy who sealcoats asphalt on the weekends.

Be sure to look for a company that has insurance. If a problem does arise, they will be easier to find and more likely to have the problem fixed.

So do your research and next time you have a parking lot that requires a fresh sealcoat, trust the job to a company with a proven track record of professionalism and excellence, like PTG Enterprises, Inc.

Over the last 10 years PTG Enterprises, Inc. has thrived and owner Patrick T. Gillen III has…

• Prepared approximately 3,000 written Requests for Proposals (RFPs);

• Contracted and managed approximately $20 million in work;

• Supervised and performed quality controls of other contractor’s work;

• Assisted with budgeting and estimating for future and upcoming pavement projects, and

• Performed “Special Pavement Projects,” usually specific tasks within certain timelines.

If you have any questions, contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today!

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The Deterioration of Asphalt Pavement and its Causes

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Even the most durable paved surfaces, like asphalt pavement, are susceptible to deterioration, distress, and cracking. However, knowing what causes these problems can help you prolong the life of your asphalt. This article from can help. It outlines the major causes of pavement deterioration.

Overtime, the materials that make up asphalt begin to break down and become more easily affected by the elements: rain, sunlight, snow, etc. Furthermore, the liquid binder that holds the asphalt together begins to lose its natural resistance to water, allowing liquid to seep into the pavement. Once this happens, the surface can quickly be affected.

Yet, while pavement will naturally breakdown over time, there are a few outside factors – poor construction or human error – that may speed up this process, causing premature deterioration.

The factors leading to asphalt deterioration include:

•      Insufficient or improperly compacted base below the asphalt

•      Over or under compaction of asphalt

•      Improper temperature of asphalt when applied

•      Poor drainage

•      Water – over time and especially without proper maintenance water penetrates the asphalt, washes out the base underneath it, causing it to crack, break down and collapse.

•      Sunlight – Oxidation breaks down and dries out the once flexible liquid asphalt that holds the aggregate together. This causes raveling and shrinking cracks, which allow water to penetrate beneath the surface.

•      Chemical/ petroleum exposure – the introduction of chemicals to asphalt, including gas and oil, can soften the asphalt and cause it to break down more rapidly.

When asphalt pavement is constructed and maintained properly it wears out slowly and can last up to 25 years or more. Proper maintenance is key to protecting it from the external factors that wear it out.

If you notice your driveway, parking lot, or any pavement displaying any signs of deterioration, it is probably time to call a professional to patch your asphalt and prevent further damage. Do not put this off and let small cracks become big problems. It is far better to pay for a little patching now than to have to pay for a total re-paving down the road.

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

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Installing You Very Own Asphalt Basketball Court

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Do you have some unused space in your yard? Do you enjoy playing the game of basketball, but do not have a court near your house? Well, have you ever considered having your very own asphalt basketball court installed? It is actually not as hard or expensive as you may think.

This article from explains how you can have your own private basketball court in your backyard.

1.   Rope off your desired area: The dimensions are up to you, but a standard high school half-court is 30 by 30 foot area. So that should be about as small as you want to go.

2.   Dig up the area you laid off: Excavate 7 to 9 inches deep to allow room for the crushed rock and asphalt that you will need to lay. Remove large rocks, as these will create an uneven surface if left alone. Then, once the area is excavated and cleared of all debris, level out the area.

3.   Cover your area with 4-6 inches of gravel: This will act as the base for your asphalt. Compact the gravel by rolling a weighted compaction tool over the entire area. If a weighted tool is not readily available, you can simply walk over the area yourself until it is properly compacted. Make sure there are no uneven spots – high or low – that will create an un-level playing surface.

4.   Spread 2-3 inches of asphalt over the gravel: At this stage, it may be best to hire a professional to actually lay the asphalt. But if you do choose to do the work yourself, level out the asphalt so that it is even throughout the entire court. Compact the asphalt cover in the same manner as you compacted the gravel. Make sure the asphalt is level after it is compacted and allow it to dry fully.

5.   Paint Your Court: You can purchase a stencil to make this part of the job easier.

6.   Add the hoop: You can either use a simple portable basketball hoop or you can install am in-ground hoop that will remain in place.

7.   Enjoy

If you have any questions, or if you would just like to leave the entire process up to the professionals, contact PTG Enterprises by calling 410-636-8777or click here today!