Posts Tagged ‘sidewalks’

Importance Of Maintaining Sidewalks And Walking Paths

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Learn about the importance of maintaining sidewalks and walking paths.

The walking paths and sidewalks on your commercial property must be maintained for the safety of customers, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) Continue reading for regulations and rules property owners must follow to ensure their walking paths and sidewalks are safe for customers, and not liable for injuries or lawsuits. (more…)

How to Remove Sidewalk Trip Hazards

Friday, July 28th, 2017
concrete staircase

For your family and visitors, sidewalks should be clear of all trip factors.

Trip hazards are not uncommon on sidewalks or patios where concrete may have broken, chipped, or shifted from frosts, tree roots or just natural formation. There are basically two kinds of concrete: concrete that cracks and concrete that is going to crack. Federal law requires the removal of all trip hazards from all pedestrian walkways. Because the ADA demands compliance, trip hazards present a legal liability. By eliminating trip hazards, property owners reduce their legal liability. (more…)

Concrete Flatwork in Baltimore: Sidewalks, Dumpster Pads, and More

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Concrete Flatwork Baltimore

Concrete is a durable material that’s excellent for sidewalks, dumpster pads, aprons, and similar flat surfaces, better known in the pavement industry as Flatwork. While flatwork may seem relatively simple and straightforward, it is still best to leave all flatwork installation, as well as maintenance and repairs, to the professionals, especially when it comes to commercial properties. This will ensure the project is not only aesthetically pleasing, but, perhaps most importantly, done according to code.

Concrete Flatwork Installation

When it comes to concrete, there is more to installation than simply mixing cement and water and pouring said mixture into a hole. This is why it is important to trust flatwork installation to a professional concrete contractor. This will help ensure that the concrete is installed properly, including reinforcements to increase strength and durability (thus longevity). (more…)

The Interesting History of Asphalt Pavement

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

It doesn’t matter is you call it asphalt pavement, blacktop, tarmac, macadam, plant mix, asphalt concrete, bituminous concrete, or just asphalt, today, it is everywhere! Asphalt is used in everything from shingles and sidewalks to driveways and, of course, roads (and more). But where did asphalt come from?

Asphalt Timeline

  • Asphalt occurs naturally in asphalt lakes and in rock asphalt and the first recorded use of this natural asphalt was in 625 B.C. when the Babylonians used the material to build their roads.
  • Even the ancient Greeks and Romans used asphalt. In fact, the word asphalt comes from the Greek word “asphaltos”, meaning “secure.”  The Romans, who used asphalt to  seal their baths, reservoirs, and aqueducts, later changed the word to “asphaltus.”
  • In 1595 Sir Walter Raleigh wrote about using natural asphalt to re-caulk his ships.
  • Still, hundreds of years passed before asphalt was widely used as a building material.
  • In the mid 1800’s John Loudon McAdam used broken stone and hot tar to bond the stones together.
  • In the late 1860s, “asphalt” came to America! The first bituminous mixtures were used for sidewalks, crosswalks, and roads.
  • In 1852, French Highways utilized natural asphalt pavement.
  • Then in 1870, Edmund J. DeSmedt laid the first true asphalt pavement in America, a sand mix in front of the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey.

Since that time, asphalt has taken off. Today, over 750 million tons of asphalt is poured and rolled every year…JUST in the USA.

If you have any further questions, contact an experienced asphalt company today – a company like PTG Enterprises. The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of pavement projects and have the experience you need. So contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today!

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History of Asphalt

Asphalt Pavement Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, October 7th, 2011

At PTG Enterprises, we get tons of questions about asphalt pavement. What is it made from? Can it be recycled? Is it cost-effective? Well, we will answer those questions and more. Below you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions about Asphalt Pavement:

Q: What is Asphalt Pavement made from?

A: Asphalt pavement is made from heated Asphalt cement mixed with crushed, dried stone called aggregate.

Q: Isn’t Asphalt pavement made entirely of price-sensitive petroleum products . . . crude oil.

A: No. Only about 5-6% of asphalt pavement is actually petroleum based.

Q: Is Asphalt Pavement cost-effective?

A: Yes. When compared to other pavement types, asphalt is the economical choice in both the short and long run. When you combine asphalt’s strength and durability with its affordable installation and maintenance, asphalt just blows other pavements away.

Q: Does Asphalt production contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming?

A: No. Asphalt has the smallest overall carbon footprint of any pavement and neither the asphalt itself nor its production are major sources of green house gasses.

Q: Can Asphalt pavement be recycled and reused?

A: Yes. It is by far the most reusable pavement material in the U.S.

Q: Is Asphalt good for anything other than roads?

A: Yes. Asphalt can be used for parking lots, airports, sidewalks, driveways and basketball courts…just to name a few of its uses.

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

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