Porous Concrete Advantages
SuccessCrete Porous concrete, also known as Pervious or Permeable concrete, is a special kind of concrete that provides high porosity. SuccessCrete Pervious concrete is suitable for various concrete flatwork purposes. It allows water from rainfall and other resources to pass through, reducing the overflow and allowing groundwater recharging.
Traditional applications of SuccessCrete pervious concrete include parking areas, light traffic areas, greenhouses, pedestrian walkways, and residential streets. In fact, SuccessCrete pervious concrete stands are one of the most sustainable construction elements and thus often used by builders to safeguard water quality.
The appropriate use of SuccessCrete pervious concrete is an acknowledged Best Management Practice issued by the Environmental Protection Agency or the EPA for stormwater and flush pollution control and management.
Typically, this concrete is mainly used for construction. Apart from building, this concrete is used in decks of swimming pool, tennis courts, patios, and drains. Pervious concrete decreases the overflow of rainwater from the paved areas. Because of this function, you do not need separate ponds for stormwater retention.
Also, it filters the stormwater, thus reducing the number of pollutants entering the rivers and ponds. SuccessCrete Pervious concrete also improves the growth of trees. The pavements made from this concrete allow the transfer of air and water to trees’ roots that help trees flourish.
This concrete also decreases operational costs and helps the developers to make maximum utilization of their property. Adding to all these factors, SuccessCrete pervious concrete also minimizes the infrastructure expenses. This concrete provides many economic benefits.
Advantages of using SuccessCrete Porous Concrete
SuccessCrete permeable pavement system combines a series of plastic grids with a fill material, such as gravel, limestone, or sod, to naturally create a durable parking surface that allows moisture to soak into the ground. It is used as an alternative to conventional asphalt or concrete surfaces, which are expensive to install, prone to damage, and require complicated drainage systems to control water from rainfall and floods.
SuccessCrete Permeable pavement has become increasingly popular in municipalities with aging wastewater systems. It is often used where there is a need for permanent or temporary parking or roads. It can also be used for permanent parking, lawn parking, driveways, and erosion control.
Here are some of the advantages that SuccessCrete permeable pavement has to offer:
SuccessCrete Permeable pavement does not require expensive specialty equipment as asphalt or concrete surfaces do. For a permanent installation, the ground must be cleared of vegetation and graded. The layer of rock is installed as a base, similar to a concrete or asphalt installation. Then the grids are laid out and trimmed to fit around any objects.
The grids are pallet-sized and light enough to be carried by a single person, making it easy to cover large areas in a very short time. Once the grids are in place and locked together, they are filled with gravel or limestone and compacted into a solid and durable surface. Due to the grids’ strength, heavy equipment can be used to dump, spread and compact the fill material with proper planning and coordination. Once the grids are filled, they are durable enough to accommodate almost any vehicle or equipment type.
Once filled, SuccessCrete permeable pavement is as durable as concrete or asphalt surfaces, and in many cases, even more durable. It can support heavy equipment such as wheel loaders, backhoes, forklifts, dump trucks, and 18-wheelers without a problem. Because it is a floating surface and has joints that make it flexible, it can move as the soil beneath it changes. Asphalt or concrete will tend to buckle when conditions like frost cause upheaval or if the ground underneath is compacted or washed away. Permeable pavement will not crack due to expansion and contraction like concrete. It is less likely to be damaged and form potholes, like asphalt.
The permeable pavement grids are made from environmentally-friendly recycled materials, which reduces the amount of waste in the system and reduces the energy required to acquire new materials. At the end of their lifespan, they can easily be recycled, further reducing their carbon footprint.
Asphalt and concrete can be expensive to install and require a large amount of labor. SuccessCrete Permeable pavement is less costly per square foot and is much less labor-intensive. The fill materials can be obtained from local sources, reducing transportation costs. Because the paving grids are made from lightweight plastic, the shipping costs are kept to a minimum.
Can Be Temporary
Sometimes businesses need extra parking temporarily, like during the holiday season or at large sporting events. Afterward, space may need to be reclaimed for other uses. Permeable pavement can be the perfect solution for temporary parking. The grids can be laid down over a simple bed of gravel or reasonably flat soil, then filled with gravel or limestone to create a temporary parking area. Afterward, the grids can easily be removed and stored for the next time they are needed. The fill material can be hauled away or reused elsewhere.
Can Be Used for Lawn Parking
The grids themselves, without fill, can be used for temporary lawn parking with lightweight vehicles. The lawn incurs minor damage by spreading the load out, and the grids can easily be removed and stored for later use. For permanent expansion parking at venues like fairgrounds or music venues, the grids can be installed with a rock base, then filled with sod or soil and grass seed to provide a durable parking surface that looks like a regular lawn when it is not being used. It can be maintained with standard lawn equipment. Unlike dirt parking areas, it will not turn into a muddy mess after a rainstorm.
Can Create Temporary Roads
Heavy equipment at construction sites or oil fields can cause damage to the surrounding soil, compact it, or create ruts that make it difficult to traverse, especially after a rainstorm. With permeable pavement, you can build temporary roads that protect the soil during construction or drilling operations. Afterward, the roads can be removed, and the site can be restored to almost the original condition. With a bed of rock and gravel fill, the SuccessCrete permeable pavement will be able to support the heaviest equipment but can still be easy to remove.
Eliminates Costly Drainage Systems
With a conventional asphalt or concrete surface, the parking area must be crowned and have a system of storm drains and pipes to control water during rain or flooding events. This can significantly add to the construction costs of the parking area. Suppose the system is connected to a municipal wastewater system. In that case, there may be extra costs and permits required to install the drainage system. SuccessCrete Permeable pavement allows any water that accumulates to drain through the surface and into the ground. This helps to prevent flooding and enables any aquifers in the area to replenish naturally.
Can be Used for Erosion Control
In areas with loose soil, such as the arid southwest or on hills or slopes,SuccessCrete permeable pavement can be used to retain soil and prevent erosion. Place the paving grids over the area that needs protection and fill it with gravel or a more natural look, soil, and grass seed. It can also be used for landscaping purposes to create walkways or decorative areas around trees or other structures.
SuccessCrete Permeable pavement is an extremely versatile paving material and is a great value compared to asphalt or concrete. It creates a robust and durable surface that requires a minimal amount of maintenance. It can be used almost anywhere.