Permeable Concrete Sidewalks Help Save Resources

Permeable Concrete Sidewalks Help Save Resources

Concrete is the most long-lasting of all sidewalk materials. It is manufactured using readily available and renewable resources (water, natural rock, and cement limestone). When concrete has reached the end of its useful life, it can be broken and recycled into granular fill or concrete aggregate. Concrete can also assist manage and conserve water resources, which may come as a surprise to some. Your town can reduce the risk of flooding by using the correct kind of permeable concrete and hiring expert sidewalk contractors.

Permeable Concrete Sidewalks in Flood-Proofing Communities

Concrete that is permeable or pervious is a porous construction material. Water can pass through permeable concrete and soak into the ground due to the absence (or little inclusion) of fine particles such as sand or clay.


Water doesn’t penetrate into the earth through traditional concrete. It generates surface runoff, which transports pollutants into the rivers of your neighborhood. Permeable concrete, on the other hand, is designed to resemble dirt and absorb water. Rainwater runoff is reduced, and groundwater levels are replenished.


Permeable concrete has a generally rough appearance thanks to the coarse aggregate. The rough finish on the walkways improves traction when wet. It helps to keep you safe when walking by preventing slips, falls, and other mishaps.


Different treatment techniques allow professionals to vary the appearance of permeable concrete. Grinding, for example, gives permeable cement a smoother, more regular texture, while coloring it with mineral pigments gives it color.


From sidewalks and low-volume pavements to parking lots and swimming pool decks, permeable concrete has a wide range of uses.

Reduced Chances of Flooding and Sewer Overflow

The use of pervious concrete on sidewalks, pavements, and other public spaces lower the requirement for retention basins and water collection places. A well-designed pervious pavement project maintains an appropriate water table below it and guarantees that rainwater is absorbed by the soil.


Furthermore, because it only enables water and other liquids to pass through, permeable concrete functions as a filter. It captures suspended particles and contaminants, keeping streams clean by preventing them from entering the stream. It also reduces the likelihood of sewers overflowing and causing flooding.


Also useful in drought-prone areas are permeable concrete sidewalks. It works as a water collection system and reduces the occurrence of standing water. It sends the water to a storm drain or into lawns and plants.

Savings on installation and upkeep

There are also cost advantages to permeable concrete. Although previous concrete has a higher estimated cost than conventional concrete or asphalt, it saves money since it eliminates the need for retention basins, curbs, and other water collection systems. Because there is no subsurface pipe, storm drains, or slopes, sidewalk installation costs are less expensive.


Permeable concrete requires less salt or de-icing treatments throughout the winter than standard concrete, resulting in cost savings. Permeable concrete, when correctly built, can endure between 20 and 40 years, just like conventional concrete, resulting in decreased costs over time.


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