An Environmental Friendly Pavements
With consumers, homeowners, and builders becoming more concerned about the environment, it’s little wonder that landscape architects and designers are constantly looking for eco-friendly and sustainable building and design solutions for constructing patios and other hardscapes. The choice of materials is only part of the sustainability equation; there are also concerns about chemicals released during manufacturing, as well as the amount of fuel it takes to make, quarry, and/or ship materials to the building site. Let’s take a deeper dive into this topic and then explore four of the most eco-friendly concrete pavers options available today.
Recycled and/or Recyclable Materials
The first and perhaps most important factor in eco-friendliness is our ability to reduce the amount of waste we create. Any paving solution created from recycled material, or materials that can be recycled, will reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills and is therefore considered to be environmentally friendly.
Permeability of Laying Pattern/Material
Permeable pavers, on the other hand, allow rainwater to drain through into the groundwater, replenishing the underground aquifers from where we get much of our drinking water. Laying the pavers with soil between them allows water to seep through as well. Permeable concrete, therefore, offers more environmental sustainability than non-porous surfaces like asphalt.
Low-Impact Use of Resources
Fossil fuels release many pollutants into the environment when they are burned, including harmful amounts of carbon dioxide. Surprisingly, to some, natural stone is not considered an eco-friendly paver because it requires a great deal of fuel to quarry and cut those paving stones, not to mention the fuel consumed in transporting the stone — sometimes as far as halfway around the world. Other paver materials, like concrete, require much less fuel to manufacture and ship, so they are more eco-friendly.
Now that you have an idea of what you need to consider, you can turn to Chorzepa Construction Corp. We are one of the well-known concrete pavers in Ridge, NY. If you need our help, contact us at (631) 345-5586 today!