Considering Porous Concrete in NJ? Please Beware!

To my friends, colleagues, and clients thinking about installing porous concrete to keep the impervious ratio down and comply with best water practices… Please beware!

I installed porous concrete, in 2013, on a lot for which I also did the snow plowing; I was therefore able to ensure that no salt was ever used and that snowplowing was always done with a rubber-edged plow blade.

During the winter of 2013/2014 there was a tremendous amount of salt used to keep ice off the roadways but, of course, we used absolutely none on this lot. Even so, THAT salt destroyed 30+ parking stalls on which porous concrete was used.

The concrete company, who was the selling factor to train and install this material, did not warranty any of the concrete and, unfortunately, in 2015, I had to remove all the porous concrete material and install porous pavers to keep the site’s impervious ratio within the town’s limits. The pavers worked out better than expected but were very expensive.

So what went wrong? What I found, and what the concrete company, and the concrete industry in general, did not know, or did not want to share, is that when cars drive on salted roadways, the salt builds up behind their tires. When those cars park on  porous concrete surfaces during the day time, the salt clumps fall off and start to destroy the porous concrete.

I think porous concrete is a good fit for climates that do not need to use much salt to keep roadways, walkways, and pedestrian hard surface areas clear of snow and ice; but, in New Jersey and other cold climate areas, it is just a waste of time, effort, and money.

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Facts about concrete services

Amazing Facts about Concrete

The dictionary defines concrete as a heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stone-like mass on hardening.

But, while technically correct, it barely scratches the surface of this remarkable material’s flexibility and myriad uses.

10 amazing facts about concrete that you may not know:

  1. The Ancient Romans were the first to develop concrete as a building material. They accomplished this by mixing lime, water, and volcanic ash.
  2. Cement is one of the main ingredients in concrete, and over 2 billion tons of cement is produced each year.
  3. The Venetian in Las Vegas held the U.S. record for largest continuous concrete foundation pour with 21,000 cubic yards. However, in February 2014, the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles beat that record with a continuous pour of 21,200 cubic yards!
  4. Concrete is used more than any other man-made material on the planet.
  5. Thomas Edison held 49 patents related to concrete. He experimented with concrete houses and concrete furniture. Concrete furniture?! Imagine binge-watching Netflix on a concrete couch!
  6. The Pantheon was built using concrete, and it’s still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
  7. About 6 billion cubic meters of concrete is made each year, which equals one cubic meter for every person on Earth.
  8. A natural deposit of cement rock was discovered in 1796 by the English. They quarried the material and sold it as Roman Cement.
  9. Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest concrete structure in the world, standing at 607 feet high and 7,575 feet long.
  10. In 1909, the first modern concrete road was built on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile Roads in Greenfield Township, now northwest Detroit.

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The fundamentals of concrete

There are many types of concrete, coupled with a range of compositions, finishes and performance characteristics, designed to suit a variety of purposes. At C.R.I., we take into account many factors when determining the correct choice of a concrete mix, such as the need of the project, in terms of strength and appearance, as well as local legislation and building codes. In addition, we look at other integral factors like the weather conditions that the concrete will be exposed to in service.

Historically, concrete has been used since ancient times. Roman concrete was made from volcanic ash and hydrated lime. It was superior to other concrete recipes of the time, which consisted of only sand and lime. In addition, the Romans also invented hydraulic concrete, which they made from volcanic ash and clay.

Modern concrete comes in many varieties, such as high-strength, high-performance, ultra-high-performance, etc. Each type of concrete has specific characteristics meant for specific applications. CRI can tackle concrete repair jobs of any size; we are experts in determining the correct type of concrete for your project and will ensure that our concrete mix performs, endures, and looks great.

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