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How the Color of Concrete Makes a Difference

Did you know that the color of roads can make a big difference in the temperature in and around your home? Much like how a black car or a black t-shirt retains more heat from the sun, the same has been found to be the case in roads and highways.

Needless to say, something must be done to protect ourselves against the threat of climate change, and there’s been a breakthrough in dealing with this problem – paint it white.

Keeping the Roads Cool

In order to deal with record-breaking temperatures as of late (as anyone who managed to endure this past summer can tell you), state and local transportation departments are starting to paint black asphalt roads with a white reflective coating. This has been proven to reduce road temperatures significantly, and as a result, more and more government officials are seeing the important contrast this relatively straightforward modification provides.

The Urban Heat Island Effect

Urban environments tend to lack trees and roads are paved with black asphalt (which retains heat, as we mentioned previously). People living in the city have to put up with higher mercury levels that average a few degrees more than surrounding areas. This is what’s called the “urban heat island effect.”

As you can imagine, when there’s a heat wave going on, even a few degrees can make a huge difference, turning an uncomfortable day into a public health crisis. Conditions such as heat exhaustion become far more commonplace, so taking initiatives such as this one can be crucial.

Conclusion

Not only does having a road coated in white or gray paint reduce the heat coming off of the pavement, but it will also help city residents save money during the summer since they don’t have to rely so heavily on their air conditioners to stay cool.

This is admittedly a small contribution to the problem, but by applying the same type of reflective coating to sidewalks, rooftops, and other dark surfaces, this will have an immense effect on the challenge of staying cool all year long! So if you start to see concrete construction companies painting blacktop white, you’ll know how vital this can be to saving the environment!

How a Concrete Waste Service Helps the Environment

Here at Legacy Concrete Works, one of the many different options we offer to our customers is a waste service that gets rid of any rubbish or debris that is laying around their commercial, residential, or construction site. While many would simply consider this a way to boost the curb appeal of an area, it has far-reaching environmental benefits as well. Sure, that may be considered a given, but let’s delve into the actual specifics of what we are talking about.

In this post, we’ll focus on concrete disposal, one of the most challenging jobs for anyone. Fortunately, when you’re dealing with a licensed and professional contractor, they can handle jobs of this size, no problem. With that in mind, let’s get to some of the ways we can help the environment by going over the most common uses for concrete waste!

Building New Roads

When dealing with smaller pieces of concrete, these can be used as gravel for new road construction projects. This is because sub-base gravel is laid down at the bottom layer of a road before concrete or asphalt is poured over it. Not only that, but concrete pavements can be broken up in place and used as a base layer for asphalt pavement.

Aggregating New Concrete

Any concrete being disposed of can be crushed up and used as dry aggregate for brand new concrete so long as it is free of any contaminants. Some states including here in Texas allow the use of recycled concrete pavement (or RCA) for certain use-cases including gutters, curbs, sidewalks, and streets.

Erecting Retaining Walls

Wire cages can be filled with crushed concrete and stacked together on top of each other to serve as a retaining wall, protecting embankments and other structures. Due to their weight and density, they can prove to be highly useful for a variety of situations.

Creating Riprap Revetments

Larger chunks of concrete (normally 10-18 inches in length) that has been crushed down can often be used as riprap revetments, which are used to prevent stream bank erosion from occurring. You’ll typically see this type of material around ditch pipes, shorelines, and especially in landscaping.

Speaking of which, recycled concrete can also be used for more aesthetically-pleasing purposes, which leads us to our next topic!

New Landscaping Products

Any well-graded concrete received from specific crushing facilities may be applied as a nice substitute for landscaping stones or aggregates. Urbanite is a particular type of reused concrete that is often used for garden walls, benches, raised beds, rockeries, terrace foundations, patios, and walking paths.

Conclusion

When you outsource your waste disposal services to an environmentally-responsible contractor, you get both the benefits of a highly-convenient service and one that can have a real impact on your overall operation. The concept of a green practice is an important movement that is constantly gaining traction the more we take a look at the impact we as a civilization have on the environment. By working with a contractor that offers an eco-friendly waste service, you’ll know all that construction debris will be out of your way and on to serve a greater purpose while you get on with the job!