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Open cell concrete block has been heralded as a solution to creating more eco-friendly pavements in the future.
Traditionally, city planners have used asphalt to surface high-traffic areas. As a product made from fossil fuels, asphalt may be cost effective, but it is also impermeable and retains heat, as anyone who has walked barefoot on the surface in Summer will attest!
The impermeability issue strikes once rain, dirt, dog mess, oil and pollutants enter the mix – washing over the asphalt surface into storm drains and waterways, and creating a huge filtering and cleaning job for city sewer systems. Additionally with impermeable pavings, the heat interacts with rain water, warming it and endangering aquatic life when the water drains off.
However, alternatives such as open cell concrete blocks allow water to pass through to the underlying soil and filter pollutants there, on the spot. They also let air through and remain cool to the touch. Open cell concrete blocks retain the durability required for heavy load vehicles, but their open spaces allow water drainage, and for grass to grow in the cells.
An environmentally-friendly solution, town planners are finding that these permeable systems cool quickly overnight and reflect heat. Rain water can be stored for irrigation in cisterns, and trees are being grown within the open cell blocks to shade cars in car parks.
Porous paving offers benefits too for homeowners looking to invest in an alternative to traditional pattern imprinted concrete driveways. They offer all the cooling and filtering benefits described above, along with extra opportunities for grass and plants to grow – and are an interesting new twist on the more traditional driveways usually found outside homes.
14th June 2011
Bury is a medium sized town with a interesting history. It is built on the River Irwell, and enjoys close proximity to Manchester, and towns such as Rochdale and Bolton. Historically it is known partly as a mill town, which emerged as a prosperous part of the textile industry during the industrial revolution of the 19th and early 20th century. It is however better known for its long running open air market, and also as the home of Sir Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police service.
CD Designs is based right in Bury, so we’re right on your doorstep, whether you live in Bury or another part of the North West. We have a long and proven history of designing and implementing professional pattern imprinted concrete driveways, patios and more. Our work is regarded as some of the best in the industry, with our highly skilled design and installation team capable of working with a large variety of colours, textures and finishes to produce the perfect end result, whatever your needs. We have designed and constructed driveways for many residential properties as well as commercial, such as our work for KFC in Walkden:
Have a look at the case studies section of our website to see what we are capable of. We are confident that our work speaks for itself, and that you’ll be more than happy to talk to us for all your pattern imprinted concrete needs.
9th June 2011
Christmas 2009 and January 2010 will be remembered by adults for the icy pavements, traffic disruptions, and shortages of grit. Children, however, are much more likely to remember it for the snowball fights, extra days off school, the rare opportunity to go sledging, and, of course, a chance to make snowmen.
In the regions that received the most snowfall, local news programmes were inundated with photographs of snowmen. And they weren’t just on the TV; if you were out and about in the snow then chances are you came face-to-face with at least one yourself. From the smallest to the biggest – and some of them were massive – snowmen were everywhere, along with snow-dogs, snow-cats, and snow-who-knows-what-else. Perhaps you even rented out a small patch of your garden or driveway to a snowy inhabitant?
Those with well installed and regularly sealed concrete driveways had no reason to fear snow or freeze-thaw related damage to the surface of their drive. One of the many benefits of concrete as a surfacing solution is the fact that, by using pattern imprinting techniques, you can achieve a surface that’s as durable as it is attractive.
While heavy snowfall might cover up imprinted patterns, at least those with concrete driveways can rest easy, knowing that when it melts away – as it always does – the concrete won’t be any the worse for wear. Which might be some small consolation, after you’ve had to say an emotional goodbye to all those lovely snowmen.
14th February 2010