What Is Porous Asphalt?From the Science Direct journal, porous asphalt is defined as “pavement, used mostly for parking lots, [that] allows water to drain through the pavement surface into a stone recharge bed and infiltrate into the soils below the pavement.” Water will not be sitting on the top layer for long and drainage systems are not as delicate since the water drains into the subbase and into the soil. The stone bed at the bottom will be designed so that water will percolate into the groundwater.
Cost SavingsThere are some amazing cost savings for those that use porous asphalt as opposed to other materials on the market. One way that this asphalt can save money is that there is no need to install a water management system in addition to the parking lot. The National Asphalt Pavement Association says that “the cost advantage is even more dramatic when the value of land that might have been used for a detention basin or other storm-water management features is considered.” Porous asphalt can also save money because once it is installed there is very little maintenance costs associated with upkeep. You may even go 20 years or more before you see potholes or cracks forming. Because there will be no worry of standing water or draining, water will not deteriorate the surface or subsurface as it does in traditional asphalt pavement. It wears much better over time than traditional materials.
Additional Environmental BenefitsThis sustainable and environmentally friendly option helps the natural flow of water. Instead of deterring water into storm drains, it is naturally absorbed into the soil. Because it isn’t being forced into sewer systems, the porous asphalt helps a city’s water system not become overwhelmed during the heavy precipitation months across the Northeast. This helps improve water quality throughout an area. Also, because of the opened structure of porous pavement, it stays much cooler than other options.
The Porous Asphalt ExpertsThe Cassidy Paving team has extensive experience delivering porous asphalt paving that lasts for years. We can transform your parking lot into a sustainable and eco-friendly part of your company or commercial property. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788 to get a free estimate. We also guarantee all new full-depth work because we stand by our services with the intention of customer satisfaction. READ MORE: A Good “First Impression” Starts in the Parking Lot
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