Concrete is a material that is everywhere but goes unnoticed because we are so accustom to seeing it every day. Parking lots that are paved with concrete have the best long term performance compared to other paving options. Due to its durability, strength and almost nonexistent maintenance requirements, concrete is the best long term, economical paving solution.
Concrete’s strength and durability is unequaled compared to any other paving material. In areas that will experience heavy usage and truck traffic, concrete is the obvious choice. A Houston paving contractor can complete a project in one pass, including gutters and curbs without the need for expensive bases. This gives concrete a competitive upfront edge in cost and is more economical over time. It does not need the patching, resurfacing or sealing maintenance asphalt requires, making it virtually maintenance free. A parking lot periodically striped by a commercial painting company is all the maintenance that may be required.
Unlike asphalt, concrete is easier to see at night, reflects light and needs less lighting to provide safer surroundings which helps to lower utility costs. Because the materials used to make concrete are natural, it is environmentally friendly and there are no toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
Using concrete for paving applications is only one of many uses for a material that was invented by the Romans. An experienced concrete contractor can creatively use the material to give a building an upscale appearance using different shapes, patterns, colors and decorative textures.
A foundation contractor using concrete creates a durable base that can support the weight of any type of building. Metal buildings can be constructed to have their framework anchored in a concrete slab. High rise buildings can be built many stories tall because the concrete foundation was constructed deep into the ground to provide a secure, stable base.
From planters for your garden to driveways, buildings, sewer lines and roads, concrete is probably one of the most important and durable building materials that influences where we live and how we live.