The main purpose of pervious concrete is to capture rainwater, evenly disburse it and return it to the ground.
When installed properly, pervious (or porous concrete) will reduce storm water runoff and provide environmental stability. It is also helpful in lowland areas where it can be used to reduce or prevent urban flooding.
One major benefit of installing pervious instead of traditional concrete is that it can reduce the overall costs of residential and commercial development projects by decreasing the need for other drainage features. Less storm water management is needed for pervious concrete, so the long-term cost may be cheaper than traditional concrete.
Need an environmentally-friendly paving surface? Pervious is perfect! Unlike regular concrete, pervious concrete can greatly reduce the amount of pollutants (fertilizers, pesticides, car oil, soaps, etc.) being carried to waterways and storm drains. This makes installing pervious a natural paving choice.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), permeable pavements allow rain and snowmelt to seep through the surface and into the ground–permeable pavements can soak in up to 80 to 100 percent of the rain that lands on them and filter out pollutants in runoff that would have otherwise contributed to water pollution.
Pervious concrete is relatively low maintenance. Like most concrete, sand, dirt or other debris can settle into the pores. Occasionally using a vacuum sweeper or pressure washer to wash off debris will keep the concrete looking great and functioning properly.
Contact Custom Concrete Contractors in Bellingham, WA to learn more about installing pervious concrete in Northwest Washington
Check out these previous projects completed by Custom Concrete:
Feature Project: Huntington Street Pervious Concrete Installation
Feature Project: Eco-Friendly Concrete at Bloedel Donovan Park
Featured Project: Pervious Concrete Driveway
Feature Project: Roundabout at Northwest Avenue & McLeod Road in Bellingham WA