The Concrete that Drinks: Pervious Concrete
Generally, anytime concrete paving absorbs water it is a concern about freeze thaw durability, particularly here in the Northeast. However, F.A. Rohrbach has recently begun trials and promotions of pervious concrete-the concrete that drinks.
Pervious concrete is a cement based concrete with 20% void space. The voids are produced through the elimination of the fine aggregate generally found in typical concrete mixes. It is placed with standard paving equipment and compacted with rollers. The final product looks like a loose granular base, but it is glued together by the cement.
Pervious concrete has been used for erosion control on embankments (Highway 100, Washington Missouri) and parking lots with rain collection systems (Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tennessee). Additional uses may include:
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