Materials Matter: How Decorative Concrete Helps Save the Planet
An additional way value comes from decorative concrete is a bit unexpected. Despite the trend towards using sustainable materials and “going green” in our daily lives, many people do not realise that there are environmental benefits that come from using decorative concrete.
We are firm believers that we all have our part to play in helping the environment, with the food we eat, the energy we use and of course, the materials we choose for a project. Whether you are looking for an aggregate solution, a new concrete driveway, or perhaps redo the pool decking, Decorative Concrete is a great way to achieve the eco-friendly results you want.
The notion of concrete as a sustainable building material can seem counterintuitive at first glance. However, it qualifies as a sustainable material for several reasons.
Accessible Raw Materials
The primary material used to make concrete is limestone. This factors into sustainability because limestone is one of the most plentiful minerals on Earth. Other materials often used to create unique effects in decorative concrete are derived from byproducts of various manufacturing industries such as steel mills and power plants. Using these materials is an efficient way to dispose of waste without sending it to a landfill.
Using abundant natural resources is vital when trying to lessen your impact on the environment.
Heat Absorption and Retention
This quality is particularly relevant for homes or businesses with concrete floors. By collecting and keeping heat, concrete makes it possible for property owners to reduce the amount of energy used for heating; at the same time lowering costs.
A feature of concrete is that it has a high thermal mass which means that it can absorb and store heat naturally.
This may not be something you have thought about previously, but by considered use of concrete, you could improve the comfort of your home while reducing energy bills.
How does Concrete save you money? The thermal mass we mentioned, during the day, can store solar energy that may hit the surface during the day. However, after the sun goes down, this stored energy is then radiated back into the room.
Through careful use of concretes in you, home or business, you could drastically reduce your energy usage, helping the environment.
Because concrete is a naturally porous material, it is highly useful in helping to manage stormwater. Other materials often used in paving tend to prevent water absorption.
Blocking the water absorption leads to pooling and ponding of excess rainwater around paved areas, bringing among other things, erosion, a diminished water table, flash floods, and compromised water safety due to a risk of contamination.
Conversely, when your beautiful concrete patio absorbs and retains rainwater, the water seeps gently back into the ground and refills the water table.
Using decorative concrete in and around your home or business helps both your wallet and the environment in the long run. Because the concrete is sturdy, it will not need replacing for many years. You can get an estimated two or three times more wear time from concrete than from other frequently used products.
When you compare this to other outdoor materials such as wood, you’ll see that over the years concrete will hold up immensely. Whereas with wood, repeat usage will eventually wear down the material. Concrete’s durability will mean it will last for decades without issue. You should always regular maintain the surface to ensure that it will keep on serving you for years to come.
Decorative concrete enhanced with non-toxic pigments and sealed with an odourless topcoat is now a favourite flooring option for health-conscious individuals as well as allergy sufferers. Carpet is one of the leading causes of allergy and asthma attacks because it holds dust, pet dander, dirt, and other allergens.
Opting for decorative concrete floors removes a significant source of health problems from your home without sacrificing style.
Cutting Down on Waste
Concrete is a product that is customisable both in appearance and in quantity. Once professionals have calculated the necessary amount of concrete for your project, it will be mixed to order. Mixing concrete as needed helps reduce wasted materials.
Additionally, if you should decide that your decorative concrete has outlived its usefulness, it is easy to recycle. Crushing and repurposing concrete is economical and straightforward; once ground, there are options for the new material. Among other things, it is useful as a part of a new aggregate, as filler, or as a first layer for roads.
There are lots of reasons to choose decorative concrete over other materials. Whether you want to do your part for the planet, help reduce waste or use more sustainable methods for your project. Helping to protect the environment while adding style and beauty to your home or business is a definite win-win situation.
If you think that Decorative Concrete is the right environmentally friendly solution for your project, then get in touch with the experts at Decorative Concrete WA, we can help make your project a reality.