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Monica Madsen

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Pervious Pavement - A Small Choice that can make a Big Difference!

Posted by Monica Madsen on Jan 28, 2013

With each year, smart business owners look for ways to maximize their return on their investment.  One thing to consider is getting a “green” reputation (and getting ahead of environmental regulations).  And one way to decrease a negative environmental impact is to use pervious pavements for your parking lots and thoroughfares.

What are pervious pavements?

It can be somewhat difficult outside the industry to understand the differences between pervious, porous, and permeable pavement and asphalts.  The terms are often used interchangeably.  This is because the ultimate goals achieved are similar – water, instead of simply running off, can percolate through.  Allowing it to do so helps decrease flooding, better manage storm water because less of it has to rush into gutters and sewers, helps keep water tables filled, and even helps the environment by removing toxic substances via the percolation process.  While they all accomplish the same goals, there are some differences between them.

Pervious pavement is generally considered the umbrella term for all the types of paving that accomplish these goals.  Within that, you have porous or permeable pavements, such as porous asphalt pavement, which allow the water to percolate through the entire surface area.  You also have permeable pavers, which are really impermeable except that they allow water to percolate through wherever they’re joined to one another.  So, in this case, the paving stone itself is not porous, but using paving stones still allows water to percolate through a lot more than non-pervious pavements because of how many paving stones are used and thus how many joins there are throughout the surface.  Paving stones are often more decorative and more expensive.  However, regardless of which type of pervious pavement is used, the benefits to the environment are similar.

The Revolution of Pavement Starting at Route 66

Posted by Monica Madsen on Feb 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered what the first paved road was like? Route 66 is not the same as it was when the highway was built in the 1930s. With highways and paving, transportation and people’s lives were revolutionized during the 1930s and 1940s.

4 Keys for Quality Asphalt Paving

Posted by Monica Madsen on Feb 10, 2012

Have you ever noticed that some asphalt paving looks great for years, while some deteriorates quickly? What causes asphalt installations to behave so differently?

The World of Asphalt Conference Overview

Posted by Monica Madsen on Feb 3, 2012

The asphalt industry is full of events that bring in new perspectives and help expand the knowledge base of those in the asphalt paving industry. The World of Asphalt Show and Conference 2012, March 13-15, in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides over 40 educational sessions and many opportunities to talk to industry experts and view over 300 exhibitors. Here’s a brief overview of what the conference has to offer.