Concrete parking lots, sidewalks, and roads are strong, durable and safe. They are considerably less prone to wear and tear defects like potholes, rutting, cracking, stripping, and loss of surface consistency that can occur with flexible pavement surfaces. This low maintenance requirement is one of the principal advantages of concrete pavements.
- Concrete is the most recycled construction material in the world, according to the Construction Materials Recycling Association. Concrete is 100% recyclable and reusable, and can be used as aggregate in new concrete pavements, base materials for new parking lots, or for other uses, including erosion control and flood prevention.
- Concrete pavements are typically produced from abundant supplies of locally available resources, such as rock, sand, cement, and water. Modern concrete also incorporates waste materials, such as slag, which comes from iron manufacturing, and fly ash, a byproduct of energy production.
- Concrete is naturally light-reflective, which reduces lighting requirements. This enhances safety and helps reduce reflective air temperature.
- Because concrete pavements last longer than other products made from less durable materials,they require less frequent maintenance and repair.