Eco-Friendly Driveways: What You Should Know

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When your driveway falls into disrepair or simply needs an aesthetic improvement, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to ensure that any remodeling and repaving suits your needs and personal values. If you are a person who cares about the environment and about your impact on the world around you, you are likely looking for ways to make your driveway repaving project as environmentally friendly as possible. Get to know some of them so that you can get started with updating your driveway.

Recycle Your Old Driveway Materials

One of the first ways that you can make your driveway repaving process more eco-friendly is to ensure that the driveway materials you are removing are recycled rather than disposed of in a landfill. Both concrete and asphalt paving are made up of components that can be recycled.

When you begin the process of removing your driveway, you will want to ensure you have two dumpsters for materials. The first is for trash that is not recyclable and the other is for all of the recyclable materials. Have your paving contractor separate those materials for you and then have them transported accordingly.

Choose a More Eco-Friendly Paving Material

There are many different materials to use to repave a driveway. However, some are far more friendly to the environment than others. Standard asphalt and concrete are the most common repaving materials.

However, these standard products cause water that hits the pavement to run off, collecting contaminants in the process of doing so. This contaminated water can end up being consumed by plants and animals and can end up in human drinking water supplies.

To avoid contributing to this, you will want to choose a porous or pervious paving material. Pervious concrete or porous asphalt are both based on the same general concept. The materials are solid to the naked eye and function just the same as standard paving materials. However, microscopically, there are tiny gaps or holes in between particles, allowing water to soak through your driveway.

The water that soaks through your driveway nourishes the ground underneath that would otherwise not get moisture. It also helps to avoid this issue of water runoff that is contaminated with chemicals or other pollutants.

Now that you have a few ideas of the ways that you can make your driveway repaving process more eco-friendly, you can get started on your project as soon as possible.

Contact a paving service like for further information.


26 October 2015

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Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.