Concrete is one of the most popular materials used in construction, from building structures to driveways, flooring, pavements, and even countertops. Most concrete structures eventually have to be repaired or replaced. Have you ever wondered what happens to all the concrete after a structure is demolished or replaced? In the past, all the concrete would end up in landfills and, concrete being a non-biodegradable material, take up a lot of space. However, in the recent years, contractors have discovered that recycling concrete offers numerous benefits to the project and environment.
Are you new to concrete recycling or are you not convinced of its significance? Read on to find out the various benefits of using recycled concrete for your project.
Strength and durability
Most people think that recycled concrete compromises the stability of structures and shy away from using it. Recycled concrete contains aggregates, which are granular materials such as gravel, sand, and crushed stone. These aggregates have low crushing strength, impact resistance, specific gravity, and greater absorption value compared to freshly manufactured concrete. When mixed with fresh concrete, they produce a material that's durable and able to resist weather elements and damage for longer.
Versatile in application
Recycled concrete can be used for various functions that are suitable for construction applications, home improvement and renovation projects, and residential and commercial landscaping. In fact, you can mix fresh concrete with recycled concrete aggregates and use it for renovating or repairing the same structure. This makes the construction process easier and faster.
Recycled concrete is cheaper and easier to obtain than new concrete. It is even free if you are getting it from a demolished structure on your property. If you are buying it from a demolition site, transport and handling costs are reduced as recycled concrete is lighter and easier to haul. You will be able to lay a strong foundation for your structure at a reduced cost, and use the savings on high-quality surface materials and décor.
Recycling concrete is good for the planet. Since concrete is non-biodegradable, all the concrete that's dumped in landfills occupies space that could be used for biodegradable materials. Recycling it helps save more space in landfills. Also, the process of obtaining some concrete aggregates such as stone involves mining. Mining is water-intensive and tough on land, and should be avoided where possible. Using recycled concrete reduces mining activities and helps conserve water and the environment.
Recycling concrete can lead to savings on construction projects, while delivering on durable and reliable structures. With the increasing awareness of the importance of going green, there is no better way to do so than recycling old concrete from structures and other demolition projects.