When people hear the phrase green construction, they always tend to imagine tearing out whatever structure already exists to put in something that’s more eco-friendly. However, something that a lot of people don’t consider is that anything you tear down creates waste. It has to be broken up, hauled away, and the remnants disposed of.
Breaking down existing structures takes a lot of energy (electricity and fuel to power the tools necessary), hauling it away takes fuel (often enough for several trips), and then the remnants need to either be recycled (which takes more energy) or tossed into a landfill.
A lot of us forget that, sometimes, the greenest thing we can do is to take care of what already exists, so there’s no need to spend excess energy or create additional waste. That is where overlay paving comes in.
OVERLAY PAVING: A GREEN SOLUTION FOR YOUR PAVING NEEDS
Take a long, hard look at your paving. Now, ask yourself if it genuinely needs replacing. Because if it’s still fundamentally sound, installing a new pavement (even if that new pavement is more eco-friendly than the existing one) is going to waste a perfectly functional pavement and create a lot of unnecessary waste.
If your existing pavement has surface damage, or you want to make it look like new, then what you need is overlay paving. This type of pavement adds a top layer to an existing structure, which uses less time, less energy, and fewer resources than an entirely new installation. You get to cover up and protect minor damage before it becomes a problem. And to the untrained eye, it looks like you have a whole new pavement. No fuss, and minimal time and effort when compared to a full, top-down replacement.
For more information about overlay paving, as well as other green paving options, contact us today!