Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

Pour It On: The Advantages Of Choosing Porous Asphalt For Driveway Constructions

Troy Medina

When it comes to choosing materials for designing and constructing a new driveway for our home, it's hard to beat the versatility and ease of installation that comes with choosing asphalt. However, conventional asphalt, in common with most other solid driveway materials (such as poured concrete), is non-porous and does not allow rainwater and other forms of moisture to pass through its impenetrable surface.

This might not sound like a particularly pressing problem, but during rainy months, a non-porous driveway can become a real hassle, preventing rainwater from draining away from your land properly and potentially causing problems with localised flooding. There is, however, a solution to your driveway drainage woes -- porous asphalt, a special asphalt blend which forms highly permeable driveways, roads and pavements. A material increasingly adopted by road crews and road construction businesses, porous asphalt can be just as useful for driveway construction.

What are the advantages of choosing porous asphalt for my driveway?

The permeable properties of porous asphalt convey a number of advantages which can benefit any homeowner:

Increased drainage rates

The permeability of porous asphalt is its key selling point, and porous asphalt is an excellent material to use for driveway construction if you wish to avoid altering the drainage characteristics of your land.

Non-porous driveways often form a substantial barrier to proper rainwater drainage -- the water that collects on its surface can run off, leaving the ground around your drive thoroughly waterlogged, while water that would ordinarily drain from one side of a driveway to another is blocked, forcing it to collect in unwanted areas and leading to further flooding -- this is a particularly pressing problem for driveways constructed on uneven or hilly terrain.

By contrast, a porous asphalt driveway allows rainwater to pass through your drive quickly and efficiently, preventing flooding trouble spots and ensuring rainwater returns to local groundwater supplies and aquifers speedily.

No need for drains

Because rainwater does not need to be redirected away from a porous asphalt driveway, you do not need to install special drainage facilities (such as French drains and culverts) to channel water flow. This can save you a surprising amount of time and money and removes the trip hazards presented by many drains.

Firm footing

These excellent drainage characteristics also prevent standing water from pooling on the surface of your driveway, a problem that can present a dangerous slip hazard (especially to the elderly and infirm). Porous asphalt is also slightly rougher in texture than its conventional cousin, and while this does not alter the asphalt's looks appreciably it does provide an extra degree of traction underfoot.

Ease of installation

Despite porous asphalt's unique qualities, its formulation is very similar to that of conventional asphalt, and it is heated and paid down in the same ways. This makes porous asphalt almost as cheap to install as regular asphalt and ensures work crews won't need any expensive special equipment or training to apply the asphalt.

Contact companies that offer permeable paving for more information and assistance.