County Materials’ Ready-Mix Concrete Offers a Sustainable Solution for Building Needs
April 26, 2023

Categories | Ready-Mix

County Materials’ Ready-Mix Concrete Offers a Sustainable Solution for Building Needs

County Materials’ Ready-Mix is an environmentally conscious and durable building material.

Project owners specify ready-mix for parking lots, industrial floors, loading docks, residential driveways, patios, and sidewalks for its inherent strength and durability, sustainable production, relatively low emissions, and ability to be recycled at the end of its service life.

Long-Lasting Durability

The lifespan of ready-mix concrete outlasts other common building materials. Additionally, structures built with ready-mix concrete can withstand natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires. The use of ready-mix concrete contributes to longer lasting structures that need to be replaced less often.

Sustainable Production

Transportation of building materials from the raw material source to the plant or mill and from the production site to the construction site contributes to the carbon footprint of that building material. Since ready-mix is made from abundant natural resources that are responsibly excavated from local quarries, its carbon emissions from transportation are often lower than other materials.

To offset cement manufacturing emissions, fly ash and other sustainable materials may be used in production. Since concrete production uses less energy than producing comparable building materials, such as steel and wood, specifying ready-mix can reduce the overall emissions of a building.

High Light Reflectivity

When compared to darker materials like asphalt or dark roofing materials, ready-mix concrete reflects more light and absorbs less heat, which can reduce the urban heat island effect. Cooler surface temperatures and cooler air temperatures throughout the urban environment can reduce the need for air conditioning. Additionally, ready-mix parking lots require fewer light fixtures for nighttime visibility, which can lead to lower energy usage.

Post-Service Life Repurposing

At the end of its service life, ready-mix concrete can be recycled and repurposed. Recycled concrete is commonly used for road base, driveways, landscaping, and the production of new concrete products.

Use County Materials’ Ready-Mix for your next project by contacting our Central Florida Ready-Mix Dispatch team at (352) 343-8488 OPTION #3.