Pros and Cons of Concrete Roads

Concrete

In constructing roads, one of the most popular choices of materials is concrete.

 

There are certain advantages to using this material, and some disadvantages too. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of using concrete for road construction.

 

Pros:

 

Concrete roads are extremely durable can last for around forty years. They are great for roads that would encounter a lot of traffic and heavy vehicles.

 

Since concrete roads have high durability, they don’t need frequent upkeep.

 

Concrete is eco-friendly because vehicles that run on roads made of concrete have lesser fuel consumption.

 

Concrete roads have high resistance to high temperatures. They don’t get easily damaged by heavy rains either.

 

To be more aesthetically pleasing, concrete roads could be adjusted to come in various colors.

 

Cons:

 

Concrete roads can be slippery. Therefore it can cause problems if used in twisty, zigzag roads, especially during rainy or winter months.

 

Some sweep the concrete roads while still wet to create lines or scratches on them that could help make it a bit rougher and provide better traction for the tires of vehicles. But doing this also affects the smoothness of driving on concrete roads; the lines may make the trip bumpy and noisy.

 

Because concrete roads can be particularly slippery with snow, others may argue that salt could just be added on the road during winter. However, the salt can have an impact on the quality of concrete roads, especially if it is newly built.

 

Although it would take a lot to cause damage to a concrete road, once the road encounters any breakage or any major cracks, it is often necessary for it to undergo serious and costly repair.

 

Construction and repair of concrete roads are quite expensive as compared to asphalt roads.