Rubber Walkways Could Eliminate The Hazards Of Concrete
Concrete alternatives could create safer and crag-free sidewalks.
We live in a time of innovation and change, yet it may be suggested that we have grown complacent in our general acceptance of concrete: a product whose literal cracking creates both inconveniences and rising maintenance costs for pedestrians, consumers, and communities alike. Tree roots create jagged cracks in the sidewalk, and weather extremes lead to potholes that are almost never filled on time. As a result, a new rubber tile market has emerged and with it, a new and creative prospect for the future of municipal walkways.Though we hardly give a second thought to the ground we tread on a daily basis, there are companies presently at work whose sole focus is trying to provide a viable alternative to the concrete under our feet. Despite concrete’s reign as the preeminent construction material for sidewalks, companies that manufacture rubber tiles— such as Terrecon and Pavegen— are looking for a piece of concrete’s market share.