Construction projects can be messy. All it takes is a little rain.
After two days of rain, we measured the hardness of this Petraviam paved surface 2-months after installation and it was rock hard. On a relative scale, the Petraviam surface was 200 percent harder than wet compacted road base.
You can see the mud tracked up onto the Petraviam that is because the property owner had to use a tractor to pull a construction truck out of the mud, up onto the rock hard Petraviam surface. There were no marks on the driveway, just piles of mud to be washed away by the rain.
What did this mean for the property owner and builder? On-time completion, happier contractors and lower constuction costs.
For research purposes, we continue to test Petraviam for durability and performance. During rain or shine, Petraviam maintains a hard and impervious surface.
Following a Brinell hardness methodology, we measured wet compacted road base, dry compacted road base and a county road against Petraviam roads for hardness. Wet Petraviam roads were 300 percent harder than wet road base that had been compacted. Over time, as the solution oxidizes, the Petraviam paved surface continues to get harder.
What does it mean for counties and municipalities? Safer roads, happier citizens, reduced road and bridge expenditures. The county road below was paved 2-months ago with an asphalt seal coat, when it rained it turned to mud with a relative hardness of 0.114 compared to the adjacent Petraviam paved ranch road with a hardness of 3.39. The photo below tells the tale; ruts and mud that will turn to dust and erosion over time.
What does it mean for facilities operators and logistics companies? Petraviam stands up to 80,000 pound trucks running all day, every day, rain or shine.
Four months ago Trent Christianson wanted to improve access to his game and cattle ranch. Rain created mud requiring 4-wheel drive. Mud turned to dust and erosion. During Hurricane Harvey the ranch got pelted with over 9-inches of rain. Getting to the ranch on the county road required 4-wheel drive. Once on the ranch road, Trent reports the road was solid, just like a highway. Watch this customer success video as Trent recounts his Petraviam experience.
Over a month ago, Petraviam was applied to this ranch road leaving the surface smooth and dust free. Watch the video as the driver takes you on 3-minute journey out the ranch road and down the county road. The ranch road is smooth at speeds of 45-miles per hour. The untreated county road is dusty, rough and at 40-miles per hour, uncomfortable to drive on.
States and municipalities are moving to unpaved roads to contain costs and improve the environment. As reported in Wired Magazine1, 27 states have made the move.
By un-paving instead of repaving, the city of Montpelier, Vermont, saved about $120,000—a big chunk for a city whose annual budget for street building and repairs was $1.3 million.
Plus, using materials like cement are expensive and environmentally unfriendly, the cement industry is a huge producer of the green house gas, carbon dioxide — responsible for about 5 percent of all global emissions. 2
Asphalt is harmful as well as it contains Volatile Organic Compounds such as benzene, and other known carcinogens. Coal tar, used in many surfacing applications is actually even more hazardous to the environment and ultimately our health.