Whether in construction, landscaping, agriculture, the oil and gas industry, or just about any other line of work, the importance of erosion control and ground stabilization cannot be overstated.
Ground stabilization is, simply put, a method which is used to improve the quality of the base layer of ground upon which structures can be sustainably built — be it a road, an equestrian arena, a retaining wall, or even a building.
In the past, many contractors and engineers have relied upon chemical methods for ground stabilization, utilizing lime and/or cement compounds in order to alter and enhance the strength of the soil itself.
However, the big drawback with these types of methods is a simple one: lack of sustainability.
So how can sustainability be achieved without compromising the permeability of the ground or integrity of the structure?
That answer is also simple: permeable ground stabilization matting. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of a geogrid system compared to other ground stabilization methods and contact B8 Ventures to get your world-class permeable ground reinforcement solutions in Canada today.
Geogrid matting, like the Ecoraster erosion control products, holds several advantages when compared to chemical alterations to the soil itself.
For one, a geogrid system allows the sub-base layer of soil to retain its original properties, which of course include permeability and water absorption. These properties are vital to a healthy environment.
However, geogrid ground stabilization matting also provides unparalleled reinforcement to the ground, locking soil and essential materials in place without succumbing to erosion, wilting, or collapsing.
The interlocking cells of a geogrid further prevent the migration of infill materials (rocks, soil, and even plant life) to provide structural support in any number of environments.
Not to mention, these permeable ground reinforcement solutions are made from 100 percent recycled materials and thus are completely environmentally friendly. They are also easy to install and reusable for a number of projects.
All told, geogrid systems offer some of the greatest advantages when searching for sustainable, permeable ground stabilization solutions.
Lime And Chemicals
As mentioned above, a common ground stabilization method for many years has involved lime, cement, and other chemicals.
Lime has been considered one of the quickest and easiest ways to provide ground reinforcement for construction projects and erosion control in a number of environments.
When applied to the soil, lime alters the chemical composition of the dirt and essentially creates a hardened sub-base layer. However, this tends to happen very quickly and leaves a very short window in which additional preparation work can be completed.
Additionally, lime-hardened soil can be extremely hard to work with in the future and requires more resources and manpower for excavation.
This is in contrast to utilizing a geogrid system, which is easy to install, remove, and rework if necessary.
A final drawback to lime stabilization is the fact that the hardening chemicals can be diminished over time, thus creating a fluid and non-supportive base layer once again.
Cement seems to be a “no-brainer” when it comes to creating a sturdy base layer for construction projects.
And it can be, at least for a time.
However, while cement creates an even more rigid and, for lack of a better word, concrete base, it also tends to be one of the least permeable ground stabilization methods out there.
In addition, its sustainability becomes susceptible quickly and can eventually crack and become impossible to work with.
Learn more about permeable ground stabilization with geogrid matting and contact B8 Ventures today.