WHY CONCRETE - RESILIENCE
Resilient and Durable
Durable is defined in Webster’s dictionary as, “able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration.” With concrete pipe, durability deals with the life expectancy and enduring characteristics of its materials. There are a variety of products that can meet your specs today, but will they continue to do the job they were intended to do for the long term? The capability of pipe to perform as expected for the design life of a project is a fundamental engineering consideration, especially in today’s economic environment, where requirements have been set in place to ensure a sustainable buried infrastructure.
The Army Corp of Engineers recommends a design life of 70-100 years for precast concrete pipe, and there are countless examples of installations that surpass those numbers. This means the expectation for precast concrete’s functional life is at least twice as long as lesser materials. The reasons for this go far beyond concrete’s innate strength. Concrete also won’t burn, rust, tear, buckle, deflect, and it’s immune to the attack of most elements, whether the pipe is buried or exposed.
Quality concrete pipe densities typically range from 145-155 pounds per cubic foot. Usually the higher the density, the greater the durability of the concrete pipe.