Are you wondering what the best, most cost-effective solution is for erosion control at your construction site? There are a variety of solutions available, but we always highly recommend the use of articulated concrete blocks. These systems are a great alternative to what can otherwise be a costly, time-consuming task in erosion control.
Articulated concrete block systems can be used in a wide range of applications, from roadway construction to waterway restoration, which makes them an extremely popular choice for construction projects. Their ease of installation and outstanding flexibility allow them to be deployed in just about any way imaginable for the ultimate effectiveness.
Here is a quick overview of the two main types of articulated concrete block systems: open cell and closed cell. The following information should give you a better idea as to which is the best choice for your project.
Open cell articulated concrete block systems
Open cell articulated block concrete systems have not been filled in with soil. This tends to give them a more industrial appearance than closed-cell systems. This makes them ideal for applications in which you are only worried about controlling erosion, and not so much about the appearance of the site. The opening in these concrete block systems allows vegetation to easily grow through them.
Fast-moving water tends to cause major erosion problems when there is contact with soil. Continued contact between the water and the soil can ultimately wash away some soils that would otherwise support the land. By using these open cell solutions in potentially vulnerable areas, you can prevent this soil from washing away while still allowing vegetation to grow. Open cell systems are often used in particularly at-risk areas, such as waterways and along roads. Open cell systems also have the added advantage of helping improve drainage routes.
Closed cell articulated concrete block systems
Conversely, closed cell articulated concrete block systems do not have open gaps. Instead, they are filled with soil or other substances, making them ideal for projects involving restorations of streams or waterbeds in which exposed concrete could detract from the natural beauty of the area. Closed cell solutions are able to provide a structurally sound support system without compromising a natural appearance.
Additionally, these systems benefit from additional stability provided by plant root systems that grow underneath. If used for boat ramps or roadways, these closed cell systems create smoother surfaces for vehicles to travel over. They can even be used for protecting pipelines and cable housing, among other types of utility infrastructure.
This should give you a good idea of the main differences between these two types of articulated concrete block systems. If you have any additional questions about the various services we provide or the applications in which you can use open cell articulated concrete block systems, we encourage you to reach out to our team at International Erosion Control Systems Inc. today and we will be happy to provide you with more information. Our team looks forward to working with you!