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Why You Should Consider Installing Permeable Pavers

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by Jack Adams

2023-05-25 06:16 AM

Concrete, open-pore pavers, or asphalt with a stone reservoir beneath them are all examples of permeable pavement. Green pavement, as it's sometimes called, is porous, so water drains off it instead of pooling or running off the surface. The water and precipitation are collected in a reservoir, and then either seep into the ground or drain away via a drain tile. As a natural filter, the stone or gravel removes harmful substances from the water.

Parking lots, sidewalks, low-traffic areas, and driveways all benefit from its use. This environmentally friendly pavement can be used in a variety of settings, including those with high temperatures, heavy traffic volumes, and lower volumes. In addition to the aforementioned, the following are also examples of permeable paving:

  • Regular Concrete/Asphalt: The mix used traditionally, with the small fragments removed to increase porosity.
  • Honeycomb-shaped holes in plastic pavers allow grass and other plants to grow through them.
  • When using concrete pavers, water can drain and permeate the ground more easily because of the gaps between each block.

1. The Advantages Of Permeable Pavement

Permeable pavement has many benefits, including:

  • A 'heat island,' or an area of the pavement that is significantly hotter than its surroundings, is not created by permeable paving.
  • The production of materials for pavements and driveways can be reduced because it can be made from recycled materials. Concrete that could be used as part of the ecofriendly paving can now be made with residues like slag cement from iron manufacturers thanks to new techniques in the manufacturing industry. As a bonus, this helps cut down on waste disposal needs.
  • There won't be any ice on the road because water and precipitation can seep through the pavement. The pavement is safe for driving and walking even when temperatures are below freezing.
  • The constant movement of water and precipitation keeps the pavement cool even in the hottest summer months. On top of that, it aids the same causes thanks to being lighter in color.

2. Disadvantages of Impermeable Driveways

Permeable pavements don't come without their share of drawbacks, though. Those things are:

Costs to put in are higher than for more common pavements.

Permeable pavement has very distinct upkeep needs. If the water in the reservoir isn't drained out regularly, it can become clogged. An industrial vacuum is required to remove the sand and fine particles that could clog the interstices between the pavers. Even when sanding for ice in the winter, it can clog. The goal of installing permeable pavement is defeated if water and pollutants are allowed to run off the surface too quickly due to clogging.

They can't hold up to the weight of cars like concrete or asphalt roads can. Constant stress, such as that caused by heavy vehicle braking, can cause the pavement's pores to burst. That's why it's not a good idea to use permeable pavement for things like airport runways and highways.

Preventing and Controlling Flooding through the Management of Stormwater

The permeable driveway installation also aids in stormwater management, which is a major plus. 

By restoring the natural hydrologic balance and decreasing the amount of runoff, permeable pavements aid in the efficient management of stormwater. 

Instead of having rainwater run off quickly into storm drains, this system allows it to seep slowly into the ground, where it can be used by plants. 

The physical entrapment of toxins in the pavement, the chemical breakdown of pollutants by bacteria and other microbes, and the biological storage of pollutants by plants growing in the spaces between the pavers all contribute to a lower concentration of pollutants in the stormwater. This rainwater would normally go to waste, but it can be reused in your home or business.

You can rely on Easefix for all of your driveway installation and walkway paving needs, including the installation of permeable pavers as well as repairs to and maintenance of your existing driveway.