Permeable pavers can be the best choice for any paving needs around your property, whether it's an open multi-use area or the driveway. The following are just five reasons to consider these pavers for your next paving project.
1. Ecologically Responsible
Standard paving causes water to collect, unable to soak into the soil where it can join the groundwater and recharge aquifers. Instead, is evaporates off and is locally lost to changing weather patterns. In areas that suffer drought, no matter how mild, preventing the loss of rainwater is of utmost importance.
2. Stormwater Management
Heavy rains can lead to major problems. Flooding is the most obvious concern. Paved areas can act as conduits that heavy storm water flow down, often collecting up against buildings or flowing into neighboring fields and wreaking havoc. Permeable paving breaks up that flow so the water is better able to seep into the ground and disperse, as opposed to flowing down paved areas or overflowing storm drains. For this reason, permeable pavers can be a functioning part of your stormwater management system. In areas with high rain fall levels, additional drainage pipes can be installed in the paver base to further help route water towards storm drain systems.
3. Low Maintenance
Once installed, permeable pavers require very little maintenance. The key is to make sure to first lay down a sand and gravel base and compact it in place. Then, the pavers and soil are installed over this base. The base materials aid in drainage while also ensuring the paving remains level, preventing cracking and heave issues. If a single paver does become damaged, it only takes a few minutes to replace it.
4. Erosion Control
Although most people think of permeable pavers when they are thinking of rainwater management, these pavers also provide a superior option for controlling erosion. Pavers can be installed in combination with grass or deep rooted plants to stabilize a slope. The pavers openings provide a sheltered place for the anchoring plants to take root without being washed or blown away as they establish.
In an agricultural setting, it is not uncommon to use grassy areas for overflow parking, whether it's for a picking and harvesting crew or a autumn public corn maze. Instead of maintaining a permanent lot or tearing up the lawn, install permeable pavers in the area you typically use for parking. The pavers allow grass to continue growing and prevent tire ruts from forming.
Contact a dealer of permeable paver products for more assistance.Share