What are permeable pavers?
Permeable pavers are paving materials used in an installation system for hardscaping surfaces. They are porous, allowing water to infiltrate through the pavers and into the ground underneath. Permeable pavers are as strong or stronger than traditional paving materials like asphalt and concrete and are just as durable.
How do they work?
Permeable pavers are installed with joints that are filled with gravel and are designed to allow water to penetrate their surfaces, flow into the rock base, and absorb into the ground. Other paving systems (asphalt, concrete, compacted gravel) can collect stormwater, resulting in puddles or run-off. Permeable pavers, however, allow for a more natural simulation of the ground reacting to rainwater, with rain absorption on the spot.
Why are they better than traditional pavers?
Hardscaped surfaces that use permeable pavers help immensely with stormwater management. They minimize water runoff and flood risks (which is typically caused by traditional paving materials like concrete, asphalt, and gravel). Runoff is dangerous for homeowners, as it can often run into basements, crawl spaces, or foundations without the homeowners' knowledge. It can also be detrimental to cities and towns, as water runoff picks up pollutants as it flows toward and into sewers. Eventually, this runoff flows into our the natural waterways. Major rainwater runoff from sever storms can overwhelm sewer systems, causing flooding or other water management issues. They can be plowed easily with no risk of damage to the paver surface.
Are they more or less costly than traditional pavers?
Initial costs to install permeable pavers are generally higher than traditional pavers or asphalt, but similar to concrete. The cost-benefit is based on the life cycle of the surface. There are major savings in the minimized risk of damage from runoff and flooding as well as the reduced need for sealing or replacing. While other surfaces (or underground utilities) that need repair may require a complete tear up, permeable pavers can be removed and replaced individually. Ongoing maintenance is cheap and simple. For residential properties, use a leftest blower to clear out paver joints as needed. For commercial properties, restrict debris from clogging the joints by blowing regularly and/or vacuuming surfaces every year or two.
Permeable pavers are environmentally-conscious surfaces for patios, walkways, parking lots, roadways, fire lanes, driveways and other paving functions that absorb water and prevent flooding.
10/14/2020 11:14:22 am
It's interesting that you mention that using permeable pavers for your hardscaping helps minimize the possibility of flooding. I want to build a patio in my backyard, and I'm thinking about using permeable pavers for it so that I don't get any water runoff. I'm going to search for a good business that can sell me some permeable pavers.
11/28/2021 08:33:34 pm
I find it convenient that you could use pavers to boost your property's ability to combat stormwater while boosting its appearance. I heard that my aunt wants to use her outdoor space in an area where she could entertain her guests. Maybe we should try out hiring a paving service as a start for her project!
4/5/2022 03:22:59 am
It captured me the most when you shared that permeable pavers can absorb rainwater on the spot. My friend told me that they need help from pavers to repair their driveway. I think they should hire a concrete contractor with an active license and insurance.
Thanks for helping me understand that permeable pavers would be filled with gravel and will allow after to flow into the rock base into the ground. I will choose that kind of flooring for the pathway near the garden. It will be perfect to ensure that there will be no stagnant water that can lead to mosquitoes in our home.
8/8/2022 10:25:58 am
I want to get some nice pavement installed, but I'm not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that permeable pavers would be a good choice! I can see how they would be a lot better at handling storm water.
9/6/2022 05:40:28 pm
I appreciate what you said about how flooding can require crack replacement. I need to get a contractor to repave our driveway. I think we need new sealant as well.
9/8/2022 12:55:07 am
I appreciate you mentioning how much permeable pavers used in hardscaped surfaces aid in stormwater management. I want hardscape paving in the backyard of my new home. I will seek the assistance of commercial hardscape paving professionals to design and build the pavement so that I may have effective stormwater control.
10/5/2022 11:23:49 pm
I like the tip that you gave that gravel is included in making the paver for the water to flow properly. Yesterday, my mother told me that she was hoping to have a paver installed in their home for a more functional landscaping design. She asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, I'll be sure to consult a trusted pavers company as they can provide more information about the process.
10/10/2022 12:25:06 pm
My cousin has been thinking about getting some pavers for her garden pathway because she wants the area to look a lot nicer. She was wondering what would be easier for them to use, and what could help them control the water to be safer. I'll be sure to tell her about how permeable pavers can minimize runoff, and flood risks because they absorb into the ground.
11/4/2022 08:49:07 pm
Thanks for the article, very helpful!
1/15/2023 07:47:06 pm
Appreciate this blog ppost
1/16/2023 09:25:42 pm
I appreciate what you said about finding someone to install the proper joints. My driveway seems to be uneven. I'll have to have it paved again.
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