Installing a hardscape like a patio or driveway on your property is an investment in your home, and more homeowners who make this investment are selecting permeable pavers as the material of choice. The pavers themselves are not actually permeable, they are the gorgeous top layer in a system of many layers of various crushed stone and sand. The pavers used in a permeable installation look very similar to traditional pavers, but are made with extra space between them so rainwater can flow back into the earth below, instead of running off into storm sewers. Storm water does not go through the paver but through the joints between them and into the system below.
Permeable pavers are the most durable material out there for hardscapes. They can be used in a wide variety of climates and can tolerate freeze-thaw cycles. From a small walkway to large-scale driveway and parking pad, permeable pavers are great for nearly any application. They can be plowed, they’re strong, and they resist the peeling and cracking you might get from other materials. In the rare event that a homeowner needs to access underground utilities for repair or replacement, reinstallation of pavers is possible and avoids a "patched" appearance or any loss of permeability.
Permeable pavers allow rainwater to naturally filter and flow through the joints. So, ultimately, the water returns to the ground instead of collecting pollutants and debris while flowing into sewers and storm drains.
Rain water absorption back into the soil below your hardscape reduces stormwater runoff flooding and erosion. It also lessens the impact on existing local storm sewer systems.Permeable pavers are more winter-friendly too, as snow and ice can melt and drain more easily with paver joints. This minimizes the chance of slippery surfaces and the need for harsh deicers.
Even with all of their strength and durability, permeable pavers are beautiful. The options seem limitless, as there are selections in color, shape, and size. Different layeringpatterns can also be used and contribute to the overall appeal of your to your landscape. Different styles of pavers like a minimalist modern paver or an aged cobblestone can enhance or transform the character of your home.
Proper Installation is Critical
Permeable paver installation differs from traditional pavers in several ways. The pavers are thicker than non-permeable pavers. The joints between pavers will vary based upon the volume of water runoff to consider. Also, no sand is used between the joints, as water will flow through those joints.
A good contractor will also understand soil type and infiltration rates since you are essentially building a solid structure that you want rainwater to filter through to groundwater. It is critical to have a trained contractor who has experience with permeable paver installation. A failure in installation wherecontractor installs the wrong components beneath the pavers or fills the joints with sand or stone dustcan lead to puddling or water runoff toward a structural foundation.
Permeable pavers are a more ecologically-friendly material, are more durable than traditional stones and pavers, and come in a stunning variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Gardenin’ Angels is an authorized contractor of Unilock and other permeable paver brands. We have the knowledge and experience in design and installation of permeable paver hardscapes throughout eastern Massachusetts.
5/17/2021 11:40:54 pm
I am grateful that this post highlighted that one of the benefits of permeable pavers is that it is environmentally friendly. The other day my wife mentioned she would like to have pavers installed. I will definitely look at permeable pavers since it is both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
10/29/2021 11:46:36 pm
I like how you mentioned that pavers are the gorgeous top layer in a system of many layers of various sand and crushed stone. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to have a stone paver installed in their yard and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that we can consult trusted stone paver installation services as they can answer all our inquiries and will provide good-quality service.
12/8/2021 05:54:00 pm
My friend wants to use his empty yard as an outdoor space for relaxation. I never knew that crushed stone could help improve the overall pattern of your landscape. I think he should start by setting up the overall ambiance of his yard by using crushed stone.
8/30/2022 01:27:25 pm
It captured me the most when you mentioned that permeable pavers are the option that is more ecologically friendly. That's probably why my parent wants this material for our driveway. I should advise them to hire a contractor that can execute their desired look.
10/26/2022 12:34:47 pm
My wife and I want to renovate our house's exterior by paving our driveway and adding walkways to our garden, so we're looking for the right material to get it done. It's good to know how permeable pavers are highly durable and peeling resistant, so we'll look into them when we visit a hardscape shop. We're grateful for your insight on pavers and why they're great materials for our outdoors.
12/8/2022 03:19:45 am
Thanks for mentioning that permeable pavers allow rainwater to naturally filter and flow through the joints. In our garden, my father wants good paving so that the rainfall can flow through the cracks. I'll advise him to hire experts to build permeable pavers in our garden.
12/12/2022 08:57:43 am
I want to have a nice patio, but I'm not sure what to do in order to put it together. It makes sense that I might want to get permeable pavers for it! I can see how having them permeable could help ensure that there isn't any water damage.
I totally agree when you said that proper installation has to be done well. As you mentioned, a good residential paving contractor will determine the soil type and infiltration rates first, especially when there is rainwater and groundwater to think about. I will make sure to look for a good company to hire this year, because I finally have the budget to afford this project. And we definitely need the front yard done now that we are getting a new car as well.
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