Environmental Benefits of Permeable Pavers
This article was originally published on Angie’s List on April 3, 2014.
Permeable pavers are an environmentally friendly solution for homeowners that want beautiful hardscapes without harming the environment. Paving stones have a rustic beauty that will enhance your curb appeal, create the perfect outdoor party space and lovely walkways meander through your garden.
Replacing your concrete driveway or patio with permeable pavers will also help the environment by encouraging the natural water cycle.
Why permeable pavers are good for the environment
Permeable pavers (also known as interlocking concrete pavers) are made of layers of concrete pavers that have joints filled with tiny stones. Water seeps in through these joints, through the open graded gravel base and into the earth. The joints make these pavers 100 percent permeable, which promotes the natural water cycle.
Solid concrete driveways and patios work the opposite way. When you have a concrete driveway, rainwater hits it and runs off into storm water drains. Rainwater is prevented from penetrating the earth, nourishing the soil and plant life and then evaporating into the atmosphere again.
Another benefit of permeable pavers is that they help to remove pollutants from water. When rain or surface water is absorbed by a paving stone it seeps into the gravel base underneath before entering the soil. This gravel base serves as a sort of filtration system that can remove or reduce pollutants.
Permeable pavers can also be made with recycled material. Homeowners that want to install driveway pavers and remove their existing concrete can recycle the old material, continuing to be a good steward of the environment. This recycled concrete is often used to make new paving stones.
Some homeowners elect to have their paving stones laid further apart in order to have grass grow in between them. This can be done in any space, including your driveway, patio and walkway. This will create a natural and rustic appearance.
Paving stones are durable
Permeable pavers are extremely durable and perfect for high traffic areas. Pavers are so strong that they can hold a fire truck without breaking or cracking. They are even recommended for parking lots as a Low Impact Development strategy.
As such, more commercial developers are installing driveway pavers instead of laying solid concrete. Understanding the wide use of permeable pavers in commercial development, it is clear that these paving stones will hold up to your family’s personal use. Many paving stones also come with a lifetime guarantee for additional peace of mind.
You can enhance your home’s curb appeal and help the environment today! Simply replace your cement driveway with permeable driveway pavers or have them installed in your patio and walkways.
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