The Advantages of Permeable Pavement Systems

For corporations, land owners and property developers concerned with water conservation and sustainability, permeable pavers are an excellent option. There are a variety of permeable materials used depending on your projects’ location, size and design scheme. Permeable pavers (also known as interlocking concrete pavers) are made of layers of concrete 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.

The use of permeable pavers is not a new concept – hundreds of years ago skilled craftsmen were constructing roads and paths by setting stones in sand. Many of these ancient creations have survived today, most prominently the Romans, proving that the systems are not only aesthetically appetizing, but also strong and enduring.

During the 20th century’s rapid development, impervious pavers became increasingly popular on projects. However, with the recent push towards sustainability and the concern of the water supply, eco-minded architects and engineers are pushing for the use of permeable paving once more. With the ever-increasing use of permeable pavers, let’s take a look at some of the many advantages to their use.

1. Durability:
Once laid, permeable pavers are as durable as concrete and asphalt surfaces. It can support heavy traffic such as delivery vehicles, cars, and vans. Because the system is a floating surface and has joints that make it flexible, the pavers can move as the soil beneath it changes. Asphalt or concrete will tend to buckle when conditions like freeze and thaw cycles take place. No more potholes.

2. Saves on costly drainage systems:
With conventional paving methods such as asphalt or concrete surfaces, the area must be crowned and have a system of storm drains and pipes to collect the water and control runoff during rain or flooding events. While the permeable system will still need a drainage system, the costs are limited as water is drained through the surface and into the ground. This helps to prevent flooding and allows any natural aquifers in the area to replenish in a sustainably manner.

3. Aesthetics:
While concrete or asphalt surfaces are common, they are boring. Whether you’re looking to earn credits for a green building program, or just sprucing up your land for a sustainable future, permeable paver systems are a great way to improve your project while being environmentally friendly and low-maintenance.