Landscaping Trends: 7 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Permeable Pavers
At PVM Concrete & Pavers, we would like to share 7 reasons why you should consider switching to permeable pavers.
VERSATILITYPermeable pavers are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and shapes. If you are thinking of designing a new walkway, patio, or any other hardscape, these materials provide all the versatility you will need.
They can also be used for your driveway. Snow melts faster on this surface because of the unique geothermal effect. If your backyard is open to sunlight, it is recommended to choose this material in more neutral colors.
HIGH DURABILITYPermeable pavers can be used to replace your concrete or asphalt surface while still providing as much durability. In fact, they are better than the latter materials in withstanding harsh weather conditions.
Some advantages include:
- Ability to withstand freezing conditions
- Withstand intrusive tree roots without crumbling
- Ability to handle high foot traffic
- Providing better slip-resistance than poured concrete
AFFORDABLEConcrete and asphalt have been known for their high cost of installation, especially due to their labor-intensive nature. Installing permeable pavers costs less in every way:
- On a per-square-foot basis
- Being less labor-intensive
Fill materials are mostly available locally and the paving grids are usually made of lightweight material. All this further contributes to lower transportation costs, thus further reducing the price.
BETTER EROSION CONTROLIf soil erosion is a concern for you, you have a very good reason to switch to permeable pavers. The paving grids can be placed on the areas where you need protection and filled with grass or soil. You can also grow grass in them. The pavers can further be used to create decorative areas or walkways around trees. You can also use permeable pavers to prevent erosion and retain soil in areas where there is loose soil. This benefit along with the ability to stabilize soil makes these pavers perfect for use on slopes.
LOW MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTSPermeable pavers allow you to create low-maintenance surfaces. The usual maintenance requirements include the following:
- The pavers will need occasional sweeping with a broom
- Any debris can be easily sprayed away using a garden hose
- If any paver is knocked out of place from between the pavers, you can just sweep it back in place
- While stain-resistant pavers are available, you can use power washing to remove any stains
If any weeds grow under or around the pavement, just lift the paver and remove the weed at its roots.
AN ORGANIC-LOOKING OPTIONPermeable pavers allow the growth of crawling plants and grass between the sections. This can give a more natural look to the paved surface. The sections leave enough room for the roots to grow. These pavers allow grass and moss to grow through them. This allows you to preserve your lawn’s existing looks.
ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR EXPENSIVE DRAINING SYSTEMConventional concrete and asphalt parking areas require a system of storm drains and pipes for effective water management. Permeable pavers allow water build-up to drain down into the ground. This not only helps prevent flooding but also helps direct the water to any local aquifers.