Permeable or Pervious Pavers FAQ's


Q. What are Permeable Pavers?

A. Permeable pavers allow water to filtrate through the surface and down into the ground beneath. Unlike other paving materials where the water hits the surface then naturally flows to the lowest point possible, which is normally a drain, which would mean that this water is transported to our waterways. Therefore, water is absorbed into the earth rather than flooding and contaminating our waterways.
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Q. Where can Permeable or Pervious Pavers be used?

Permeable Driveway A. They are used for many commercial and residential applications. They are commonly used for driveways, emergency access lanes, fire lanes, soil and land stabilization, public parks, parking lots and for landscaping purposes.

Q. What Materials are Permeable Pavers made of?

Permeable pavers are made from many different materials. The one that is right for you will depend on the site where they will be installed and what the site will be used for. Here are some of the materials commonly used:

  • There are Grass Pavers, which are made form plastic grids, and have vegetation planted in the holes or voids.
  • All kinds of Mulches can be used to create a permeable surface, such as; sod, gravel and bark.
  • Porous Concrete is also another type of material used to create a permeable surface, for it has pores or small holes, which is formes in the special mixture of concrete.
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavers are a popular choice in permeable paving. They are made to look like concrete grids and are also filled in with some sort of pervious material, such as sand, gravel, mulch or vegetation.
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Q. Are they more Expensive than Traditional Pavers?

Installing permebale Pavers A. You could say that they are a little more expensive to purchase in the initial stages, than the more traditional types of pavers, however, in the long run they can actually end up saving you money. The reason is that when installing Permeable pavers you don’t have to spend money on drainage pipes and retention systems, because it’s all automatic. The paved surface will automatically drain most of the water that hits it. Therefore, you will save some money in the installation stage.

Q. Are Permeable Pavers strong enough to handle heavy loads and large vehicles?

A. What happens is that permeable pavers resist heavy loads and forces by forming an interlock between them. The interlocking method of permeable pavers like the Grass and Concrete pavers allows the forces to be dispersed and transferred to the whole surface. It is recommended that you consider what the pavement will be used for and make sure that you do the correct research to ensure that your installation is suitable and will last.

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Q. Do Permeable Pavers require a lot of maintenance?

A. In order to get the best performance and drainage capacity from your pavers it is necessary to maintain them. The general requirements are that you sweep them on a regular basis, vacuum them about four times a year, and re-fill in the voids when necessary.