Should I Consider Using Permeable Paving?

Published on: April 10, 2013

With growing environmental concerns worldwide rising in conjunction with fewer green spaces, increased hardscapes, and lower water tables, the effective management of regional, local and individual water drainage has become a major focus. So much so, that, many city municipalities are beginning to incorporate green or environmentally friendly site plans to ensure the preservation and growth promotion of natural local ecosystems when considering future city development strategies. After observing the use of permeable paving materials, some municipalities are enacting new regulations to ensure that it remains a viable alternative for handling storm water.

Since part of the water table problem has been attributed to less soil and more hardscaping (i.e. paving), the search has been on for more eco-friendly hardscaping materials. Permeable paving uses a range of sustainable materials that actually allow water to move through the surface, reducing runoff and acting as a filter in trapping pollutants. Although these pervious materials look like their nonporous counterparts (concrete, brick, asphalt, etc.), they are much more environmentally friendly by helping to control storm water runoff and improve water quality.  They can also help with grass reinforcement and ground stabilization. Permeable paving materials can be used in the development of roads, walking paths, driveways, residential sidewalks, road shoulders and parking lots.

Installation of permeable paving is not more difficult than installing the nonporous materials.  However, there are different specifications and procedures to adhere to. Different permeable paving materials present certain advantages and disadvantages for specific projects. Your local landscaping professional will know just which materials would be best suited for your unique landscaping project. To invest in pervious landscaping materials for your project, is to invest in the health and vitality of your own ecosystem!


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