If you are familiar with the runoff and added pollution caused by impermeable driveways, you may be exploring the more eco friendly permeable driveway option. Aside from being more environmentally friendly, permeable paving materials can also save you money! Permeable driveways are easier to install and use significantly less material than other options. In this article we will explore the top permeable paving options to help you fill your pocket and save the world – one driveway at a time.
Grass and Gravel Driveways
Almost every driveway started as grass. While the grass will wear away over time, this is still an extremely permeable and “green” option. Other options include laying gravel in the area to create a natural, permeable driveway for years to come.
Permeable pavers can be comprised of open cell concrete blocks, brick, or cobblestone. In order to create a permeable driveway with pavers, simply fill the gaps between the pavers with sand!
Plastic Grid System
Plastic grid systems are formed using recycled plastic or blocks, which form a hard surface where water can flow freely. They can be filled with soil, gravel, or sand and are long lasting, easy to install, and maintenance free. What’s not to love?
Two thin paving strips that provide a path for your tires used to be all the rage. Somewhere along the way, especially in climates that deal with snow removal, full asphalt or concrete driveways became the norm. Paving strips are perfect for milder climates, and produce significantly less runoff problems than their full concrete counterparts.
Advances in technology, and environmental regulations, have created a new product on the market. Permeable concrete and asphalt! Another alternative are open cell concrete blocks. These blocks can easily handle heavy loads, while still allowing water to move through the area. You can fill the cells with topsoil or grass to hide the blocks and create an aesthetically pleasing green space.
We hope these permeable paving options have sparked your ecological creativity. If you are interested in permeable driveways, contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416-701-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.