If you are looking for an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete or asphalt, permeable paving could be the perfect solution. There are many benefits to choosing permeable paving, including its 50 year life cycle, reduced runoff of pollutants and its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. You will also find many different variants available for both domestic and commercial use.
Uses for Permeable Paving
Permeable paving is available in a range of different colours, textures and types. This type of paving can be used for landscaping, creating features and also for building a driveway. You may need to check with the manufacturer if you intend to have a driveway built with permeable paving as some types are able to withstand heavier weights. Permeable paving is also designed to allow water to flow through its edges. This helps to filter water directly to underground sources and away from areas where water or pollutants could cause damage. Many people use permeable paving around their ponds to reduce polluted water from entering their pond system.
Installation of Permeable Paving
Permeable paving is installed in much the same way as brickwork. You can choose to have your pavers installed in blocks or individually. To install pavers to the highest standard, you will need to excavate the soil and then place a layer of gravel and sand below where the pavers will be placed. This will stop your paving from slipping or loosening.
Maintenance of Permeable Paving
Once your permeable paving has been installed, you will need to carry out some simple regular maintenance tasks to keep it looking its best. The first six months are possibly the most crucial time as it is easier to rectify any problems earlier on.
Inspect your new paving at least once a month to ensure it has not shifted in place or become loose. If your paving has been installed professionally, you should not experience any of these problems. However, it is important to check for any problems so that you can call your contractor back to rectify any problems.
You can use a garden vacuum to keep your paving looking its best. Pressure washers can also be used to blast away any grime or dirt that accumulates over time. Annual replacement of any damaged or chipped paving will ensure your permeable paving stays looking its best for many years to come and gives you the best return on your investment.