What comes to mind when you thing of pavements? You will more than likely say that there is only two real types of pavements. That being traditional pavement methods, such as concreate or asphalt. Which do hold most use when it comes to construction. But, does that mean that they are the only real choices? No, that would be crazy, there are many ways to pave the ground and though these are tried and true, that doesn’t mean that are the best for your project. Newer methods called Porous pavers, have thrown their hat in, when it comes to tackling an issue in a new way.
First let me explain what a porous paver is, if you don’t already know. Basically, instead of utilizing a mixture to solidify on the ground, to stabilize it. You try to reinforce the current foundation. It does that by creating large black sheets that can house individual amount of filler. This keeps the filler in place and even strengthen the over-all ground. Now, you may not expect the sheets themselves to be very strong, but they can house around 6800psi (pounds per square inch). This can be obtained before the chosen material has been selected, which can increase the strength tremendously. But, now what makes it porous? It the bottom of each one of these little cups, has a drainage hole at the bottom, allowing liquids to be drained and not take the soil with it.
Besides this introduction of the system, we can now look at the benefits of this method over others.
- Affordability: Porous pavements are estimated to at least cut a third of the overall price of buying and installing the system. At times, it can even be half the total cost. They accomplish this not only in the materials themselves, which are cheaper than traditional methods. Labor has been reduced as well, no longer do you have to have large equipment with a group of people working all day. You don’t need such equipment or mass of workers; the installation process can be comparable in time to the money you save.
- Installation: As mention above it can take less than half to install the system compared to asphalt or concreate.
- Maintenance: Since porous pavements are not a solid surface or exposed as harshly to the elements, makes it much easier to care for. No need to clean grim off or maintain it in anyway. It doesn’t crack or brake and nature has been designed to fit into the pavement, preventing any type of natural damage to occur.
- Bonus benefits: Not only is it strong and durable. A major benefit people have noticed about this system, is that it does not retain heat on long summer days, leaving the area cooler. If you are more eco minded, you will be happy to hear that most of the plastic used in the construction is recycled.
If you are looking for a new way to pave or you just need to extend a preexisting pavement, give porous pavers a look. It can save you money and provide a strong surface.