Permeable Pavers Explained
Permeable, or pervious pavers, allow moisture and water to move between joints or through the pavers to help reduce water run-off. Because they are porous, proper sub-base construction techniques are used to improve water absorption rates through these types of pavers.
Permeable pavers provide several advantages over other pavers for driveways, decks, patios and walkways:
- They allow water to seep through, rather than puddle up and run off to the sides.
- The sub-base purifies the water and helps reduce groundwater pollution.
- Their base construction is so stable they are capable of very heavy traffic.
Dealing with run-off during the semi-tropical rainstorms of Florida is always a problem. The design of permeable pavers that allows water to pass through them is complemented by the sub-base, where naturally occurring microbial action helps purify the water on its way down into the water table. This technology helps lower construction costs because it reduces or even eliminates the need for storm drains, ponds and trenches. Permeable pavers also are ideal for applications where carrying a heavy traffic load is required. And like so many other types of pavers, they are extremely low maintenance and long-lasting.
“Green” and Naturally Safe
In fact, permeable pavers are so environmentally friendly, they’re often called “Green pavers.”
Not only are they good for heavy traffic, the standard surface of permeable pavers makes them naturally safer for all kinds of foot traffic – even for disabled and elderly people using walkers and wheelchairs.
Because of all this, some permeable pavers are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and can earn credits with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) which sets Green building ratings in the U.S. and Canada.
Dazzling Range of Colors & Styles
Permeable pavers come in a dazzling range of colors, shapes and styles. Colors can range all the way from white through solid or blended greys, tans, browns and reds. As with so many other types of pavers, the design opportunities are almost limitles
The Natural Elements Advantage
Natural Elements will advise you on the best use of permeable pavers if your project calls for such an application. We will answer all your questions about these and other pavers. And of course we will collaborate with you to achieve the design that you really love.