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Going Green: The Pros and Cons of Permeable Pavement

Going Green: The Pros and Cons of Permeable Pavement

Let’s talk about “Going Green”. You hear the word tossed around a lot, and its’ meaning seems to draw a fine line between environmental awareness and publicity. To be transparent, we will draw up a list of pros and — strangely enough — cons of using permeable paving as part of your green project.

As part of the Master Builders Association and the CarbonNeutral movement, we believe that honesty breeds business. So let’s take a deeper look at permeable pavement and see if the solution is right for you.

The Cons

  • Not Superman: Our permeable pavement is strong enough to handle heavy vehicles and vehicular traffic. That being said, if you want to apply this pavement to airports or high-traffic highways, it may not be ideal for you. While we claim to have the strongest permeable pavement, traditional asphalt is thicker and better suited for places where planes or heavy vehicles pass.
  • Wash: Unfortunately, particles may still build up and collect over long periods when using permeable pavings. With our permeable pavement, a simple jet wash should take care of this issue. Only cleaning the pavement once a year will be enough when using StoneSet.
  • Inexperienced Contractors: This is a general con of permeable pavements; inexperienced contractors can do a ton of damage. Permeable pavement requires special equipment, materials, and training to be properly put into place. Using people who are not trained or do not have sufficient equipment can lead to major problems with your new hardscape. This is why we recommend always looking for the Master Builders certificate.
  • Cost: The materials and labour for installing permeable pavement are typically more expensive. The material is specialised and so is the labour. For the best quality, it does take time and money.

The Pros

  • Green: Permeable pavement allows water to seep through. This water then reaches the soil below, spreading out into the greens around the pavement. Instead of water collecting in storm drains, the water is used functionally.
  • Trees: Permeable pavement allows tree roots to spread without sacrificing the integrity of the hardscape.
  • Cost: Even though the material and labour are more expensive, using permeable pavement prevents you from having to spend money on drainage systems, prevents watering costs on plants, reduces slippage and puddles that can congest traffic and bog down consumers, as well as allows you to have a hardscape that is classified as a “softscape”. In the end, you will save more money.
  • 10-Year Guarantee: All of our permeable pavings come with a 10-year guarantee. The hardscapes themselves are built to last an incredible 25 years.
  • Grip and Slip: Permeable pavement prevents puddles from becoming too large and has a firm grip. This reduces the chances of slips and falls.
  • Customizs It: All of our pavings are fully customisable.

The pros far outweigh the cons, and we hope you consider this before making your next choice. If you have any more questions or want to know if your project is a good fit with permeable pavement, feel free to contact us.

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