Did you know that some traditional amenities as mundane as driveways may not be good for the environment?
Your concrete driveway may be blocking rainwater from seeping into the ground. Instead of being absorbed back into the ground with natural microorganisms to purify it, the rainwater flows down drainage channels where it picks up trash, dirt, and oils that eventually pollute your town’s lakes and rivers.
Luckily, permeable driveways are now available as solutions! In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about permeable pavers and installing a permeable driveway.
The Difference of a Permeable Driveway
Yes, you would like for the rainwater to drain into the ground where the natural microorganisms can break down the pollutants and purify the water, but you also wouldn’t want to get your car stuck in the mud. This is where permeable driveways can offer you an environment-friendly solution!
Permeable pavement is made with durable materials that allow rainwater to soak into the ground below. You get a fully functional driveway without the environmental hazard of a regular concrete driveway.
Other Benefits of Getting a Green Driveway Installed
Other than being good for the environment, permeable pavers also offer the following benefits:
- They can be installed anywhere around your home
- They reduce the heat emitted by the usual asphalt driveways and walkways
- They are more durable, stable, and easier to repair and maintain
- They look great compared to smoothed out cement. You can even have a stone mosaic installed!
How Is It Permeable?
Permeable driveways are made from layers of concrete pavers separated by joints filled with small stones. The gaps in these joints allow water to flow through an “open-graded base” made up of stone layers with no small or fine particles. This allows for 100 per cent permeability while the base stores and filters water, which further reduces pollutants.
Other than making your driveway more durable and last longer, it is also environmentally friendly.
The Materials Used for Green Driveways
Instead of the boring old concrete driveway, the green driveway offers you a variety of looks. You can choose various porous materials for your green driveway, including:
- Brick designed with spaces between each brick
- Crushed stone and gravel usually from decomposed granite loosely set on a bed of sand
- Dry-laid pavers or installed stones on a bed of sand and gravel
- Reinforced grids or a mesh between stone tiles to create a grid look
- Grass pavers for a green landscaping look
- Stones such as flagstone or slate with rocks and gravel
- Plastic mats with cells which can either be circular or hexagonal
How Are They Installed?
A professional paver installation crew will design a driveway for you which meets the local and state requirements for water runoff. They can then be installed mechanically, which reduces the time and cost of the installation.
It is important for rainwater to naturally seep into the ground for natural microorganisms to purify it before reaching our groundwater. Otherwise, it encounters pollutants that eventually reach the area’s waterways.
You don’t have to compromise the convenience of a concrete driveway to be environmentally friendly. Permeable paving is now available as a green solution. You don’t need to get your car stuck in the mud just to be helpful to the environment.
Are you looking for reliable paving contractors in Sydney? We at Stoneset offer a variety of sustainable porous driveway options for you. Just head on to our website to learn more and get a free estimate!