Why Use Permeable Pavers?
In the rainy Pacific Northwest, nothing beats direct infiltration to avoid too much water runoff from hardscape surfaces. Seattle is one of many cities now requiring on-site solutions for storm water management. Nowadays every builder and developer in town pays attention to green storm water infrastructure technology. We’re sure that if you take a close look at the many recent development projects, you will notice a lot of permeable pavers.
What are Permeable Pavers?
These days, there are a lot of permeable paver products designed to allow better water infiltration. A free-draining clean rock profile, installed as a base below the pavers, allows water to percolate into the ground below the surface, right where it falls. This reduces the immediate water runoff and the pollution it carries from streets into to streams, rivers, lakes, and waterways.
Most installations place permeable pavers in interlocking patterns, providing ideal surfaces for driveways, while still allowing water to soak in. These products have come a long way over the past 10-15 years and appear in commercial, civic, and residential applications. Permeable pavers have become more attractive both for their environmental friendliness and affordability.
The range of color and pattern choices has also broadened significantly. There are now water infiltrating pavers that help ease strain on the environment while looking sharp within the design scheme of any project. Most hardscape material manufacturers have stepped up to meet demand for these pavers, providing an array of pricing options from mid- to higher-grade products. Have a side yard walkway always accumulating muck and grime from standing water? Looking to replace that crumbling old concrete driveway with a functional, modern green feature? We can tackle any of these problem areas with a new paver installation that helps the environment while meeting your needs for a fresh and modern hardscape design.
Belgard provides innovative, high-end hardscape materials.
Wikipedia has more information and examples of permeable pavers and surfaces.