Maintenance & Benefits

  • Green Way Pavements – Eco-friendly Driveway Options Green Way Pavements – Eco-friendly Driveway Options

    Green Way Pavements – Eco-friendly Driveway Options

Green Way Pavements – Eco-friendly Driveway Options

When it comes to defining environmentally friendly driveways, you should consider many factors but most important ones are use, exposure, aestetics and location of the site. There are some tenets that either individually or collectively defines any driveway, green. These are: Permeability, Material and Heat Island Effect. Now the permeable driveway can be made in different ways, these include grid-pavers, crushed stone, and permeable concrete and crushed seashells. The heat in the cities are far more than the surrounding country sides because of all the buildings in the cities, so the paved areas surrounding the buildings play a large part in the temperature difference. Paved areas absorb the heat that is why green driveways should be taken into consideration to combat the heat effect. Light shades of materials for pavement should be considered and trees should be planted to control the heat. After looking into permeability and heat island effect, materials should be taken into account. There are different kinds of materials used for making the driveways but the most popular and common on are; Asphalt, including permeable asphalt Concrete, including concrete pavers Plastic Grid-Pavers   By comparing concrete, asphalt vs plastic grids, you will have the option to choose the one best suited to you. Asphalt: For the roads and driveways, the most common material used is Asphalt. As its color is black it is also called blacktop. The leftover material of gasoline, kerosene and diesel is used to fuse together the sand and stone. It is cheaper than the concrete and doesn’t show stains because of its color. There are also some downsides to it. It has to be maintained after few years and its lifespan is somewhat short. It has rough edges […]

  • Green Way Pavements – What’s a Permeable Grid Driveway? Green Way Pavements – What’s a Permeable Grid Driveway?

    Green Way Pavements – What’s a Permeable Grid Driveway?

Green Way Pavements – What’s a Permeable Grid Driveway?

What’s a Permeable Grid Driveway? While speaking with my banker, I mentioned that the County recently installed our permeable grid-pavers as pavement for their parking lot. With her head slightly slanted, she seemed a bit lost for words, then said, “…aren’t they suppose to use asphalt?” I said “Not necessarily so.” “Oh!” she clamored, “You pour the asphalt into the grids?” I giggled. So many people say the same thing, not knowing that there are other pavement methods available. Routinely, people generally conclude that asphalt pavements offer the best solution for driveways, access roads, and trails. But the fact remains that there are green alternatives: plastic grid-pavers being one of them. Asphalt is a liquid that expands and contracts, and depending on its thickness and the quality of its sub-base, deteriorates over time, quicker if water is present. Cold weather is another culprit that up heaves layers of asphalt. On the other hand, plastic grid-pavers are made from recycled plastic, which has been converted into little pellets, similar to those green popcorn puffs used in shipping boxes. The plastic grids are extremely strong, do not deteriorate, and can last a life-time, when properly installed. But the real concern is permeability—how water flows through and into the ground. Lately, that has become a major concern for landowners and municipalities as water conservation has become critical. With asphalt and concrete, water run-off can get serious and costly. With permeable and environmentally friendly pavements, the water goes directly into the ground and finds its way to the water table. The best part is that the water gets purified and that keeps our streams and rivers healthy. For the homeowners with deteriorating asphalt or disappearing gravel, plastic grid-pavers offers […]

  • Growing Ignorance – Climate Change & Sustainability Growing Ignorance – Climate Change & Sustainability

    Growing Ignorance – Climate Change & Sustainability

Growing Ignorance – Climate Change & Sustainability

  “Growing Ignorance” There appears to be a great deal of ignorance circumventing our new President and the Republican Party with regards to the environment. Without a vivacious and sustainable environment, you have nothing. Maybe your denial can lead your imagination to living on the moon or Mars, but as the Earth goes, we’d better respect her. She is not a resource as she is the Source (with a capital “S”). If you forget who your parents are, your in trouble. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Not to recognize climate change and the reduced need for petroleum fuel borders stupidity. Not to recognize that the United States of America is the nation of environmental leadership, but rather greed, is deplorable. We have the intelligence and people to help change and protect the resources on this planet. To put that in a bag and hide that in the closet undermines the values American dreamt about for the past 6o decades. Yes, we did put a man on the moon. Yes, we now have self-driving vehicles. No we have no political drive to environmentally succeed. It’s a shame to say the least. Understandably, we want our big business to grow and increase their profits, but not at the cost of our environment. In 2016, the Southwest section of the United States underwent a disastrous draught. Now in early 2017, the rain won’t stop and floods and destruction is everywhere. Sewer treatment plants are overwhelmed with storm water surges, which results in operational failure and polluted rivers. Sea levels are raising causing water inundation along the coastlines, especially in our cities. The US NAVY Command has asked Congress to fund projects to elevate structures within our […]

  • GWP: Sustainable Living & Grid Pavers GWP: Sustainable Living & Grid Pavers

    GWP: Sustainable Living & Grid Pavers

GWP: Sustainable Living & Grid Pavers

“What is living green?”  Living green means that you serve the community and the planet consciously by being in harmony with Nature. By recycling, practicing water conservation, using energy efficiently, as with solar power, and not interfering with GMO or chemicals are basic examples of “living green.” “what is sustainable living/why is it important?”  Sustainability is about long-term behaviors and goals that keep the “Living Green” awareness perpetuating. The importance of this action determines socio-economic growth and stability, encourages investments, and better aids in the design and planning process. “How do grid-pavers help living green?”  Grid-pavers that offer permeability serve to redirect rainwater and storm water surges from not destroying the sewer treatment facilities, streams and rivers. Most forms of permeability permit rainwater to be absorbed directly and immediately into the ground. This aids in the leaching and purification process were the waters become better filtered into the water table, which in turn, finds its way into the rivers.

  • Woodland Ave Driveway, Binghamton, NY Woodland Ave Driveway, Binghamton, NY

    Woodland Ave Driveway, Binghamton, NY

Woodland Ave Driveway, Binghamton, NY

Application: Plastic permeable grid-paver for the driveway and pathways Area in square feet: 1,600 sq ft Products used: Plastic permeable grid-paver, gravel fill, with a standard base Construction period: June 2015 Description Summary Green Stormwater and Landscaping Matching Fund (GSLMF) Description: In 2014-2015 The City of Binghamton has established a Green Stormwater and Landscaping Matching Fund (GSLMF), made possible by a grant of $48,500 from a local community foundation. The GSLMF was created to help homeowners and businesses pursue small green infrastructure projects that will contribute to the City’s resilience to flooding and help improve water quality. GSLMF Goals (a) Encourage property owners to carry out improvements that add resilience to the City’s built environment. (b) Increase the area of landmass that contributes positively to the City’s stormwater management program. (c) Fund a minimum of nine (9) projects that can be used to educate the community on the benefits of small-scale green infrastructure projects. (d) Increase the awareness of the use of green infrastructure for storm water management purposes The GSLMF reimburse applicant for 50% of the total project cost. Problem: The customer had broken and deteriorated asphalt driveway, water around the house, dirt and puddles on the driveway when it is raining. Solution / Implementation: Remove and excavate existing surface; level and grade new ground surface; fill with crushed gravel #2 for drainage and strength; install bedding layer stone and screed, install permeable grid-pavers, tamper; fill pavers with stone and final tamper. Product application complies with most Storm Water management Policies. It will complement City of Binghamton’s request to reduce storm water and erosion problems, increased permeability will allow storm water runoff.

Maintenance of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Relatively maintenance free, requiring only basic lawn maintenance (watering, fertilizer and mowing) for grass filled grid-pavers. Snowplow at least 1 inch above the grid-paver. Two-Stage Snow Blower is recommended for snow removal on uneven or gravel surfaces because it has two augers involved in the snow removal process. The first auger is a slower moving steel serrated auger that chops and breaks up the snow. The snow is then pushed back into a second high-speed auger, which throws the snow out the chute and out of your way. No part of the augers ever come in contact with the ground, snow on the ground is pushed along via a scraper bar on the bottom of the unit. For gravel you just adjust the unit to leave a small layer of snow behind avoiding the gravel all together.  

  • Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

    Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Plastic Grid-Paver System allows water to drain or permeate into the base. Many years asphalt was the top choice for driveways because it was simple and cheap to install. With the high price of oil the price of asphalt has changed substantially. Recycling the plastic waste and putting in a plastic grid-paver system becomes slightly less expensive. Why would a homeowner or commercial agencies choose recycled Plastic Grid-Pavers: Recycled Plastic waste turns into an environmentally neutral product that will not crack and rarely needs repairs even after decades of use. It is UV resistant, frost neutral and can withstand the heat. Creating Green Environment – recycled plastic grid pavers are easy to install and give people the space that is green and still can be used for parking because the plastic grid-pavers are protecting the grass roots. Storm Water Control – Water flows through the grid-pavers into the soil, and it becomes naturally filtered. Asphalt and concrete let pollutants from a car flow straight into drains and directly into the lakes and streams, creating floods. Prevent/remedy erosion on property. Contribute to the improvement of the environment by diminishing storm water contaminants in streams and rivers. Provides groundwater recharge and reduce storm-water runoff. Preserve and prevent erosion of stream beds and river banks if property drains directly into a stream. Minimize excessive pooling in low-lying areas due to runoff. Retain water on property which will benefit plants on property. Return water to the water table on property. Mud Control – Gravel driveways without grid-pavers form muddy spots and potholes. By using a recycled plastic grid-pavers system the water flows away from the surface, gravel is on the surface, water drains into the sub-base and help control mud. Recycled plastic grid-pavers […]

  • Advantages of Plastic Grid-Paver System Advantages of Plastic Grid-Paver System

    Advantages of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Advantages of Plastic Grid-Paver System

  Both economically and ecologically friendly by replacing asphalt and concrete with a Green alternative Weather resistant Gives the strength of conventional pavement, while architecturally beautifying your landscape Successful in storm water management by allowing water to drain back into the soil Reduces surface heat, unlike standard asphalt applications Significant reduction in maintenance costs over the lifetime of the product

Plastic Grid-Paver Installation Information

Choose a design for your new pavement system Map out and mark area where Grid-Pavers will be installed Excavate designated area to specifications Prep excavated area with base material Install Grid-Pavers and fill Pavers can be filled with topsoil and seeded with grass, or filled with gravel.