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 an economical and sensible solution. In some cases, it can be considered a DIY project. And once installed, regardless of rain, it stays dry, eliminates black ice, and does not need maintenance.

Plastic grid-pavers are becoming more economical then conventional methods. As production increases, cost decrease. And since plastic pavers have substantially greater life-span, maintenance and replacement cost are minimized.

Serving the customer and the environment is what “Going “Green” is all about. But this requires educating people about the facts, the long-term savings, and building a healthier environment for out children.

Have question or want to learn more, visit: www.GreenWayPavements.com

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