At a potential customer site, I observed an asphalt paved driveway that had bumps, wavelike tire ruts, and cracks. It was actually funny. There’s a lot of humor behind knowing how humans try to tolerate these absurdities. It’s 2013, there’s got to be a reasonable alternative. Most people have resolved to the myth that asphalt, concrete, or lose gravel pavements can do the job. Not so throughout Europe and Asia, who have found alternatives. For the past 20 years, some German manufacturers designed a way to use recycled plastic bags to mold a plastic grid-paver. The Germans were initially interested in treating erosions and stormwater control. But their design concept has evolved in a multitude of other applications: from high civil engineering projects to residential patios. The beauty behind these plastic grid-pavers belong to the fact that they are 98% permeable. This provides answers to architectural landscapers and public work department chiefs on how to deal with water run-off problems. Conventional concrete pavements are quite expensive and require demanding criteria. Asphalt, which is less expensive, does not last too long. Both pavement applications are pricy for the homeowner and for civil projects, truly burden the tax payer. It’s a waste of resources and manpower, especially when there exist a better and more reasonable solution. The real problem, however, is the lack of consumer education. The installation process for the plastic grid-paver offers less intrusive while complementing natural conditions. A compacted gravel base upon which the plastic grid-paver is placed bears the load and drainage concerns, while the fill into the cells of the grid-like-paver provides for the aesthetics and further strengthens the pavement. What does “Permeability” mean for the local homeowner? The Grid-Paver provides an alternative pavement […]