When it comes to the cutting edge of alternative pavements, Permeable pavements stand among some of the best. But, how does it hold up against more traditional means of paving? Are there benefits for utilizing this method over the others? Well for one the cost is much more manageable then concreate or asphalt. Even with that being said, it is not the only reason that you should consider permeable pavements for your paving needs. Maintenance and installation are among some of the reasons to consider. But, let me go over what you can expect, alongside the features it offers.
Let’s start by explaining what it is to begin with. Permeable pavements are a plastic sheet of individual circles joined together to form the base. Each sheet is between 24 x 24 or 16 x 16 and are about 1 to 1.6 inches thick. By itself the sheet can hold over 6,000 pounds of pressure per square inch and can be reinforced with filler material, such as grass or gravel to multiply that stability. This method can be employed for any purpose that traditional methods can. For example it can be used for parking lots, improved roads, drive ways and etc. Special attachments as seen in the picture above can be used to indicate parking spots or any other marking needs like handicap spaces. The installation period is significantly reduced because of sheets instead of have a material that must be poured, as well as require less equipment and room to work.
Because it is plastic and is filled with natural materials, it never cracks or requires costly maintenance. Its life span can last between 25 to 60 years depending on multiple of reasons, including traffic and what will be utilizing the surface. For example, this pavement methods have been used for the housing of large construction equipment and degrade quicker then let’s say a walking path that will see a fraction of that stress.
One of the most noticeable features is how it is able to let water drain through it, preventing slick surfaces that cars can hydroplane on. Its ability to disperse heat is another major benefit to this system, unlike asphalt, which absorbs and radiates heat, can make your car unbearably hot in summer months. Permeable pavements doesn’t not have that issue, since light hits the ground directly, avoiding this whole situation. If for some reason that a panel gets damage for some reason, unlike an unsightly fill in like other means. A panel can be swapped out easily and maintain a beautiful finish.
Whether you are building a parking lot, driveway or even a small foot path. Permeable pavements can handle the job, while adding features and lowering cost and labor. Its lack of maintenance and lifespan that can reach up to three times what normal paving methods provide. Overall, there are almost no job that permeable pavements cannot handle. With its flexibility and versatility, you can use it in any way you see fit, even creating your own purposes. Like a small make shift patio for the summer times. If you are interested, all you have to do is call a distributor and get a quote today.