Constructions sites are exciting, with their promise of future development and prosperity. But they can be a pretty messy place as well, especially when heavy vehicles are kicking up dirt and gravel all over the place. Using traditional concrete and asphalt can lead to cracking, sinkholes, and potholes that can be dangerous and damaging to vehicles and workers. Newer Permeable Pavers can let you have the stability you need for larger vehicles, while still remaining an affordable solution for your parking woes.
Permeable Pavers are plastic sheets make up of circular holes that are traditionally filled with dirt, gravel, grass, or other non-hardening agents. They trap and keep the particulate substance of your choice in place, meaning that you won’t have to worry as much about erosion, loss of material, and damage to property. Unlike traditional paving, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the material, dealing with the water runoff (permeable pavers allow water to pass through them and soak into the soil underneath), or costly repairs if part of it collapses. It also helps with heat mitigation, meaning that your parking lot isn’t going to turn into a griddle on those hot summer days.
Another added benefit of using permeable pavers is that they are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, meaning that every square foot of paver you put down is a decrease of plastics that are put into landfills. Now, don’t worry about the strength and rigidity of these pavers, because when you place the dirt or gravel into the circular structure of the paver, the weight of the vehicles travelling over it is transferred into that material, not directly into the plastic. But even without being filled these plastic pavers can withstand up to 6800 psi of pressure, so they’ll be able to handle whatever you throw at them.
These pavers are a lot less expensive than traditional paving solutions, and after you’ve installed them, they’re virtually maintenance free. If you have a concrete layer on the ground and it breaks or cracks, if you want to repair it you have to destroy the concrete around it, re-pour the concrete, and then that section, depending on how it was poured, may still be weaker that the surrounding concrete because of the differing cure times. That’s not a problem with the plastic permeable pavers. If, for some reason (and you’ll have to try really hard) one of these pavers breaks, all you have to do is dig it up, put another one in its place, and fill it with gravel again. Easy peasy.
Permeable Pavers may not be the best solution for every parking lot or driveway in the country, but if you’re doing hard work and need a surface that’s going to work just as hard as you do, then permeable pavers are definitely worth a look. They last longer, are easier to install, and they certainly can take a beating. Talk to your local contractor today to see if permeable pavers are a feasible solution for your parking problems, today!