As its name suggests, porous pavement has small holes as part of its overall composition. While this might seem like it weakens the pavement, it actually does the contrary. One of the main draws of porous pavement is that the small holes provide a way of ‘naturally’ letting water drain through the pavement and directly to the soil.
The benefit is pretty obvious; while stone pavements are strong, they are not indestructible and can easily be weathered down through exposure to water for example. This also makes it relatively low maintenance, since there’s not that much water that needs clearing.
Beyond innate surface water management, it also reduces the amount of irrigation you need to do. This is especially true if you’ll be setting the pavement down on your garden. Because of its porous nature, the water goes through the soil really easily. This prevents unsightly and uneven grass and terrain. You’ll also be cutting back on your water usage, which is great for your wallet as well as for the environment. Basically, you’re going Green!
Finally, porous pavement is aesthetically very attractive to look at. It comes in a variety of styles and colours and prices, ranging from the traditional light asphalt to sand-coloured resin pavement.
Porous pavement is a green alternative. As mentioned before, its porous nature allows rain to penetrate the surface and flow beneath the ground naturally, and more importantly, can be instrumental in preventing dangerous flooding.
The reduction of storm system basins isn’t the only reason this type of paving is green. Porous pavement actually requires less energy to manufacture, which means less emissions, odour and smoke. It’s attractive and environmentally friendly – both during its manufacturing process and installation.
Quite new on the market, porous paving is definitely a product of the future.