The idea of paving usually sparks two thoughts, that being of concrete and that of asphalt. These are the two titans of the pavement world or so it would appear. Being a staple of modern infrastructure, concrete and asphalt have been around for years and are used for most paving jobs. But, these two methods are expensive, time-consuming and labor intensive. Are there alternatives that can produce the same function? The answer is yes. One method I want to highlight is that of previous pavers. It is a lightweight alternative to the tradition methods and offers you a cost-efficient pavement that is comparable to asphalt. It also holds features and abilities that other pavement methods just flat out don’t offer. Things like permeability and long life span. Sounds pretty great, does it? But, how does it all work and where does it save me money? These and other question, I would happy to answer.
First things first, what really is this method and how does it work in reality? Well, first this method is called permeable paving. Its design to cut cost and installation time to provide a comparable end result. Basically, how it works is by creating sheets that can house multiple materials to compress whatever material chosen to create a strong pavement. The sheets themselves range in size, for large or small projects. They also have a weight tolerance ranging in the upper six thousand when it comes to psi (pressure per square inch). Making this base extremely strong before filling it, after which it becomes even stronger. As you can see, because of the ability to fill the sheets with whatever you choose. Materials become cheaper than any poured substance, reducing cost from 30-50 percent on average.
Installation continues this trend of savings, not requiring as much man power or heavy equipment, labor goes down. It also becomes less intrusive when extending previous pavements. Permeable pavements also require virtually no maintenance. It doesn’t crack, it doesn’t get dirty and it has a life expectancy of almost 60 years, depending on what it is being used for.
Other benefits that you will find when you choose this route, its ability to deal with heat and water. Being that there are multiple holes in this systems core design, it does not retain heat or liquid like a slab of rock. Which can have water pool and heat absorbed and reflected at you, causing all sorts of issues in the end. Sunlight and water are filter to the ground and gets fully absorbed, negating these two issues. It does this while maintaining the strength and stability of the surface level. This eliminates virtually all maintenance cutting down those cost completely. The base price for the pavement plus labor, can be a fraction of what It would cost in money and time, when comparing it to concrete. So, when you are looking for an alternative way to pave, consider previous pavers. It will save you time, money and is better for the environment in the long run.