A permeable flooring system incorporates a series of plastic layers with filling materials such as dirt, limestone or even concrete, to produce a stable ground area that allows water to be naturally absorbed into the earth. It is used as a substitute for traditional concrete or asphalt surfaces, which are costly to install, are vulnerable to damage and require complex drainage systems to control rainwater and floods.
Permeable pavement is becoming increasingly common in communities with aging drainage systems and is often used where temporary or permanent spaces or roads are required. It can also be used for lawn parking, permanent parking, driveways and erosion protection.
Here are some of the benefits the porous pavements have to offer:
Easy to install
Most of the time, Permeable concrete or dirt pavements do not need costly specialized machineries such as traditional asphalt or concrete surfaces. For permanent construction, the surface shall be cleared of plants and graded, the rock layer shall be mounted as a foundation, equivalent to a concrete or asphalt construction. Then the grids are laid out and modified to match any items. The grids are standard pallet sized and small enough to accommodate a single human, making it possible to cover wide areas in a very short time. Coordinating. Once the grids are filled, they are long enough to fit almost any form of vehicle or equipment.
When filled, the permeable pavement is as long-lasting as traditional surfaces and, in many instances, much more durable. Heavy machinery such as heavy trucks, overhead cranes, fork lifts, garbage trucks and 18-wheelers can be supported without problems. Since it is a floating layer and has joints that make it versatile, it can move when the soil underneath it changes. Asphalt or normal concrete appears to crumble when conditions such as frost cause upheaval, or when the soil below is compacted or wiped away.
Pavement surface grids are constructed from eco sustainable recycled materials, which decreases the amount of waste in the process and reduces the energy needed to acquire new materials. They can be quickly recycled at the end of their lifetime, further reducing their carbon footprint.
Asphalt and normal concrete can be costly to build and take a considerable amount of work. Permeable pavement is less costly per square foot and is also less labor intensive. Filling materials can be purchased from local suppliers, lowering shipping costs and, as the pavement grids are made of lightweight plastic or porous cement, the shipping costs are held to a minimum.
Removes Costly Stormwater Systems
With a traditional concrete or asphalt ground, the parking area must be capped and the storm drainage and pipe network must be in place to control water during flood or rain events. This will substantially add to the building costs of the area, and if the network is integrated into the municipal wastewater system, additional costs and approvals will be needed to install the drainage system. Permeable surface allows any water that builds up to flow through the surface and into the ground. This helps avoid floods and allows any aquifers in the region to recover naturally.