If you live in a warm area, you’re probably thinking of sprucing up your outdoor space, especially your hardscape. Often, the design of the hardscape is just as fundamental as the house itself. These spaces can include a deck, a courtyard or an entry sidewalk leading to a series of experiences leading up to the front door, or something as essential as a driveway. In the past, rainwater couldn’t seep into ground through these hard surfaces. But times have changed and people are more eco conscious than ever.
Nowadays a selection of hardscape applications exists that provide both the stability of a flat surface and permeability that aids rainwater to pass through the ground below. One good example is a porous paving. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: porous paving is the solution to pollution, flooding, and preservation orders on trees. If only for these reasons, it has become more of a necessity than an option.
If you want something environmentally sound and visually appealing altogether, here’s why you should subscribe to porous paving:
A Variety of Styles
Thanks to permeable surfaces, we’ve found an alternative to smelly asphalt and boring concrete. Porous surfaces come in a variety of styles that range from gravel and pervious concrete to interlocking “grass-crete” pavers. Different stones colours and sizes are available to fit all kinds of landscape.
A Win-Win for the Environment and Man-made Irrigation
The town’s sewer systems can easily fill up during heavy rainfalls, while the ground receives a fraction of the benefit from natural irrigation. With permeable surfaces, the ground is able to absorb the water runoff and clean it during the process. What’s more, the surrounding areas will demand less from man-made irrigation, saving money and water used for everyday irrigation needs.
A Solution to Heat Island Effects
As water soaks into the ground, the temperature of the permeable surface will be cooler than of hard surface. You can also benefit from using light colours, which will aid in reflecting heat from the sun to regulate local ambient temperature. The result: enhanced air quality and health of local vegetation.
Whether you’re looking to spruce up for the season or adopt green practices in your hardscape, porous paving can give you both.
When sourcing your providers, make sure they are dedicated to these permeable paving systems and meet council requirements to control the quality of waterways and minimise water runoff and flooding.