What is the difference between choosing permeable paving and conventional paving for your residential driveway or garden? Resin bound permeable paving allows water to seep through it, using natural filtration, whereas other types of concrete or paving allows the water to run off it. Conventional paving usually directs surface water or rain water to the communal drainage system, and in some areas this can cause problematic issues such as flash flooding.
By allowing excess water to make its way into the natural soil or ground, permeable paving is a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for modern homeowners. In terms of visual appeal, permeable resin bound paving is just as pleasing to the eye, if not more so, than traditional conventional options. Here are the top five benefits of permeable paving.
1. Natural drainage reduces puddles
There is nothing worse than pulling onto your driveway after a wet day to find that it is still full of standing water. It is hard to prevent puddles on a large flat surface area, unless you use permeable paving which promotes natural drainage. During the laying process, tiny voids are created which allow water to pass through. Therefore when choosing permeable paving you will see a noticeable reduction in puddles and standing water.
2. Natural filtration
During the process of returning rain water in the ground, a natural filtration takes place as it passes through the sub-base of the paving. This removes pollutants and impurities from the water, which can stop water pollution.
3. Flood prevention
Did you know that many flash floods are not caused by the overflowing of rivers? Surface water run-off and the capacity of drainage which was built hundreds of years ago is also a contributing factor to flooding. Permeable paving can be a prevention tool for flash flooding, by absorbing water rather than directing it to drainage or allowing it to build up on top of the surface.
4. Reduces the heat island affect
Heat islands are common in towns and cities because the amount of land which is covered by concrete or asphalt paving. These surfaces absorb heat, which increases the temperature and causes a heat island effect. If we installed more permeable paving, which allows the soil underneath to breathe, we could reduce heat islands and bring temperatures down.
5. Natural and sustainable materials
Resin bound permeable paving is produced using natural and recycled materials, making it a sustainable choice. The main ranges are made from natural aggregate, marble or recycled glass, and even the majority of the resin used to create the smooth paving is derived from natural plant extracts.
There are many environmental and aesthetic advantages of installing permeable paving – get in touch if you have any questions about the materials or installation process.