In a modern landscaping world that goes to extremes to create properties that blend natural, developed, and eco-friendly elements, every detail is given the utmost attention. While certain elements tend to steal the show—we’re looking at you, beautiful flowering plants—the other features are equally (if not more) important.
This delicate balance between usability, environmentalism, aesthetics, and cost can be challenging to achieve. However, with more landscaping innovations becoming readily available and affordable, more properties are able to reach their full potential.
One such innovation that is often overlooked is permeable pavers. We know; no one gets excited about pavers, but we’re pretty sure you’ll change your tune once you check out the tremendous impact these wonders of modern landscaping innovation can have on your property.
Permeable Paver Basics
Now that we’ve sufficiently hyped up permeable pavers, it seems like a good time to explain what they actually are. Permeable pavers are pavers that can be used to create walkways, parking lots, and more. What makes them special is their porosity, which allows water to drain directly through them and into the soil beneath. In other words, no more unwanted pooling water or destructive runoff.
This unique attribute is especially valuable in Florida, where tropical storms are expected and afternoon showers are the norm. Better still, these pavers are available in a wide variety of materials and appearances, allowing you to select the perfect option for your property.
Why You Should Choose Permeable Pavers
With a myriad of options available for your property’s paved areas, it can be challenging to choose one over another. As such, a compelling reason to opt for permeable pavers is probably on your list of requirements to even consider them. Well, don’t worry; we’ve got a whole list of compelling reasons for you.
Rather than beating around the bush, we’ll cut right to the chase—permeable pavers are typically more affordable than other paving options. If you want to save money, especially on your commercial project, permeable pavers are the way to go.
They also offer a more balanced solution to the aesthetics versus effectiveness dilemma. With many materials to choose from, you can easily pick the right paver for your property, giving it a beautiful and efficient balance that meets all local requirements.
In Florida, permeable pavers have yet another compelling factor in their favor. Thanks to the ability of water to pass through them, they mitigate the possibility of flooding, thereby reducing damage to their surroundings. This includes reduced risk of dangerous runoff.
Common Permeable Pavers
Choosing the best permeable pavers for your property doesn’t have to be daunting. While there are numerous options, some are more popular than others, and each carries its own advantages and disadvantages. Familiarizing yourself with these attributes will make your selection process a breeze.
- Interlocking Pavers – Arguably one of the most attractive permeable pavers, interlocking pavers are exactly as they sound. These concrete or brick pavers are designed to install in an interlocking pattern. This installation method does make the cost of interlocking pavers higher than other options and poorly suited for parking areas. However, for walkways and patios, they are a strikingly attractive solution.
- Plastic Grid Paving – Low-cost and low-maintenance, plastic grid pavers are a fantastic solution for areas that see a high level of use, especially from heavy vehicles. Commercial properties, in particular, can benefit from the resiliency and cost-effectiveness of this option.
- Rigid Plastic Pavers – Similar to the construction of plastic grid pavers, rigid plastic pavers feature plastic cells that come in a variety of colors and appearances. However, the rigid nature of these permeable pavers does limit their largescale use, making them ideal for limited-area applications.
The advantages of permeable pavers make them an appealing option for properties of all types, especially in areas that experience heavy rainfall. Landcrafters has over two decades of experience providing Florida properties with the most cutting-edge landscape features, including permeable pavers.
For more information, including consultation specific to your property, consider contacting Landcrafters. You can also visit our free blog, where we share helpful landscape tips and tricks on a regular basis.
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