PERMEABLE PAVERS
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WHAT ARE PERMEABLE PAVERS?

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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Permeable pavement is the best-known method of paving that successfully directs stormwater to seep through the pavement and into layers of soil beneath. Permeable pavers prevent water from merely running off into drains and waterways, as is the case with traditional paving systems. Permeable systems flow water directly into the soil, just as nature intended. Say hello to green technology to protect the eco system. More about Surface Runoff >>>

BENEFITS OF PERMEABLE PAVERS

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  • They are highly efficient in directing storm water immediately into the ground beneath the system, as opposed to other paving methods which route stormwater to a different location.
  • The rock aggregates below a paver system serve to naturally filter and cleanse water, transferring only fresh, pollutant-free water back into the water table.
  • Permeable pavers are able to boost the local, primary aquifers while also reducing flooding and drainage overcharging during stormy weather.
  • Permeable pavers enrich the sustainability and health of the ecosystem they are in as opposed to harming it as traditional paving systems do.
  • Permeable paving systems accomplish an incredible feat by, ecologically-speaking, seeming as if “there was nothing there at all.” Water simply passes through them.
  • Unlike traditional asphalt and concrete they are customizable, they look the best and they essentially last forever.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about permeable pavers?  Are you wondering who is the best landscaper in Nashville?  Or who is the best paving contractor in Nashville?  At Smart Scapes LLC, we aim to earn those titles every year.  We bring to the table quality work, rapid communication, friendliness, and excellence in all of our projects.  If you have more questions or would like to speak with one of our staff members, we can be reached at the direct telephone number listed above. 

We've also included a brief FAQ section below, to address some of the most common queries we get from our clients: Click here to check it out >>

How long do permeable pavers last for?

  • Almost forever. A well-installed permeable paver driveway, patio, or walking path will likely outlast its owner. Furthermore, such a surface will never have to be refinished or recoated, and the rare, cracked paver can be instantly remedied by pulling it out and replacing it with an extra paver piece.

What kind of maintenance do permeable pavers require?

  • Very little. Once every 5 to 10 years (depending on annual rainfall and other factors), the fine gravel or sand installed in-between pavers should be replaced to ensure the system continues to filter water as it should. Such can be done in a day with a powerful vacuum, a push broom, and some fresh #57 or #89 fine-girt crushed gravel. This is also a discounted service we provide for all our clients who hire us to install their new permeable paver system.

What is the cost comparison, permeable pavers to traditional asphalt/concrete?

  • Permeable pavers are more expensive, this is true. Depending on a variety of factors, permeable systems can run anywhere from 1.5 times to 2 times as costly as traditional, poured asphalt or concrete. Keep in mind, though, permeable paver systems last virtually forever, they save homeowners and business owners in stormwater retention/direction costs, and they are infinitely customizable.

What is the best application for permeable pavers?

  • Anywhere and everywhere! We have clients who use permeable pavers on their driveways to reduce their impact on water runoff. When it rains, the rain hits their driveway and passes through it, into the ground below, (as opposed to running off the driveway and flooding the yard or nearby storm drains). But we also have clients who use permeable pavers for walking paths, patios, porches, etc.

Can a permeable-paved surface withstand heavy loads?

  • Our clients often wonder, since the pavers we use are porous and water-permeable, they question if permeable pavers are really all that strong. The answer is yes, they are! Permeable pavers are installed in an interlocking nature. Each paver is locked-in with the pavers next to it, and so on. Such creates a tensile, almost web-like pattern. Imagine pressing your finger gently but firmly against a spider's web. The web will move with the force of your finger, but it will hold together due to tensile strength. The science of an interlocked permeable paver driveway or parking lot is similar. This is why it is extremely rare for such pavers to crack or break, even under very heavy loads.
3 METHODS WE USE IN PERMEABLE PAVING

CONCRETE/BRICK
PERVIOUS PAVERS

Concrete and brick pervious pavers are best utilized in parking areas, patios, sidewalks, and pool decks. In this method, precast concrete or bricks are made in different sizes and shapes. The pavers are lain over a dug-out, flattened bed of aggregate rock chip, creating a level, paved surface. Each paver is lain to the next with a small gap between them, allowing stormwater to filter between the pavers, through the rock bed, and back into the soil.

This method allows for the most customization and owner-choice in how it is done. Piping designed to control water flow can be lain throughout the aggregate bed for maximum storm water dispersement in heavy rainfall areas. Intricate designs can be wrought into the paving pattern. This approach is the peak of design potential in permeable paving.

PERVIOUS CONCRETE

Pervious concrete in another option, which embodies the same concept as pervious pavers. This is an ideal method for clients who still desire a poured-concrete appearance, yet want to capitalize on permeability. This approach can be used in driveways, parking areas, sidewalks, patios, and pool decks. The construction of pervious concrete contains materials that produce voids when dry. These voids allow water to seep through the concrete to the soil beneath.

Pervious concrete looks just like regular concrete, yet the unique composition of pervious concrete allows for water passage through the concrete as opposed to off to the sides of the concrete. This allows for immediate water dispersement back into the soil beneath the concrete as opposed to directing the water somewhere else.

CONCRETE/BRICK
OPEN-CELLED GRASS PAVERS

This method best suits parking areas and patios that do not receive regular, heavy traffic, such as overflow parking for guests. However, this method might not be ideal for heavily-shaded areas as an open-cell system requires sunlight for the grass to grow. In this method, grass is grown between each paver, created a square network of grass growth and paver blocks.

Open-celled paver installation is done with the help of a concrete or brick grid placed over a bed of drainage material and soil. The spaces in-between the concrete or brick can be filled with grass or turf plugs. This approach allows for immediate transference of rainwater into the grass and soil while still creating a beautiful, paved, livable surface for day use, outdoor furniture and dining, fire pits, overflow parking, etc.

PERMEABLE PAVER MAINTENANCE

Routine maintenance required for permeable pavers is relatively minor. A good vacuuming of a paver system and an expert replacing of fine-grit sand between the pavers once every five to ten years performed by a licensed profesional will maintain these excellent systems.

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OUR TEAM

Rest assured your next paving project will be accomplished to maximum satisfaction when you hire us. We are a company with a high reputation for offering quality-built and customer-oriented permeable pavements for over 20 years. Our crew technicians, designers, and managers maintain the highest level of professionalism, every step of the way. The technology, materials, design approach, equipment, and application we use is par excellence.


CONTACT US AT (615) 442-5263 (LAND) AND WE WILL HELP YOU TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR TOP-CLASS, POROUS PAVEMENT FOR AN AMAZING PRICE.

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