Permeable Pavers

The History of Permeable Pavers

Permeable pavers are not a new technology, but they are new in our country. The idea of permeability in pavements was innovated in the 1800s in Europe. The permeable aspect of such paving stones made them efficient. Permeable pavers solved problems for congested European cities that had major stormwater runoff problems. Now we use them in the U.S. for the same purpose. Their history is fascinating, as the technology was innovated quite before its time. Read more about the history of Permeable Pavers...

How They Work

Combining a traditional block paving system with the technology of permeability makes the best driveway, walkway, parking lot, sidewalk, etc. One can use any kind of pavers for permeable paving systems, including brick pavers, cement pavers, etc. With permeable pavers, water is able to pass through the cracks between the pavers, seeping into multiple sublayers of aggregate rock. This reduces puddles and surface water. Permeable pavers are a unique and revolutionary paving technique. Read more...

The Eco-Friendly Aspects of PermeablePavers

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to permeable pavers is that such systems are the best eco-paving option.  Their very design makes them eco-friendly, as the intended goal is to make them environmentally safe and friendly to the local ecosystem. There is no such thing as a difference between “permeable pavers” and “eco-friendly permeable pavers,” as all permeable pavers are eco-friendly. Click here to learn more about how permeable pavers helps lower our imprint on the ecosystem...

Do it Yourself Permeable Paver Maintenance

Permeable paving systems should be maintained once every five to ten years, depending on one’s location, topography, and annual rainfall. Industrial grade vacuuming equipment can be used to maintain a network of permeable pavers, as well as strong brooming and weed killers. There is a specialty technique to permeable paver maintenance, an important factor in extending the longevity of such a paving system. Click here to learn more about Do it Yourself permeable paver maintenance techniques...

Permeable Pavers vs. Porous Asphalt

Porous asphalt is only a slight modification of traditional, non-porous asphalt. Porous asphalt is made with larger stone aggregate than traditional asphalt, to allow for water to seep between the stones in the asphalt itself. With porous asphalt, after some time passes, tiny refuse will build up in the asphalt itself, which is impossible to get out. With permeable pavers, cracks in the pavers are open to the air and allow for immediate seepage of water down into sublayers of aggregate stone. Water has a chance to filter into the groundwater and surrounding soil. Click here to learn more about the in-depth differences between permeable pavers and porous asphalt...

Why Permeable Pavers are the Best Investment

Whether one decides to go with grass driveway pavers, permeable brick pavers, porous pavers, or any other form of permeable paver over porous asphalt or concrete, one is making a wise choice.  Permeable pavers are the best investment because they last the longest. They are the best choice for the environment and the local eco-system. They do not need maintenance often and they are easy to maintain when they do. Click here to learn more about the financial sensibility of permeable pavers...

How to Install Permeable Pavers

Installing permeable pavers is no small chore. Permeable block paving installation is quite labor intensive but relatively simple in method and technique. Most hire the pros, but some choose to do it on their own. What is great about permeable paving systems is that they at least can be installed by homeowners, where-as porous asphalt and pervious concrete pavement will have to be professionally poured due to machinery needed and chemicals used. Click here to take a look at our Do It Yourself guide where we go in-depth and step-by-step on how homeowners can install their own permeable pavers...

Storm Water Management

Permeable paving systems are the perfect choice for our cities’ growing stormwater management problem. Our cities are built with storm water management in mind, but rapid expansion and growth of a city are not conducive to effective stormwater control. Permeable paving systems solve that problem in a cinch. Europe and Canada have already been using this solution for over a century, and Americans are just now catching on. The science behind storm water management is only now being perfected here, and permeable pavers are the ticket out of this expensive and unpleasant problem.  Click here to learn more about how permeable pavers create effective stormwater management...

Red River Permeable Pavers

Red River pavers are some of the most beautiful pavers on the market today. Red River Hardscapes uses recycled materials to produce elegant pavers that are recognized by the United States Green Building Council.  They have very low maintenance requirements and are quite durable. Such pavers have the strength of concrete yet the elegance of a pool-side walk or patio. Click here to learn more about Red River paving products...

Belgard Permeable Pavers

Belgard Permeable Pavers is one of the leading names in “Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers” (PICP). Belgard pavers are used for stormwater management and to decrease the literal imprint that putting down a paving system would have on the local eco-system.  Click here to learn more about Belgard Permeable Pavers...

Permeable Pavers for Contractors

Permeable pavers are the best choice for contractors who hope to install anything from a residential driveway for a homeowner to a tens of thousand square feet parking lot. Permeable paving systems just make sense for all paving needs, both residential and commercial. Both the cost of permeable pavement and pervious pavers reflects a somewhat noticeable increase from traditional pavements and pavers, yes, but it is not without its value and worth in that regard. The permeable pavers cost is simply a testament to the value that these systems bring to one’s arsenal as a contractor. Our information on permeable pavers is enough to convince any client to side with the permeable solution.  Click here to learn more with special interest to Contractors...

Pavers Over Concrete

Pavers Over Concrete combines both schools of thought with a base layer, porous concrete, and permeable pavers. These systems are especially useful for uneven ground and site-specific challenges where having a doubly reinforced driveway is appealing (by using concrete and pavers). While this method is not required for all permeable driveways, it is very helpful in certain cases. Pavers over concrete is also a bit of a personal preference due to its unique benefits.  Click here to learn more about pavers over concrete...

Frequently Asked Questions About Permeable Pavers

We get a lot of questions about permeable pavers, and not without good reason. This relatively new technology is booming in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Atlanta, Bowling Green, Jackson, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Macon, Jonesboro, and all across the Southeast for that matter. If you want to learn more, you can always reach us directly at (615) 266-6360.

When local “Nashvillians” ask, “Who is the best paving contractor in Nashville?” we want to be top on everyone's minds. To help our neighbors and friends become even more informed on the benefits of permeable pavers, we've included a brief FAQ section below:

  • How long will my new permeable paver driveway last?
  • Decades. Most permeable paver systems never have to be replaced, at least certainly not by the individual who had them installed. Permeable paver technology harkens back to medieval paving methods, ancient techniques modernized with 21st century technology. These systems are built to outlast their owners, providing a permeable surface for generations to come.
  • Do I have to “maintain” my permeable surface?
  • To a small degree, yes. One should replace the fine-grit stone in between the pavers once every 5 to 10 years or so. This will ensure the proper function of the system itself, guaranteeing stormwater filtration through the pavers and into the ground beneath.
  • Why are permeable pavers considered an “investment?”
  • A permeable paved surface is considered an investment because it saves the owner on costs in other areas. No more paying for expensive landscaping services such as the maintenance of rain gardens or water retention ponds.  No more fixing cracks and refinishing/re-coating a paved surface. Permeable paver driveways, walking paths, and parking lots are more costly than traditional concrete and asphalt, but they save on various other costs in other areas, essentially indefinitely too.
  • Can I utilize permeable pavers as a part of my backyard landscaping?
  • Of course. In fact, we encourage it. Using permeable pavers on backyard patios, porches, walking paths, garden paths, footpaths, decks, pergolas, and so on is a great way to not only create a pleasant walking surface, but a way to keep that surface slip-free and hazard-free as well.

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