We’re all so familiar and used to being exposed to heavy rainfalls within the UK, and are fully aware of the chaos flooding can cause. So creating natural drainage and helping to conserve water by returning rainfall to the water table. Seems like a no-brainer.
With so many paving options not being sustainable or proving good for our environment and allowing the heavy downpours to drain away in a timely and natural manner. We’ve got some suggestions that’ll work you and the environment.
Open Concrete Grid
Open concrete pavers are concrete tiles that have large open space between the tiles. This allows for grass, gravel, sand, or any other material/plant to fill the gap and provides natural drainage. Great for driveways, paths and have even been used for parks in America.
Permeable Block Paving
Permeable paving are blocks of concrete tiles that have a slight gaping between the tiles. It’s becoming an increasingly popular choice within the UK, as it’s a sustainable, durable draining system. Driveways, car parks and civic squares are great candidates for permeable block paving.
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Porous paving materials allow water to be released and to simply pass through the material and drain naturally. This is achieved because the material isn’t solid, so the water can infiltrate. Porous paving is being used increasingly for car parks, pavements and streets, especially within America.
Obviously this isn’t paving, but it works great for driveways, aeration around trees, plants and as edging for paving materials. It can also be quite cost effective, depending on the particular gravel of choice.
Eco-friendly pavers play a part in assisting water in being a renewable source. So that’s why it’s important to consider an option that not only looks great but also works for the environment as well. Although generally more sustainable methods and materials are more costly, in the long run and for the environments well-being, it’s worth it.