All StoneSet products are fully porous/permeable which allows water to penetrate the surface and flow through to the ground below. With issues surrounding flooding, pollution and preservation orders on trees, a porous surface is becoming increasingly important in fact essential.
Because of the strength of our high grade resin our design process uses optimal amounts of resin creating a strong bond. This results in the particles being held firmly together at the points of contact only, leaving voids for water and air to permeate through.
SOFT LANDSCAPING FOOTPRINT
In an effort to control the quality of our waterways and reduce surface run off and flooding, local councils are now restricting the footprint of impervious surfaces on plots of land. The size of a property, driveway and pathways can be affected by these new restrictions. By using StoneSet you can achieve all the low maintenance benefits of hard surfaced areas such as blocks, pavers and concrete, but with the properties of a soft landscaped lawn or loose gravel therefore meeting council requirements and having a positive effect on the environment.
The Water Cycle “continuous movement of water on Earth”
Water soaking back into the ground is very important to recharge ground water creeks and streams, the process naturally filters the water providing cleaner healthier waterways.
As we have been building urban areas we have created vast amounts of impervious surfaces in the form of buildings, roads and footpaths. Our outdated system of handling stormwater dates back to the Romans where we simply channelled the water down gutters, into drains carrying pollutants and creating stormwater surges. This in turn creates a rush of polluted water that hits our waterways and causes erosion and flooding.
Simply put, porous paving is the solution. If all of our paving was fully porous, almost no stormwater would be washing pollutants into the waterways.
Often an area of existing paving can become worn and patched up, even cracked without losing its structural strength and integrity. StoneSet can be used as a surface dressing to bring it back to life, looking better than ever. When originally conceived StoneSet was designed simply for an attractive, natural surface for overlaying concrete and asphalt.
By using an existing surface you can dramatically reduce the amount of raw material used to replace the paving as well as eliminating the waste being taken to landfill.
Using an existing impervious surface such as concrete doesn’t mean that you can’t make full use of the porous nature of StoneSet products. By incorporating a drainage channel as a collection point the water can still be collected before reaching drains and returned to the water table or harvested on site for re-use.
By not having to remove any old product and taking advantage of a quick installation method, StoneSet can help bring a refurbishment in on time and budget. You can even incorporate logos, patterns and design into the surface.
BREATHE LIFE INTO TIRED A SURFACE
Utilize old paving by making it the base for the next
We are always available to help with all aspects of StoneSet paving.
We have specification advice sheets for all applications and are happy to provide copies of any safety data sheets are required for site inspection.
Heat Island Effect
Although we may not be fully acquainted with the phenomenon that is urban heat island, we’re all familiar with its effects – the change in temperature between the concrete jungle of the city compared to the rolling hills of the countryside.
Porous Paving can help reduce some of the heat island effect as some of the water that soaks into the ground subsequently evaporates. Called the wicking effect, this in turn cools the air.
Reflect the heat with StoneSet’s range of colours that enable you to select lighter coloured surfaces which absorb less heat, making the surface cooler to walk on and reduces the overall surrounding temperature.
Keep rivers cool. Surface run off from rainfall can lead to heating via conduction into local rivers which can greatly affect the ecological balance and harm fish and other organisms.
Allowing rainwater to soak back into the ground, rather than creating surface run off improves the health of surrounding rivers.
StoneSet provides a hard wearing useable surface that will not suffer in dry seasons and does not equire water for the installation.
StoneSet requires no water for the manufacture or installation, while other decorative stone surfaces require lots of water and can send toxins and cement into surrounding drains.
Water harvesting and passive irrigationare an integral part of water sensitive design. When rain water is unable to soak back into the ground, the earth becomes dry and trees and plants suffer as a result. In periods of drought the rain water should be collected and held within the ground or harvested for reuse rather than channelled straight to the waterways.
Car parks and driveways can be turned into water harvesting areas. While roof tops have long been used to collect rain rainwater, so too can your hard landscaped areas. An added benefit is the filtration that can occur combined with the space saving of using an underground storage tank.