4 Unique Benefits of Porous Pavement

Porous pavement is popular for large public spaces because of its high porosity – water is not allowed to run off the sides and instead can pass right through the pavement itself.

These pavements can be used by public-works departments, landscaping companies, and site developers because of its flexible and varied applications.

Porous paving is cost-effective, look good, and last a long time. The average lifespan of these particular kinds of pavements is roughly 25 years.

 

SURFACE WATER

With traditional concrete and asphalt pavements, there is always plenty of water runoff after it rains. This may not seem like a big deal, but this water often stays on the surface of the ground causing erosion of tiny ecosystems, and because pollutants are often collected from the asphalt or concrete before it runs off the sides, the water that does seep through contaminates the soil.

However, with porous pavement, the water is able to soak into the ground. Since porous pavements are made from permeable materials, water is allowed to trickle back into the soil without adding any pollutants to the earth. In fact, the absorption of water into the ground actually cleanses it and promotes a healthy ecosystem.

Another side benefit is water conservation. Since porous paving promotes natural water cycles, it reduces, if not eliminates the need for irrigation systems to water lawns and gardens. Thus, this natural water conservation reduces the overall cost of maintaining a lawn or garden over the long-run.

HEAT

Another environmental benefit of porous pavement is its ability to absorb heat instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.

Traditional forms of pavements and roads create what is called a “heat island effect”. Basically, the heat created by sunlight is bounced off the surface and engulfs the surrounding environment. This, of course, makes things hotter even when it is already hot.

Permeable paving, on the other hand, does not produce any heat islands because of its open-pore structure, which does not allow solar radiation to bounce off its surface. Instead, it absorbs and stores the heat producing a cooler environment.

 

AESTHETICS

Simply put, this product makes the surroundings look good. This is one of the main reasons why these pavements are so beneficial to places like driveways, walkways, and gardens.

Porous pavements are able to provide more water to surrounding areas producing more vegetation, and so aid in creating a natural and beautiful environment.

 

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