June 2014 - TRUEGRID Pavers
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Permeable Pavement Helps To Replenish Local Water Sources

When you hear of flooding or local drought conditions in your neighborhood, you can help with the water concerns by installing permeable pavement. This pavement option is becoming more ideal across the country instead of using concrete or asphalt paving for driveways, walkways and commercial parking lots. By expanding your knowledge about what permeable paving is and how it can help water issues, you and your neighbors can create a better environment.

What Is Permeable Pavement?

Pavement that is permeable means that it will allow water to become absorbed naturally into the ground. This pavement can consist of several different materials such as:

Pervious Concert: This concrete has holes and voids to allow water to reach the ground.

Paving Grids: Paving grids can be filled with gravel or allow the grass to grow up so the driveway looks like a lawn but is strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle.

Permeable Pavers: Permeable pavers are cut stone that sit on pervious material such as sand or gravel. Water can seep between the pavers and through the pervious material to reach the soil.

The type of permeable option for your pavement will depend on the cost, soil conditions, water table, climate, and aesthetic features. Let a paving company such as True Grid Paver evaluate your home and give you the best installation advice.

Raise Home Values And Help The Environment

While these permeable pavers do cost more to install, they help control flooding concerns. Instead of water sitting on the surface of the ground, pooling into large bodies of water that can flood roads, cause rivers to overflow banks and flood homes, the water is absorbed into the ground to fill up groundwater tables. In areas where drought conditions are a concern for local water reservoirs, this paving option can help your local water resources. You can also raise the value of your home with permeable pavement since you are addressing the possible flooding issue by installing these pavers to protect the home.

If you are worried about permeable materials, such as gravel, being washed away from your driveway by water or dispersed by car tires, you can use gravel stabilizer grids that allow the material to sit inside a plastic grid. This grid still allows water to pass through but will also keep the gravel in place.
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Are you looking for an environmentally conscious solution for grass paving in a green construction environment? Going green is NOT always more expensive. Using a highly permeable, flood control product like True Grid, is 1/3 to 1/2 the installed price of asphalt or concrete. What you get is a 100 percent recycled plastic grid product that is simple to install with weight-bearing loads in excess of six tons per square foot. This parking lot pavement design is applicable to oil and gas heavy rigging trucks, construction sites, storage areas for large equipment, heavily trafficked areas, roads, fire roads, residences, pathways, flood areas, and erosion control sites.

Water run-off from oil and gas production sites, college campus car maintenance sites and other companies, sensitive to keeping water runoff controlled, sanitized and returned to the natural environment safely, use TRUEGRID grass paving to capture runoff and filter the rain and storm-flood water before it seeps back into the water table.

All industries from construction to private builders can do their part to use eco-friendly options for controlling the negative water run-off pollutant effect and “heat island” effects of asphalt and concrete. Not only by reducing the heat island effects of city buildings, parking lots and super-sized arenas and stadiums, college campuses and industrial parks, but protect rural and urban environments as well by using True Grid grass pavers and water conservation methods with gravel pavers as well.

Any school or soccer field, overflow parking area or other areas subject to muddy conditions, transformed into an easily accessible, flood-free area with permeable grass pavers or gravel pavers using the True Grid run-off controlled methods.

TRUEGRID is honored that their permeable grass pavers and gravel pavers are conservation products listed by the highly respectable Green Spec Listed agency that informs progressive thinking industries and all environmentally conscious construction firms of eco-friendly green building materials that they recommend.

Research findings show that this grass paving system is 99 percent stormwater permeable, grid systems have been used for governmental properties, drill sites, heavy equipment storage, and truck yards and emergency vehicle access ways. Contact True Grid at 1.855.355.4743 for muddy parking lot solutions and problems such as erosion control and slide prevention.

The moment when a person sees a rut or dip in their driveway, lawn or parking lot, they immediately go for a temporary solution of replacing the soil or gravel instead of investing in ground reinforcement. Perhaps the person believes the temporary solution is more cost-effective, or they believe there is nothing that they can do to prevent the ruts and dips from forming. Yet there are products on the market that can promote soil growth, allow water to become absorbed into the ground, and are strong enough to support heavy vehicles.

Permeable Paving Surfaces The Solution For Soil Erosion

One of the main causes of dips and ruts in the ground is caused by soil erosion. The erosion may occur when heavy foot or vehicle traffic over the soil erodes it away. Another major factor is water runoff. When water runoff goes across a surface, it erodes the soil away to create dips and ruts in the road and landscape.

While adding soil or mulch, or land shaping the area works for certain instances, it doesn’t normally work for driveways, parking lots and lawns. Instead, ground reinforcement is one way to build up the surface without regularly adding more soil, gravel or an impervious material such as asphalt. This reinforcement consists of permeable pavement surfaces such as recycled plastic grids and pavers used to control water runoff and soil erosion.

Plastic grids are placed into the ground. These grids have openings that can be filled with gravel or grass. The grids keep the gravel or grass in place as the water passes through the openings and into the ground. Meanwhile, vehicles can drive over the surface without dispersing the gravel or sinking in the soft earth.

Permeable paving is the most cost-effective product on the market today to address water runoff. Prevent ground erosion from happening to driveways, roads, lawns, parking lots, recreational areas, and commercial landscaping by adopting ground reinforcement products that can help the environment. For more information about these products, contact True Grid Paver. We can determine the correct placement of pavers to address ruts, gullies, and dips in the ground to maximize the effectiveness of the pavers and control the water runoff so people and vehicles have a stable surface to walk or drive across.

Commercial paving may be needed on a temporary or permanent basis. Regardless of whether you are creating a temporary staging area, a parking lot, or something else, you need to consider what you are going to use to create the paved area. Using something that is environmentally friendly is of the utmost importance so that your company is not associated with anything that is going to harm the ecosystem in your area.

There are tons of environmental issues and as a responsible company, you want to focus on all of them. A commercial paving solution should be found so that you don’t harm the environment with dangerous chemicals or anything else.

Depending on where you need the paved area, you have to consider ground reinforcement. What you use to reinforce the ground is critical because if the product has a chemical inside, it is going to leach into the ground. This can affect groundwater, plants, and any animals that are nearby that rely on vegetation around the paved area for food.

You are probably already aware of the dangers of asphalt. There are many chemicals inside the asphalt that can lead to killing plants and animals. Even after the asphalt has set, the runoff from rainwater and such may create a way for the chemicals to get into the ground. OSHA also warns on the dangers of the fumes, which means you don’t want your workers near it when you apply it.

There are environmentally friendly solutions to commercial paving needs. You can find interlocking systems that are made of plastic. This ensures that it is temporary when it needs to be and doesn’t involve pouring chemicals onto the ground. It can be moved as necessary and provides the durability needed for equipment and vehicles to drive on top of it.

These solutions can be cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly, so you have no reason not to fully explore them. They can make it easier to market your business as being responsible and you won’t suffer any bad press from pouring excessive amounts of asphalt anywhere.

Solutions can always be eco-friendly. You may simply need to be aware of the options that exist so that you can make the best decisions.