June 2018 - TRUEGRID Pavers
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Permeable Pavers made in the USA

TRUEGRID products are manufactured right here in the great ol’ USA. 

Our factories run 24 hours a day with American workers. Product is fulfilled from our warehouse with American labor. Our customer service people and tech support pick up the phone and you may detect a slight Texas drawl and polite southern hospitality. Our people buy groceries here, raise families here, chase their dreams here. No matter where they may be from originally, they pay U.S. taxes and do their best to keep the ‘Made in-the-USA’ tag synonymous with quality.
Our supply chain, including the recycled material we use, is domestic as well. Keeping a strong, technically advanced, thriving manufacturing base here in the U.S. is critical to our way of life. Manufacturing drives our economic engine. It provides a stable foundation for our land of opportunity.

 

One recent political slogan is ‘Make America Great’. I’d add an “er” to that statement. America Is Great. I see greatness every day with the folks we work with, from our customers to our employees to our suppliers. I witnessed it last year during and after Harvey’s floods. Neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers helping strangers. Greatness comes not only from the top down but permeates from the bottom up and in every layer in the middle. Can we be better, greater? Always. But don’t tell the folks who are doing great things every day that America isn’t the greatest place in the world. It is.

 

Next week we celebrate of our nation’s independence and all the sacrifices and hard work that made America free and great. Thank you for supporting American manufacturers, helping us be the best we can be. I wish everyone a safe and truly happy 4th of July.

 

Best,

Barry Stiles
Founder & CEO
TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers

Image of Detention Pond warning signs
Detention ponds can pose a risk for your health and safety. When not properly maintained, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and toxic bacteria.

Detention ponds are expensive. They are expensive to build, expensive to maintain and eat valuable real estate. These ponds can be drowning hazards and when not properly maintained, as is more often the case than not, can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and toxic bacteria.

But not having detention is not an option. Not having adequate stormwater detention can be even more expensive, not to mention not permittable by city or county ordinance. Inadequate stormwater detention has contributed to massive flooding across the country. Detention ponds reduce runoff and provide a place for stormwater to be detained and runoff slowed. Without stormwater detention areas, more property damage will be added to the billions in damage in storm ravaged areas. Public safety is also at stake during flood events. Bottom line – we need more capacity for stormwater to be detained, not less.

TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers are easy-to-install and virtually maintenance-free.
TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers are easy-to-install and virtually maintenance-free.

TRUEGRID permeable paving provides a way to have your cake and eat it too. When you build with the 100 % pervious TRUEGRID system, you’re providing a better, more natural and less expensive way to provide stormwater detention capacity.

TRUEGRID is a porous plastic grid paving system that is built with a rock sub-base under the grid and filled with gravel. Rain infiltrates through the gravel filled TRUEGRID pavement at a rate of over 800 inches per hour.

This means that when heavy rain hits the surface, it is absorbed virtually instantly with zero runoff. Also, the rock in the sub-base and the infill of the grid is clean, washed gravel that has void area between the angular rock. This void area provides detention capacity for stormwater at a rate of 40%.

 

A typical commercial parking lot paved with TRUEGRID and coded for 100% pervious cover and stormwater detention will have a 10-inch cross section, 8 inches of rock sub-base and 2 inches of gravel filled grid.

How to Calculate Stormwater Detention Capacity
The detention capacity is calculated by the area (square feet) x the depth (feet) x 0.40 which yields the cubic feet of water storage capacity. If more capacity is needed the depth of the rock sub-base can be increased.

 

So, when developing a site, use the TRUEGRID permeable paving system and effectively put your stormwater detention pond under your parking or driving paved surface. THE TRUEGRID paved area is eligible for 100% pervious cover credit as well as stormwater detention capacity.

 


Now you’ve accomplished three things:

 1) saved construction costs versus building a separate detention pond, 2) saved long term maintenance as TRUEGRID is virtually maintenance free and will provide detention capacity for the life of your project, 3) saved land which can be utilized for a bigger building (impervious), parking or other revenue generating uses. Your money pit is now a money maker!

 

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