Fire lanes are essential for a wide variety of buildings, including most businesses. They are typically mandated by the state and required in certain areas, often out front or along the side of buildings, parks, and other areas. The lanes are only to be used by fire vehicles and they provide a place for them to park in an emergency. Other emergency vehicles may use them for expedited travel as well.
The main thing to take into account with fire lanes is that they are not for personal use and must be strong enough to handle fire engines if needed. So, while you need them to meet safety requirements, you should also look to save as much money as you can while building one. And perhaps add a little green space to your business. One way to do this is by installing a grass fire lane.
Grass fire lanes installed with the right materials will meet the local and state requirements and save you money as well. In case you want to know what your best option is, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should consider building a grass fire lane.
1. It Looks Better
Grass fire lanes look better than asphalt or concrete fire lanes. If you don’t already have grass around your building, using your fire lane to incorporate some fresh green grass is the perfect way to get a stylistic boost while meeting local fire lane requirements as well.
2. It Costs Less to Install
Asphalt and concrete both come with hefty installation costs. They require a team of workers using a variety of equipment. The workers also have to wait for the material to dry before continuing to work. These increased job completion times result in you paying a higher price.
In addition, the material needed to build a grass fire lane is much less expensive than what it costs for asphalt or concrete. Plastic permeable pavers, like the type produced by TRUEGRID can be filled with gravel or another type of aggregate to create a durable and affordable grass fire lane that will require almost no maintenance throughout its lifetime.
3. It’s Permeable
Grass fire lanes built with TRUEGRID permeable pavers are 100% permeable, allowing liquids to drain directly through them and into the soil where they can be naturally filtered. Compared to impermeable materials like asphalt and concrete, permeable pavers require no additional drainage systems or water detention ponds, which saves you money and helps protect the local environment.
4. It’s Eco-Friendly
Aside from allowing for the natural flow of water, grass fire lanes are also much more eco-friendly than a fire lane made with concrete or asphalt. TRUEGRID permeable pavers are made with 100% recycled plastic, which is one way to have a much more positive impact on the environment.
5. It’s Durable
TRUEGRID permeable pavers are so durable that they can handle the entire weight of a monster truck jumping off a ramp and landing on them without breaking. They have been repeatedly tested and approved by fire marshalls across the country. With that kind of load capacity, it goes without saying that they can handle any fire truck or emergency vehicle.
Despite being much more affordable, TRUEGRID permeable pavers are more durable and require less maintenance asphalt and concrete. You are guaranteed to meet any load-bearing requirements your state may require when you use permeable pavers to build a grass fire lane.
A Fire Lane Made with Grass is the Superior Option
If you’re in charge of making sure a fire lane gets built, there are a few ways you can go about it. Most opt for expensive asphalt or concrete to build an impermeable fire lane that is costly to install, adds to impervious cover, and requires long-term maintenance.
If you want to save money while creating an aesthetically pleasing fire lane, and one that doesn’t count against your impervious cover restrictions, TRUEGRID permeable pavers are a great option. They are much more eco-friendly than concrete or asphalt, and they are just as durable and don’t require any drainage systems or heavy maintenance.
If you want a fire lane that looks great, can reliably handle the weight of any emergency vehicle, and costs you a fraction of what asphalt or concrete would, contact the paving experts at TRUEGRID permeable pavers for more information and a custom quote.