Pavement comes in all shapes and sizes. From asphalt to concrete, paving stones, and beyond, there’s no shortage of materials to choose from when designing your new paved surface. Asphalt and concrete may be the most popular pavement types, but many other materials are quickly gaining popularity as well.
Pebble pavers, for instance, can use any number of different pebble types to create a level and stable surface that you can walk and/or drive on. However, pebbles are still a relatively fringe material when it comes to building pavement.
In case you’re interested in utilizing pebbles to create a paved surface, here’s a complete breakdown of the benefits of pebble paving and how to effectively install them.
Why Use Pebbles for Pavement?
Pebbles have unique characteristics and advantages that make them appealing to many people. For starters, pebbles are at least somewhat permeable. Loose pebble paving is permeable to a certain degree, with larger pebbles being more permeable. When installed with TRUEGRID pebble pavers, however, pebbles can reach almost 100% permeability.
Permeability in a paved surface is great for a number of reasons. It’s the best way to manage stormwater because it eliminates the need for most, if not all, other drainage and allows water to flow naturally back into the ground like it’s supposed to. This lessens the burden on local storm systems and eliminates the need for costly maintenance on additional drainage like sewers, grates, pipes, and more.
For small-scale uses, pebble paving used in a patio or driveway can eliminate the potential for flooding and lessen the need for maintenance on or around the area due to erosion. For commercial use, using pebbles stabilized with plastic pavers can eliminate the need for on-site storage basins where stormwater is kept and stored as a means of reducing the impact on sewer systems.
Pebbles are also one of the most eco-friendly materials you can use for paving. They don’t require much heavy machinery or equipment to produce and they are recyclable as well. Their permeability is another aspect of pebbles that makes them so eco-friendly. Pebbles are also pretty cost-effective and can be obtained for incredibly cheap prices.
How to Install Pebble Pavement the Right Way
There are a couple of ways you can install pebbles as pavement. The first is to use loose pebbles and just dump them wherever you want a paved area. For driveways and patios, borders can be used to keep the pebbles from spreading too easily.
This is not the preferred way to install pebbles, though, and can require constant replacement of the pebbles as they migrate out of the designated area. The correct way to install pebbles and get the most out of them as paving material is to use pebble pavers to stabilize them.
TRUEGRID is an example of a company that makes some of the highest-quality pebble stone pavers on the market. Used in conjunction with aggregates like pebbles or gravel, they can be used to build some of the most durable, long-lasting, permeable, and low-maintenance paved surfaces on the planet.
The installation process for TRUEGRID PRO LITE and TRUEGRID PRO PLUS pebble pavers is very simple. First, the desired area is excavated to a depth of 12 inches and a piece of fabric is laid at the bottom to prevent gravel migration.
Then, the pit is filled with your aggregate of choice and compacted until level. Next, the empty TRUEGRID pavers are snapped into place over the gravel pit like LEGO blocks, and filled with pebbles.
The pebbles are then driven over and/or compacted into the surface of the pavers, filling them up and weighing them to the ground. This completes the installation process and the entire project can be completed in just one day in many cases.
TRUEGRID Will Help You Get the Most Out of a Pebble Paver Surface
TRUEGRID pavers are by far the best choice for pebble paving. Not only are they durable enough to last up to 60 years with only minimal maintenance, they are impervious to UV-rays, temperature extremes, warping, rotting, mold, and insects. They are strong enough to handle the weight of a monster truck falling on them without breaking and can be disassembled very quickly if necessary.
Many different types and colors of pebbles can be used in TRUEGRID pebble stone pavers, allowing you maximum stylistic flexibility when it comes to your pavement design. They are 98%-permeable and made from 100%-recycled plastic, making them one of the most eco-friendly paving materials in existence.
If you want to create the best-looking and most durable paved surface imaginable, TRUEGRID permeable plastic pavers should be your first choice. Don’t hesitate to call TRUEGRID today and get in touch with a pavement professional for a free quote.