Permeable Concrete: Essential Insights & a Superior Alternative

What to Know About Permeable Concrete and a Superior Alternative

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Navigating the complex world of construction materials can be daunting, especially when it comes to choosing eco-friendly solutions. One such solution is permeable concrete, an innovative advancement lauded for its environment-friendly properties. However, like any other product, permeable concrete has its pros and cons.

Permeable Concrete

This article explores the intricacies of permeable concrete, and discusses its advantages and drawbacks. Moreover, it introduces a superior alternative, TRUEGRID® Permeable Pavers, that offer unmatched durability and permeability, and can even create a green driveway.

Understanding Permeable Concrete

Permeable concrete, also referred to as porous or pervious concrete, is an innovative solution within the construction and infrastructure sector. Originally invented as a solution in the oil well industry, this particular concrete type presents a practical resolution to diverse environmental issues and promotes sustainable construction practices. However, it’s worth noting that permeable concrete comes with its own set of challenges.

Pros of Permeable Concrete

Water Management

Permeable concrete is a choice for managing stormwater effectively. Its ability to handle stormwater makes it a practical and environmentally-friendly solution. It allows water to percolate down to the ground, to help mitigate flooding issues and aid in groundwater recharge.


Because it assists in water management, permeable concrete can contribute to environmental conservation.

Cons of Permeable Concrete


Interlocking concrete pavers, a type of permeable concrete, require regular maintenance and may not be as long-lasting. Permeable concrete will need regular vacuuming to remove accumulated particulate matter and sediment from the pores. Without vacuuming, permeable concrete will become impermeable and lose its ability to drain.


The spaces between interlocking pavers, which let water permeate through, can affect the long-term durability of the pavement. This makes it a less ideal choice for driveways.

Susceptibility to Weathering

Concrete can be damaged by freeze/thaw cycles, and interlocking pavers made from concrete may chip or break over time, which means they may need to be replaced.

A Better Alternative: TRUEGRID® Permeable Pavers

Permeable concrete has its uses, however, a more effective, durable, and eco-friendly alternative exists in the form of TRUEGRID® Permeable Pavers.

Advantages of TRUEGRID® Permeable Pavers

Strength and Durability

TRUEGRID® permeable pavers provide the same or even greater level of permeability without compromising on style or durability. They are made from 100% recycled plastic and can handle the weight of heavy vehicles without breaking.

Weather Resistant

Unlike traditional concrete pavers, TRUEGRID® pavers are not easily affected by temperature extremes and are built to last 60 years.

Easy Maintenance

TRUEGRID® permeable pavers do not require regularly scheduled vacuuming to maintain permeability.. The pavers are unaffected by UV-rays, and require next to no maintenance throughout their lifetime.

Stylistic Versatility

TRUEGRID® pavers can be filled with a variety of different-colored aggregates for stylistic variety, which allows for quite a bit of versatility if you wish to get creative.

Easy and Fast Installation

The installation of TRUEGRID® pavers is straightforward and requires very little equipment, and is usually completed in less than a day. It’s easy enough that you can get the whole family to help!

TRUEGRID® Paver Options

TRUEGRID® Paver Options


TRUEGRID® PRO LITE is a durable and cost-effective permeable paver designed to withstand moderate vehicular load, as well as pedestrian and bike use. With its remarkable compression strength and flexibility, it is an ideal solution for eco-friendly overflow parking lots, driveways, access roads, and more, whether covered with gravel or grass.


TRUEGRID® PRO PLUS® is the premier choice for commercial permeable paving in the industry. It is the go-to solution for engineers seeking 100% pervious cover, effective detention, and efficient stormwater management. Trusted by millions, it has been proven to deliver exceptional performance in heavy-use commercial parking lots. With its easy installation and virtually maintenance-free nature, it is the epitome of convenience and reliability.

TRUEGRID® ROOT® – A Grass Driveway with Durability and Permeability

TRUEGRID® ROOT® permeable pavers are a revolutionary product designed to protect and preserve the integrity of grass surfaces. The unique design of these pavers safeguards the grass from rutting, thus ensuring the stability and beauty of the grassy areas under heavy load conditions. Their installation is fast and easy, typically requiring no excavation as the pavers install over existing grass and they can be pressed into the ground with a heavy roller for immediate use.


This ease of installation and reduced material usage often make TRUEGRID® ROOT® pavers less expensive than traditional asphalt paving options.

TRUEGRID® ROOT® pavers are currently the only available system designed to bear vehicle loads while still maintaining the natural aesthetics and functionality of grass. This stabilizes the grass and ensures proper drainage, to eliminate the issues of water runoff that can often accompany traditional pavement.

  • TRUEGRID® ROOT® pavers are made from 100% recycled plastic, which makes them an excellent choice for eco-conscious building and landscaping projects.
  • Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also designed to be low maintenance, to save time, energy, and money on upkeep.
  • With a lifespan of 60 years, TRUEGRID® ROOT® permeable pavers are a long-lasting solution that combines functionality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability in one practical grass pavement system.

Choose TRUEGRID® for a Strong, Durable, and Permeable Driveway Solution

Don’t compromise on the longevity, permeability, or eco-friendliness of your driveway.

Choose TRUEGRID® for a driveway solution that doesn’t just withstand the test of time, but that can also play a part in preserving the environment. Whether you prefer the classic look of gravel or the lush appeal of a grassy expanse, our permeable pavers have got you covered. Make a choice that’s not just good for you, but also for our planet.

Contact us today to find out more!

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