When a lawn is not equipped with a grass grid or permeable paving system, it is actually causing some inefficiency to your home. Without such a feature, water races to the nearest sewer rather than them being “directed” with regards to their flow. This often results in erosion and flooding.
This is why having systems like that (e.g. Plastic grid paving) has become more and more popular among homeowners who don’t only want to add an aesthetic feature to their house’s exterior, but also wish to become environmentally responsible.
Anatomy of a Permeable Paver
Instead of having a hardscape surface, homeowners also have the option to install permeable pavers.
These pavers are made up of concrete or recycled plastic with open cells that can be filled with either gravel or grass. This gravel or grass grid then serves as a porous surface that acts the way the ground absorbs rainwater naturally.
People who design driveways, walkways, and parking areas use this paving mechanism to reduce flooding and erosion. This will also help protect your lawn by preventing it from being damaged by rainwater and other pollutants.
Perks of Permeable Pavers
Permeable pavers like plastic grid or grass grid offer different perks. These include:
Rainwater management. As stated earlier, the materials that make up a permeable paving system act like natural absorbers of rainwater. Its structure also serves as a filter of pollutants, helping rainwater return contaminant-free to local aquifers. If you’ll opt for hardscape surfaces, you’ll need a separate merging drainage system to prevent flooding.
Ease of installation. Compared with concrete or asphalt, permeable pavers are relatively easier to install. After bringing in the subsurface layer (either rock, gravel, or limestone), the lightweight paver grids are then installed, filled with soil, and seeded with the preferred grass. All these processes require less labor and less amount of time.
Strength and durability. With the use of interlocking grids installed over a subsurface, it’s no wonder why permeable pavers have a high compression strength (up to 6800 PSI). This allows them to be driven on by vehicles with damaging the grids and the subsurface layer.
Sustainability. The fact that permeable pavers are easier to install, it already means it requires less energy from the very beginning. And as they are made from recyclable contents, you won’t have to worry about their being environmentally friendly. They also act as pollutant filters, helping produce relatively cleaner rainwater which can be used by the city for other proposed.
Versatility. As stated above, these pavers can be easily installed. But not only that — they can be installed and utilized as a hidden driveway, or as extra parking spots for residential properties or small businesses, or as auxiliary parking for fairgrounds and concert halls.
Aesthetic value. Not only are grass or plastic pavers eco-friendly, but they also add a certain level of aesthetic value to your home’s exterior. Some homeowners even add fragrance to it to make it a bit more “extra” and enticing. They can also be framed with flowers to add more beauty to them.