If you're in the middle of a major home renovation, you have a lot of decisions to make. You may be tempted to take the easy route when it comes to some of the "more obvious" decisions, such as the materials for the driveway, but it would be beneficial for you to think twice before coming to a conclusion. Why should you look at permeable paving solutions instead?
For many years, there were essentially two choices for the average driveway – solid pavement or gravel. Today, however, there is a solution that combines the better characteristics of both options, especially for homeowners who are concerned about environmental issues. This is especially pleasing for those who really don't like the aesthetic characteristics of gravel and who want a solid surface.
Permeable paving allows rainwater to naturally filter through and seep into the ground beneath, as the water is permitted to pass through the sub base of the pavement. Any impurities are therefore naturally retained within the pavement and this will reduce the amount of pollution that finds its way through.
Conventional pavement simply diverts storm water off to the side and towards storm drains. This can be effective, but major weather systems can easily overwhelm old drainage networks and this can lead to generalised flooding in the vicinity. Permeable pavement helps ensure that the water is absorbed into the ground beneath instead, alleviating the pressure on the city drainage system.
Permeable paving typically uses sustainable materials, which are naturally sourced or recycled. In fact, much of the resin that is used to create the material is found within natural plant extract, which is readily available.
If you're worried about the appearance of your driveway, then you may not be happy with a conventional pavement as it tends to allow rainwater to "pool" in puddles after heavy downpours. Even though the contractors may exercise great care when laying down the conventional pavement, it's very difficult to avoid this scenario in most circumstances. However, this situation is largely alleviated whenever permeable paving is chosen.
Finally, the nature of permeable paving allows the soil beneath to repel heat, due to the tiny voids and fissures in the surface. As a consequence, the pavement will not heat up as much as a conventional alternative, bringing the overall temperature down, which will be especially noticeable on a typically hot Australian summer day.
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Have a word with your contractors, to see if you can get a permeable driveway installed instead.