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Permeable Pavers: An Environmentally Friendly Option

With ever-increasing environmental concerns, when you decide on an outdoor remodeling project, you want to make sure it looks good, but you also want it to be good for the environment.

Some materials are better than others when it comes to being good stewards of the environment. Fortunately, forward-thinking designers have created a variety of paver alternatives, giving homeowners the option of selecting a better surface.

At Savon Pavers, we can help you design and create a beautiful outdoor living area with environmentally friendly pavers. Permeable pavers are a top choice because of their environmental benefits on several levels.

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Permeable Pavers?

Living in the Greater San Diego area helps you appreciate how valuable water conservation is. There are several kinds of projects Savon Pavers can help you with that are a positive for the environment.

Permeable pavers make a good choice because they help to keep water out of storm sewers. Why is this a good thing?

When we can reduce stormwater runoff, it increases groundwater recharge. This improves water quality. And, permeable pavers contribute to directing the water into the ground.

Traditional paving solutions are generally impervious to water, so more stormwater runoff makes it to the street and into storm drains.

Living in the Greater San Diego area helps you appreciate how valuable water conservation is. There are several kinds of projects Savon Pavers can help you with that are a positive for the environment.

How do Permeable Pavers Work?

Permeable pavers contain holes, or joints, that allow water to percolate through them and into the ground. It contributes to the water being absorbed into the ground, which the soil naturally filters, instead of finding its way untreated into the municipal sewer system.

When installing permeable pavers, they are laid upon stone and aggregate material, which adds to the water returning to the ground in a natural manner.

We work with Belgard, a manufacturer of permeable interlocking concrete pavers. These Belgard permeable pavers help return water back into the earth and prevent water runoff.

This type of paver is known by other names, like porous and pervious because water will pass through holes across the pavers and in the gaps between the blocks.

“Belgard permeable pavers mimic the way natural land absorbs water. With permeable concrete pavers, any rain that falls on your patio, walkway/entryway or driveway seeps back into the ground, reducing the burden on storm drains,” according to the manufacturer’s website.

How Long do Permeable Pavers Last?

Pavers are a good investment because they last a generation or two, and the permeable paver option is no exception. They generally last between 25 to 30 years.

How do Permeable Pavers Help Homeowners?

There are several ways a permeable paver project can help homeowners, like using them to cover an area that has been grass. Or, we can construct a permeable driveway that will lower the amount of runoff.

They Reduce Water Demand

It takes a lot of water to keep a lawn green, but many times lawns begin developing brown patches. Several factors can contribute to this, including extreme weather, poor soil conditions, and a lack of water due to drought conditions.

Using permeable pavers will give your outdoor living area a totally new look, while at the same time reducing water demand because you traded a dying lawn for elegant outdoor paver design.

They Reduce Erosion

Whether you build a patio, walkway or driveway with permeable pavers, they can reduce erosion because of how they are designed to allow the water to seep back into the ground.

This design feature protects against runoff by promoting the natural water cycle. Paver projects can decrease the amount of standing water, which means the number of mosquito breeding grounds will be fewer.

When Savon Pavers designs a project, we understand proper drainage is important. Many of our paver solutions include drainage systems.

These drainage systems do a couple of things: They protect the environment, and they protect your investment by keeping the water moving.

Permeable Pavers Can be Used for Driveways

When you consider how permeable pavers contain holes or joints to aid water flow through the pavers, you might wonder how much weight they can withstand. Well, Belgard makes the Aqualine series of pavers with permeable surfaces that perform well for walkways, patios, pools, and driveways.

Because these are designed as an alternative to traditional paved surfaces, they can handle the weight of vehicles. So, a permeable driveway makes sense for a lot of families.

According to the manufacturer, “Aqualine permeable pavers work equally well for pedestrian and vehicular applications. Featuring a smooth surface and a wide variety of color options for the ultimate in design flexibility.

“Aqualine permeable pavers can eliminate stormwater runoff and improve water quality plus eliminate the need for traditional drainage and detention requirements, saving space and money.”

And, They Add Curb Appeal

One of the quickest ways to add beauty and curb appeal to your home is by replacing concrete or asphalt driveways with a stunning paver design, an area of expertise for our design consultants.

Because you are replacing impervious surfaces, your home will have added curb appeal and an increased value, not to mention it will be better for the environment.

Savon Pavers Offers Other Eco-friendly Paver Projects

While we have been discussing primarily permeable pavers, there are other paver projects that are beneficial for the environment.

  • Synthetic Turf: With a synthetic turf project, you can enjoy a lush, green lawn with minimal maintenance and no water. Artificial turf can replace the grass in your yard, or you can add turf highlights. Also, with a durable synthetic turf, you will not need to use any pesticides to keep the lawn healthy and safe from pests.
  • Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting: It’s true that low-voltage landscape lighting adds beauty, elegance and safety to your outdoors, but it also requires less energy. As a result, your family will consume less electricity with this outdoor lighting option. You can get as much light as you do with an incandescent bulb, but at a fraction of the energy costs.

Explore Your Eco-friendly Paver Options at No Cost

Are you looking at a new patio? permeable driveway? landscaping with energy-efficient lighting? Call us to set up a free consultation. Let’s talk about the project you have in mind, and our expert consultants can work with you to create a unique and stunning project with eye and curb appeal.

The best news? We can start the exploration process at no cost to you. Our consultation and 3D design for your new paver project are free.

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