Let's talk about "Going Green". You hear the word tossed around a lot, and its’ meaning seems to draw a fine line between environmental awareness and publicity. In an effort to be transparent, we are going to draw up a list of pros and -- strangely enough -- cons of using porous paving as part of your green project.
As part of the Master Builders Association and the CarbonNeutral movement, we believe that honesty breeds business. So let's take a deeper look at porous pavement and see if the solution is right for you.
- Not Superman: Our porous pavement is strong, strong enough to handle heavy vehicles and a good amount of vehicular traffic. That being said, if you are looking to apply this pavement to airports or high traffic highways, it may not be the ideal pavement for you. While we claim to have the strongest porous pavement around, traditional asphalt is thicker and better suited for places where planes or a large number of heavy vehicles are passing through.
- Wash: Unfortunately particles may still build up and collect over long periods of time when you are using permeable pavings. With our porous pavement, a simple jet wash should take care of this issue. Only cleaning the pavement once a year will be enough when using StoneSet.
- Inexperienced Contractors: This is a general con of permeable pavements; inexperienced contracts can do a ton of damage. Porous pavement requires special equipment, materials, and training to properly put into place. Using people who are not trained or do not have the sufficient equipment can lead to major problems with your new hardscape. This is why we recommend that you should always look for the Master Builders certificate.
- Cost: The materials and labour for putting in porous pavement are typically more expensive. The material is specialized and so is the labour. For the best quality, it does take time and money.
- Green: Porous pavement allows water to seep through. This water then reaches the soil below, spreading out into the greens around the pavement. Instead of water collecting in storm drains, the water is used functionally.
- Trees: Porous pavement allows tree roots to spread without sacrificing the integrity of the hardscape.
- Cost: Even though the material and labor are more expensive, using porous pavement prevents you from having to spend money on drainage systems, prevents watering costs on plants, reduces slippage and puddles that can congest traffic and bog down consumers, as well as allows you to have a hardscape that is classified as a "softscape". In the end, you will save more money.
- 10-Year Guarantee: All of our porous pavings come with a 10-year guarantee. The hardscapes themselves are built to last an incredible 25 years.
- Grip and Slip: Porous pavement prevents puddles from becoming too large and has a firm grip. This reduces the chances of slips and falls.
- Customize It: All of our pavings are fully customizable.
Clearly, the pros far outweigh the cons and we hope that you will take all of this into consideration before making your next choice. Why not check out our testimonials section to see how customers are enjoying our porous pavements.
If you have any more questions or would like to know if your project is a good fit with porous pavement, feel free to contact us.
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