If you’ve ever had water cascading down your driveway after a heavy rain and overflowing into places it’s not meant to go, you know how frustrating it can be! However, today, you have options: permeable pavers. Here’s how to control water flow with these paving stones in East Hampton, NY.
What are permeable pavers?
Permeable paving stones allow rainwater to seep through to the ground below. The joints between these paving stones are large enough to let water through and disperse it into the ground; and best of all, the water is then naturally filtered as it seeps through the aggregate bed beneath the pavers. This removes pollutants and debris as the water percolates into the aquifer. Because the surface “breathes” – much like soil – it also remains cooler to the touch. This is a great feature on driveways, patios and walkways!
Impermeable driveways, patios and other surfaces prevent water from seeping into the ground, and unless they are fitted with their own drainage, overload municipal stormwater systems. Worse, when water flows off impermeable surfaces and into the street, it carries with it oils and chemicals, which are then carried through the stormwater system into rivers and other natural bodies of water. Impermeable surfaces also contribute to the “heat island effect.”
Beauty, Function, and Value
Unilock permeable pavers add a lot of value to your home. They are designed to withstand heavy traffic. Individual pavers can be replaced if they should break (unlike ugly patch jobs on asphalt). The pavers are virtually zero maintenance, and to top it all off, they are beautiful! They add a sophistication and elegance to your home – a look that cannot be achieved using asphalt or poured concrete.
Unilock Permeable Paving Stones
Unilock offers several types of permeable paving stones, suitable for both driveways and outdoor living spaces.
Tribeca Cobble is a permeable paver solution that features the timeless look of imported granite cobblestones. The surface texture is varied and natural, since the textures are cast from natural stone cobblestones. EnduraColor Facemix Technology ensures lasting color for these sophisticated driveway paving stones.
Cast from molds taken from antique clay brick street pavers, Town Hall paving stones offer a historic and stately look for your driveway, patio, and walkways. The dimensions are slightly larger than typical brick pavers – a more substantial look that works exceptionally well with larger homes. And if you’re looking for something a little different to “brick red,” these paving stones come in a variety of colors and tones to suit your home’s architectural style and color scheme.
For a more modern look with random laying patterns, try Thornbury pavers. These pavers resemble cut natural flagstone, and come in colors to complement any design aesthetic. These pavers are a popular choice for driveways because of their durability and their old-world courtyard appearance.
If you love the idea of minimizing the “driveway” look and parking on grass, but don’t want to destroy the lawn… or if your driveway sits in a low area that tends to attract water… your solution comes in the form of Turfstone pavers. The filigree design offers plenty of capacity to soak up rainwater. The spaces can be filled with grass or ground cover for a natural appearance, or aggregates for a more subtle look. It’s a wonderful and eco-friendly solution perfectly suited to ultra-modern homes.
The title image features a Tribeca Cobble driveway.