A paved driveway can be the epitome of sophistication, boosting both curb appeal and resale value. However, the surface must be able to endure the daily pressures of vehicular traffic. Fortunately, Unilock offers two innovative products that will guarantee your driveway withstands the test of time: the DriveGrid System and our fortified concrete pavers. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from investing in this prized pair.
What is the DriveGrid System?
The DriveGrid System is a type of geogrid which is often used to stabilize structures subjected to heavy loads – like driveways, for example. A geogrid is a mesh-like structure that supports the layers of gravel and soil beneath the driveway pavers. It spreads pressure at a single point over a larger surface area, preventing any sinking of the surface or damage to the pavers. Although a geogrid is crucial to stabilizing sparse soil, one can also incorporate it into highly compact soil for a driveway that will last as long as the adjacent home.
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The main advantage of the DriveGrid System is the enhanced durability that it offers your driveway. By distributing heavy loads across the surface, it prevents the movement of the underlying gravel and creates a strong, rigid base.
Unilock concrete pavers are similarly durable and can be paired with the DriveGrid System for a paved surface with unparalleled endurance. Copthorne pavers, for example, are a popular candidate for driveways due to their classic brick-like appearance. Their rich colors add dimension to the hardscape and pair well with any surrounding greenery. But they are also virtually indestructible and do not split or crack under pressure. In fact, Unilock Ultima Concrete Technology gives each paver four times the strength of poured concrete. Copthorne pavers are also imbued with Enduracolor Facemix Technology which creates surfaces that are highly resistant to fading, even under the full wrath of the elements.
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Despite the various ways in which the strength of our pavers is enhanced, no compromises are made when it comes to their appearances. Richcliff pavers, for example, are imbued with incredible strength that makes them ideal for a variety of applications. However, they also bear the realistic textures of natural stone and are renowned for the modern, yet elegant, look and feel that they contribute to their hardscapes.
This Dawn Mist color variation bears the cool undertones of natural bluestone and allows more vibrant colors, like the greens and browns of a natural setting, to stand out. Remember to select pavers that enhance the look of your home and don’t draw attention away from it. Richcliff pavers, among other options from Unilock, are subtly colored and are therefore good candidates for driveways.
Convenient installation and maintenance
DriveGrid is available in rolls that are easy to transport and can be spread over the excavated area without the need for specialized tools. This results in a quicker installation process that is far less labor intensive. Using the DriveGrid System also reduces the cost of materials, as a thick underlying layer of gravel is no longer needed.
By covering this foundation in state-of-the-art Unilock pavers, one can enjoy a surface that is even easier to maintain. Umbriano pavers, for example, are imbued with EasyClean Stain Resistance that alleviates the stress associated with oil spills and collecting rainwater. Their sleek surfaces are also guaranteed to add a luxurious touch to the driveway.
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An environmentally friendly foundation with permeable pavers
Unilock offers several permeable driveway pavers that allow water to permeate through them and enter the underlying ecosystem. This is preferable to the formation of puddles that stain the pavers, or the runoff of rainwater into drains. Tribeca Cobble pavers are an exemplary example of eco-friendly pavers with uncompromised style. They bear the classic look of cobblestones, with modern flair and an Enduracolor Plus finish.
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Permeable pavers would be rather pointless if the geogrid hindered the flow of water into the underlying soil. Fortunately, the DriveGrid System is porous and allows water to permeate through it and reach the underlying soil. In addition to aiding the replenishment of groundwater, the DriveGrid System reduces the amount of soil that needs to be excavated during the installation process, making it the environmentally conscious choice.