Living in rural areas come with its challenges. One of those challenges are unimproved roads and nature itself. And like dry seasons that come with drought, the rainy seasons compensates with inches of water on the surface. Rain can play havoc with dirt roads and grassy fields. Causing post holes and thick mud that can render things completely immobile. And with how vast and long some of these roads and areas can be, paving them is completely out of the question. Or one would think, you may not be able to pave the length of all the road or area you need, but that doesn’t mean you cannot pave what is necessary. Or might respond that even that’s too expensive or unsightly. Now instead of using asphalt or concreate, what If you just reinforced the ground itself, to help with all the water. There are many other ways to handle stormwater management. Permeable pavements are a great example to help with excess water and cost a fraction of the cost.
Now how is it able to do that. Like I said, instead of pouring costly material all over the ground. Plastic sheets with hollowed out cylinders, are layer on the ground and filled with whatever material you desire. Mainly dealing with gravel, grass or even sand. The sheets are only there to reinforce the ground, while allowing it to retain some of its properties. Its major one being able to let water pass through it. The major reason dirt roads hold so much water, is because of it being impacted and too tight for water to pass through. But, because each cylinder protects and holds the filler material, the soil is loose enough for water to pass through uninterrupted. Stopping the ground from becoming too muddy or creating pot holes. This method of pavement can be used for other things then just for road ways. Nature paths can be made using permeable pavements, you can use it for any ground level pavement job. If you are concerned about its strength, the base foundation can handle jobs of up to 6800psi before being filled.
Let’s talk about the cost and installation. Because it doesn’t use large equipment to install or needs costly materials, you can see up to half off what it would cost you by traditional means. That is with the everything included, labor and materials. This isn’t the only way it can save you money though, maintenance itself is non-existence. Since it does not break down like concreate or asphalt and what I mean by that, it is not being bombarded day and night by the elements and does not suffer structural damage. It life span can see up to twenty-five to sixty years, all depending on use. Installation can also take less than half the time of common paving methods.
This isn’t the only method to deal with storm water. But, if you need to store heavy equipment or stable driving surface. Permeable pavements can solve those issues, while saving you some money.