Many homeowners are joining the green movement. This means that they are finding ways to make their property more environmentally friendly. If you are thinking of doing your part in saving the planet, there are eco-friendly options you can take into account for any part of your home, including your driveway. To make your driveway environmentally friendly, you need to accomplish a few things: control water runoff, prevent flooding, and replenish ground water.

If you are considering building or improving your driveway, you should reconsider using plain concrete or asphalt. Driveways made from concrete and asphalt do not absorb rainwater; therefore, the water run-off from the storm is channeled into creeks and rivers which increases the risk of flooding. This also means that all the pollution in the water will also go into streets and storm drains. To prevent this from happening, you should use green driveways – paving materials that allow rainwater to soak into the ground. Thankfully, new materials and paving methods, such as permeable paving, are now being used to make driveways more eco-friendly.

Green driveways with permeable paving

Why Is Permeable Paving Considered Eco-Friendly?

The best way to have a green driveway is to install permeable pavers. With this method, the surface water is absorbed through the gaps between them and into the ground or the bed of crushed stones. The water will seep into the soil instead of getting into the streets or ground water and contaminating the storm drain systems. This prevents problems, such as overloading storm drains, increased risk of flooding from water runoff, and water pollution. Lastly, this paving method also lowers the temperature around your property, especially during summer months because it prevents heat buildup. While permeable paving absorbs moisture, it doesn’t absorb as much heat as plain concrete or asphalt driveway.

If you are considering permeable paving for your driveway, you should hire a professional for the job. Kloepfer Concrete Inc., a company that specializes in road construction, also reminds homeowners that this driveway paving method requires regular maintenance; thus, you need to sweep or vacuum the joints at least once every year. Doing so will prevent them from getting clogged with debris or leaves.

Eco-Friendly Paving Materials

Grass: This may not be your first choice for a driveway because the main purpose of a driveway is keeping your vehicle off your lawn. However, you need to understand that grass paving is different from the standard grass used for lawns. Instead of simply planting grass in the ground, grass paving involves several layers.

  • The first layer is made of sand
  • The second layer is made with durable plastic grid with holes and it is filled with sandy foam.
  • The grass grows through the grid, and the mesh supports the car and protects the roots of the grass.
  • The holes let the water pass through the soil, while the grass and sand filter water runoff.

Pavers: Interlocking pavers are very attractive since they fit together like puzzle pieces. This is also a good option if you want to have a traditional-looking driveway. The gaps between the pavers allow the water runoff to seep into the ground. To make this paving material more attractive, you can go for a tiled look or you can allow the grass to grow in between the gaps. The grass will keep debris off the gaps and it creates a more natural-looking driveway.

Porous Concrete: This is a wonderful alternative if you want to have typical a driveway but one that is more eco-friendly. Porous permeable concrete consists of almost the same materials as regular concrete but the porous pavement has little to no sand. It is made with crushed rock with enough cement so that it can hold the material together. The resulting gaps allow the water the pass through.

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Kris Bennette is an environmentalist and blogger who aims to raise awareness regarding the green movement. In this article, she discusses permeable paving as a good driveway option to minimize water pollution.

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