Original Article by TRUEGRID® Paver
Our lifestyle activities have an impact on the environment, which is why it’s important to seek opportunities to make a positive difference. Let’s explore practical ways to contribute and create a greener future together. This includes areas we might not normally think about, such as our driveways.
The traditional materials used for driveways, such as asphalt, concrete, and brick pavers, are popular but can cause more problems than they solve. Now homeowners and commercial spaces have a superior alternative: permeable driveway pavers. This article will consider the drawbacks of traditional paving materials and why permeable pavers are a more environmentally-friendly alternative.
Traditional Driveway Materials:
A Comparative Analysis
Asphalt is a popular choice because of its low cost and durability, but is susceptible to damage from freeze-thaw cycles and chemical exposure. Asphalt requires sealcoating and striping regularly.
Brick pavers are aesthetically pleasing and offer a unique look. Unfortunately, brick is neither permeable nor particularly durable, and requires frequent maintenance and resealing to prevent water intrusion. The average lifespan of a brick driveway is approximately 25 years with diligent upkeep.
Concrete, both solid and as pavers, is another popular choice due to its relative strength and longevity. Like asphalt, however, concrete creates an impermeable surface that can contribute to water runoff issues. Concrete driveways also require regular sealing to prevent accelerated deterioration.
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