Installing permeable paving stones to a patio, driveway, or other hardscape is a great decision made by homeowners for a paving system. Permeable pavers are a beautiful option that allows water to easily filter to other landscapes and systems. In addition, permeable pavers offer more curb appeal to the home, making it more valuable. This system avoids water runoff to accumulate on top of the layered stones and gaps.
When it is time for new hardscape projects, it is important to take into consideration the environmental impacts and restrictions in your location. Some towns have requirements for permeable paving stones due to the environmental impact they have. Installing permeable paving stones allows rainfall water to drain into the landscape and decrease flooding.
What are Permeable Paving Stones?
Permeable paving stones are surfaces made of materials either porous or nonporous. A porous material enables stormwater to flow through the pavers as a nonporous material blocks space so that water can flow between the gaps. Stormwater flows into and is stored in an underlying stone reservoir, staying on the property.
How do Permeable Paving Stones Work?
Paving stones designed to let water seep in through the stones, they are then absorbed into the ground and landscape. The difference between permeable paving stones and other hardscape materials like asphalt or concrete are the way rain and storm water are collected. In permeable paving systems, the water runoff is absorbed into the ground. Whereas in asphalt and concrete, water is pooled and can flood on top of the hardscape unless there is a drainage system.
How To Install Permeable Paving Stones
Permeable paving stones should always be installed by professionals to ensure the function of the system. Ageless Masonry has a skilled team of masons ready to install this permeable paving stone system with past experience and success.
Steps On How To Install Permeable Paving Stones
1. Remove old area and compact sub soil using a roller or plate compactor.
2. Layer No. 2 stone base
3. Layer No. 57 stone
4. Layer No. 8 stone
5. Lay the paving stones
6. Fill the joints
Permeable Pavers Made Easy
Each layer of the system has a distinct function. Below, each layer is simplified.
Paving blocks are evenly spread for gaps allowing water to filter through.
First stone layer (No. 8 stone) filters out debris from storm water. The first stone layer is the smallest aggregate stone size.
Second stone layer (No. 57 stone) is a transition layer for pollutants in storm water.
Third and last stone layer (No. 8 stone) area for water to harvest and clear in drain pipe. This is also the largest aggregate size stone.
Benefits of Installing Permeable Paving Stones
Installing permeable paving stones have many environmental and economical benefits. These are reasons to switch from the traditional paving stone or asphalt. Permeable pavers aid landscaping by reducing erosion that occurs when grass is dry. In addition, paving stones are also more durable and longer lasting than concrete or asphalt. They also retain water on the property which will benefit plants and landscaping. For both homeowners and entire towns, permeable pavers reduce the risk of flooding.
More durable and higher longevity than asphalt
Retains water on property, aiding to landscape and drainage
Decreases standing water, where mosquitos generate
Rapid removal of snow and rain water
Towns and Communities
Recharges local water supplies
Reduces water usage in landscaping
Resembles the natural way rain water
Improves the quality of local water
Disadvantages to Permeable Pavers
Although permeable pavers come with many benefits to the environment and economically in the long run, there are still some drawbacks. Below are the disadvantages to installing permeable paving stones.
It may be more expensive at the initial installation of the pavers in comparison to the standard paving stone. Maintenance to the permeable pavers is key for the function of the system. It is very important that all areas of water flow are not obstructed to allow proper function. Furthermore, homeowners should keep an eye out for this, especially if salting the pavement for snow.
Where can Permeable Pavers Be Used?
There are many uses for permeable pavers. Below are the top locations that homeowners choose to use.
Permeable pavers are also created to be used in high vehicle traffic areas. They are popularly used in public settings such as, bike paths, sidewalks, parking lots, airport runways, stables, and industrial applications. Locations are continuing to build to allow more people to live in the area. Urban planning has many environmental factors to consider. One of these factors is water drainage and the amount of use and effect it has on the community. As communities realize permeable pavers are the ideal way to stay environmentally friendly while economically saving, this style of hardscape will become increasingly popular.
Permeable paving stones include many benefits to homeowners and communities. The most beneficial area to install permeable pavers may be the driveway or patio due to the high traffic on these locations. They also are typically larger spaces, making the function of the system more apparent and useful. In conclusion, homeowners can discuss with the help of trained professional masons about the best installation area in their specific location and project.
Flooding in Long Island
A location where all four seasons impact the community, Long Island is known for their spring and winters. Although the spring usually does not have record breaking rainfall, the winters continue to have heavy snow storms. When the snow finally melts, there is a huge mess to clean up, heavily relying on the groundwater system.
Although snow days are great for children that receive the day off, it often leads to major damage to homes and communities. Long Island has gone through many snow days, all to different extents of concern. During the recent years of 2013, 2015, and 2016 snowfall was measured at a high. In 2016, about 23.4 inches of snowfall was accumulated. The high volume of snowfall can cause drainage issues that lead to flooding.
Heavy rain fall from thunder storms and hurricanes can also cause major flooding. Storms like Hurricane Irene (2011) and Hurricane Sandy (2012) had a huge effect on Long Island. During these times, record flooding had occurred. Government officials urged the location to stay inside and refrain from leaving their homes. A state of emergency was even called due to the severity of the hurricanes. First responders also ensured the safety of residents across the island.
In addition to the flooding issues caused by major storms, power outages, road closures, vehicle accidents, and more occur. It is very important to take precautions during storm weather to ensure safety. Staying updated by local newscasters is another way to stay in the know for storm weather.
What Our Clients Say
Below are some testimonies from our amazing clients regarding permeable paving stones and masonry installations.
“They were prompt time wise and had a very large crew, every crew member worked hard. They completed the work and the several other items we requested as well. Very professional and already received compliments on their work. Honest and trustworthy, would recommend and have already to family and friends. The walkway and all the other stone work was great. THANKS AGAIN” -Al L. from Wantagh, NY
“The team worked with me to help design the porch and walkway we wanted. They all worked exhausting hours digging up unexpected amounts of concrete. They were professional, tedious and polite. In the end, we have a beautiful new driveway, stoop and walkway. Thank you guys! See you for our next project.” – Virginia K. from Seaford, NY
“Excellent work, Masonry and concrete look beautiful! Great crew, reliable and really nice as well! Highly recommend!!” – Wen R. from Massapequa, NY
“Ageless Masonry put a patio of Cambridge pavers in my backyard and I couldn’t be happier. The attention to detail was top notch as well as their professionalism and the finished product is fantastic. I highly recommend this company for anyone with masonry needs.” – John L. from Long Island
Homeowner Installing Permeable Paving Stones FAQ
How do I maintain my permeable paving stones?
Choosing this option of paving stone requires minimal maintenance. Removal of debris from joints is required from time to time to maintain the function and appearance of paving stones.
What paving stone design layout can I use for my project?
Similar to other styles, permeable pavers can be installed using the basketweave, herringbone, and running bond designs. There are other design patterns that can be chosen as well, based on the homeowners wants.
Why should I Install permeable pavers?
There are many reasons to install permeable pavers. As a homeowner, there may be location restrictions on hardscape renovations that require an environmentally friendly solution. If the homeowner experiences a lot of flooding on their property, permeable pavers are also the perfect solution due to its drainage system.
How can I use the water?
Homeowners have the option to use the water in a variety of ways. One way is to use it for watering plants. Another use is to go to irrigation systems. And lastly, reuse the water for water features across your outdoor space.
What goes under permeable pavers?
Permeable pavers lay on top of different stone materials. These materials ensure proper function to the system, allowing water to filter correctly.
Is the base material important?
Yes! It is very important that the base layer is no. 2 stone for proper function of the permeable pavers. Professional masons will be aware of proper techniques and installation process for these paving stones.
What is an alternative to permeable paving stones?
An alternative for homeowners or communities would be to install turf blocks. Turf blocks have a similar function to permeable pavers where stormwater soaks into the ground directly below. The major difference is that the turf block allows and promotes vegetation to grow in between each paver block. The water is soaked and filtered through the vegetation itself and not stone gaps like permeable pavers.
Can weeds grow in between my permeable pavers?
If your permeable paver area is not properly cleaned, weeds can begin to grow. This is a clear sign it is time to clean the pavers as it may affect the function of the system.
Can I install my own permeable pavers?
Installing permeable paving stones should always be completed by professionals like Ageless Masonry. To ensure the paver system is properly functioning, experts with experience should install it for homeowners.
What questions should I ask before hiring a masonry company?
To ensure the best quality of installation, there are several questions to ask potential companies. First, ensure the company is insured and licensed. Also, the homeowner can ask to see examples of past work. This will give them a full understanding of their process and results. Testimonies on platforms like google, yelp, and facebook are also great ways to get other opinions. The professionals at Ageless Masonry have hundreds of five star reviews across multiple platforms. They also continuously update potential clients and others with social media portfolios on instagram and facebook. Using these platforms is a great way to start conversations and learn from other companies too.
Call Ageless Masonry For Your Permeable Paver Installation!
The experts at Ageless Masonry will explain the process for the service and answer all questions the client has. Ensure your permeable pavers are installed correctly and properly functioning with the experts at Ageless Masonry. Discuss the many options to paving stone systems with our talented team. They are skilled professionals that offer various services including permeable paver installations.
Call Ageless Masonry for your next paver project. We service homes across Long Island, New York. Ageless Masonry is also not limited to the following services, installation of patios, driveways, stoops, and poolscapes. With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Masonry 516.795.1313 or click here to schedule your free estimate today!