Permeable Pavers

Permeable Pavers and Why You Should Incorporate Them Into Your Landscape Design

Flat yards with little to no sloping tend to get mushy, wet and even flooded after rainstorms. Makes sense: there’s nowhere for the water to go except drain slowly into the ground. With big storms, this can’t happen quickly enough and as a result, swampy conditions can result. If this happens near your foundation, you can experience flooding in your basement and crawlspace. In addition to the swampy conditions that put a big damper on outdoor play, this extra water tends to attract insects such as mosquitoes, which breed like crazy in moisture, not to mention transmit harmful diseases.

What can you do about it? Permeable pavers are a great option, and it doesn’t involve re-grading your property or installing cumbersome drainage systems underground.


Permeable pavers are a great solution to yard drainage problems. Rely on Twelve Oaks Landscape to install permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) for you, which feature layers of stone or aggregate underneath a grid of pavers that allow for the filtration of rainwater. The water then passes efficiently into the ground or into nearby aquifers or storm drains so no pooling can occur. Permeable pavers can be used for anything from patios to walkways to driveways, encouraging re-absorption of water into the ground. These types of pavers generally have a longer lifespan than standard pavers, plus they take up more space than grass normally would, cutting down on the areas of your yard that you have to maintain. Less grass means less time mowing your lawn, less time weeding and less time watering.

In addition to the rainwater filtration benefits, permeable pavers can be installed with some pretty neat design features that harvest water for washing your car or irrigating your lawn. You’re cutting back on water usage, saving yourself money and the environment at the same time. Pavers can be installed near trees where the strategic flow of water can be directed to ensure tree roots get the water they need to thrive. In areas where freeze/thaw cycles occur throughout the seasons, pavers allow for more give in this area so no cracking or warping can occur. Lastly, permeable pavers are simply more cost-effective when it comes to managing your stormwater rather than install costly storm drains, gutters and detention ponds, says Hardscape Magazine.

Proper Installation

Permeable or porous pavers must be installed correctly by a professional in order to function at peak efficiency. Installing pavers takes an eye for detail and a high level of expertise that can ensure proper operation throughout the years. While it can certainly be done as a DIY project, it’s best to have a professional take detailed measurements and take into consideration the intended usage. If the pavers will be used as a spot for a vehicle to park or drive on, the load-bearing weight has to be considered first. Pavers can be made out of concrete, stone or brick, which is really the preference of the homeowner. However, the pavers will only work as intended if the base is properly installed. Regular maintenance is key to ensuring the optimal functioning of your permeable pavers. Your landscape professional will tell you exactly what to do to upkeep the integrity of the pavers, such as sweeping or vacuuming the joints each year so no clogging of leaves and twigs can occur.

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