Though in our country we have many highways and paved roads, there are many roads that are not. Most of them dirt roads, that were carved out through excessive travel. Better than driving through the forest, unimproved roads can have many issues over the years, mainly ranging from pot holes to deceitful puddles that turn into more pot holes and thick mud that can keep you stuck for many hours. If you are a property owner who lives in these areas, fixing this issue is an extremely costly one. Paving a stretch of road for a mile or two, will cost you so much that you will gladly deal with the issues. But, what if it doesn’t need to be this way? Concreate and asphalt are not the only option when it comes to pavements, though at times they look it. What if I told you of a method that can get the same results for a much smaller price? You would probably at least listen to what it might be. And that’s what I will do, today I want to tell you about permeable pavements and how they can help you save money and frustration.
First let me explain what permeable pavements are. Companies like TRUEGRID produce alternative ways of paving at an affordable price. How they do it is by using recycled plastic to build a sheet that is able to be filled with multiple fillers that are much cheaper than asphalt. It holds the material in these little housing tubes that prevent the loose material from moving around. When all of them are filled, and placed next to themselves, they create a strong base utilizing each other. The tubes also perform a secondary function, which can be seen in the name. Being permeable, water and other liquids can be absorbed into the ground, while keeping a solid surface to be used. Which is how pot holes and puddles are completely taken care of.
Some more information that may help you with your decision is that you can be sure of its strength. The base layer of plastic can withstand 6800 psi before being filled, which can multiply the strength in certain cases. The plastic used is often made of recycled materials, if you are more eco-focused. It can be used for more than just roads, you can make small walk ways and nature trails as well. The expected life span of the pavement ranges from twenty-five to sixty years in some cases.
Because of the lack of overall maintenance, you will never really have maintenance cost, unless an act of god passes through. The life span of this pavement surpasses its competitor’s multiple times in some cases. The cost of labor and materials will run you from half to one-third of traditional methods. In the end, beyond that of just aesthetic, there is virtually way that permeable pavements fall short. So, if you are tired of your old dirt road, check out permeable pavements.