Examining Different Types Of Ecological Driveways To See If They Are Right For You
Looking after the environment is an important topic for many people, which is why ecological driveways are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. From porous pavements to grassy surfaces, there are a number of ways to make your driveway ecologically friendly. You can also use recycled aggregates and build a driveway from the foundations up. We’re featuring some of the types of ecological driveways that exist to help you decide if it’s something you’d be interested in pursuing.

Porous Pavement

Porous pavement is a permeable type of surface that contains a reservoir beneath. The reservoir holds surface runoff, allowing it to infiltrate subsoil. The surface can be made up of cement mix or bricks that allow water to run through the cracks. This has the advantage of reducing flooding because of water being absorbed into the soil. Another advantage of porous pavements is that they prevent the heat island effect, which is common among impermeable surfaces. Without any pockets of heart of developing, natural ecosystems are less likely to be damaged.

Cellular Paving

Cellular paving is a kind of system that combines gravel, grass and plastic together. A hexagonal mesh is usually placed on top of an existing surface to provide a protective layer. The cells can be filled with soil to create a green environment, thus contributing towards an ecologically friendly driveway. As cellular paving retains water, it can also provide a microclimate for insect and bird life.

Recycled Aggregate Surface

If you’d like to be more environmentally conscious, you could create a surface made from recycled aggregates. You could find recycled material by visiting a building site and offering to take rubble away. You may even be able to find the right kind of material by going to a reclamation site. Scavenging for materials can be time-consuming, so there’s an option to buy from specialist sellers. This can be done for a decorative purpose as well, which is where resin-based surfacing comes in handy. Resin makes for an ideal sustainable urban drainage system (SUD) and is made of non-toxic materials that won’t damage the environment. The practicality of a resin surface can be combined with its looks to create an aesthetically pleasing driveway. At Premier Surfacing, we have years of industry experience that can be applied to helping you find the ideal driveway. Our staff are happy to answer any questions you have and will be there to help every step of the way. For more information get in touch on 01952 840 838.
Published: March 2018

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