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How to choose the best permeable paver?

Permeable pavers and porous concrete pavers come in many shapes and sizes. What they all have in common, however, is that they are great for the environment. Permeable pavers can save up to 95% of rainwater from entering stormwater systems.


When it comes to choosing the best permeable paver for your application, it comes down to two main considerations:


  • Design: Permeable, porous, and pervious pavers come in a range of styles, shapes, and designs.
  • Material: You can choose from a range of materials including pervious concrete pavers and pervious brick pavers.
  • Location: There are different paving solutions depending on whether you are covering a patio, a path, or an entire green space.

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Frequently asked questions about permeable surfaces

Why are permeable pavers important?

Non-permeable paving materials collect water and distribute it to the lowest possible point. This is usually a drain, which flows to a creek, river, or other stormwater management system. The ground beneath non-permeable pavers loses all of this precious water.


Permeable and porous pavers allow water to seep into the ground below. This can help replenish the water table beneath the ground, and any trees that surround the property. In short, pervious pavers are incredibly important for preserving water.


How do pavers let water through?

Permeable pavers, whether pervious brick pavers or pervious concrete pavers, are designed with separate layers. 


  1. Porous concrete pavers begin with a layer of concrete on the outside. 
  2. The next layer is a layer of crushed filler material. 
  3. This layering is repeated throughout the pavers to allow drainage. 
  4. Water works its way down through the permeable pavers until it is filtered of adulterants. 
  5. The filtered water is then allowed to seep into the ground below.

What are semi permeable pavers?

As the name suggests, semi permeable pavers are only semi-permeable. This means that these semi porous pavers only allow a certain amount of water to permeate through the layers. Unfiltered water that remains will enter stormwater systems without any filtering.


How much do permeable pavers cost?

This will largely depend on the solution you are looking for. Obviously, if you have a lrager area to cover with previous pavers, then it will cost more. Permeable patio pavers across an entire outdoor area will cost more than permeable paving stones that make up a garden path.


What’s important to understand is the potential cost savings in the long term. Permeable pavers may cost more than traditional pavers, but you stand to save on irrigation, drainage, and retention systems. These actions happen automatically as soon as the water hits.


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What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?

What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?

A way of integrating the water cycle with the built environment for good planning.

Permeable Paving Solutions and insights from Adbri Masonry

Permeable Paving Solutions and insights from Adbri Masonry

Adbri Masonory provides solutions that tackle important water sensitive urban design issues.

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