Permeable Pavers Create Sustainable Patios, Driveways and Sidewalks
Using pavers to create a driveway, a patio, and sidewalks with permeable surfaces enhance the look of your home, protects the environment, and reduces the buildup of the summer heat around your Las Vegas home
What Are Permeable Hardscaping Surfaces?
Hardscaping includes sidewalks, driveways, patios, decks, walls, fountains, and any other landscaping features with a hard surface.
These features usually are made of a solid layer of a material like cement, concrete, or asphalt. When a sudden cloudburst drops on Las Vegas, the rain runs off of these surfaces, picking up contaminants and carrying those contaminants into the storm sewers.
Patios, sidewalks, and driveways with permeable surfaces have a bed of four layers that filter contaminants from the rainwater before it enters the storm sewer or soaks into the ground water. The top layer of the bedding surrounds the pavers and “locks” them into place.
Permeable Paver Driveways, Patios and Sidewalks
When it comes to your driveway, herringbone patterns distribute weight better than other patterns with less shifting of the pavers. You’ll want to choose pavers with the strength to support the weight of cars and SUVs. For your sidewalks and patio, though, you can be as daring and creative as you want.
Pavers come in many materials, shapes, and sizes, and they can be laid out to create patterns that reflect the many styles of architecture around Las Vegas. You can choose traditional materials like stone or brick and create patterns using the standard colors of those materials, or you can create a more custom look with non-standard shapes and colors.
You can surround your pavers with different colors of sand, or different materials, like gravel. Sand and gravel aren’t the only options for your pavers in Las Vegas. You also can surround your pavers with drought-resistant ground cover plants.
White or light-colored pavers reduce heat by reflecting it rather than absorbing it. Brick, concrete, and natural limestone or sandstone don’t conduct heat. Brick and concrete are both durable materials, but if concrete pavers aren’t sealed regularly, they can crack in intense heat. Limestone also retains a cool surface. Sandstone is a softer rock, but sandstone pavers add interesting colors and textures to your hardscaping.
Pavers are versatile, sustainable materials for creating an eco-friendly style in Las Vegas.