Smart Scapes LLC Builds a Safe, Eco-Friendly Parking Lot Using Permeable Paving Techniques
When it comes to landscaping, hardscaping, and permeable pavers, Nashville homeowners know to look to Smart Scapes LLC for help. But did you know that Smart Scapes LLC is also fully capable of tackling large commercial projects? When contractors, businesses, public lots, commercial lot owners, and private companies need a permeable paver contractor, Smart Scapes LLC is the best choice for a Nashville paving contractor.
Take a look at a recent job that our hardscape design team and paving architects completed. This project sought to create permeability in a parking area by using permeable paving techniques, i.e., permeable pavers. This is a niche area of block paving that uses brick pavers (or other types of pavers such as concrete paving stones) to create permeable systems where stormwater and rainwater pass through the paving system and into the ground beneath.
The Job – Looking at the Details of Stormwater Management Through Permeable Pavers
The focus for this project was for our team of hardscape design experts and paver installation technicians to design and install a new, 10,000 sq. ft. parking lot for the Mansker Creek public park. The project had to be American Disabilities Act compliant and flood zone compliant.
Permeable pavers for stormwater management are a relatively new technology, and though their use in Nashville is soaring, many people still do not quite understand how they work. Some of the questions our team had to answer regarded the types of porous pavers we should use to get the best eco-paving result. Questions like, “Should I use PaveDrain? Or should I use Keystone?” were common. We also talked about Belgard Aqua Bric pavers, Aqualine pavers, and Pavestone pavers. In the end, we worked with Small Business Administration-accredited engineers and decided to go with PaveDrain, a popular, efficient, uniform, and aesthetic series of pavers that will get the job done and look great doing it.
The How – How Permeable Pavers Work
Nashville is known for a lot of things, including considerable rainfall. That is why permeable pavers are so important. We get asked, “How do permeable pavers work?” quite often, so let’s break that down in a quick crash course. Permeable pavers are built out of porous materials. They allow for the seepage of water through them. Furthermore, when they are installed, a small space is left between each paving stone and that crack is filled with a fine-grit stone which allows the passage of water through it.
Below the pavers themselves are several rock layers, from small pea gravel stone in the top layer to larger aggregate rock layers below. These layers of rock filter the water as it travels via gravity, seeping further and further down until it finally passes through the last layer of stone and into the ground beneath. So while permeable pavers may look like ordinary paving stones to the casual observer, a permeable-paved parking lot has several layers and is a complex system which maximizes permeability, gets water off the surface, and sends water down into the ground where it belongs.
The Rain – Why Permeable Paving Systems are So Important
Did you know that, on average, the City of Nashville receives about 47 inches of rain every year? That’s almost an inch of rain per week. In fact, in an average year of 365 days, about 119 of those days will have some degree of precipitation. That's about one out of every three days in Nashville where rain will fall. (The citation for this can be found in the footnotes below).
Now let’s combine the data. Every week Nashville gets almost an inch of rain. And every week it rains about two to three times. That means that every time it rains, those rain clouds dump about one-third to one-half of an inch of rain onto our beautiful city. That is why it is so crucial that Nashville homes, commercial lots, and public properties alike convert to permeable paving systems. The City of Nashville is now requiring that many regions of the city and metro area install only permeable pavers when paving. Flood risks are too significant and permeable pavers offer the type of eco-friendly solution that Nashville desperately needs.
The Why – Why Install Pervious Pavers and Permeable Pavement at a Park?
Nashville is implementing regulations on parks, other public areas, residential regions, and commercial lots to make those lots address their own water runoff. That is because flooding is a real issue in Nashville. When rainfall hits hard, water washes off of paved surfaces and into stormwater drains where it soon overwhelms city-installed stormwater systems. Such is harmful to the ecosystem. But when pervious pavers and permeable pavement is used, rainwater does not rush off of the surface at all. It seeps through the surfaceand into the ground beneath, almost as if there was nothing there at all.
The Mansker Creek public park is in a flood zone, so it required a paving system which would offer 100% permeability. All rain which fell on the parking lot would have to filter through the parking lot and into the ground beneath as opposed to running off of the pavement and causing erosion and flooding. Porous asphalt, pervious pavement, or permeable pavers would have worked in this setting, but since pavers are the most efficient and most aesthetic of the three, that was the material chosen.
The Future – Helping You with Permeable Concrete Pavers for Commercial Projects
When asking, “Who is the best paving contractor in Nashville?” or “Where can I find a paving contractor near me?” or “Where can I find paver installers near me?” look no further than Smart Scapes LLC. We are the elite Nashville paving designers and paver installers. Our focus is on eco-friendly pavers, and our mission is to make Nashville the first city in the U.S. that uses 100% permeable and eco-friendly paving systems.
Our team works hard to rank number one for Nashville paver installers and Nashville paving contractors. Our business is qualified to work with Small Business Administration-accredited contractors to tackle any job that the city needs. Our company is also women-owned.
The FAQ – Learning More About Permeable Pavers as the Best Choice in Paving Solutions
Still have questions? Want to learn more about permeable pavers? Read on to the frequently asked questions section below:
- Can I use permeable pavers for a parking lot, or do I have to use porous asphalt or concrete?
- You can use permeable pavers. In fact, we encourage it! We believe that permeable pavers have a more regal, aesthetic appeal, and they're more efficient than porous asphalt or concrete.
- What kind of weight load can permeable pavers withstand?
- Just about any weight load. Permeable pavers form an interlocking web of tensile strength, distributing weight across several pavers at a time. This is why pavers do not usually crack, and traditional asphalt and concrete do with time. And even if a paver does crack, it can easily be replaced by hand as a single unit.
- Where can permeable pavers be best utilized?
- Just about anywhere. The larger the space, the more efficient it is in diverting water through the pavers and into the ground beneath.
- How much do permeable pavers cost as compared to traditional asphalt or concrete?
- A permeable system is about 1.5X the cost of traditional asphalt and concrete. In the long run, these systems act as an investment as they create an eco-friendly solution to water runoff and stormwater management. No more having to pay to install and perform maintenance on rain gardens or water retention ponds, as permeable pavers take care of a property’s stormwater runoff for you.
- How long does a permeable system last?
- Essentially indefinitely. Decades, possibly longer. A well-installed permeable paver system will likely outlast its owner.
- How are permeable pavers truly “eco-friendly?”
- Simply by their nature of directing rainwater into the ground. Permeable pavers create a paved surface that, as far as Mother Nature is concerned, is not even there. Rain passes through the system and recharges underground aquifers beneath, just as nature intended.
- Why are permeable pavers “safe?”
- Because permeable pavers pass water quickly through them, there is never any water build-up on the surface. That significantly reduces slip hazards, making permeable-paved surfaces safe during inclement weather.
- How long does it take to install a permeable paver system?
- That varies greatly depending on the size of the job, design features, and other local factors, but most permeable paving systems can be installed in one to two weeks.
Imagine having a paved area that is not only aesthetically pleasing but which is good for the environment and which is safe. Ready to take the next step and create an eco-friendly, permeable paver parking lot, driveway, pathway, entryway, sidewalk, patio, or deck for your business? Contact Smart Scapes LLC today at (615) 356-0139 to get started.