GraniteCrete’s Permeable Purpose

Permeable
paving materials for walkways, patios, and driveways continue to grow in popularity. GraniteCrete is the premiere name in permeable paving materials. GraniteCrete allows water to pass through at over an inch per hour, preserving groundwater reservoirs. GraniteCrete’s permeability does not hinder the strength of the material, as its strength and permanence compete with traditional concrete. GraniteCrete has been used on many projects with the reduction of runoff pollution and the conservation of water in mind. The Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square project used GraniteCrete to minimize the need for irrigation in an urban environment:

“The goal is to create a system that retains as much rainwater on-site as possible for as long as possible, limits the amount of irrigation needed, and also supports a surface that is strong, fast draining and low maintenance”
– Curt Nichols – Vice President of Carlile Macy – Head of the Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square project

Impermeable paving materials such as asphalt and concrete do not allow storm water to pass through, creating runoff and polluting the nearby area. When storm water flows along concrete or asphalt, the water becomes polluted from toxins, metals, and bacteria that rest on the surface. This has a negative impact on the environment as the polluted storm water eventually seeps into the ground contaminating our natural groundwater supply.

GraniteCrete is the perfect choice for landscaping in sensitive environments.
Permeable paving materials allow water to pass through, unlike concrete, which helps aid groundwater reservoirs by reducing the environmental damage caused by runoff. Permeable paving materials act as a filtration system as natural rainwater passes through the pavement and allow soils and microbes below the surface to filter out any pollutants. This natural filtration process also improves the health of local vegetation.

Many municipalities in California prefer permeable paving materials as these materials add to urbanization while maintaining a green mindset. San Francisco’s Green Landscaping Ordinance requires that 50% of residential front yard surfaces must be permeable by using porous paving or landscape materials. The use of permeable paving materials such as GraniteCrete, allows you to improve the aesthetics of your next project while being environmentally friendly.

If you have concerns about meeting LEED requirements, or you want to address water runoff issues, GraniteCrete™ is here to assist you. Reach out to one of our experts now.