Thursday, February 25, 2010

Safety And Beauty For Your Pavements

Sometimes, what makes the whole impression of a house or mansion is not only the building itself but its surroundings and driveway designs as well. When people look at pavement they see something to drive and walk on. While the owner may see expenses, I see trip hazards and possible damage claims. You may want to have a "look" of your pavement before purchasing. There is a nifty tool for you to upload your house and the tool will fit in the pavement of your choice.

Storm-water runoff occurs when water from rainstorms, snow-melt, or over-watering hits an impervious surface such as an asphalt road. The water pools in depressions or is channeled into storm-water systems, which typically empty into nearby creeks or rivers with no treatment to remove pollutants. Because storm-water systems collect large amounts of water, sometimes very quickly, they frequently cause erosion of stream-banks and other nearby land, contributing further to the pollution of waterways.

In contrast, when storm-water hits a pervious surface such as a lawn, meadow, or forest floor, the water sinks into the ground, where plants and soil organisms remove many of the pollutants before they enter groundwater supplies. Now of course you can also replicate the serenity of the countryside beauty with some patio designs.

Driveway pavers offer the best of both worlds. They provide a level surface for people and cars to travel on, while also allowing water to sink into the ground as it would in nature. Some permeable pavements even incorporate traffic-resistant plants to provide beauty and absorb water more quickly. In this way, driveway pavers not only reduce storm-water runoff and the pollution and erosion it causes, they also prevent dangerous melting and refreezing of ice and snow on pavement in wintertime, and reduce the chances of flooding on sidewalks, roads, and nearby basements.

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