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Is it time to pave a part of your home or business property, but you find the idea of using concrete or asphalt a bit ho-hum? Consider the top four alternative paving options for properties. If you’re seeking a new look for an old property, the following options are a good starting point. Avoid the pollution, water run-off, and heat island effects of asphalt and similar materials. See which one is best for you and your property.

Permeable Paving

When you think of a concrete, cement, or similar mineral-based patch of paving, you likely think of it as being solid as a, well, a rock. Permeable paving provides plenty of support and strength while preventing water run-off. It allows water to penetrate its surface so that it can sink into the ground below and rejoin the earth’s groundwater system. It’s great for providing permeable pits for urban trees as well. Permeable paving systems have other benefits, but water permeability is the biggest one.

Grass Pavers

Grass pavers, also called grass grids and turf pavers, are a terrific way to combine greenery with functionality. These grids support vehicles and other heavy objects while permitting grass to grow in between. They’re more eco-sensitive because they use recycled concrete, plastic, and other materials. The growing grass provides visual appeal while still handling the heavy weight and constant movements of cars, trucks, and pedestrians. And again, there’s no wasted water, and it reduces the effects of urban heat islands.

Recycled Rubber Pavers

It sounds like a tongue-twister, but the idea behind these is extremely simple. The recycled rubber comes from old tires that would ordinarily end up in landfills. They provide extra grip and slip resistance, and they’re exceedingly easy to put in place. And even though they come from tires, black isn’t the only color option. Recycled rubber pavers come in an assortment of colors and textures. And if you fall, there’s little chance of a skinned knee or other injuries.

Brick Pavers

Reclaimed Brick

The eco-friendliness of this idea comes with giving a long-time workhorse a second career as paving material on your property. Reclaimed bricks, sourced from demolished buildings and other structures, provide vintage beauty alongside long-lasting strength. This option keeps reclaimed bricks from cluttering up landfills or landscapes. And they look especially great when used for walkways, patios, and driveways.

Those are the top four alternative paving options for properties. Consider them and help build a better tomorrow for everyone!