A DIY Guide to Laying Permeable Paving

Planning Some Paving DIY?

A sprinkling of red and yellow leaves has dusted your parking pad and patio, perhaps a reminder that you’ll need to rake soon–or a reminder that the same leaves have fallen on the same cracked asphalt or crooked patio stones for years, and years, and years. 

Time to refresh your outdoor spaces? No matter the residential renovations you’re planning to undertake when spring comes, Ecoraster has a solution for you. So gather your measuring tape, notebook and coffee, because today, we’re planning your permeable paving DIY project.

Permeable Paving Systems

There are a number of factors to consider when you’re planning to install patio pavers or you’re considering laying permeable paving. Unlike concrete or asphalt, Ecoraster permeable paving is a grid system of units which lock together and are filled in with gravel, sand or even grass. This type of paving can be laid by just about anyone, which means you can undertake this project yourself–however, this also means that you need to do your research. 

On top of knowing how much surface you need to cover and what type of grid to use (keep reading to learn more about this!), you also need to consider how to prepare your property. 

This likely means removing your current surfaces to make way. In the case of rickety old patio stones or a little wooden deck, and depending on your own skill level and experience, this may be something you can undertake on your own. However, in the case of poured concrete or asphalt, you’ll likely need to factor in the time and cost for professional services. 

Laying Permeable Paving 101 

Once you know how you’ll prepare, you’re ready to think about laying your paving and how to do it. If you’ve decided to do it yourself instead of employing a contractor, you’ll need to get familiar with best practices; this Installation Guide is a good place to start. Always consult a professional before beginning your project and make sure that you always follow all safety requirements, precautions and best practices associated with using a product, tool or machine. 

Next, evaluate the surface you’ll be paving. Is it flat, or is it an incline? Is it a square or rectangle, or an irregular shape? Ecoraster permeable paving can be installed on slopes and grades, as well as around areas such as hot tubs and pathways. The shape and size of your area will determine how much grid you need; check out our FAQs to find out more. 

DIY Permeable Driveway Design  

Once you’ve got a plan for preparing your space, it’s time to decide what type of Ecoraster product will be the best fit for your project. Permeable paving products are used for everything from roads, to farms, to parking lots, so they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Do your research and make sure you’ve found the best permeable paving systems for your needs–for home projects such as DIY permeable patios or parking pads, we recommend the E40, the E50, or Ecoraster Bloxx.

Finally, now for the fun part! How do you want your patio or driveway to look? Particularly if you’re using Ecoraster Bloxx, you have nearly unlimited design possibilities, and you can let your creativity shine–whether you’re picturing a mosaic or checker-board patterns, you can elevate the look of your property with the colours and arrangement of your Bloxx grid. You can get some design inspiration here.

Enjoying Your New Permeable Paving 

If this is your first time outfitting your home with permeable paving, congratulations! You’re going to have a positive effect on the environment while cutting down on repairs and risks to your property, such as floods from stormwater. Permeable paving allows stormwater to filter back into the ground where it belongs instead of running into your basement, or into stormwater drains–this helps your municipality, and also helps cut down on pollution. 

Ecoraster permeable paving is made in Canada of 100% recycled plastic bags. The best news of all? All our products are guaranteed to last 20 years even through extreme seasonal temperature changes. This means they won’t crack, flake or sink into the ground, allowing you to enjoy them year, after year, after year.

Looking forward to starting? Us too! Contact us to find out how Ecoraster can help with your next permeable paving DIY project. 

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