Permeable Pavement Installation: A Visual Guide

Trust us, we’ve seen it all! While permeable paving installation sounds labor intensive, it can also be very simple. Ecoraster can be used in many different ways, so the difficulty involved in permeable pavement installation varies depending on the project. Today, we’re looking through some ways to install Ecoraster, how it looks, and why it’s worth it.

 At Home With Ecoraster 

A few weeks ago, we dissected the steps involved in laying permeable paving at home, all the way from the planning phase, through asphalt removal and how to select the right type of Ecoraster grid for your home.

One of the best things about Ecoraster is the potential for permeable paving DIY: it’s simple enough to install yourself, and the hardest part is actually removing any asphalt or concrete that’s already there. If your pre-existing driveway is made of gravel, the process really couldn’t be any easier!

A gravel driveway being paved with Ecoraster. Half of the driveway is grey gravel, while on the second half a man is bent over, installing black Ecoraster tiles. A fence runs along the right-hand edge of the driveway.
Easy enough! This driveway was a simple matter of laying permeable pavement over a gravel base, allowing stormwater to filter through the gravel while giving it a solid foundation to avoid potholes and divots.
An image of a yellow house and wire fence bordered by a dirt driveway partially covered with black Ecoraster tiles. The image was taken mid-installation of permeable pavement.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect! As you can see, this gravel driveway was patchy and worn; that’s not a problem anymore thanks to Ecoraster. Simple manual installation was enough to lay this pavement and ensure that the wear and tear stopped there.

Hay Is For Horses…And So Is Permeable Paving!

Permeable pavement installation is easiest when there’s little or no pre-existing concrete or asphalt to remove. The only downside is…mud.

Mud is one of the biggest problems faced in the equestrian world, as it poses a risk to the animals’ well-being and safety. Muddy horse paddocks and pens can spread disease and weaken hooves, as well as increase the risks of slips and falls that can be disastrous for both horses and riders. 

Luckily, Ecoraster can be installed to keep horse paddocks and pens stable, mud-free and healthy.

A horse paddock in a grassy area with an open metal gate. The horse paddock is filled with lumpy, uneven mud prior to the installation of permeable paving.
 This horse paddock was filled with mud, creating a dangerous and uneven space with the potential to harm its equine inhabitants’ well-being. Luckily, this was only the beginning…
The same horse paddock from the previous image, with the same open metal gate, after the installation of permeable paving. The paddock’s floor is now smooth, sandy and even.
 Once the Ecoraster permeable paving is installed, sand is poured over the tiles to create an even surface and help with drainage. Now this horse paddock is smooth, clean, and perfect for riding!
A dark brown and white horse standing in a stall with a permeable floor of Ecoraster tiles.
This simple stall’s permeable floor will last over 20 years! With good drainage and a solid, even surface, Ecoraster permeable paving has turned this stall into a clean and warm home.

Erosion Control…Easier Than It Sounds!

If you’re ready to level up the difficulty, how about Ecoraster on an incline? Permeable paving can be used by property owners and municipalities alike to control erosion on flat and inclined surfaces, which can stabilize footing and improve the look and longevity of a property.

Several people stand along the edge of a sloped riverbank, with a shovel, a hammer, rope and other tools. Several strips of Ecoraster have already been laid on the incline.
Permeable paving installation can be simple, even on an incline! This riverbank in the Czech Republic was in need of erosion control, and some careful manual installation of Ecoraster took care of the problem.

A riverbank seen from across a small river. A foundation of permeable pavement has been laid, and people mill around adjusting it.
Once Ecoraster permeable paving has been installed, all that’s left to do is wait. Grass will eventually cover the surface again and grow around the Ecoraster tiles. Designed to work with nature, these Ecoraster tiles will eventually become a part of the riverbank itself.

Permeable Parking Lots And More!

We’ve talked about parking lots for businesses, usually in busy cities and towns…but what about out-of-the way, unpaved parking lots or even improvised lots? When cities host events such as music festivals, concerts, fairs, and farmers’ markets in public spaces, improvised parking lots can become a trap for cars–and that’s even before it rains.

A base of permeable paving can make a world of difference for drivers, who won’t have to spin their wheels trying to escape.


Several men installing Ecoraster grid tiles over grey gravel.
Teamwork matters! The first step in installing a new parking lot for this church in St. Petersburg, Russia was evening out the ground with a solid gravel foundation. Laying Ecoraster was the easy part, especially with many helping hands.
A long strip of black Ecoraster permeable paving partially covered with brown growing medium.
A solid, durable parking lot can still be beautiful! This parking lot is almost complete; nothing left to do but finish adding growing medium, and then let the grass do its thing!

Limitless Possibilities For Permeable Pavement Installation…

Permeable paving installation can take you far. It’s not just a matter of how it’s installed or why you install it, but also where…check out these shots from the Palais des Sports in Toulouse, France, where Ecoraster paved the way for a brand new green roof.


Several men smooth growing medium over permeable pavement tiles on a smooth incline against a white sky.
Ecoraster on an incline? Technically, yes, but this project was much more than just permeable paving on an angle…
An aerial view of an oval building in a city. The terra-cotta colours of the city in the background contrast with the oval building in the foreground, which has a rounded green roof covered in plant life.
Ecoraster isn’t just practical and easy to install, it’s also a way to make the world a little more beautiful and more green, one tile at a time!

Permeable paving is easy to install, but its greatest benefit is its versatility. From horses to cars to people, there’s almost no limit to who can enjoy permeable paving. 

But you don’t have to take our word for it–contact us today to find out for yourself how Ecoraster can take care of all your paving needs!

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