If you’ve ever driven on an old gravel road, you probably know the feeling. Your car lurches unexpectedly, and as you grapple with the wheel, you hear the dreaded clang of a hubcap–or worse–coming loose and rattling away.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just an issue in out-of-the-way areas: gravel roads, gravel paths and gravel driveways are all susceptible to becoming hazards. If you don’t want to re-do your gravel path or driveway every few years, you could consider using Ecoraster as erosion control and as a gravel path stabilizer to solve the issue once and for all.
Why Not Just Use Asphalt for Erosion Control?
When you’re considering fixing a gravel road, you may be tempted to just pave over it with asphalt. This can seem like a simple solution for erosion control; why not replace something malleable with something that isn’t going anywhere?
Well, not so fast: asphalt is vulnerable to the weather as well. Drive down any road and you’ll see that this is by no means a perfect solution, particularly in more temperate climates. While a bit of rain–or even a torrential downpour–won’t damage asphalt, changes in temperature year after year can wreak havoc on it. Asphalt expands in the heat and contracts in the cold, leading to cracks, potholes, and a degraded surface which requires costly repairs.
Same Look, New Feel: Permeable Paving for Gravel Roads
What about the rain? While water won’t hurt the paved surface itself, it can cause its own set of problems by washing away instead of soaking back into the earth, flowing into storm drains, taxing the city’s resources and potentially bringing pollutants into the water supply.
For gravel paths, on the other hand, rain can cause muddy puddles and slip hazards at best and wash away portions of the road at worst. For trails in particular, rain can also require regular checks and extra routine maintenance, since it’s easy for plants to begin poking through and eventually take over if they aren’t regularly maintained. Rain and thaw can misshape gravel paths and even destroy them over time, and even in dry conditions the road isn’t immune: dust rising from gravel roads in hot conditions can cause visibility issues and an unpleasant experience for passers-by.
How Ecoraster Helps Stabilize Gravel Paths
Ecoraster is a permeable paving system that can be laid as a foundation for almost any gravel road. A substitute for the traditional method of compacting dirt as a foundation, Ecoraster is a German-engineered system of interlocking post-consumer blocks.
Because Ecoraster is permeable, it allows rain to drain rather than pooling or running off as it does on asphalt. It keeps the road from developing potholes, and its design allows it to expand and contract in the heat and cold without suffering any damage, which means it doesn’t crack or break the way asphalt does.
Best of all, depending on the purpose of your path or road, many types of Ecoraster tiles can withstand up to 70,000 lbs of weight per square foot. Guaranteed to last up to twenty years, Ecoraster is a minimum-maintenance solution that gives you the benefits, look and practicality of a gravel road. You can even install it yourself.
Whether you’re in charge of upgrading a gravel road in your community or you’re considering an upgrade to your own gravel driveway, Ecoraster is a dependable and long-term solution.
Contact us for more details on how the Ecoraster grid can work for you.