Permeable Pavers

Permeable interlocking concrete pavement is designed to be as porous as possible, allowing water to adequately flow into an aggregate base, preventing flooding.

Commercial Solutions

We are proud of the reputation we’ve built as one of the leading commercial paving companies operating anywhere in the Carolinas or the surrounding areas today.

Municipal Solutions

Creating an innovative sustainable and ecologically friendly environment through low impact development, reducing major problems such as flooding and erosion.

Residential Solutions

Breathe new life into an outdoor area of your home using pavers, brick, stone, granite or permeables. We’ll guide you through creating the space of your dreams.

Permeable Solutions

Control storm water before, during and after extreme weather events as well as improve overall water quality thanks to the imbedded filtering system with Permeable Solutions.

Value Engineering

During projects, we provide better, more organized processes and procedures in an effort to better eliminate unnecessary costs that are discovered within the industry.

Products

Explore our paver products for concrete pavers, retaining walls, permeable pavers, sealers, joint stabilizers & accessories, clay pavers, natural stone pavers, slab & roof systems & porcelain tiles.

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With over two decades of rock solid experience in the design, engineering and installation of streetscape and hardscape amenity packages, Unit Paving Inc. is proud to be the premier site contractor operating in the Carolinas and the surrounding areas today. Above all else, we pride ourselves on our commitment to bringing true innovation to the commercial construction industry, offering the types of superior craftsmanship and unparalleled results that clients are unlikely to find anywhere else.

Whether you’re working with a retail space or office, city streetscapes or parks or just want a new driveway for your home, you’ve come to the right place.

Complete Hardscape Packages

At Unit Paving Inc., we develop custom, all-inclusive hardscape packages including of any of the following components: pavers, brick, tile, permeable solutions, retaining walls, fire pits, pergolas, driveways, walkways, pools, fountains, lighting, benches, roofing, streetscapes, and, even, landscaping.

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QUALITY RESULTS TO MEET ANY BUDGET

The passionate team at Unit Paving is prepared to help with your next project in any and all ways that we can. A few of the services we offer include but are not limited to ones like:

DESIGN

We’re prepared to assist you with all aspects of your project, including the initial design phase. Together, we can come up with the right design for custom stone and brick paving solutions including residential options like walkways or patios to commercial spaces like schools, promenades, stadiums, resorts and hotels and much more.

INSTALLATION

Unit Paving is proud to be both an ICPI Certified Installer and a Green Advantage Environmental hardscape installer. We’re well versed in the finer points of working with materials like brick, cobblestone, bluestone, concrete, permeable pavers and much, much more. We’re committed to bringing you the widest selection of materials, colors and textures available – guaranteed.

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Our past projects range from massive streetscapes to intimate driveways. We’ve worked with private residences to massive country clubs and absolutely everything in between. Feel free to browse our list of past jobs to better understand how we’re prepared to exceed your expectations every time we’re given the opportunity to do so.

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Even though Unit Paving Inc specializes in Value Engineering through permeable interlocking pavers, we are well aware of one inescapable fact: like any other product or service, ours will not be for everyone. Residential and commercial paving projects take so […]

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Running a city is challenging enough on its own. You’re trying to strike a delicate balance between keeping property taxes under control, preserving infrastructure, conserving green spaces, maintaining quality of life, and keeping your constituents happy. When the time comes […]

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By definition, commercial paving projects are a delicate balancing act. Cash-strapped municipalities and businesses operating on thin margins need to find materials that can withstand unpredictable weather, high traffic volume, and heavy loads. The finished product, whether it’s a parking […]

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TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Want to know more about the various materials we use? Are you curious about environmental sustainability or why permeable pavers matter? Use these technical resources to find out.

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Whether you’re looking for more information about why Unit Paving is the right partner for your project at the right time, or you just want to find out a little more about what we do and why we do it, you can use these resources to do all of this and more right now.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Want to know more about the various materials we use? Are you curious about environmental sustainability or why permeable pavers matter? Use these technical resources to find out

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Get answers to all of your important questions about our products, our services and our processes right here.

Even though Unit Paving Inc specializes in Value Engineering through permeable interlocking pavers, we are well aware of one inescapable fact: like any other product or service, ours will not be for everyone. Residential and commercial paving projects take so many different forms that a one-size-fits-all solution would be impossible. However, we’re also well aware that a number of myths surround permeable pavers. If you’re going to make a good paving choice, it should be on the basis of facts, not fiction. Let’s dissect a few of the bigger whoppers we’ve heard over the years.

Site Analysis is a Pain

As long as you’re dealing with an experienced paving company, site analysis is no more complex for permeable interlocking concrete pavers than it would be for any other paving method. A bit of soil testing, load bearing ability analysis, thought given to installation options, and permitting processes is quick and painless. It certainly beats the alternative favored by cheap or less-experienced contractors — namely, a haphazard installation that doesn’t take the pavers’ subsurface into account.

Permeable Pavers Aren’t as Strong

This makes a certain intuitive sense, since an unbroken expanse of concrete or asphalt looks strong on the surface. However, because they’re impervious, those surfaces are actually more vulnerable to damage from stormwater, ice, and other stressors. PICP surfaces are strong enough to bear heavy loads and high traffic.

ADA Compliance is Dicey

Simply not true. As Masonry Design Magazine reminds us, major pavement manufacturers subject their products to rigorous testing for firmness, stability, and skid resistance. As long as your contractor is versed in ADA requirements and installs accordingly — Unit Paving is, and does — you need not worry about whether your paved surface will be compliant with the relevant sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Permeable Pavers are High Maintenance

Nope. Many of your maintenance needs — cleaning, clearing leaves and snow, removing weeds every now and again, dealing with the occasional anthill — aren’t going to be any different with a permeable paving surface than they’d be with traditional concrete or asphalt. In other respects, the fact that permeable surfaces absorb water rather than allowing it to pool and collect means that you’re dealing with lower maintenance because of factors like pollutants, ice, flooding, and the like.

Permeable Pavers All Look Alike

This is perhaps the easiest myth of the bunch to dispel. Permeable paving materials come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, just like the rest of the hardscaping materials used by Unit Paving. Not only will you have a plethora of choices, but we can also mix and match colors and shapes to liven up your project to add a bit of contrast and visual interest.

Of course, we cannot possibly cover every last myth you’ve heard or permeable paving question you have in the form of a blog entry. That’s precisely why we encourage you to contact Unit Paving Inc. We bring skill, experience, and taste to your next paving project in the Carolinas.

Running a city is challenging enough on its own. You’re trying to strike a delicate balance between keeping property taxes under control, preserving infrastructure, conserving green spaces, maintaining quality of life, and keeping your constituents happy. When the time comes for even a minor municipal paving project, it seems like that delicate balance can easily be turned on its ear. Unit Paving Inc has helped many towns and cities throughout the Carolinas plan and execute municipal paving projects using permeable interlocking pavers. Here are some of the planning considerations that have gone into our most successful projects.

Budgeting

Most municipalities aren’t flush with cash. Understanding, then controlling, costs is a vital part of any paving project, and we’ll help you to do that without cutting corners on paving materials or workmanship.

Design and Planning

Even the most careful budget falls apart if the project isn’t designed carefully, planned well, then managed to perfection. We leverage many years’ worth of experience in sustainable hardscape planning, supply chain management, logistics, and the many other facets of paving projects to ensure success.

Traffic Circulation

There’s no getting around the fact that even a well-planned and well-executed paving project will be disruptive. A traffic study is vital for anticipating use patterns and detours during the project, as well as the traffic impact once the project is completed.

Parking

Whether we’re creating a new public parking area or paving in an area that uses on-street parking, one important goal is to ensure there’s sufficient space to minimize inconvenience and disruption to daily life for residents, commuters, and shoppers.

Impact on Local Businesses

Local businesses shudder when they hear a paving project is underway. They anticipate noise, dust, and lost business. Proper planning and communication can keep your business community firing on all cylinders for the duration.

Environmental Impact and Regulations

There’s always a morass of local, state, and federal regulations to deal with. Many of these will have to do with the environmental impact of paving applications, whether you’re rehabilitating an existing paved surface or opening a new stretch of road. Unit Paving will help with the permitting and regulatory hassles that too often accompany paving projects.

Plan Review

Once the community and environmental impact of the project have been assessed and all the regulatory boxes checked, we’ll revisit our plans to ensure there are no changes needed and no potential surprises lurking within.

Public Comment

If your community requires a period of public comment, it’s best to do this once plans are close to their final form. By now, you’ll have the information you need to address citizens’ concerns over the impact on their community, the environment, and their day-to-day lives, which makes for a more productive conversation around the proposed project.

Construction

Now — finally — it’s time to get to work. Site prep and construction moves quickly; indeed, you’re likely to find it’s over much faster than you expected. Our goal is to bring any project in on time and on budget, without compromising quality. We take pride in how often we’ve done just that!

Maintenance

Just as important as the paving project itself is the follow up that comes after. Permeable pavers tend to be lower-maintenance than comparable asphalt and concrete surfaces, but they’re not maintenance-free. Unit Paving can consult with your local DPW to ensure the work we’ve done holds up for many years to come.

Communication

One thing that’s key to any project is keeping lines of communication open among the various stakeholders. We strive to keep this as easy as possible, and actively encourage you to contact us at any point with your questions or concerns. If you’re currently planning a municipal paving project, in fact, you should start by contacting Unit Paving today.

By definition, commercial paving projects are a delicate balancing act. Cash-strapped municipalities and businesses operating on thin margins need to find materials that can withstand unpredictable weather, high traffic volume, and heavy loads. The finished product, whether it’s a parking lot, a road, or just a driveway, needs to perform and last with minimal maintenance.

While many will opt for the same commercial paving solutions they’ve always used, some are looking for alternatives. They find them with Unit Paving. Let’s compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of common commercial paving materials.

Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt seems to be everywhere. It’s the most common commercial paving material because it’s easy to manufacture and transport, and relatively quick and cheap to install. On the plus side, it’s easy to repair, resists erosion, and has a bit of give that allows it to adapt to a variety of soil and weather conditions.

It also has significant drawbacks. Because its binding material is petroleum-based, it’s a finite resource. Because of its petroleum content and the heat island effect (asphalt absorbs and traps heat), it raises local temperatures, and is also harmful to the environment. Its installation is very labor-intensive and can be dangerous. It’s impervious, so it contributes to stormwater runoff and flooding. It’s soft, leaving it prone to potholes and cracks. And its petroleum component makes recycling difficult and expensive.

Concrete Pavement

Concrete tends to be more durable than asphalt. It’s also more versatile, since it can easily be shaped, colored, and textured to look like something else. The materials that make up the aggregate are easy to grind down and recycle or repurpose, and it’s reflective to help mitigate the heat island effect; these factors make it more environmentally-friendly than asphalt. Some forms of concrete are even designed to be pervious or porous to aid with runoff control.

However, even concrete has its disadvantages. Not as flexible as asphalt, it can be prone to erosion and cracking. Like asphalt, it also requires a lot of specialized equipment to install properly, which drives costs up relative to asphalt and permeable pavers. And because most concrete surfaces aren’t designed with sustainability in mind, they will — like their asphalt counterparts — place heavy demands on local drainage systems.

Permeable Pavers

Permeable pavers are extremely durable. On their own, they can be driven on by cars, trucks, and all manner of heavy equipment — they’re capable of handling more than 6800 PSI of ground pressure. Once filled they’re even stronger, offering more than 8000 PSI of compression strength. That’s more than adequate for any volume of commercial traffic.

They’re low-maintenance, being as easy to replace as they are to install. A smaller project can easily be handled by a single person, while a larger-scale project can be completed quickly by a smaller team than a concrete or asphalt pave would require. The fill material can be locally-sourced, and the pavers don’t require sealants. Because they absorb water rather than shedding it, they’re far more environmentally-friendly and will require far less drainage; that, in turn, cuts down on flood concerns, soil erosion, and depletion of natural resources.

For all the advantages (and they are legion), pavers do have some challenges. The amount of preparation in terms of backfilling, grading, and compacting is about the same. The cost is less than concrete, but may be slightly more than asphalt. And because they’re not as commonly used as concrete or asphalt, finding a qualified local installer can be challenging.

Challenging, but not impossible. If you require commercial paving in the Carolinas, Unit Paving Inc has the tools, expertise, and experience for commercial paving projects of all sizes. To find out how cost-effective a permeable paving solution can be for your business or municipality, contact Unit Paving to explore your options.