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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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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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.

With such a variety of materials available for hardscaping — from slate to river stone, and from concrete to steel, why has Unit Paving chosen to specialize in permeable pavers? Why, for that matter, do so many of our customers choose this option over all their others, and what do they see that you might be missing? Good questions, one and all. Let’s dig into the answers.

What Are Permeable Pavers?

Pavement exists in two forms, impervious and pervious. The former is meant to keep water from flowing through, instead diverting it elsewhere. Pervious pavement made from interlocking permeable pavers allows water to pass through; from there, it’s filtered through a substrate and the underlying soil, removing many pollutants and returning water to the soil.

The Benefits of Permeable Pavers

Permeable pavers have been in use since the days of ancient Rome — and some of those paved surfaces endure to this day in the many places where the Roman Empire built its roads. Your paved surface may not last for thousands of years, but neither should you worry about its durability.

Permeable pavers are also environmentally friendly and sustainable. You can get LID and LEED credits for them because they reduce stormwater runoff, reduce the heat island effect, limit the need for complex drainage, and even treat rainwater that’s contaminated by oil, fertilizer, and other pollutants.

How You Can Use Permeable Pavers

Permeable paver products are highly versatile. We take them for granted in some applications like residential walkways and driveways. However, their durability makes them suitable for commercial and municipal use as well. That includes parking lots, pedestrian plazas, and even roads with a high volume of traffic.

But it doesn’t stop there. The large number of colors, shapes, and textures available mean that those same pavers can be used to build an enclosure for your barbecue grill, a durable retaining wall, a fire pit, and numerous other hardscaping designs.

Permeable Paver Costs

You might think that something which manages to be versatile, durable, and attractive must also be expensive. However, when you’re weighing the cost of permeable pavers, it helps to look at the big picture — especially relative to traditional materials like asphalt and concrete.

Concrete and asphalt paving have a reputation for being durable, quick, and inexpensive. The truth is somewhat more complex. Site preparation is more time, labor, and material intensive than it is for permeable pavers. That, in turn, leads to higher prices. Furthermore, a permeable paver surface requires less finishing in the short term and less maintenance in the long term. Both of those things save money.

Permeable Pavers from Unit Paving

With so many benefits, it should be clear why permeable interlocking concrete pavers are a sustainable, durable, and cost-effective choice. However, that isn’t the only important choice you’ll be making; you also need to choose the right pavement contractor, which is precisely why so many in North and South Carolina call on Unit Paving when the time comes for anything from a quick driveway installation to the hardscape design for a ballpark or a city center. We are proud to hold ICPI Certified Installer and Green Advantage Environmental hardscape installer certifications, and — perhaps most importantly — proud of the results we’ve delivered for nearly three decades’ worth of clients. Call Unit Paving today to consult on your next paving project, or for answers to your  permeable paver questions.

Retaining walls don’t usually draw attention to themselves. As Gardenista notes, “When a retaining wall does it job right, you may not even know it’s there. Think of retaining walls as support hose for sloped terrain: they hold everything in place. Discreetly.” But if you stop to look for them, you suddenly realize they’re everywhere. What do they do, and how do they fit within the grand scheme of your hardscape design? Just as importantly, if you decide you need a retaining wall, who should you contact? The answers to these questions are easier than you might think — especially that last one, at least if you live in the Carolinas. You call Unit Paving.

What Retaining Walls Do

Retaining walls combat soil erosion. They’re an especially welcome addition if your property is hilly, since they act to retain soil on a grade. If your home is at the foot of a hill, a retaining wall prevents landslides from the slope above; if your home is higher up — especially on a property where the road and sidewalk cut through a hilly area — it increases the amount of flat land available, protects your foundation, and more.

Other Retaining Wall Functions

Retaining walls have other functions that are incidental to their intended purpose. Low or terraced walls can provide a bit of seating. They can also be used to delineate planting areas, control rainwater runoff, and contribute beauty to your landscape.

Retaining Wall Materials

There are a few different ways to build a retaining wall, and a wide range of retaining wall products open to you. Wood is popular because it’s inexpensive. However, if you’re working in an area with wet soil, it’s also prone to wear and rot. Poured concrete or steel are more durable, but if the drainage isn’t handled properly, you may find water collecting unexpectedly and rotting root structures or damaging your foundation. Stone or concrete block can be used to great effect, and can complement the architecture of a home, but their installation is equal parts art and science. An experienced paving contractor can help you choose the configuration and materials that will work best for your property.

Design and Building Considerations

Many homeowners try the DIY approach only to find that they’ve caused as many problems as they’ve solved. Different municipalities have different permit requirements for retaining walls. A poor choice of materials, or an ineffective design, will clash with your home and your landscaping. Some cases will require careful site preparation, soil testing, and technical know-how that the average homeowner doesn’t have. To best address all of these concerns, it’s better to have a hardscape design contractor handle the job from the start rather than spending again to get the job done right.

You may not be sure whether you need a retaining wall. Conversely, you may have one already and may not be sure how much useful life it’s got left. In either event, call Unit Paving. As an ICPI paving contractor, we can evaluate your needs and your site to determine the best solution under the circumstances. We serve the Carolinas from our location in Fort Mill, SC, and we’re always a phone call away at (704) 412-4463 for all your concrete paver questions.

If it’s time for hardscape design, it’s time to call Unit Paving. For nearly three decades, we’ve helped homeowners, businesses, and municipalities in North and South Carolina with a range of residential and commercial hardscaping needs. Our clientele know us for our extensive — and often creative — use of concrete pavers in our projects. If you’re new to this material, here’s what you should know.

What is Hardscaping?

Let’s start by establishing what hardscaping is: the other half (with softscapes, or the growing material used in a given space) of the landscaping equation. It’s the manmade portion of your landscaping, encompassing everything from your driveway and footpath to retaining walls, fire pits, and much more.

Hardscaping and Sustainable Design

When it’s properly done — with the right design and materials — hardscaping is a key part of sustainable landscaping. Whether you’re hardscaping a yard, a park, or a pedestrian plaza in a municipal downtown, hardscaping with concrete pavers is a good way to reduce runoff, pollution, and soil erosion. It conserves finite resources and preserves the natural environment.

Advantages of Concrete Pavers

Concrete paving products come with a number of built-in advantages.

Variety

When most people think of pavers, they think of bland expanses of lookalike bricks. Unit Paving has worked with concrete pavers long enough to know, appreciate, and embrace the diverse options available to homeowners and town planners alike. Shape, color, and texture choices can be varied for function and beauty alike.

Simplicity

Concrete pavers are simple to install thanks to their ease of installation, minimal site preparation, and minimal use of added equipment. The same cannot be said of traditional paving materials like asphalt and concrete.

Strength

Concrete and asphalt are impervious structures. They’re also inflexible. That can have some advantages, but there’s also a built-in drawback that you’ll have noticed if you’ve ever driven over a buckled surface undermined by rushing water, hit a pothole, or noticed the flooding they encourage. Concrete pavers allow water to pass through to the soil, they expand and contract thanks to their joint structure, and their ease of replacement means that repairs can be done quickly and easily.

Flood Control

Whether you’re a homeowner whose yard pools with water because of poor drainage, or a municipality that deals with flooding after anything more severe than light drizzle, you’ll appreciate the fact that concrete pavers require less drainage than other paved surfaces.

Long-Term Savings

Concrete and asphalt surfaces often require extensive — and expensive — maintenance, as well as frequent repairs. To be clear, all paved surfaces require maintenance, but concrete pavers require less of it.

Surface maintenance of concrete pavers is simple, and there’s less of it. When repairs are needed — which isn’t often, but is always a possibility — they can often be done by one or two people in a matter of minutes, minimizing disruption to traffic and everyday life.

Answering Concrete Paver Questions

It’s impossible to answer all of the frequently asked paver questions in blog form. What we’ve addressed here may have reinforced information you already knew, or may have left you with as many questions as answers. Unit Paving is happy to take the time to consider the scope of your project and answer the questions that matter most to you. So contact us by phone at (704) 412-4463 or visit us online to schedule a concrete paver consultation.