Can Permeable Pavers Improve Your Next Commercial Paving Project?

If you’re planning a commercial paving project, we hope you’re thinking long-term. That means looking past immediate concerns of planning and cost, and thinking of future considerations like maintenance, drainage, use, and sustainability. We must also confess to an ulterior motive for your foresight; Unit Paving Inc knows from long experience that compared to traditional options like asphalt or concrete, permeable pavers constitute a significant improvement. Here’s why.


With asphalt and concrete paving so popular and so widely-accepted, why has Unit Paving chosen to specialize in permeable interlocking concrete pavers? There are many reasons, but sustainability sits at the top of the list.

They’re called permeable pavers because unlike impervious surfaces, they allow water to pass through the joints, whereupon it’s filtered by the fill and subsurface materials and allowed to pass back into the soil. This limits the need for additional drainage, lowers the strain on existing drainage systems and water treatment plants, and limits runoff because water is sequestered in the ground and pollutants are filtered out instead of ending up in our waterways. What’s more, these pavers mitigate the heat island effect. But even if your concerns are more earthbound, there are more reasons to consider permeable pavers.


If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic during a road construction or repair project, you’ve seen the amount of equipment required to install or maintain traditional paved surfaces. Surface preparation is extensive and complex, large amounts of raw materials must be carted in and subjected to further preparation, and a fleet of vehicles must back an extensive crew of workers to install everything. This process is as expensive as it is extensive.

By contrast, permeable pavers require less surface prep, rely less on expensive equipment, and can be installed quickly by a smaller number of people. The resultant paved surface can handle every bit as much heavy traffic as its traditional counterparts, accommodating everything from foot traffic to cars, trucks, and snow plows with ease. Best of all, it does all this at a significantly lower initial or long-term cost.


The unique construction of permeable interlocking pavers has another benefit, one you’ve noticed if you’ve been overseas and wandered the remnants of an ancient Roman road, or even walked an old cobblestone street closer to home. High tech has come to PICP, but the principle behind them hasn’t changed much over two millennia. It hasn’t had to; they’re extremely durable, handling large amounts of heavy traffic with ease. Their ease of expansion and contraction helps them resist high heat, extreme cold, and potholes. The fact that they don’t hold water helps prevent flooding, erosion, and potholes. In the rare event that a repair is needed, it can be done quickly by one person equipped with a minimal number of tools.

There’s one last consideration that we haven’t mentioned up to this point: versatility. That’s because the most effective way for us to show you the potential for permeable pavers is to compare our past work with your present and future needs. With this in mind, we urge you to get in touch with Unit Paving Inc for a consultation on your commercial or municipal paving project. We proudly serve clients with commercial paving in the Carolinas, and would be equally proud to serve you.