Posts Tagged: Porous

Porous Pavements Myth Buster: Clogging

Written By: Bill Handlos, P.E. All Porous Pavements Do Not Clog Well-designed porous pavement systems resist clogging While it is important to design porous pavement systems (PPS) to resist the effects of silt, grit, sand and other fine material that can slow or stop infiltration of water – It is a common myth that all porous pavement systems eventually clog. On the contrary, a good PPS system design, simple but effective site design and careful construction inspection and field guidance can all but eliminate the clogging threat. System design do’s and don’ts. Cross-sections will vary according to the porous pavement systems selected, but there are some common concepts that need to be followed for successful, long-lasting percolation.     Never place filter fabric immediately below the porous pavement surface. Whether using pervious concrete, porous asphalt, polyethylene injection molded paving block (such as GEOBLOCK vegetated or GEOPAVE non-vegetated PPS) or concrete paving stone, your cross-section should allow free flow from the paving layer to the base and storage layers. The last thing you want is to trap water in your pavement layer. Surprisingly, at least one aggregate PPS manufacturer sells their product with a filter fabric attached to the bottom of… Read more »

Porous Pavements Myth Buster: Winter Durability

Written By: Bill Handlos, P.E. Properly designed porous pavement systems do not get damaged by the dynamics of freeze-thaw cycles. For decades, civil engineering roadway designers have been trained to use positive drainage, crack sealing, and sealcoating to keep the area under pavement dry. The prevailing mentality was to use well-graded, tightly compacted base under impervious concrete or asphalt wearing surfaces. When water gets between the well-graded base and the impervious surface—frost conditions would lift pavements, weaken base structure, create potholes and in general, wreak havoc with the life of the pavement.    So, it is not surprising that age-old tenets related to moisture, seepage and freeze-thaw cycles get mistakenly applied to porous pavement systems. What makes well-designed porous pavement cross-sections so resistant to the power of freezing and expanding water? The answer is space. Poorly-graded crushed aggregate offers up to 40% void ratio which gives water a place to move, a place to expand into upon freezing, and a network of pathways to drain. High void ratio systems allow the Earth’s natural warmth to move up from below the frost line into and through the open-air system just as water and ice-melt moves down and through the system. If… Read more »

Porous Pavements Myth Buster: Winter Maintenance

Written By: Bill Handlos, P.E. Winter Maintenance for Porous & Pervious Pavements Porous pavement systems are a great way to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff on your site and incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) practices. One of the simplest ways of creating a porous pavement area is to confine unbound aggregate in a rigid paving unit such as the GEOPAVE® Aggregate Porous Paver. The GEOPAVE system is similar to pervious concrete and porous asphalt solutions, but is usually both less expensive and easier to install. Porous Pavements Are Difficult to Maintain in Winter Weather Conditions.   NOT TRUE! The GEOPAVE Aggregate Porous Paver system is easy to maintain, and requires no special equipment. GEOPAVE parking lots or low volume roadways can be maintained in much the same way as a regular concrete or asphalt surface. An unbound aggregate system has many maintenance benefits over other porous pavement systems. Look at the table below and you’ll see how the GEOPAVE system beats pervious concrete and porous asphalt every time.     (Click Chart to Zoom)   The GEOPAVE rigid porous pavement system is comparable to standard paving materials, and a cut above other porous pavement systems. GEOPAVE systems have all of… Read more »

How Well Do You Know Your Competition? Try Installing Them.

Written by William G Handlos, P.E. Presto Geosystems is the maker of the GEOBLOCK Grass Pavers® family of rigid vegetated porous pavement products. We’ve been manufacturing porous pavements since 1978 and have been a leader in the industry ever since. It’s safe to say we were pretty comfortable with our understanding of the differences between our products and our competitors in the market….or so we thought. We knew our products were premium performers offering the best structural modulus (load spreading snowshoe effect), more structural high density polyethylene per square foot than our competitors, load transfer tabs to assure no separation at joints and an industry-leading warranty. Our competitors on the other hand  go with much lighter density product design and some offer their products on rolls like carpet or rolls of sod.   We knew a product that comes on a roll was not a very effective load transfer device. After all, the whole point of vegetated porous pavement is to protect the topsoil (and therefore the root system) from damaging compressive forces and to transfer those forces to the layer below the topsoil – preventing rutting and offering a stable riding surface for fire lanes, overflow parking, or occasional… Read more »

Porous Pavement Systems in Extreme Weather

Written by William G. Handlos, P.E. Porous Pavements Customers are always coming up with new applications for our GEOBLOCK® Turf Protection System, but the University of Wisconsin-Madison just took it to another level. In early 2014, their Space Science and Engineering Center purchased the GEOBLOCK® pavers to aid in staging their ice coring drills in Greenland and Antarctica. The GEOBLOCK® system was utilized for two specific applications. The first was for a footer under the frame of the drill tent(s). This application allowed the weight of the drill tent building to be distributed across the snow’s surface and provide support. Due to the GEOBLOCK® system’s rigid design and load transfer tabs, the same characteristics that make it a strong, durable turf protection system, also delivered value over snow. In the second application, the GEOBLOCK® units served as a flooring system inside the drill tent. Researchers liked the grid surface as it provided a non-skid surface and easy installation at sub-zero temperatures (-40°F). The rigid design also wasn’t affected by on-site drilling fluids (due to the non-reactive and inert polyethylene construction). Researchers also capitalized on the light-weight design and reusability. The remote location required air-lifting the material and hand construction. The… Read more »