Permeable Pavers- the New Solution to Snow and Ice Removal - Smart Scapes 08-11-2022 22-00-02

PERMEABLE PAVERS, THE NEW SOLUTION TO SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL

Permeable Pavers, the New Solution to Snow and Ice Removal

  • Did you know that permeable pavers also help with snow and ice removal?
  • Because permeable pavers are water pervious, these beauties allow water to pass through them.
  • When snow and ice melts, the water passes through the pavers and into the ground beneath.
  • No more melt water pooling on your driveway, parking lot, porch, patio, or walkway!
  • No more melt water freezing overnight and creating a slip hazard the next day.
  • To create a hardscaped surface that is beautiful, elegant, and which helps you during the winter months, contact Smart Scapes LLC today at (615) 356-0139

Winter is a beautiful time of the year. Snow-covered tree branches, cozy nights spent in warm homes, a cool nip to the air that fills the lungs with new life. Winter is a time for family, for merry-making, for warm meals and hot cocoa. Snowmen, snow forts, decorated trees, and dazzlingly lit city streetlights, this is truly a special time of the year. We don’t get the four-month winters that the Midwest is known for, but what winter we get here in Nashville, we try to enjoy it,

But it can be a taxing time of year as well, because for all its beauty, snow and cold weather comes with complications and dangers. Snow is slippery, slushy, icy, and hazardous. Snow buildup makes it difficult to drive, hard to walk, and impossible to get around on anything with less than four wheels. In fact, some would even prefer treads over wheels, if they could get them.

Interested in having a paving option that helps you with snow and ice removal? Contact Smart Scapes today by calling (615) 356-0139, or by filling out the form at the end of this page.

It’s Not All Warm Fireplaces and Good Food – Winter Time Comes With Snow and Ice Risk

When the winter comes to a close, the grand finale of danger is that iconic “freeze-thaw” period where the snow melts for a bit during the day, then the temperatures fall at night, and the freshly melted snow refreezes, but this time, as ice. Snow and ice throw us off balance, literally. And in Nashville and the middle-south region in general, this freeze-thaw season is a real problem.

As a nation, we’ve been contending with snow and ice for decades now, every year attempting to innovate new and better systems for creating safe city streets, driveways, sidewalks, and walking paths. Finally, with the advent of permeable paving, we have come across the “end-all” in reducing snow and ice risk for good.

How Permeable Pavers Create Safe Roads, Parking Lots, and Walking Paths

So how do permeable pavements, permeable pavers, pervious pavers, porous pavers, and permeable block paving systems help in snow and ice removal? They’re certainly not heated, so we can rule that out. To understand this, all it takes is a simple understanding of how permeable pavers work. The rest is logic after that.

To be “permeable” means, by definition, to allow the passage of water or other liquids through the object. Permeable pavers are a highly sensible and advanced method of paving because they allow water to pass through the pavers and into aggregate rock layers installed beneath. This makes them eco-friendly too.

Interested in never having to worry about slipping and falling in the winter again? Call (615) 356-0139 to learn more.

Why We Started Using Permeable Pavers – A Need for Stormwater Management

Permeable paving systems were first innovated as an eco-friendly solution to stormwater runoff issues in highly-developed and “over-paved” urban areas. During major city expansion in the mid-2000s in cities like Atlanta, Buffalo, Orlando, Miami, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Louisville, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Chicago, such cities began to struggle with water problems. These cities and others simply had too much concrete built too quickly, and stormwater simply had nowhere to go. Storm drain systems, water retention ponds, and rain gardens became overpowered, and flooding became a serious issue.

Enter in permeable paving systems, the solution to stormwater and flooding. Permeable pavers are laid on top of an aggregate rock layer, with sand and soil installed beneath that. Water strikes the pavers, flows through them, is filtered by the aggregate rocks below, and then filters once again into the sand and soil beneath, exactly as nature intended. Not only did permeable pavers solve a problem in handling stormwater better, but permeable pavers helped to recharge groundwater, creating a natural and eco-friendly solution to storms, rainwater, and flooding.

Permeable Pavers – An Eco-Friendly Solution, 365 Days a Year

Today, cities in northern climates are scrambling to implement permeable paving solutions for their city roads, parking lots, commercial lots, residential driveways, and sidewalks. Why? Not only do these systems address water runoff, but there is an added bonus that we haven’t touched on yet. Permeable pavers are an eco-friendly solution, allowing for snow and ice melt through the pavers, which eliminates the buildup of slippery, hard packed snow or even the far more dangerous black ice.

Most paved surfaces allow for melted snow to refreeze to ice, but permeable pavers do not. When the snow melts, (a process which can be nudged along with deicing), the melted snow passes directly through the pavers and into the earth beneath, eliminating the need for more deicer, and eliminating the chances for more ice buildup too.

Your permeable solution is waiting. Call (615) 356-0139 or fill out the form below.

An Effective Solution to Snow Removal and Deicing

Cities that are now implementing permeable pavers are noticing up to eighty percent decreases in their salt usage, as the permeable pavers do most of the work for them. This means less rust on cars and less impact from excessive salt use on the local ecosystem as well.

And what better way to not only have peace of mind when walking or driving in the winter-time, but also to avoid pesky lawsuits, injuries, broken bones, and bent fenders? Permeable pavers make for a safer environment. It’s just as simple as that. Falls on slippery or uneven surfaces are still one of the top causes of injury in the U.S., and the leading cause of preventable death in seniors, so having safer, slip-free walking and driving surfaces in the winter months is something that we can all get excited about.

It’s time to reduce slips, falls, trips, and other wintertime accidents! Call Smart Scapes at (615) 356-0139 to schedule your free consultation.

No More Slip, No More Lawsuits – The Snow Removal Benefits of Permeable Pavers in the Winter

Wouldn’t it be almost utopian to have better snow removal solutions in the winter months, better snow plow efficiency, better snow cleaning, and easier driveway snow removal? We would enjoy the winter months that much more if this time of year was a little safer, and a little less hazardous.

All of that can be achieved with permeable pavers, due to the simple fact that pavers perform much of our snow removal tasks on their own. Permeable pavers eliminate standing water, so logically, they could also be used to eliminate standing ice. As the ice melts during that annoying freeze-thaw period, the now melted ice seeps through the pavers, as opposed to forming standing water which would ordinarily just freeze again later day or night. Say goodbye to constant slipping and falling, lawsuits, broken bones, and that nagging fear of an accident every time we go for a walk or a drive in the wintertime. Say hello to permeable pavers as everyone’s best snow and ice contingency plan.

Ready to protect your employees and customers at your business location? Permeable pavers are a great solution for safe, slip-free paving installations. Call (615) 356-0139 today.

Let’s Keep the Snow Months Risk-Free With Efficient Snow Removal and Deicing Through Permeable Pavers

Are you ready to implement a permeable paving system into your commercial parking lot, residential drive, business entryway or sidewalk, or city path? Smart Scapes LLC is the leading innovator in permeable paving systems, hardscapes, permeable pavement, permeable maintenance and management, and all things eco-friendly and winter-minded. We’ll create a safe and efficient permeable system for you that offers safety benefits, eco-friendly aspects, and peace of mind, all year round.  Call our direct line today to get started, (615) 356-0139.

The FAQ – Where Questions Get Answered!

Still have questions? Want to learn more? Checking Google for “Paving contractors near me,” or asking “Who is the best paving contractor in Nashville?” Take a moment to read over our Frequently Asked Questions section to get all of your questions answered right here. And if you still have questions, call our direct line to speak with a live person, a friendly staff member who can get those questions answered for you. We can be reached at (615) 356-0139.

For Now, On to the FAQ!

  • How much time does it take to get a permeable paving system installed?
  • That depends on the size of the project and whether or not we are removing an old driveway or paved space. But our average time frame for most permeable installation projects is 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Can you install a permeable system in the wintertime?
  • To some degree! As long as the ground has not frozen (making it impossible for our equipment to dig into it) we can install permeable paving systems. However, we encourage our clients to get their permeable systems installed before winter arrives.
  • Should I use rock salt on my permeable driveway or walking path?
  • It’s not recommended. Not only will rock salt damage the permeable pavers themselves, but rock salt is corrosive to cars. Plus, it’s harmful to the environment. In our snow removal and deicing services, our team uses potassium/sodium chloride and other eco-friendly deicing agents to take care of snow melt and deicing. We can perform this service for you, or we can recommend the right products to use.
  • Can I use a permeable paving system for my commercial building or business location?
  • Absolutely, and in fact we encourage it! Many cities (including Nashville) are now offering incentives and encouragement for business owners and homeowners alike to switch over to permeable systems for their paved surfaces. It’s better for the environment, and it reduces stress on storm drains.
  • Do you offer snow removal services for your permeable-paved surfaces as well?
  • We most certainly do. Smart Scapes LLC is a fully-equipped snow and ice removal and snow plowing service. Call our office at (615) 356-0139 for more information, pricing, and to get signed up for snow removal services this winter.
  • How is a permeable driveway, parking lot, or road eco-friendly?
  • Let’s list the ways. No rock salt needed = good for the environment. Rain water and melted snow and ice transfers back into the ground, recharging water tables = very good for the environment. No need for excessive storm drain systems = no more heavy water runoff into ponds, lakes, and streams, which is also very good for the environment. Permeable paving systems create a paving opportunity where, as far as Mother Nature is concerned, it is as though there is no paving material on the ground at all. And that is very good for the environment!

Still have questions? Want to get a free estimate on a paved surface that won’t collect ice this winter? Call our direct line at (615) 356-0139 and ask for David. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and set up a time for a free estimate. Imagine having a home or business where you, your family, your friends, and your customers can walk about freely without facing slipping hazards. That dream becomes a reality with permeable paving technology.You can also fill out our online contact form, and one of our representatives will reach out to you within 24 hours.

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GETTING READY FOR THE PERFECT BACKYARD PUTTING GREEN—A GUIDE

 

Getting Ready for the Perfect Backyard Putting Green—A Guide

When you hire someone to design and install the backyard putting green of your dreams, you want them to be good at what they do. With over 30 years and hundreds of greens created, we are the experts in this space. We’ll get you playing golf in your backyard and loving every minute of it in no time. Call (615) 356-0139 today to get started.

  • What would life be like if you could spend more time working on your golf game?
  • What if you didn’t have to drive to the golf course every time you wanted to practice?
  • Backyard putting greens are a fascinating technology that makes golf-at-home a reality.
  • The only problem is, designing and installing your own backyard putting green is complicated and labor-intensive.
  • Smart Scapes LLC is the premier landscaping contractor in Nashville for installing putting greens.
  • Let us help you design and build a putting green in your backyard that will make your neighbors jealous!
  • Call (615) 356-0139 to schedule your free estimate!

If you’re a regular golf enthusiast, you’ve probably felt on more than one occasion that there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the week to spend at the golf course. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live at the country club and golf every day? Well, using the most realistic artificial grass technology, we can now install artificial putting green grass right in our own backyards. Imagine that! This is every avid golfer’s dream come true.

And yes, it sounds like a dream too good to be true maybe, but the reality is this. You can practice your putt game just a few feet from where you lay your head at night. Imagine having a place where you can work on your short and mid-range putts as much as you want, and then being able to wow your friends at the course with your new and improved skill set.

We service Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Mount Juliet, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro and neighboring cities in Tennessee.

Ready to take the next step? Call (615) 356-0139 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page!

Putting Green Turf, What Is It?

Whoever thought of having putting green turf in their own backyard? Yes, it’s a new idea, certainly. But these are rapidly growing in popularity as every golfer wants the chance to practice golf more often. So to understand how these artificial creations work for backyard use, let’s take a closer look at what they are.

This is a combination of art and science. This is synthetic turf that utilizes cutting-edge design, advanced construction and installation techniques, and the finest turf products to create a signature backyard, unique to your own tastes. The beautiful thing about synthetic turf is that it is highly customizable, so homeowners are able to work with specialist contractors to custom-create the ideal backyard putting green for them.

Curious as to how much putting greens cost? Call (615) 356-0139 for a free quote!

A Home Putting Green That Is Synthetic – How It Works

But how do these fantastic creations actually work? And do they function like regular golf courses? They are very similar to the ones you’re used to from the golf course, except a synthetic one is even more high-tech. Synthetic putting greens utilize a system of high-quality materials to create a course that is aesthetic, durable, and conducive to a one-of-a-kind golfing experience that you get to have right in your own backyard. And you don’t have to mow the grass!

Here’s how it works. Picture a full-scale golf course, brought to the scale of a backyard or part of a backyard. A home putting green is constructed removing a fair amount of the existing backyard as the custom tiers, meticulous contours, and perfect undulations of a synthetic putting green require a good amount of fill. Then synthetic turf can be brought in and layered throughout the backyard.

Once the “rough draft” of the home putting green has been formed, expert detailers hedge, etch, remove, add, and otherwise play with the project until it is perfect. Finally, custom-designed synthetic turfs specifically made are installed as a final surface layer, encasing the new backyard in a protective and aesthetic blanket of green splendor. Just like that, your backyard is transformed into your very own private golf course!

Interested? We’ll help you create the backyard putting green of your dreams. Call us at (615) 356-0139.

An Outdoor Putting Green Using Artificial Grass Equals Little Maintenance

If you’ve ever grown tired of doing yard work and upkeep in your backyard, the added bonus of having an outdoor putting green is, yes, much less maintenance. Artificial green takes care of itself, to a large degree, and whatever maintenance tasks are leftover can be addressed on a service plan with your design and installation contractor.

And that’s just the first of many benefits to having an outdoor putting green in your own backyard. With just a few steps away from your porch you can get in as much practice as you want, every day. Those short putts are often the most difficult for all of us to master, especially when the pressure is on in a highly competitive game. Having your own outdoor green means that you get more time on the course, without actually having to drive to the course.

Ready for your free estimate on your very own putting green? Call (615) 356-0139 to schedule a free estimate, or fill out our online form.

How to Prepare for Your New Practice Putting Green Prior to Installation

Because installation requires a highly specialized design and process, we recommend following four simple tips prior:

• Design teams will help you create your vision in the form of 3D rendering and other design tools, but try to have an idea of what you want in a practice putting green before you speak with a design team. Even if it’s just a rough idea, thinking in advance of installation is always helpful. This will save you time and money.

• When working with designers to create the perfect synthetic putting green, be sure to think with what types of golf shots you want/like to take the most, and how that might be reflected in your own, customized green. (No need to try and figure out all of the math and geometry behind how that will actually work, that’s what the designers are for!)

• Installation crews want to transform your backyard into the practice putting green of your dreams quickly, so be sure to have the backyard as prepared as possible before installation crews arrive.

• Right before the installation crew arrives, be sure the current grass in your backyard is mowed, that any outdoor furniture is picked up and stored away, and that any children’s toys, yard hoses, gardening equipment, yard maintenance tools, and other implements are removed. Also, if you have a sprinkler system, make sure your system is clearly marked as to where it is located, and that the water supply to your system is shut off. Also, make sure not to water your yard for a few days prior to the arrival of the installation crew.

Installation crews will complete your installation with speed and efficiency, and before you know it, you’ll be playing golf like a pro, right on your own property!

The Perfect Golf Putting Green With Lifelike Grass!

The perfect golf putting green is the goal, and lifelike grass is the physical manifestation of that goal. At Smart Scapes LLC, our focus is to deliver the perfect golf putting green, to every client, every time.

We specialize in artificial grass, and we can work with any client in any residential environment. Imagine yourself sipping homemade iced tea or lemonade, listing to music from your own sound system, maybe even cooking dinner on your own backyard grill. And imagine being able to do all of this, all while getting a few strokes in. That’s what the perfect putting green is all about, and Smart Scapes LLC is here to help you with just that.

Call today for a free estimate and consultation! (615) 356-0139.

Frequently Asked Questions

Given that our synthetic turf technology is the newest of the new, our customers often have questions about it. Designing and installing backyard putting greens on residential properties is a relatively new concept. We’re here to get your questions answered, to ensure that you have all of the information that you need before you proceed.

For a quick look at some of the common queries we receive, take a look at our FAQ below:

• Does artificial turf ever heat up in the direct sun?
• Yes, but only in very extreme temperatures. And the better quality the turf product, the more protected it is against the sun. Our turfs are the best, American-made synthetic turfs available. They will only warm up on the very hottest of summer days.

• Is artificial turf protected against storms and other inclement weather?
• Yes! Our customers love synthetic putting greens because they are low maintenance. Even in a heavy, deluge downpour, our putting greens transfer heavy rainfall through the turf and into the drainage system beneath. The turf does this rapidly and efficiently, preventing pools, water runoff, flooding, etc.

• Does artificial turf fade after a few years?
• Cheaper turfs will fade due to extensive sun exposure. Turfs installed by Smart Scapes LLC do not fade. They will retain their color year after year.

• What life-span can I expect from my new backyard putting green?
• The majority of the green, the parts you don’t see, (like the undulations and contouring done beneath the green itself, the drainage system, the sand padding, and so on), will last indefinitely. As for the green itself, it should last twenty years or more.

• How much will a putting green cost?
• As you can probably imagine, this depends quite a bit on the size of the project and its complexity. But for the most part, our putting greens range from fifteen to twenty-five dollars per square foot.

More questions? Just want to talk to a human? Give us a call at (615) 356-0139 today. Or check out our contact us page and fill out a quick form describing your project ideas.

When people ask who is the best landscaper in Nashville, or who designs and builds the best artificial grass putting greens, we hope our neighbors here in Nashville think of Smart Scapes LLC.

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