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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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