There’s no doubt that interlocking brick paving stones are an affordable way to add beauty and style to any home. But did you know that paving stones also enhance nature while protecting its delicate balance?
Here are a few of the many environmental benefits:
All of our pavers are made by Abbotsford Concrete, who has been serving Western Canada and the US with award-winning products since 1989. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is right in British Columbia, which means our products are just a ferry ride away. It’s an easy way to support the local economy while reducing your carbon footprint.
Effectively Stores and Treats Runoff
Picture our city for a moment. Victoria BC is beautiful, but it can get a little damp. Well, more than a little damp. And all of that rain has to go somewhere, right?
When rain lands on an impermeable surface, like concrete or asphalt, it runs off and is diverted through curbs, culverts and storm drains. It not only carries with it oil, grease and other harmful chemicals, but can also cause flooding due to overloaded storm systems. Not the ideal solution.
Interlocking brick pavers, on the other hand, are the ecological choice when it comes to storm water runoff. According to the ICPI, they’re proven to reduce runoff by up to 100%.
Pavers are a permeable surface that allows water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Plus, they effectively trap suspended solids, process nutrients and oils and immobilize heavy metals.
No Material Failure
Unlike concrete or asphalt, paving stones are manufactured in a specially designed, carefully controlled environment. Each stone is of consistent strength and quality, and installation is not affected by time or temperature. This reduces the amount of time and energy spent on dealing with material failure, especially when compared to site-formed pavements.
Interlocking brick pavers are virtually maintenance free. They require less energy and resources over their life cycle than concrete or asphalt.
Plus, if a brick is damaged or stained with oil, there’s no need to redo the entire driveway or patio. All you have to do is replace that one brick. It’s quick, easy and conserves the use of raw materials. In other words, it’s an environmentally sound repair.
Conventional pavements, including concrete and asphalt, can get incredibly hot during the summertime. All of the heat is absorbed during the day and slowly released during the night, creating urban heat islands. And when you combine that with storm water runoff, you’re left with abnormally warm water temperatures and impaired water quality.
Interlocking brick pavers can be made in light colours to increase surface reflection, thereby reducing ambient temperatures. In addition, light-coloured pavers can reduce also the need for nighttime lighting, thereby conserving electricity.
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