Permeable Options in Auckland Central

Pavers surrounded by pebbles

If you’re exploring landscaping solutions in Auckland Central, then you might be wondering about permeable options for your lawn, driveway, or pathways. There can be a lot to understand and consider, which is why the experts at Zones Landscaping are here to help. Whether you want to know more about permeable concrete, specialty permeable paving design, or drivable grass pavers, our Auckland Central Landscaping specialists can take you through all of your options and create a custom permeable plan that is perfect for your property!

What is permeable paving? 

One of the most common questions we get asked is – what exactly is permeable paving? Permeable means that a material allows liquid or gas to pass through it. In the case of permeable paving, surfaces are made of either a porous material that enables stormwater to flow through it, or from non-porous blocks that have been spaced so that water can flow between the gaps. Unlike traditional materials such as asphalt or concrete, permeable paving allows stormwater to soak through to an underlying coarse gravel layer before slowly draining away, thus reducing surface runoff

Pebbles surrounding slab pavers

Where is permeable paving used?

Permeable paving is used in low traffic areas such as car parks, driveways, and footpaths – all areas that Zones Landscaping can help you design and plan.

(There are also options for permeable artificial grass, which can be an excellent option for many homeowners).

What are the different types of permeable paving?

There are three main types of permeable pavers: 

  1. An open cell grid of concrete or plastic with sand or grass cover
  2. Solid interlocking blocks with drainage gaps
  3. Porous interlocking blocks. 

Regardless of what you choose, it’s crucial to have your permeable paving installed correctly including the correct bedding material, base course, and sub-grade material. Our local contractors are experts in their field and will ensure your driveway or paths are installed with outstanding quality. 

Large slab concrete pavers

What type of permeable pavers should I choose?

Your local Landscaping Consultant can assess your needs and help you choose the right type of permeable pavers for your property, budget, and lifestyle. Whether you love the semi-grassed look of gobi blocks or want to know about outdoor pavers, your consultant will help you make a choice that works for you. 

The Zones team can help with:

  • Determining the needs of your project
  • Paver types and materials
  • Design and aesthetics
  • Functionality and load-bearing capacity
  • Installation and maintenance
  • Local regulations and requirements
  • Budget considerations

Are there environmental benefits of permeable paving?

Yes! There’s a reason permeable paving in Auckland is growing in popularity. In addition to stormwater management, when you choose options such as living driveway pavers or permeable concrete, it also aids with:

  • Reduction of heat island effect
  • Groundwater replenishment
  • Erosion control
  • Improved air quality
  • Improved runoff water quality

(If you’re interested in positive benefit landscaping, take a look at this insightful article on permaculture).

Sloped driveway with pavers

What will permeable paving cost?

Permeable pavement costs will be determined by the materials used and the size and complexity of the project. While the cost may be more initially than traditional concrete, the longevity means that over time, it can be an economical solution. Your consultant can help you understand the costs of different products and the best solution for your project and budget.

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Want to discuss your permeable paving options with a professional?

The Zones Auckland Central team have completed dozens of pavement and driveway projects and would love to help you tackle yours! They offer free consultations so get in touch to make an appointment request.

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