3 Reasons to Add Permeable Pavers to a Business Entrance

Drawing up plans for a brand, new building where your business will reside? Maybe it already has a home, but you want to give it a much-needed facelift. Whatever your reasons for considering an upgrade, be sure to give the entryway a bit of extra attention. After all, that’s where all your clients will pass through first.

One of the best ways you can enhance your entryway is with permeable pavers. Not only are they attractive, but they’re functional, too. Here are three good reasons to add permeable pavers to your business entrance.

1- They’re a Safer Alternative to Non-Pervious Walkways

Permeable pavers are exactly what they say they are. They allow rain and melting snow to infiltrate directly into the ground. As a result, there is less pooling and flooding. There is less chance for water to stand and turn into patches of slippery ice. There’s a lesser likelihood that clients visiting your business will slip and fall. That’s good for them, and it’s good for your bottom line.

In addition, temperature changes often cause the ground beneath any walkway to expand and contract, and that can lead to buckles and cracks in traditional concrete pavement. Not only can that be unattractive, but it can also create trip hazards. Not so with permeable pavers. Permeable pavers are designed with flexible joints that adapt to changes in the ground below making them exceptionally more durable and long-lasting. Those same qualities also allow them to handle heavier loads and foot traffic from above making them by far a safer walk and entryway alternative.

2- They’re a Better Choice for the Environment

Any changes to the landscape of a property often impact the flow of water on it, and one of the challenges of any construction project is how to handle additional runoff. Traditional impervious surfaces such as concrete slab walkways can substantially increase sheet flow, and project engineers need to be mindful of containing the added water on site. If they don’t contain it, runoff may flow into the municipal storm sewers creating an added strain on the overall system. In addition, the water may carry pollutants that can contaminate nearby rivers and streams. That hurts everyone.

This is why a modern, reputable hardscape design company will often recommend permeable pavers. Permeable pavers eliminate sheet flow by quickly moving water into the ground. In addition, when water passes through the paver layers and the soils below it, they naturally filter out pollutants. The installation of permeable pavers also often eliminates the need for other more costly erosion control measures such as water detention ponds.

3- The “Wow” Factor

You know the old saying. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. So, when potential clients first visit your place of business, permeable pavers at the entranceway provide the ultimate opportunity to pull out the “wow” factor.

The great thing about permeable pavers is that they provide a boatload of choices for your hardscape design. Such pavers are available in multiple colors, designs, and materials. And, fortunately, if you need help choosing an attractive design that complements your building, often the same hardscape design companies that address water runoff issues can also provide excellent design advice.

It can’t be put anymore simply. A walk and entryway designed with permeable pavers isn’t just a safe, environmentally friendly, and functional option, it’s also a more aesthetically attractive choice compared to traditional concrete slab installations.

Brett Sartorial

Brett is a business journalist with a focus on corporate strategy and leadership. With over 15 years of experience covering the corporate world, Brett has a reputation for being a knowledgeable, analytical and insightful journalist. He has a deep understanding of the business strategies and leadership principles that drive the world's most successful companies, and is able to explain them in a clear and compelling way. Throughout his career, Brett has interviewed some of the most influential business leaders and has covered major business events such as the World Economic Forum and the Davos. He is also a regular contributor to leading business publications and has won several awards for his work.