Sustainability has become an important factor for homeowners. While we all know about installing solar panels and water-saving taps to save electricity and water, one place that’s sometimes overlooked is our driveways’ durability. Traditional driveways are made from impenetrable material such as concrete, which does not allow water to pass through and into the ground.
This also causes the water to collect after storms, leading to further erosion and cracks on the driveway. A sustainable driveway helps avoid these problems, so you don’t have to spend more money on maintenance.
Here are some ways you can incorporate sustainability into your driveway design.
Go for a permeable material
Permeable material for a driveway will allow a passage for water to pass through while also providing the traction you need for your vehicle. Some of these materials are a porous asphalt mixture, cement tiles with grids, or an open grid that allows grass to grow and absorb the excess water.
Add a gravel curbing
The gravel curbs are added to the sides of the driveway and allow flooded water to flow away from the driveway. The driveway is cleared and there is no risk of water collecting on the street. Additionally, you can even plant gravel-friendly plants for improved curb appeal.
A mixture of gravel and sand
Sustainable driveway installation does not have to be costly. You could opt for a combination of two inexpensive materials: gravel and sand. Both are porous materials that can help enhance the sustainability of your driveway and create a pleasing contrast with your house.
There are many ways to enhance the sustainability of your driveway. Most of these methods are eco-friendly and can save you much trouble with maintenance in the future. Ultimately, the design you choose will depend on your budget as well as how easily you see it fitting in with your house and lawn structures.