Frequently Asked Questions

What are permeable pavers?

  • Permeable pavers are a type of paving material designed to allow water to pass through them, rather than creating a solid, impermeable surface. They are used in various applications, such as driveways, walkways, and parking lots, to help manage stormwater runoff and reduce flooding.

How do permeable pavers work?

  • Permeable pavers have a unique design that includes open joints or gaps between the pavers. These gaps allow rainwater to infiltrate the ground naturally, rather than running off into storm drains. The pavers are usually installed over a base of aggregate materials that further facilitate water infiltration.

What are the benefits of using permeable pavers?

  • Permeable pavers offer several advantages, including:
    • Stormwater Management: They reduce stormwater runoff, helping to prevent flooding and erosion.
    • Water Quality: They filter pollutants from rainwater as it percolates through the ground, improving water quality.
    • Reduced Heat Island Effect: They can reduce heat buildup in urban areas by allowing water to cool the ground.
    • Improved Drainage: They provide efficient drainage for driveways and walkways, reducing puddling and ice formation.
    • Erosion Control: They help control soil erosion by stabilizing the ground.

Where can permeable pavers be used?

  • Permeable pavers can be used in a variety of applications, including driveways, parking lots, patios, walkways, and even streets. They are suitable for both residential and commercial projects.

Are permeable pavers durable?

Yes, permeable pavers are designed to be durable and can withstand vehicular traffic when properly installed. They are typically made from materials like concrete, brick, or interlocking plastic grids, which are known for their longevity

Do permeable pavers require special maintenance?

  • Permeable pavers generally require less maintenance than traditional paved surfaces. However, routine maintenance may include removing debris from the surface and occasionally vacuuming the joints to prevent clogging. It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines.

Can permeable pavers support heavy vehicles?

  • Yes, permeable pavers are designed to support heavy vehicles like cars and trucks when installed correctly. The load-bearing capacity depends on the type of paver and the base materials used. It’s essential to choose the right paver and design for the specific application.

Are permeable pavers environmentally friendly?

  • Yes, permeable pavers are considered environmentally friendly because they help reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and mitigate the urban heat island effect. They also contribute to sustainability and green building practices.

Are permeable pavers cost-effective?

  • The initial cost of permeable pavers may be slightly higher than traditional pavement options due to the specialized installation requirements. However, they can provide long-term cost savings by reducing the need for stormwater management infrastructure and maintenance.

Can I install permeable pavers myself, or should I hire a professional?

While some homeowners may choose to install permeable pavers as a DIY project, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional with experience in permeable paver installation. Proper installation is crucial to achieving the desired performance and durability.

Remember that the suitability of permeable pavers for a specific project may vary, so it’s advisable to consult with a local expert or contractor for personalized guidance and recommendations.

What is a paver overlay?

  • A paver overlay is a process where new pavers are installed over an existing paved surface, such as a concrete or asphalt driveway, patio, or walkway, to enhance its appearance, durability, or functionality.

Why should I consider a paver overlay instead of replacing my existing pavement?

  • Paver overlays are a cost-effective way to rejuvenate and upgrade your outdoor space without the need to remove the existing pavement. They offer improved aesthetics, durability, and versatility.

What are the benefits of choosing a paver overlay?

  • Some advantages of paver overlays include:
    • Enhanced Appearance: Paver overlays can transform the look of your outdoor space with various design options.
    • Durability: Pavers are known for their strength and resistance to wear and tear.
    • Easy Maintenance: Paver surfaces are relatively easy to maintain, with individual pavers being replaceable if damaged.
    • Increased Property Value: A well-designed paver overlay can increase the curb appeal and value of your property.

Can any existing pavement be overlaid with pavers?

  • In most cases, concrete and asphalt surfaces are suitable for paver overlays. However, the condition of the existing pavement and any necessary repairs should be evaluated by a professional to determine feasibility.

How long does the installation of a paver overlay take?

  • The time required for a paver overlay project depends on the size and complexity of the area. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Your contractor can provide a more accurate timeline.

Are paver overlays slip-resistant?

  • Yes, paver overlays are often designed with textured surfaces that provide good traction and reduce the risk of slipping, making them suitable for areas like driveways and walkways.

Can paver overlays withstand harsh weather conditions?

  • Pavers are known for their resilience and ability to withstand various weather conditions. Proper installation techniques, including adequate base preparation and joint sand, can further enhance their ability to handle freeze-thaw cycles and temperature fluctuations.

Are paver overlays easy to repair if damaged?

  • Yes, one of the advantages of paver overlays is that individual pavers can be easily replaced if they become damaged or stained. This makes repairs more cost-effective and convenient compared to other paving materials.

Do paver overlays require special maintenance?

  • Paver overlays are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning, occasional re-sanding of joints, and sealing (if desired) are typically all that’s required to keep them in good condition.

How can I choose the right pavers and design for my overlay project?

Consult with a professional paver installer or designer to discuss your goals, preferences, and budget. They can help you select the appropriate pavers and create a design that suits your needs and aesthetic preferences.

Is it necessary to hire a professional for a paver overlay project?

While some DIY enthusiasts may attempt paver overlay projects, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional with experience in paver installation. Professionals can ensure proper base preparation, alignment, and long-term durability of the overlay.

Remember to obtain multiple quotes and thoroughly research potential contractors to find one with the expertise and reputation that best suits your project requirements.


Driveways: Permeable pavers are an excellent choice for driveways. They allow rainwater to infiltrate the ground rather than run off, reducing erosion and minimizing the risk of flooding. Plus, they provide a stable surface for vehicles while maintaining a green and environmentally friendly aesthetic.

Public Spaces: Parks, trails, and recreational areas can utilize permeable pavers to mitigate erosion, improve water quality in nearby streams or ponds, and create safer, more accessible surfaces for visitors.

Parking Lots: Large parking lots generate significant runoff, which can carry pollutants into nearby waterways. Permeable pavers mitigate this issue by allowing water to filter through the surface and into the ground, reducing runoff and improving water quality.

Commercial Developments: Businesses and commercial properties benefit from the use of permeable pavers to meet environmental regulations, enhance curb appeal, and reduce maintenance costs. They can be applied in plazas, courtyards, and other public areas.

Patios and Walkways: Permeable pavers can create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces. They provide a stable surface for walking or entertaining while preventing puddles and promoting groundwater recharge. This makes them ideal for patios, garden paths, and recreational areas.


Not only do permeable pavers provide an aesthetic, almost exclusive feel to them, but they are infinitely customizable. Imagine developing and selling a commercial property that has a unique paving system unlike anything else in Nashville. They are quite the selling point. Furthermore, such paving systems are eco-friendly and they fully address stormwater and rainwater. With permeable paver systems, large, commercial buildings do not have to worry about installing rain gardens, water retention ponds, or advanced storm drain systems.


Almost indefinitely. Permeable pavers have a much longer lifespan than traditional asphalt and concrete. Most permeable paver driveways, walking paths, parking lots, and patios, as long as they are well-maintained, will outlast their owners.


That depends on the size and complexity of the job, but our teams at Permeable Pavers try to coordinate our designers and our crews to appropriate more workers for larger projects. Our goal is never to take more than 1-2.5 weeks on any given project, no matter the size! That is our guarantee to you.


A permeable paved surface is considered an investment because it saves the owner on costs in other areas. No more paying for expensive landscaping services such as the maintenance of rain gardens or water retention ponds.  No more fixing cracks and refinishing/re-coating a paved surface. Permeable paver driveways, walking paths, and parking lots are more costly than traditional concrete and asphalt, but they save on various other costs in other areas, indefinitely too.


Decades. Most commercial permeable paver systems never have to be replaced, at least certainly not by the individual who had them installed. Permeable paver technology harkens back to medieval paving methods, ancient techniques modernized with 21st century technology. These systems are built to outlast their owners, providing a permeable surface for generations to come.


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