Unveiling the Science Behind Permeable Pavers: A Sustainable Hardscaping Solution


In the world of hardscaping, innovation continues to drive sustainable solutions for property owners. One such advancement that has gained significant traction in recent years is the use of permeable pavers. At Prestige Property Services of WNY, we’re excited to explore this eco-friendly option and its technical aspects.

What Are Permeable Pavers?

Permeable pavers are specially designed interlocking units that allow water to seep through the surface and into the ground below. Unlike traditional impervious surfaces, these pavers help manage stormwater runoff, reduce flooding, and replenish groundwater supplies.

The Technical Breakdown

Let’s delve into the layers that make up a typical permeable paver system:

  1. Surface Layer: Consists of the actual pavers, which can be made from concrete, clay, or recycled materials.
  2. Bedding Layer: A thin layer of small, angular aggregate that provides a stable base for the pavers.
  3. Open-Graded Base: Composed of larger stones that create void spaces for water storage.
  4. Subgrade: The existing soil, which may be compacted or left in its natural state depending on the design requirements.

The Science of Water Filtration

As water passes through the permeable paver system, it undergoes a natural filtration process. Pollutants are trapped in the various layers, while clean water seeps into the subgrade. This process helps to:

  • Remove up to 80% of phosphorus and nitrogen from stormwater
  • Trap suspended solids and heavy metals
  • Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas

Installation Considerations

Proper installation is crucial for the effectiveness of permeable pavers. Factors to consider include:

  • Soil type and infiltration rate
  • Local climate and freeze-thaw cycles
  • Expected traffic load
  • Maintenance requirements


Permeable pavers represent a significant advancement in hardscaping technology, offering both aesthetic appeal and environmental benefits. At Prestige Property Services of WNY, we’re committed to staying at the forefront of these innovations, providing our clients with cutting-edge solutions for their property needs.