Driveway Flooding Got You Depressed? Consider These Better-Draining Concrete Alternatives

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Does your concrete driveway turn into a lake whenever it rains, flooding your yard and garage? Poor drainage may end up costing you dearly if you don't address it, but what can you do? Well, if you want a permanent solution for your poorly draining drive, you might want to try one of these permeable alternatives to concrete.

Porous Asphalt

The smoothest option for improving your driveway's water drainage is replacing your concrete with porous asphalt. This material is incredibly similar to typical asphalt, but specially formulated to slowly soak in water and prevent minor flooding. It's a good option if you drive multiple vehicles or heavy trucks, since it can stand up to plenty of pressure over time. 

Porous asphalt is ideal for climates that see occasional serious rain. It's the most expensive option but also incredibly durable. Like normal asphalt, it's also well suited to cold climates where you'll need to keep snow off of your drive.

Permeable Interlocking Pavers

Stone pavers can lend a European charm to your driveway. Drives paved with these stones tend to have a lot of personality, but they can also serve as a good alternative to concrete for absorbing rainwater. The natural gaps between stones can be left unsealed for some interlocking shapes or can be sealed with porous material that soaks in the water. 

Driveways that see heavy traffic may need additional maintenance to keep the stones from breaking apart. Without this maintenance, the drive may get bumpy or even develop holes after a few years. This option costs about the same as porous asphalt, and is a beautiful alternative for people in warmer climates.

Gravel Or Crushed Stone

Covering your drive with small stones is probably the most effective way to allow water to soak into the soil quickly. Unless your water table is high, you probably won't need to worry about storm runoff from your driveway if you use gravel. You will have to be careful if your area sees several heavy rains in a row, as this could wash out your drive.

This option is the least expensive to install, but also requires the most maintenance. The dirt under your gravel drive will be susceptible to erosion in rough weather, so you'll have to keep to repair dips and holes as they appear.

Whether you need to fix your driveway on a budget or you want to go all out and make it as beautiful and functional as possible, you'll be able to find a permeable option either way. Don't resign yourself to frequent flooding due to poor drainage. A few days of research and installation could save you thousands in restoration after a heavy rain. For more information on preventing water damage, contact a professional like Flagship Restoration.

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25 June 2015

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