Environmental Benefits of Denver Hardscaping Pavers
Here in Colorado we are keenly aware that water is one of our most precious resources. If you’ve lived in Denver for any number of years, you have probably been through a summer where strict water restrictions have been in place. Even in years when we are blessed with good snowfall runoff in the mountains, and abundant spring rains, water should still be used wisely. Studying Outdoor Water Use in the United States, the EPA estimates that the average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day. Of that, close to 100 gallons can be attributed to outdoor watering. That is quite a hardship for the planet, and a lot of money down the drain as well. Hardscaping pavers are low maintenance and can be used to conserve water as well as control soil erosion.
Cut Down on Lawn Watering
The first and most obvious way that pavers can save water is by reducing the size of your lawn. Making an attractive border can not only cut down on grass area, but can eliminate water runoff onto the sidewalk or driveway. Even pavers raised only slightly can also help reduce wind evaporation as well. Another thing you can consider is adding to your home value, and your outdoor enjoyment, while reducing grassy areas by adding a patio. Even adding a winding path to a garden area or gazebo can take a bite out of your water usage. Our hardy pavers require very little maintenance and can be kept clean with regular sweeping. No harsh chemicals or large volumes of water are needed to keep them free of debris and dirt.
One less obvious way that pavers conserve water is by absorbing it. If you cover a piece of ground with concrete, that slab is impermeable to water. Water will drain off and most likely end up wasted in the sewer. Pavers will keep water from pooling, but will absorb some allowing it to drain into the soil below to be used by the earth for cooling and by plant and tree roots for sustenance. It is then released back into the atmosphere again.
Interlocking pavers can also prevent soil erosion. Leveling out ground around your grass or landscaping prevents soil erosion and water runoff. Pavers also help the soil retain moisture, which aids in the cooling of the planet and health of trees and other urban flora. Building materials such as concrete absorb and reflect heat raising the temperature of cityscapes by as much as 10 degrees, adding to summertime discomfort as well as the air conditioning bills of nearby buildings. Even a small concrete driveway can create this heat island effect increasing housing AC bills.
Hardscape pavers are an environmentally friendly and affordable addition to any home. There are many Unique ways to Add Denver Pavers to Your Outdoor Space. Let our design consultants help you come up with a plan to beautify your outdoor living space, add a gathering spot for family barbeques, and help the environment as well. The money you save on your water bill can quickly pay for any modifications made. Call us today at 303-525-5601 to set up an appointment.