Permeable Pavers – Pavers That Breathe

These self-draining pavers are among the most popular paving options today. Let’s look at what they have to offer.

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Whether you’re considering rebuilding your Bay Area driveway, walkway, patio, or deck, you should consider installing permeable pavers.

How Do Permeable Pavers Work?

Permeable pavers consist of solid concrete pavers with small, stone-filled joints that allow water to flow into highly permeable, open-graded bedding, base, and subbase aggregates. The base layer stores the water before it seeps through and reaches the underlying soil. That’s unlike traditional pavers that make rainwater run over them and into the sewer system and natural waterways.

Benefits of Permeable Pavers

Cost Savings

Unlike other paving options, permeable paving offers infiltration that reduces the costs involved in obtaining parts and systems that promote proper drainage such as underground pipes and other storm water structures. You can save money on investment in reservoirs, storm sewer extensions, repair and maintenance of drainage systems, and on time taken in the installation process. Permeable paving also helps you save on costly compliance regulations.


Permeable surfaces enhance the beauty of your outdoor space. They come in a variety of styles and colors that complement buildings and are visually appealing. You can reuse the rainwater passing through the pavers to run decorative features such as bubbling rocks or fountains.

Prevention of Flooding

Water runoff can fill up the sewer system and cause frequent flooding. Permeable pavers reduce runoff from rainwater, helping minimize surface puddles as well as local flooding. Depending on their design, rainfall, and soil type, these pavers can result in infiltration of as much as 80 percent of the annual rainfall.

Promotion of Plant Growth

By allowing water to drain through, permeable paving feeds the roots of plants and deposits minerals in the soil. As a result, the soil becomes healthier, and plant life thrives. What’s more, you can collect the rainwater, which isn’t treated with chemicals like tap water, and use it for irrigation and watering houseplants.

Environmental Benefits

Permeable pavers help protect the quality of natural water sources. They reduce the amount of runoff that enters our waterways while carrying along contaminants that degrade water quality. As water drains through the gaps in the pavers and the soil below, pollutants such as suspended solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals are filtered out. They also help recharge the local underground water supplies. Less runoff also reduces river and stream flooding, resulting in a lower rate of erosion of stream beds and river banks.

At Viking Pavers, we offer high-quality paving products, firepits, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls and patios in the Bay Area.

By installing permeable pavers, you’ll be making your property healthier while playing your part in preserving the world’s greatest resource. To get years of service from your pavers, entrust their installation to certified paver professionals. Our professionally trained and certified paver installers pay attention to detail and work with you to ensure your needs are met. But that’s not all; we offer an unrivaled 25-year warranty on our installation services and a lifetime warranty on all pavers. Contact us at 800-941-1014 or fill our Online Contact Form to request a free consultation.