Landscape Discount offers two different hard plastic gravel paver solutions which are both effective in providing a strong, durable, low maintenance, ascetically pleasing and permeable gravel surface which can be driven on daily. Pavers for use with gravel are available in either rolls or in panel form, the latter which is ideal for smaller projects. The following information pertains to our rolled pavers. For information on the panel pavers intended for gravel use see bodpave. For larger projects the rolled pavers are ideal due to their easy installation. The material is simply rolled out into place. The material is available in 4' x 150' rolls which greatly reduces the installation time of a large project such as a parking lot or gravel road.
Another option for smaller gravel stabilization products are geocells. These gravel stabilizer products can provide a reinforced surface for vehicular traffic and although they will not provide the level of gravel migration reduction that the hard plastic pavers will, they are still quite effective at providing stability and reducing potholes.
Do you have a gravel driveway or parking lot with potholes or constant traveling gravel? Driveway grid products for use with gravel provide both stabilization and containment for gravel in both parking lot and road applications.
One of the most effective paver gravel systems on the market are the EZ Roll Gravel Pavers by NDS. These pavers effectively helps to reduce erosion while maintaining the look as well as the functionality of a gravel road or parking lot. This paver which is made with 100% recycled materials minimizes the surface water runoff from a gravel road and presents a sustainable and attractive alternative to the traditional asphalt or concrete. It is highly recommended to use for golf cart paths, jogging tracks, service roads, bike paths, RV and boat access and parking, truck and cart wash-down areas, overflow parking lots, fire lanes, roadways shoulders, construction entrance soil stabilizations, and emergency vehicle access roads. Aside from the recommended load applications, the EZ Roll Pavers for gravel are also an effective solution for erosion control in swales and on slopes.
How it is used? The pavers are designed to be placed directly on a crushed and run, clean stone or a sandy gravel base. It is also designed to transfer the vehicle loads directly to the base materials which allows light to heavy vehicular traffic over the surface without any damage to the structure below. The honeycomb-like cell paver designs effectively helps in preventing gravel migration as well as the rutting that might deteriorate the gravel surface.
These pavers are sold in rolls with a side-to-side and an end-to-end clips which securely connects the rolls together. The unique "roll out" installation helps to save on labor costs. 40 stakes are supplied with each 600 sq. ft. roll. Aside from savings and easy installation, this paver also offers many environmental benefits such as:
Conservation of water because the gravel doesn’t require an irrigation for its maintenance (when compared to grass)
The pavers are made of only 100% recycled plastic
The storm water filters very naturally through the subsurface which reduces pollutants
Because of its permeable surface, runoff will be reduced or can even be eliminated completely
Aside from the environmental benefits that the EZ Roll Pavers for gravel offer, it has many competitive benefits also which include:
Stakes are provided with every roll
Reduces the demands on landscape drainage systems
Empty cells have a comprehensive strength of about 66,000 psf
Less long term maintenance costs when compared to other non-permeable surfaces
More aesthetically pleasing than with the traditional method of hardscaping
These pavers are designed with two features that can effectively reduce lateral movement once installed. Stakes prohibit the material from shifting once installed and the side clips allow multiple rolls to be connected further anchoring the material in place. Aside from the clips and stakes, the weight of the gravel within the cells also help to secure the material's placement as the pavers feature a fused geotextile on the bottom of the membrane which prevents gravel from moving underneath the material.
Further design considerations when designing with NDS EZ-Roll Gravel Pavers:
Light vehicular traffics, pedestrian areas and bicycles can have a slope up to 10%
High traffic areas must have a slope of at least less than 5%
Percolation rates of the underlying soils must be greater than the amount of 0.63 cm of water every hour
The water tables must be at least 3 ft. below the base course
Bedrock must not be closer than 2 ft. below the base course
These pavers will not only help in the erosion control with a very low maintenance but it will also make the road even more aesthetically appealing. Filling the cells with gravel just above the top surface of the cells, may be 0”-2” above the top cells, will allow the gravel to sit atop the grid. This will ensure that most part of the grid-work will be fully covered all the time. Occasionally, the surface may require to be re-graded in order to re move all the surface ruts that may have shifted the gravel paver surfaces. The said regarding will be purely aesthetic so we can expect that it will not have an impact on the structural compactness even if the surface of the grid work is left uncovered or exposed.
Gravel vs. Grass Pavers
A question that we often receive is “what is the difference between the rolled gravel and grass pavers?”
There is really only one design difference between the two rolled paver types. Both pavers share the same grid structure, however the gravel pavers feature a fused geotextile to the bottom of the material. This acts as a “cup” to keep the gravel within the cell structure as well as prevents agains gravel from becoming trapped underneath the material and creating bubbles. The pavers for gravel also are shipped with stakes included due to the fact that gravel is more prone to shifting post installation than grass.
If the project's budget does not allow for a full gravel stabilization solution, consider utilizing geotextile fabric in the roadway or parking lot to provide stability and soil from rock separation. View our full selection of roadway stabilization fabric >
Dallas Arboretum Parking Lot
The Dallas Arboretum is one of the most popular sites in Dallas, Tx. The botanical garden sits on 66 acres on the shores of White Rock Lake. The garden brings in thousands of visitors from around the world each year. As part of the expansion and improvement program, the Dallas Arboretum needed to add more parking to accommodate the predicted rise in traffic over the next 10 years. The new parking area would have to blend with the surroundings while reducing stormwater runoff. Working with the City of Dallas, the designers decided to use a natural absorption surface that could handle heavy traffic. After looking at different available products, they chose the tan-colored NDS EZ Roll Pavers for strength, durability, and would be easy to install. EZ Roll is an ADA-compliant resin cellular reinforcement system that stores stone in-fill, supports heavy traffic, maintains water absorption, and does not cause rutting. The paver is available in 4 x 150' units or 600 sq ft that can be rolled out over the compacted, permeable base layer and filled with 3/8-inch angular clean stone. EZ Roll gravel Pavers are available in tan, black, gray, and red brick to blend with the natural stone fill.
Phase I required installing EZ Roll in the parking area that would span 75,000 sq. ft. The designers needed to lay out driving lanes from parking stalls, NDS designed, constructed, and delivered the EZ Marker system which was a big-impact plastic marking dome that would securely fasten into the paver's cells and rise 3/4” above the grid. NDS reps worked with the designers and contractors throughout the entire project ensuring proper technical and design support, on-time delivery, and installation consultation. According to Christopher Lang, Senior Project Manager for GC Turner Construction Company, the NDS product and customer service were exceptional. The EZ Roll Pavers offered a tough, absorbent surface that blended perfectly with the magnificent surroundings of the Dallas Arboretum. NDS offered flexible engineering to guarantee quality installation and excellent performance.
Phase II of the project would begin in mid-November and include up to 110,000 sq. ft. of penetrable paving. The schedule would allow construction to be completed by the weekend of March 2013 just in time for the annual Dallas Blooms event that was expected to bring in almost 200,000 visitors.
The Newark Street Dog Park Pedestrian Path
The Newark Street Dog Park offers tennis courts, a dog park, water gardens, and pedestrian paths. Located in the heart of Washington D.C, this is a popular place for the community's residents. It spans over 10,000 sq ft in two enclosed areas and recently was chosen for rejuvenation by Mayor Adrian M. Fentry. For designing the park, the Mayor had very specific requirements that included the park utilizing sustainable aspects and being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act in order for all residents to enjoy the park. Keeping the requirements in mind, EZ Roll Gravel Paver was chosen for the dog park, ramps, and pedestrian paths. These pavers were selected for aesthetic appeal and natural presence but pavers were made from 100% recycled materials. Using pavers in designated areas of the park would allow the ground to drain quickly and offer traction for pedestrians when it rained.
Starting the project involved ripping up and replacing the old pavers. Green amenities offered by the park included solar flood lights and a rain garden with native plants and a bio-retentive drain pipe. In a press release from the Mayor's office, the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Jesus Aguirre thanked the community members for their patience in building this amazing park that would meet the needs they were looking for and everyone would enjoy for years to come.
Baruch Institute Gravel Road & Parking Lot
The Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at the University of South Carolina operates a number of programs and labs for the students and researchers of marine and coastal sciences. In order to offer good parking for their field labs and services, the faculty decided to add 13,000 sq ft for parking. The biggest concern for the project, the design would have to blend into the natural surroundings next to the North Inlet of Winyah Bay. EZ Roll Gravel Paver was chosen and proved to be the perfect solution by providing a strong, durable base to support traffic and a more appealing look than your standard asphalt. The project was designed for LEED Certification and was LEED registered while undergoing review for the applicable levels of certification.